The Wilmington Art Association is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for area visual artists to gain community recognition through shows and exhibitions. It offers a forum wherein artists, local craftsmen, and people interested in the visual arts can exchange ideas, learn from each other, and contribute to the community. It provides educational programs, demonstrations, and lectures, which will lead to better public understanding and appreciation of visual arts.

Attention: Next WAA General Meeting Wednesday, February 22, 2017

at the New Hanover County Arboretum

The 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sales

Call for Artists

Wilmington Art Association (WAA) invites artists to submit work for its 35th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale. This show will be open April 7-9, 2017 in Wilmington, NC during the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival.

The juror/judge for this show will be Joseph DiGiulio from Raleigh, NC. Digiulio holds numerous awards such as the SAS Institute Purchase Award. His latest pieces are large-scale abstract acrylic paintings that reflect his use of color, line, shape and texture taking on the expression of color and dynamics. He has served as juror for a number of events and has work displayed in galleries North Carolina.

Submissions may be made from 8 January through 28 February 2017. The show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older and will include original works in painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, mixed media and three-dimensional work. Monetary and merchandise awards will be in excess of $4000.

For Show details and prospectus - Prospectus.

For registration and show information - Spring Show

Online donations to Spring Show - Spring Show Donations

Workshop with Joe DiGiulio - Abstract Acrylics

Joe DiGiulio, the juror/judge for the 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale, will lead a three day workshop in "Abstract Acrylics". For complete details and registration

Orange Street ArtFest

Join Thalian Association Community Theatre for the 22nd Annual Orange Street ArtsFest Sat. May 27th 10 - 6 and Sun May 28th 10 - 5. For complete details

2017/2018 Art in the Arboretum Theme Art Piece Contest

Two years have passed since the inception of the “Art in the Arboretum Theme Art Piece Contest.” This year it is time once again to kick your imagination into high gear and decide what our rambunctious sea serpent will be doing. For complete details

Jay DeChesere's "Art on the Cape Fear" wins Poster Art Contest

The Wilmington Art Association and 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale Committee are delighted to announce that Jay DeChesere's "Art on the Cape Fear" has won the Poster Art Contest. This beautiful artwork will be used for Show publicity and printed materials, and will be for sale at the Show in April.

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