A mission to support, encourage, and showcase the work of local artists
Since its inception in 1960 the Key West Art Center & Gallery (KWAC) has been a nonprofit membership organization. In addition to the privilege of exhibiting and selling artwork in the gallery, members are expected to support the goals of the Art Center as a community art organization providing resources for artists of all ages through exhibits, classes, lectures, artist demonstrations and special events. Beyond paying dues, an important requirement of membership is an appreciation of the Art Center’s goals and participation in its activities.
During the year the Key West Art Center & Gallery holds its jury, where local artists have the opportunity to apply to become exhibiting artist members at Key West's oldest art gallery. If accepted, the artist comes a part of the a tradition here in Keys reaching back to the Great Depression and the WPA artists who helped save Key West when it was one of the poorest regions in the entire country.
Members are required to:
For detailed information on how to become an exhibiting artist, see Application and Gallery Rules below.
We also offer the opportunity to be a fine craft exhibiting artist member . This membership is open to artists who create fine craft work in jewelry, woodworking, ceramics and other three dimensional mediums.
For either type of exhibiting artist membership, applications are returned to Key West Art Center & Gallery. Please submit three pieces of artwork per medium to the Art Center during our business hours of 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Be sure to read our Gallery Rules below before applying.