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Wilmington Art Association Records

Identifier: SC-MS-198

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the records of the Wilmington Art Association, which was founded in 1971 and is the second organization to use this name. Included are articles of incorporation, by-laws, mailing lists, and newsletters. The collection also contains three scrapbooks, which document the artists and events associated with the organization over the course of thirty years. The scrapbooks include ephemera, flyers, newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, and artist spotlights. The collection dates from 1971 to 1999.


  • Creation: 1971-1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2018 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, all rights reserved (subject to exceptions). Certain items in this collections were conveyed to UNCW without the accompanying copyright. Where the donor did not convey copyright to UNCW, copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The Wilmington Art Association (WAA) was organized in 1971. Its early monthly meetings were held at Wilmington's New Hanover County Museum. This group is the second organization to use the name "Wilmington Art Association." The first was formed in 1953 and eventually became absorbed in the membership of St. John's Museum of Art -- which is now the Cameron Art Museum.

A new Wilmington Art Association -- with 30 members -- arranged its first "Annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show" in 1971 at Greenfield Park and organized the "First Annual Christmas Show and Sale" at the Community Art Center located at 120 South Second Street. In 1972, the Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear held its first "Arts Ball" at the Wilmington Hilton, in downtown Wilmington and included an exhibition of paintings by members of the Wilmington Art Association. The organization received its charter from the State of North Carolina in 1974 and is certified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit organization.

The first Wilmington Art Association gallery opened in the Spring of 1999 at Chandler's Wharf on Water Street in downtown Wilmington. In November 2006, the Gallery was relocated to 616-B Castle Street, where it operated through April 2011.

[Source: Wilmington Art Association website]

A list of associated members mentioned throughout the collection include: Penny Vereen Braswell, Elsa Brooks, Betty Beane, John P. Christensen, Ann E. Chadwick, John Edward Clayton, Robert R. Clark, Faye Coley, Anne T. Cree, Diane English, Nancy Fidler, Mary Ellen Golden, Douglas Grant, Jeanna Selby Gowdy, Emily Ware Griffith, Kathlee Hewett, Elizabeth Storm Harris, Ruth Hodges, Florence Hoffman, Louise Shelley Johnson, Ellen Sherburne Jones, William Lloyd, Mary Mears, Shirley Leveque Mitchell, Jack Morgan, Georgia Newton, Charlotte Payne, Brooks Pearce, Lillian S. Paso, Carmen Reavis, Ann Respess, Hope S. Schroth, Henry Stone, Sibyl O. Thearling, Carlton D. Trainum, Suda Fee Tuggle, Ortund M. Tyler, Tina F. White, Wendy D. Ward, Larry Williams, and J. Hilary Worthington.


4 Containers (Contains 1 document box and 3 oversize boxes)

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The collection contains three series:

Series 1: Association Records

This series contains papers following the formation and growth of the Wilmington Art Association during the 1970s-1990s. Included are articles of incorporation, bylaws, promotional materials, mailing lists, and newsletters.

Series 2: Audio Visual Material

This series contains audio/visual material that highlights events held by the Wilmington Art Association.

Series 3: Scrapbooks

This series contains three scrapbooks that highlight Wilmington Art Association members, sponsored art shows and competitions, and association related activities and trips. The scrapbooks contain brochures, flyers, newspaper clippings, photographs, and small prints.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by the Wilmington Art Association in 2002.

Processing Information

This collection was originally processed by Carroll R. Jones. It was reprocessed by Olivia Fario in the Spring of 2021.

Wilmington Art Association Records
Olivia Fario
2021 March 30
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository