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.

WAA General Meeting Thursday, November 10 @ 6:00

Metal Sculptor, Dumay Gorham

New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr

The Wilmington Art Association

Members Only - Call for Artists

The 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale - Poster Art Contest

The 2017 Spring Show Committee announces the Poster Art Contest for the 35th Annual Juried Art Show & Sale - October 1, 2016 – November 25, 2016. The winning artwork will be featured on: a framed poster to be auctioned off at the Show; posters distributed around town and available for sale at the Show; smaller posters, cards, and invitations; and other publicity material for the Show. This contest is open to WAA members ONLY. For details see prospectus below.

Prospectus for 2016 poster contest

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Members Only - "Elf, JR” Art Show

WAA artists are invited to participate in an art show in collaboration with the Thalian Association Children’s Theater performance of ‘ELF, JR’ December 1-4, 2016 at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center at 2nd & Orange. Participating artists will be assigned one or more of the young performers (32 total) to paint. Paintings will be created from reference photos taken by the artists of the young performers in their costumes Saturday, November 12, 10:30AM.

The paintings will be on display and for sale during the performances (December 1 – 4) in the lobby of the Hannah Block Community Art Center (HBC). For questions and registration, contact

Prospectus for Elf Jr. Show

Past Shows

Silver Arts Exhibition and Sale

The Silver Arts Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts was held Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the ArtWorks 200 Willard St., Wilmington, NC. Winners qualified for the State Finals held in Raleigh this fall. The Wilmington Art Association sponsored the Visual Arts and the Heritage Arts categories.

List of Heritage award winners

List of Visual award winners

Complete Show information

WAA 34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

The Wilmington Art Association held the 34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale on April 8 – 10, 2016 at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center.

Complete list of award winners

Complete Show information

WAA Moves to EBLAST and Blog for E-News!

Wilmington Art Association is updating its communication methods with a new EBLAST/blog! Please consider joining our weekly posts to receive current information about our organization and upcoming art shows. It's as simple as signing up at

WAA Calendar of Events

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