Local Arts

69-20170915-DSC09322 (1)

Artist Directory

The Mobile Arts Council Artist Directory is a publicly searchable listing of member artists who live and work in the Mobile area. Browse by artist name, discipline, and view current contact details.

Arts Calendar

To list your event on our website, click the button to the right and fill out the form.

For questions about the Community Calendar of Events contact us.

Sign up for ArtStart, our weekly collection of all arts events delivered straight to your inbox.

Artist Opportunities

The Mobile Arts Council is pleased to share all current opportunities for artists that have been submitted to us. This list is emailed to MAC members every other week of the month. Please contact the organization listed if you have any questions.

Artist opportunities may be submitted through this form. Want to receive these emails? Sign up to be a MAC member!


Instructors Wanted: Round But Square Studios
Round But Square Studios is seeking arts and crafts instructors to share their talents! Whether you paint, college, tie-dye, arrange flowers, decorate, knit/embroider or possess another crafty talent, the studio can offer you the space to teach your skills to students of all ages. Round But Square Studios is an art studio that seeks to inspire creative thinking, develop artistic skills, spark curiosity and promote self-expression and creative confidence. The studio offers art classes, creative workshops, camps and birthday parties; from toddlers to the very wise! Please visit the website or email roundbutsquarestudios@gmail.com to learn more on how you can get involved!

Gulf Coast SPOTLIGHT Talent Showcase
The Gulf Coast SPOTLIGHT Talent Showcase is a new event whose purpose is to recognize talented young performers, encourage their pursuits and give funds to support arts programs in Mobile and Baldwin County schools. Spotlight is open to boys and girls in grades 1 - 12. It is free to enter and individuals and groups are welcome. They are in search of any type of performing talent. The prizes for the winners in each of our four age divisions will be performance appearances for the children and money given to their school to be used for arts programming. Visit www.GulfCoastSpotlight.com to enter! Read the details and submit your application and audition video by March 1st.

ASCA Fellowship Grants
Each year, the Alabama State Council on the Arts awards Artist Fellowships of $5,000 for artists working in crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theatre and the visual arts. They also offer Fellowship In Arts Administration of $5,000 each year to an arts administrator to improve his/her skills and ability to serve the organization and the community. The deadline for 2019 applicants is March 1st. Visit their website for applications and additional details!

Young Professionals Wanted: Mobile United
Mobile United is looking for a few good men and women to take part in their newest leadership development program for 21-35 year old young professionals. The program is an extension of Mobile United's mission to identify and train a network of leaders who work towards leveraging collective impact for the greater good. Connect Mobile will serve as a means of uniting participants as they actively network, team-build and problem-solve. Visit their site for full details and to apply! All applications must be received by February 1st to be considered for the Class of 2019.

Instructors Wanted: Stewart Heath Gallery
Stewart Heath Gallery is looking to create a creative space on the Eastern Shore that goes beyond your run-of-the-mill gallery. If you are an art, yoga, meditation, dance, or music instructor, this is a beautiful space for class rentals. There are two spaces available for classes: the front gallery space and a private working space in the back area. The space is available Mondays 6 AM to 9 PM, Tuesday-Saturday early morning for private sessions, and anytime after 5 PM. The smaller private back room space is available anytime. If interested, reach out to the gallery at 251-270-1154. You may also contact Andrea Powell Walker at Andrea@divinemoxie.us.

Vendors Wanted: 1st Sunday Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers
The market at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center will feature local, handmade arts & crafts, and locally grown farmer’s market items. There is no fee, but donations to the Friends of Five Rivers Fund are appreciated. A one time application and a photo or online view of your sale items is required. Attendees must RSVP for the market dates you plan to attend no later than one week prior. Apply online today!

Studio Space: Alabama Hues - Art Share, Work Space & Gallery
Alabama Hues strives to foster imagination and creativity in their studio by helping students create beautiful art. Studio is available to book on day-by-day basis. Visit their website for additional information, or call Bill Appling at 251-973-8667 or email bill@alabamahues.org.

