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, March 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 list of artwork accepted into Show - Accepted Artwork.

For complete show information - Spring Show

Online donations to Spring Show - Spring Show Donations




2017 Paintout Wilmington

The Arts Council of Wilmington invites artists to Paint Out Wilmington! This annual plein air painting event is downtown Wilmington, NC, May 1-6, 2017. Picturesque backdrops abound in North Carolina’s “favorite” city, including the USS North Carolina, a 230+ block National Register Historic District, and a host of unique and contemporary scenes. Sponsored by the Arts Council in association with the Wilmington Art Association, Paint Out Wilmington 2017 will feature adult and youth divisions. The entry fee for the Adult Division is $30. There is no entry fee for the Youth Division.

Prospectus and registration



PAINT BOATS WITH ME! with Suzanne Morris

Working in an alla prima method, well known artist Suzanne Morris looks beyond the literal interpretation of a scene to capture the spirit of her subjects. Suzanne will present a three day workshop, September 27 - 29, designed to help artists create stronger marine themed paintings.

For complete details and registration

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".


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


October & Art in the Arboretum

Art in the Arboretum 2017 - Friday October 6th thru Sunday October 8th - More information on registration will be coming your way later this spring!


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.




2017 Spring Show Sponsors and Donors

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