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.

WAA General Meeting Thursday, October 13 @ 6:00

New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr

The Wilmington Art Association

proudly presents:


Michael Chesley Johnson is one of the country's top plein air painters. He is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America. His paintings and articles regularly appear in The Artist's Magazine, the Pastel Journal and American Artist. Michael gives workshops in pastel and oil throughout the country. We are honored to have him lead a WAA workshop in both pastel and oil with demos and instruction in both media. All levels are welcome.

For complete information and to register

The Wilmington Art Association

Members Only - Call for Artists

The 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale - Poster Art Contest

The 2017 Spring Show Committee announces the Poster Art Contest for the 35th Annual Juried Art Show & Sale - October 1, 2016 – November 25, 2016. The winning artwork will be featured on: a framed poster to be auctioned off at the Show; posters distributed around town and available for sale at the Show; smaller posters, cards, and invitations; and other publicity material for the Show. This contest is open to WAA members ONLY. For details see prospectus below.

Prospectus for 2016 poster contest


2016 Art in the Arboretum Show

The Call for Artists for Art in the Arboretum which takes place September 30 – October 2, 2016 is now open. The show is open to 2-D & 3-D professional and emerging artists, 18 years and older. Deadline August 19, 2016.

For complete information and prospectus


Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Seeks

Artist Submissions for the 2nd Annual Artfall Juried Show

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center seeks 2D artists for the 2nd Annual ARTfall Juried Art Show and Sale to be held October 13th - 16th, 2016. ARTfall is one of the events during American Craft Walk Wilmington, a celebration of visual and performing artss in downtown Wilmington. The ARTfall Exhibition is open to the public 10:00am – 5:00pm, Thursday – Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00pm; artists’ reception is Saturday October 15, 2:00 – 4:00 pm with award presentation at 3:00 pm. The deadline for applications and online registration is September 30, 2016.

For complete information and prospectus

Past Shows

Silver Arts Exhibition and Sale

The Silver Arts Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts was held Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the ArtWorks 200 Willard St., Wilmington, NC. Winners qualified for the State Finals held in Raleigh this fall. The Wilmington Art Association sponsored the Visual Arts and the Heritage Arts categories.

List of Heritage award winners

List of Visual award winners

Complete Show information

WAA 34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

The Wilmington Art Association held the 34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale on April 8 – 10, 2016 at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center.

Complete list of award winners

Complete Show information

WAA Moves to EBLAST and Blog for E-News!

Wilmington Art Association is updating its communication methods with a new EBLAST/blog! Please consider joining our weekly posts to receive current information about our organization and upcoming art shows. It's as simple as signing up at

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