Art After Hours
Every other month, a different MAC organization will host all members of the community at a FREE networking event featuring refreshments, entertainment, and community-driven networking. We are currently booking Art After Hours for 2019. If you are interested in hosting an AAH event, email Lucy Gafford, MAC Programs Director. 

Display your local event posters/flyers: Candlewood Suites
Candlewood Suites has room to display posters and flyers for local happenings in their lobby. Call 251-690-7818 or email Hillary@candlewood-mobile.com for additional questions. Candlewood Suites on 121 North Royal Street, Mobile, AL 36602. 

Studio/office spaces for rent at Central Presbyterian Church
Rev. Chris Bullock at Central Presbyterian Church is exploring the possibility of renting rooms in the Church's buildings to artists and arts nonprofits. The Church would be able to offer Internet/wifi, copying/printing/faxing, and air conditioned/heated spaces of varying sizes for a reasonable cost.  If you're interested, email Rev. Bullock. 

The Artists Registry
The word out to ALL ARTISTS in the Gulf Coast region is that your names and your work can now be seen in an all-inclusive data-base. Sponsored and supported by Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Arts Council and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center, the Artists Registry will be an outstanding resource for promoting the arts in Mobile and all communities along the Gulf Coast and beyond. The Artists Registry is designed to showcase local artists along the Southern coast in every area of the arts: music, visual art, dance, theater, needlework….all creative endeavors! The art community recognizes the importance of preserving for posterity the work of local artists and artisans who so essentially reflect the nuances of our time and culture. In addition, inclusion in the Artists Registry would provide a unique resource for possible exhibitions, programs and events to promote the many types of art that are being produced in our area. Please join by filling out the registration form! 

T.A.P. (Teaching Artists Project)
Local artists are encouraged to sign up as part of a network (an artist database) that will be shared between the Museum, the Mobile Arts Council, and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The goal is to make it easier to provide eager artists with jobs - including teaching, public art creation, professional workshops, and more. Find out what you need to sign up through the TAP checklist. If you want to sign up, click here. 


2019 MAC Members' Exhibition

Love in Art Challenge: Dick Blick
Create art inspired by love — all mediums are welcome. Submit an entry on this page between February 4 and February 17, 2019, upload a photo of your piece, and complete the submission form. Be sure to share what mediums you used in the Caption field. Open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Limit one entry per artist.

APAA April Paint Out at Bellingrath Gardens and Dauphin Island
Join the Alabama Plein Air Artists for a weekend paint out at Bellingrath Gardens and Dauphin Island on April 13th and 14th. You do not need to be an APAA member to attend. Email host Jo Ackerman at joanneackerman@aol.com if you plan to register or have any questions.

MoPMA 2019 Call for Artists: 65th Annual Members of PMA Juried Exhibition
The UWF Pensacola Museum of Art invites artists, makers, designers, and creative thinkers from our member community to submit artworks to MoPMA 2019 for the 65th Annual Members of PMA Juried Exhibition. This exhibition seeks to generate community dialogue, foster creative expression and thought, and recognize the support of our member community. Deadline to enter is March 7, 2019 at midnight. MoPMA 2019 is the 65th Annual Members of PMA Exhibition and is open to PMA members working in all media and subject matter. You may become a member when you enter.

Call for Artists: Tulotoma Snail (Art) Trail
On April 25 and 26, from 9 AM - 5 PM, a Plein Air Work Shop taught by Perry Austin, Alabama’s fabulous Plein Air painter will be held in Gold Star Park. On April 27, 2019, from 1 - 5 PM artists will man their booths downtown and sell their original art. Attendees will also be able to purchase the plein air paintings completed at the workshop. Application packages are due on March 15th. See the prospectus for full details!

