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.

New Hanover High School Art Competition

May 24, 2018 - May 27, 2018

The Wilmington Art Association is pleased to present the New Hanover HS Art Competition for 2018. This year seven New Hanover high schools are participating in the event. The Show will be held at the Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center located at 120 South Second Street and Orange Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington NC.

Hours for the Show are:

  • Reception/Award Ceremony: Thursday, May 24, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday: May 25, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: May 26, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: May 27, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


    Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts

    May 25-27, 2018

    The Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts will be held Friday, May 25 - Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the ArtWorks 200 Willard St., Wilmington, NC. Winners qualify for the State Finals held in Raleigh this fall. There were four categories in SilverArts: Visual Arts, Heritage Arts, Literary Arts and Performing Arts. The Wilmington Art Association sponsored the Visual Arts and the Heritage Arts categories.

    For complete show information: Silver Arts



    September 26, 27 and 28

    The WAA is pleased to announce the upcoming 3-day workshop with Dennis Perrin. Dennis is an avid and prolific painter and an instructor for workshops all over the country.

    For complete workshop information and registration: Workshop

    36th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale

    April 7, 2018 - April 15, 2018

    The 36th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale, the Official Art Show for the Annual Azalea Festival, opened Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:00 at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center. The show represented the work of more than 150 regional artists with over 290 pieces of 2-D, 3-D, and photography fine art. The WAA was delighted that Janette K. Hopper, active painter, print maker and performance artist, was the Juror/Judge for Show.

    Award winners for the Show are:

    First Place
    Brenda Behr
    Birmingham, 2017

    Second Place
    Liz Hosier
    Springtime in Central Park

    Third Place
    Susan Pelletier
    Red Shoes

    For a complete list of awards winners

    For complete show information to include details on expanded days/hours and other new features: Spring Show

    Spring Show Prospectus

    Accepted artwork

    Lorri Honeycutt's Summer Garden Party, wins Poster Art Contest

    The Wilmington Art Association and 36th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale Committee are pleased to announce that Lorri Honeycutt's Summer Garden Party has won the Poster Art Contest. This artwork will be used for Show publicity and printed materials, and will be for sale at the Show in April. Summer Garden Party is a macro photograph. The background is watercolor paper and the small figures are a mix of handmade and collectible toys. The resulting photo was taken with a digital camera—no enhancements or software manipulation. All of Lorri’s images are settings that she creates first and then photographs. This piece was published as a cover for Sunshine Artists Magazine and now hangs as part of the permanent collection at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. Lorri grew up in Carolina Beach and has had a lengthy career in the high tech computer world in Texas. Since 2004 she has been pursuing her photography. “My macro photos are a mix of miniature figures posed in clever situations. My goal is to make you think and then smile.” You can see more of Lorri’s work by visiting, Lorri@BigWorldProductions.

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    2018 Spring Show Donors and Sponsors

    S. Gay Adair Robert & Marty Allran Kay Ballard Kay Bilisoly
    Carin Blumenthal-Bruchs Shirley Bolden Eve Brimberry Belynda Gail Chambers
    Gail Cole Elaine Cooper Robert & Sharon Drennan Paul & Liz Hosier
    Robin Jones Donna Launey Paul Lewis Kyle Longworth
    Cathy McCarty Joan McLoughlin John & Pam McNeill John & Elvira Michaels
    Geoffrey Newton Mary Ann Rozear Elizabeth M Smith Robert Stoddard
    Sheryl Swanson John & Judy Talbert Vicky Thatcher Kirah Van Sickle
    Gayle Van Velsor Dr Edward Weaver, Jr John & Bonnie Wendt
    Meroe Wheatley Ashley Wilson
    Ampersand Art
    Coastal Carolina Clay Guild
    Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
    Hannah Block Historical USO Jessica Edwards and Associates
    New Hanover Garden Club The New Olde Point Country Club
    Tinga Nursey