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.

Art in the Arboretum Art Show Postpones

Art in the Arboretum has been postponed due to rain and flooding. The show will be held October 9 - 11.

Art Opportunities in the Wilmington area - click here.

CALL FOR ARTISTS - Paint Out Wilmington

The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC invites artists to Paint Out Wilmington!, our annual juried plein air in Wilmington, NC, October 11-17, 2015. Both painter and subject must be outdoors. The event is open to any artist who uses oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, pencil, or pen/ink.

Sponsored by the Arts Council in association with the Wilmington Art Association, Paint Out Wilmington! 2015 will feature adult and youth divisions.

CASH PRIZES - 1st Price $1000, 2nd Price $500, $3rd Price $250.

For prospectus and registration form click here.

Sponsors and Donors


WAA Artists are invited to participate in an art show in collaboration with the Thalian Association Children’s Theater performance of “Babes in Toyland” Dec 3-6, 2015 at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center at 2nd & Orange.

For prospectus click here.

2015 Art in the Arboretum Show

Art in the Arboretum, an annual fall event, fills the gardens with art and music for a weekend. The event is October 2nd, 3rd, & 4th, 2015 and will feature local artists’ works, including paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, and other media. A raffle, silent auction, and performances by local musicians also will be featured. Save the date and plan to attend one of the largest outdoor gatherings of art and music in the area.

For list of accepted artists click here.


The Wilmington Art Association proudly presents PAINTING STILL LIFE, LANDSCAPE, AND THE HUMAN HEAD IN WATERCOLOR with well-known local artist Betty Brown. Betty will teach a three-day workshop at the New Hanover County Arboretum October 27 - 29. Students will need at least a minimal background of painting in the watercolor medium. Betty, an honors graduate in art from UNCW, has vast experience as an exhibitor, juror and teacher. Betty is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and a nationally-collected prize-winning artist in both oil and watercolor. She is well-known as an outstanding instructor.

For additional information and registrationclick here.

The 34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale - Poster Art Contest

The 2016 Spring Show Committee announces the Poster Art Contest for the 34th Annual Juried Art Show & Sale (Show). The winning artwork will be featured on: a framed poster to be auctioned off at the Show; posters available for sale at the Show; smaller posters, cards, and invitations; and other publicity material for the Show.

For complete information click here.

Past Events

The Colors of Summer

Original works of art, sculpture, photography, textiles for the home, jewelry, and more!

Call it a roadshow! The Wilmington Art Association joins Tickled Pink to bring Wilmington's finest fine art to the breezy promenades of Lumina Station. Different artists, masters of their specific medium, will be featured at Tickled Pink - where you'll meet painters, quilters, photographers & jewelers & their superb work.

WHEN: July 30 – August 30, 2015
WHERE: Tickled Pink at Lumina Station
WHAT: Four Weeks of Fine Art & Finer Artists

Budding and Blooming Art Show

Wilmington Art Association recently sponsored the 2nd annual “Budding and Blooming Art Show” which provided opportunities for young, Budding Artists to be entrepreneurs for the day, selling their art or craft for their own set prices along with 20 Adult Blooming Artists.

For complete information click here.

2015 SilverArts a statewide Art Competition

The Wilmington Art Association participated in the SilverArts by sponsoring two of the arts the Visual Arts and Heritage Arts. The SilverArts is a statewide Art Competition for adults 50 and over. This Exhibition and Sale was held Friday, May 8th and 9th.

For list of Visual Arts Winners click here.

For Heritage Arts Winners, click here.

WAA's 33rd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

The Wilmington Art Association is pleased to announce award winners for the 33rd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale on April 10 – 12, 2015.

For complete list of winners click here

For additional Show informationclick here.

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