Call for Artists: Cut and Paste - Rochester Contemporary Art Center
This exhibition will bring together collage-related work by a range of established artists, emerging artists, art groups, and collectives from across the United States and Internationally. Application Deadline is Wednesday, February 20 at 5pm. Enter online today!

Call for Artists: Spartanburg Art Museum 2019-2020 Exhibitions
Spartanburg Art Museum is seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions for 2019-2020. They are interested in all types of work that address contemporary issues and concerns, use traditional materials in unusual ways, and elevate our visitors' experiences to new levels of participation and engagement. Any individual, collective, or group of artists (age 18+) who reside in the United States or Canada may apply. All media and themes will be considered for exhibition. The deadline to apply is March 7th, 2019. For additional information, please visit their website!

Call for Artists: Huntsville - Public Art Installations
Arts Huntsville announced an international Request for Qualifications to design a large-scale, multi-site public art installation in downtown Huntsville. The project expects to span three sites will include a renovated plaza area in Big Spring Park, an interior plaza at RCP Companies’ CityCentre mixed-use development, and a pocket park adjacent to Redstone Federal Credit Union’s new branch located along Huntsville’s developing greenway system. The award for the project is $530,000, making it the largest-scale public art project ever recorded in Huntsville. Selected semi-finalists can propose artwork based on the project criteria. Up to four semi-finalist artists or artistic teams will receive $3,000 honorariums to create and present a design proposal. The deadline to submit qualifications is Friday, February 15th. See full details here!

Call for Artists: 43rd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition
The Montgomery Art Museum has partnered with the Montgomery Art Guild to present a biennial exhibition of contemporary regional art in its galleries since 1960. We are pleased to welcome the art and artists of the 43rd exhibition to the Museum this summer. Juror David Reyes, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Huntsville Museum of Art, will select between 80 and 100 works from approximately 400 entries by about 100 artists. Reyes has been at the Museum since 1994, working on over 300 major exhibitions at the Museum, including the prestigious Red Clay Survey, a recurring juried exhibition of contemporary art with more than 1,200 applicants from the Southeast region. Reyes has juried numerous regional independent art competitions, most recently the 2013 Dogwood Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. All entries must be submitted by Saturday, March 30. Cash prizes are awarded for works judged exceptional by the juror. Apply online here!

Call for Artists and Crafters: Mobile Arts Council - 2019 Market Events
The Mobile Arts Council is now accepting applicants for our 2019 Market Events, including LoDa ArtWalk, SouthSounds Music Festival, and Market in the Park. Please review our 2019 Arts & Craft Market Guidelines before applying. Apply now through our website here!

Call for Artists: Mural on Egan's Bar
Egan’s Bar, a longtime bar in Tuscaloosa in conjunction with Buffalo Rock Pepsi and the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa, are seeking proposals from artists or artist teams for the commission of a site specific outdoor mural to be installed on an existing blank concrete wall on the Egan’s bar building. Egan’s is located at 1229 University Blvd, close to the University of Alabama campus. The wall measures 62’ X 18’. Site specific artwork will be given the highest priority with the potential to: brand the space, introduce color, serve as a backdrop for photos, and provide an invitation for spectators to become part of the art experience. No UA or football themed proposals will be accepted. Artist proposals are due March 1st, and are to include all proposed costs, such as materials, installation, artist fees, etc. Artists will be asked to develop a line itemized budget as part of the proposal submission. Affordability of the project cost will be weighted in the selection process, with a budget up to $10,000.

Call for Artists: Sculpture for Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers
Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers, a privately-owned local business, in conjunction with the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa is seeking an already completed work of public sculpture for a two-year lease to be installed in front of the store location at 1111 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401. Accompanying the lease is a $2,000 stipend to be paid upon completion of the installation of the sculpture. Additional funding of up to $500 will be available to assist with transportation and installation costs. The lease will run from March 2019 through March of 2021. All artists over the age of 18 are eligible to submit a proposal. There is no cost to submit a proposal. Submission are due February 1st, 2019.

