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.


Will Not Be Held

March 28 - April 5, 2020

List of Accepted Works

We regret that the spring show will not be held as scheduled. We hope that we will be able to reschedule in the fall. Details will be made available as they are confirmed. At this time we encourage you to follow the recommendations of your state and local officials, stay healthy and use this time to create more beautiful work. Congratulations to Beccy Bucci on the selection of her mixed media work ‘Time for a Refreshing Beverage’ for the 38th Spring Show poster. The WAA Spring Show and Sale will be open March 28 -April 5, 2020 in Wilmington, NC during the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. The juror/judge for this show is be Katherine Wolf Webb.

The show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older and includes 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.

To review the 2020 prospectus

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

WAA Calendar of Events

Art Opportunities

Member Shows/Awards

General Meetings Dates


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