Arts & Culture

THEATERS AND PERFORMANCE VENUES

Thalian Hall

Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts has been in continuous use since it opened in 1858 and is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in America. Forming the east wing of Wilmington's magnificent City Hall, the facility hosts over 250 performance events annually. The complex houses three performance venues, the Main Stage, the Grand Ballroom, and the Studio Theatre.

Wilson Center

Enjoy theater, music, comedy, dance and much more in a setting like no other at The Wilson Center on the Cape Fear Community College campus, the largest and most technologically advanced performance center in Eastern North Carolina. Featuring the best of Broadway, a sampling of stars and a dash of dance, this new venue will keep your calendar booked with entertainment options all season long.

Cape Fear Playhouse

The Cape Fear Playhouse and Big Dawg Productions, has been committed to producing entertaining, thought-provoking, and socially responsible theater, with an emphasis on education and the promotion of the performing arts. The 50-seat black box theatre is in the heart of Castle Street Art & Antique District.

TheatreNOW

TheatreNOW is a performing arts venue specializing in weekend dinner theater, a weekly kid's adventure show, Sunday Jazz brunches, comedy and movie events, and more.

University of North Carolina Wilmington Kenan Auditorium

The 1000-seat Sarah Graham Kenan Auditorium, managed by the UNCW Office of Cultural Arts, is one of the larger performing arts venues in the Wilmington area. It is home to over 170 events per year.

Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center

The Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Arts Center features a lobby area that has been restored to its 1943 appearance and serves as a museum where WWII memorabilia and other artifacts are displayed. The 2nd Street Stage is available for theatrical productions, special events and exhibitions. The Center also has five studios available for rent for classes, rehearsals, auditions and meetings.

Art Galleries

Wilmington Area

Cameron Art Museum

The Cameron Art Museum is committed to arts education and presents exhibitions and public programs of both historical and contemporary significance. There are six to nine changing exhibitions annually, in addition to outdoor, site-specific projects on its park property which includes a historic Civil War site.

The Gallery of Fine Art

The Gallery of Fine Art is family owned and operated featuring works by artists of an uplifting nature. Here, you will find original paintings, jewelry, sculpture, blown glass and pottery.

Eclipse Artisan Boutique

Eclipse Artisan Boutique captures the element of surprise with made to order pieces from their many talented artists. Collections include original paintings, custom furniture, sculpture, pottery, glass, jewelry, photography, and textiles including an exclusive line of American-made luxury Alpaca bedding.

Charles Jones African Art

Charles Jones African Art has been in business for over twenty-five years. The gallery displays an extensive and varied collection of traditional African art. Items from Nigeria and Liberia are a particular focus of the gallery.

Ann Flack Boseman Gallery (UNCW campus)

The Ann Flack Boseman Gallery includes, but is not limited to, ceramics, photography, sculpture, painting, screen prints, and drawings. The University Union Permanent Collection can be found on display throughout the meeting rooms and lounge spaces within the Campus Life facilities: Fisher University Union, Fisher Student Center, Warwick Center and Burney Center.

Downtown Wilmington

ACES Gallery

Aces Gallery by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County features 414 square feet of gallery storefront space to suit all variations of artwork. Supporting local artists as well as regional and national artists, this gallery is centrally located in downtown Wilmington and runs its exhibits monthly coinciding with Wilmington's Fourth Friday Gallery Nights.

The Art Factory

Art from around the word and around the corner can be found in the Art Factory Gallery and Studio Space adjoining Waterline Brewery located under the Memorial Bridge on Surry Street. The huge area encompasses a featured artist gallery (changing every Fourth Friday Art Walk) as well as a regular gallery, artists studios, an intimate 45-seat theater with stage, meeting space and a wine tasting room.

River to Sea Gallery & Custom Framing

Discover Wilmington's talented artists! River to Sea Gallery features over thirty local artists offering their finest creations. The gallery showcases the work of husband and wife team Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush and offers full custom framing in addition to a beautiful collection of artwork.
 

