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.


Call for Artists

Registration opens January 6, 2020

Congratulations to Beccy Bucci on the selection of her mixed media work ‘Time for a Refreshing Beverage’ for the 38th Spring Show poster. Wilmington Art Association (WAA) invites artists to submit work for its 38th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale. This show will be open March 28 -April 5, 2020 in Wilmington, NC during the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. The juror/judge for this show will be Katherine Wolf Webb.

Submissions may be made from 6 January through 16 February 2020. 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. Start your creative engines and get ready to register for the show beginning Monday, January 6th.

To review the 2020 prospectus

Click here for Show registration process.

3rd Annual Art & The Bloom

January 9 – 12, 2020

Be sure to put this beautiful event on your calendar and support the many WAA artists whose work will be on display and for sale at Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach.

Spring Show Poster Contest

November 1 – December 2, 2019

Time to send in your entry for the WAA Spring Show poster contest. All subjects, mediums and styles are considered so whether you work abstract or photorealistic, photography or paint, 2D or 3D, send in your best work. A committee will select from your submissions and the winner’s image will be used for all the show posters, invitations and other publicity material. Your original will be featured during the show and must be available for sale. The winner will be announced at our Holiday Dinner.

You’re Invited!

WAA Holiday Dinner

December 11, 2019

You and a guest are invited to enjoy an evening of fellowship, good food, drink and merriment held at the Cape Fear Country Club.

Upcoming Small Shows

James Horton, BJ Grimmer, Janice Castiglione and Nancy Lang Miller have exhibitions coming up as part of the WAA Small Shows program. Plan to bring a friend. Check out times and locations on the Member Shows link

Interested in the WAA Small Show Program, send your information to ""

The Power of Pastels

Workshop with Jeri Greenberg

October 23 -25, 2019

The WAA is pleased to offer a pastel workshop with noted artist Jeri Greenberg. Painting with pastels is a wonderful experience whether you are an old hand or want to explore a new-to-you medium.

For more information and to register

Wilmington Art and the Bloom

January 9 – 12, 2020

This unique show has two opportunities to exhibit! The first is the inspiration pieces that the floral arrangers will use as “inspirations” for their beautiful arrangements. The deadline for submission for these works is October 18, 2020. The second is the gallery of works for sales during flower show. The submission date for these entries has not been determined. We’ll keep you posted on this!

Deadline to register “Inspiration” pieces – October 18, 2020

For details, See the Call for Artists Prospectus

24th Annual Art in the Arboretum

November 1-3, 2019

Deadline to register – September 1, 2019

For details, See the Show Prospectus

37th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

The Official Art Show of the 2019 Azalea Festival

March 30, 2019 - April 7, 2019

The Show is open to all artists 18 years of age or older and will include works in painting, pastel, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, mixed-media and three-dimensional works.

Congratulations to all the wonderful artists who have been recognized with awards this year!

First Place
Janet B Sessoms “Too Delicious”

Second Place
Brenda Behr “Mt. Washington's Shoe Shop”

Third Place
Janice Castiglione “Nature's Lace”

Complete list of winning artists for 2019!

The support of all our donors and sponsors who so generously supported the 37th Spring Show and Sale is much appreciated.


STATEWIDE Art Competition for Artists 50 years of Age and Older

MAY 17, 2019 - MAY 19, 2019

WAA Calendar of Events

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