Arts Destination - Wilmington, North Carolina

Explore one North Carolina's most vibrant art scenes, Wilmington NC


Nestled on the Southeast corner of North Carolina, Wilmington is the state’s largest ocean-side city, with a thriving restaurant scene, resorts, boating, and a very vibrant art scene.

Home to the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington North Carolina is an thriving arts destination as well as a popular vacation spot. The Cameron Art Museum is the major Wilmington Art Museum, with exhibitions of both international and Wilmington NC art. In addition to the Cameron Art Museum, there are many other museums in Wilmington NC for anyone interesting in Wilmington art, history, and culture.

Wilmington NC art galleries carry a wide variety of artworks from local Wilmington NC artists and national artists. Monthly Wilmington NC art walks bring the art scene together and provide patrons a unique night out where art lovers can appreciate art, talk to Wilmington NC artists and gallerists, and enjoy good food and wine.

One of our favorite things about the art scene in Wilmington NC is the layout of the city itself. Most of downtown is gridded with short walkable blocks allowing art patrons the ability to park their car and walk to many of the galleries. Even those that are just out of walking distance are a short drive away. The variety of Wilmington NC art galleries provide art lovers a mountain of choices to choose from. Whether you’re looking for galleries that are traditionally run with beautiful artworks and rotating exhibits, or galleries that showcase social issues and installations, or galleries that have dozens of artist studios within them, you can find them all in Wilmington.

In the following pages we highlight some of Wilmington NC's best galleries. Be sure to plan a visit and allocate enough time to see the amazing art Wilmington NC has to offer.

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Mark Gansor,  Jolly Lillies , 2018, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”

Mark Gansor, Jolly Lillies, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”

Art in Bloom Gallery
210 Princess St, Wilmington, NC

Established in October 2015, Art in Bloom Gallery is in a renovated 19th-century horse stable in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. The gallery presents an eclectic mix of original paintings, ceramics, sculpture, blown glass, stained-glass mosaics, photography, mobiles, jewelry, limited-edition prints, and mixed media by established artists.

Via our virtual gallery at www.aibgallery. com and our historic building, Art in Bloom Gallery enjoys working with customers and artists globally, nationally, and locally. In addition, Art in Bloom Gallery pairs visual art with culinary art by partnering with local businesses in Wilmington, NC to exhibit original art in other locations: Platypus & Gnome Restaurant, 9 South Front Street; The District Kitchen and Cocktails, 1001 N. 4th Street; Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Street; and Pinpoint Restaurant, 114 Market Street.


Janet Johnson,  Water Lilies , 22” x 28”, framed   

Janet Johnson, Water Lilies, 22” x 28”, framed


200 Willard St, Wilmington, NC

TheArtWorksTM is an art village and gallery, showcasing Wilmington, North Carolina’s vibrant arts community. 50+ local artists actively create and sell original Art through their studios inside theArtWorksTM. The range of mediums available include fine art oils, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, blown and fused glass, mosaics, fiber art, clothes, fashion design, wood carving, drum and guitar instruction, and original art cards and gifts. Their studios feature personal work spaces and mini galleries. TheArtWorksTM also includes classrooms where a variety of arts classes are taught, including voice, drums, and guitar, photorealistic colored pencil drawing.

theArtWorksTM Mission is to Enhance the Community, Assist the Artist, Contribute to the Revitalization of Downtown Wilmington and Wilmington’s Commercial Landmarks.

Martin,  Opiod Addiction Project

Martin, Opiod Addiction Project

Expo 216
216 N Front St, Wilmington, NC

A “Gallerium,” Expo 216 is part gallery and part museum. Incorporating 5,000 square feet of renovated space in historic downtown, Expo 216 features thought-provoking art and fashions. It’s one-year expositions are theme-driven with the current theme, Death & Dying, running through December 2018.

The Gallerium is currently presenting works by Joan McLoughlin (Spectrum of Spirits), Catherine Martin (Opioid Addiction Project), Niki Hildebrand (Contemplating Transcendence), Claudia Bicen (Thoughts in Passing), and more. On-going displays include a History of Funeral Care; End-of-Life Planning; various cultural traditions, such as Tibetan Conscious Dying and African Funerary Art; pieces from the Death & Dying Fashion Collection; and our breathtaking Near-Death Experience mirror-lined chamber.




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New Elements Gallery
271 N Front St, Wilmington, NC

One of the oldest galleries in Wilmington, New Elements Gallery was established in 1985 and continues to be a favorite destination for contemporary art for visitors and residents alike. New Elements Gallery features over 50 artists that are regional and/or local, many of whom are recognized regionally and nationally. In 2017, they relocated to 271 North Front Street. The historic building provides a clean unobstructed view for each show which changes in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery walk, and enables owners Miriam and Lance Oehrlein to offer the only private viewing room in the area to art buyers. They are making shopping for art a fun experience while maintaining the integrity of a well-established business.






Leland Cultural Arts Center
1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland, NC

The Leland Cultural Arts Center is located less than 8 miles from downtown Wilmington, North Carolina and hosts programs for people of all ages and skill levels. The 18,000 square-foot cultural art utopia is complete with multiple well-equipped art studios and an open gallery space that features artwork of North Carolina artists. Special events, meetings, concerts, and performances take place in the center’s large multipurpose room. Classes and workshops are experienced in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, photography, dance, fitness, yoga, theater, music, and youth art camps.

Visit the Leland Cultural Arts Center in person at 1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland or online at