The Golden Gallery

For 37 years The Golden Gallery has captured local memories in the artwork of Mary Ellen and John W Golden and the music of John C Golden.
 

Crescent Moon Gallery

Crescent Moon is a locally owned gift shop featuring hand-crafted art glass, mouth-blown glass ornaments, bowls, sculptures, jewelry, and various other decorations as well as some stained glass and metalwork sculptures.

New Elements Gallery

New Elements offers a wide variety of work by regional and nationally recognized artists. Located in historic downtown Wilmington since 1985, New Elements Gallery features original paintings and prints, as well as sculpture, contemporary craft, jewelry, and custom framing.

Art in Bloom Gallery

Art in Bloom Gallery is a crossroad for creativity and other connections that happen when people explore art and exchange ideas. The gallery presents original paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, fabric, and ceramics with an emphasis on national and international artists.

TheArtWorks

Artworks is an art village providing art studios, gallery space and event venue. Once part of the original Block Shirt factory, theArtWorks is central to the developing Cape Fear Historic Byway district.

Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts

The Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts gallery is dedicated exclusively to handmade, one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional art and craft by jury-selected coastal North Carolina artisans. They present decorative and functional works in clay, fiber, gourds, baskets, jewelry, mixed media, and wood in a beautiful setting within the walls of the historic Cotton Exchange building.

Carolina Beach

Saltwater Surf Art

Saltwater Surf Art Gallery is a fine art establishment located on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. They feature art, jewelry, clothing and other handmade items all made by local artists.

Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach Art Company

Wrightsville Beach Art Company is the only art gallery on Wrightsville Beach and is saving the planet one painting at a time! The gallery features Jazzy Boy Art, using recycled items to create unique 3D nautical inspired art.

MUSEUMS

Immerse yourself in history and art at one of Wilmington’s many museums. Tour three museums housed in historic homes at the Bellamy MansionBurgwin-Wright House or Latimer House, all featuring exhibits and information on the history of the homes and the Wilmington area. Visit the state’s oldest history museum at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science showcasing exhibits on the history, science and cultures of the lower Cape Fear region. Explore 42,000 square feet of exhibits at the state-of-the-art Cameron Art Museum featuring indoor and outdoor exhibits and a historic Civil War site. Hop aboard real train cars and learn about the history of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and railroading in the southeastern United States at the Wilmington Railroad Museum, featuring interactive exhibits the whole family will love. Several other Wilmington museums and art galleries showcase a variety of historical exhibits, artwork, children’s exhibits and more. 

MUSIC VENUES

Enjoy live music at a variety of Wilmington’s intimate venues. Listen to popular musical acts outdoors in Greenfield Lake Park at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater, a scenic 1200-seat venue. Watch musicians showcase their talents in a 123-year old church at the Brooklyn Arts Center. See the top acts of yesterday, today and tomorrow at another of Wilmington’s music venues, Blue Eyed Muse, located in Wilmington’s historic river district. A variety of other music venues and nightlife spots also offer intimate live performances featuring talented local and regional musicians.

PEDESTRIAN ART STOPS

As you're strolling Wilmington's River District, Greenfield Lake and more, view the many installations of pedestrian art in unexpected places.

Stealing His Heart - Guilloume Perez (210 Princess Street)
Prism Arc X - Carl Billingsley (8th and Castle)
Oak Leaf Horizon II - Jim Gallucci (901 Fanning Street)
Raw Love - Nathan Ryan Verwey (815 Princess Street)
Divine Wind - Jim Gallucci (200 Willard Street)
Hemi-Comet - Carl Billingsley (120 S 2nd Street)
The Burning - Paris Alexander (125 Market Street)
Flutter II and Double Purple Whisper Bench - Jim Gallucci (Northern Riverfront)

Permanent Pieces
Pelican- Dumay Gorham (Dock and Water Streets) 
Straining To Be- Paul Hill (209 N Front Street)
Light Before Time- Jeff Hackney (305 Chestnut Street)
Wind Harp- Phil Hathcock (502 N Front Street)
Southern Hospitality and Prey with Ease - Paul Hill (Foot of Market Street)