National Art Exhibition

The National Art Exhibition is one of the nation's most prestigious displays of traditional 2D media. Entries are selected via our 2022 juror Dean Mitchell. View this exhibit on display February 18 - April 16, 2022 at the Visual Arts Center. 
Winners of the 2022 National Art Exhibition will be announced February 24th at 6:00pm. Tickets for the awards reception are available for purchase. 

This exhibit is free to view during regular gallery hours. 

    • Monday & Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    • Tuesday & Wednesday & Thursday  10:00am - 7:00pm
    • Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Guided Docent Tours will happen on the following dates: 

    • February 25 & 26 at 10:00pm & 1:00pm
    • March 4 & 5 at 10:00pm & 1:00pm
    • March 11 & 12 at 10:00pm & 1:00pm

Poetry Night March 10, 7:00pm

Join us for an evening of art and poetry! This free event will feature readings of selected poems inspired by NAE paintings.

Juror Dean Mitchell

Dean Mitchell (American, b. 1957) AWS, NWS

Born in Pittsburg and raised by his grandmother in Quincy, Florida.  He currently resides in Tampa, FL.  At the age of twenty-three, he became the youngest artist ever accepted into the National Watercolor Society; just five years later he was admitted into the American Watercolor Society.  He holds numerous gold medals from these and other prestigious painting associations worldwide.  Dean is proficient in watercolors, egg temperas, oils and pastels.  During his four-decade long career, Dean has become well known for his figurative works, landscapes, and still lifes.  He has won over 600 awards during his career as a professional artist.  His work is featured in museums, corporate and private collections throughout the Country.    The New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman praised him as a “modern-day Vermeer.”            

Juror’s Statement

“I believe art has the ability to transform us.  It can engage our conscience landscape to help us become better individuals and members of society.”

The Biennial National Art Exhibition is one of the nation’s most prestigious juried exhibitions of two-dimensional media hosted by the Visual Arts Center.

The nearly 1,000-member Visual Arts Center brings art and culture to its community through multi-media classes, state-of-the-art jewelry and pottery studios, workshops, lectures, and art festivals. The Visual Arts Center also boasts an outstanding art and supply store, gift gallery shop and art library and displays exhibits in three galleries year-round. 

Make a Donation to support the National Art Exhibition (click here)

CALL TO ARTISTS: To Submit artwork to the Nation Art Exhibition (click here)