WAA Outreach

The Wilmington Art Association Community Outreach Program offers “art related” assistance to the Cape Fear Region by providing scholarships, sponsoring art related programs and special events as well as donating funds to art related organizations. The program is dedicated to promoting, supporting and fostering creativity in the visual arts. This an ongoing commitment of the Wilmington Art Association, and we are grateful to be able to give back to our community.


2014 WAA New Hanover High School "Student Art Competition"

The 2014 Wilmington Art Association sponsored High School Student Art Competition was held again at the Hanna Block Historic USO Community Art Center in conjunction with the Orange St. Art Festival. Teachers from all the public and private High Schools were invited to enter their art students to participate. Teachers are asked to submit 15 pieces of art work which is a combination of 2D and 3D original creations from their students. A Reception and Award Ceremony was held before the show opened to the public for viewing. The participating schools this year were; Ashley High School, Cape Fear Academy, Coastal Christian High School, Hoggard High School, Laney High School, New Hanover High School and Wilmington Christian Academy. The WAA is please to announce the winners.

1st Place 2D-Visual 2nd Place 2D-Visual 3nd Place 2D-Visual
Chris Diaz Shawn Oakley Matt Jensen
“Untitled" “Amethyst” “Camelia”
Laney High School Hoggard High School Hoggard High School
1st Place 3D-Ceramic 2nd Place 3D-Ceramic 3nd Place 3D-Ceramic
Claire Crombie Summer Nicholson Lauren Sauers
“Octopus Form" “Laced Form” “Screech”
Ashley High School Ashley High School Laney High School

For a complete list of award winners, click here.


1st Place 2D-Visual 2nd Place 2D-Visual 3nd Place 2D-Visual
Chris Diaz Shawn Oakley Matt Jensen
3rd Place 3D-Ceramic Honorable Mention-Ceramic
Lauren Sauers Colantuono,Clark,Urena-Gracia

Scholarships - 2014

The Wilmington Art Association (WAA), through their Community Outreach Program, coordinated by Erika Lawrence, annually awards scholarships to UNCW and Cape Fear Community College. Each school receives $1,000 annually to fund two $500 scholarships. Students pursuing a career in the Arts are eligible to become a recipient of one of these scholarships. WAA is dedicated to assisting students each year in their endeavors as they pursue a career in one of the many diverse areas in the Arts.

UNC Wilmington


Gretchen Murden 2014 WAA president handing a check of $1,000.00 to Beau Cummings, Director of Development with University Advancement at UNCW. The WAA gives two $500.00 scholarships to a student each year who is attending UNCW and pursuing a career in the arts




Cape Fear Community College Scholarship


Gretchen Murden,2014 president of the Wilmington Art Association, recently presented a check for $1,000 to Dana McKoy, Director of Annual Giving at the Cape Fear Community College Foundation. This gift will fund two $500 scholarships in the upcoming academic year for CFCC students who are taking art classes and who are interested in pursuing art as a career.




Community Outreach

Senior Art Classes

The WAA Outreach Program has partnered with the Thalian Association to provide free Art Classes for Senior Citizens at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Thalian provides the facility and WAA artists provide art lessons. Supplies are provided by WAA so that at the end of each 5-6 week session each Senior is able to come away with their own "masterpiece."







Photos by: Vickie Hibler


For information on upcoming Senior Art Classes, contact Erika Lawrence (910-792-9378). If you are interested in volunteering to assist with teaching these art classes, Click to download the WAA Artist Volunteer Form and follow the instructions.


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