Call for Artists & Available Rental Space: Stewart Heath Gallery in Eastern Shore
Stewart Heath Gallery is a new gallery at the Eastern Shore Shopping center (between Dillards and Belk in the outdoor mall). They are currently accepting artists to display their works, as well as renting out their space for events, classes, and more. If interested, contact gallery owner Stewart Heath at 404-822-3018 or email heathjordan@aol.com.

Call for Artists: The Artists' Place at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
The Artists’ Place at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer serves as an arts ministry to the congregation and community. Their intent is to provide works of beauty and aesthetic power in areas of the church where people gather; to provide an outreach to the community by inviting them to display or view local art works; and to provide an opportunity for people in the community to become familiar with Redeemer and the Episcopal Church. View the exhibition information and agreement for more information!

Call for Artists: Salon West 54 Hundred - New Location with Gallery Space
Salon West 54 Hundred is set to open their new “downtown” salon in Midtown on September 1st and are in need of artists. They have 60’ of gallery track with lots of available wall space and an artistic vibe. Commission on sales is 20%. Contact Whitney Vittor at (251) 662-8370 for additional information, or message them on their facebook page.

Call for Artists: New Dauphin Island Gallery - Art Does It
Art Does It (ADI) is an Alabama non-profit with a Federal 501 (c)(3) charitable status, and a Board of Trustees–consisting of artists, business professionals, grant writers, and legal minds– formed in light of the recent need for a permanent artist exhibition space on Dauphin Island. ADI and the artists wish to call the former DI welcome center its home and to operate an artist co-op there. Visit their website to get involved with the gallery!

Call for Vendors: Thursday Markets at Alabama Hues
Beginning Thursday May 10th, local arts and crafts vendors will join us in a monthly sip and shop night. Come out and peruse their work, see vintage and antique vendors with special sales, door prizes, food trucks and more! Vendor fee is $20, bring your own setup. Email alabamahues@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

Call for Artists: Gallery Space at USA's Student Center
The University of South Alabama wants to exhibit your artwork! They have a newly renovated space upstairs in the Student Center featuring a hanging system over an exposed brick wall. Exhibitions can stay hung for at least 2 months, and the faculty will host a free reception for selected artists. If interested, contact Rachael Bolden, Associate Director of the Student Center, by email at rabolden@southalabama.edu or by phone at (251) 460-6196.

Call for Artists: The Lost Garden
The Mobile Arts Council is curating artwork for the Lost Garden (off Dauphin near the Downtown Mobile Alliance). If you are interested in painting a permanent art panel for the garden, volunteering with maintaining the garden, or in being the featured ArtWalk Artist of the Month in the upcoming months, email lgafford@mobilearts.org. View the information flyer for additional information.

Call for Artists: 251 Rocks and MobRox
Paint rocks and hide them for others to find! Join the facebook page and instagram group today. Paint rocks and hide them in places around Mobile and Baldwin counties so that others will find them. You can post hints of where to find your rocks or post pictures of you and the rocks you find. It's a fun, easy, and cheap way to add some smiles and share artistic abilities. 

Call for Artists: ArtWalk at the Cheese Cottage
The Cheese Cottage would like to invite artists and artisans to set up on their patio during ArtWalk nights. Artists would need to bring 100% of their own set up (table and chair). The artists would keep 100% of all sales and commissions. Email sample photos to info@thecheesecottagellc.com if you are interested. Spots are limited!

Call for Artists: ArtWalk at O'Daly's
O'Daly's would like to welcome all artists to set up at Dauphin St. Blues Company in a market style format. They can set up inside or on the sidewalk directly in front of O'Daly's. They will have live music and beer tastings. Artists would need to bring 100% of their own set up (table and chair) and if they need power they would need their own extension cords. The artists would keep 100% of all sales and commissions. The space would be first come, first serve in terms of where to set up. If you want more information, email events@odalysirishpub.com! 

Call for Artists: Lunch at The Shoppes
The Shoppes at Bel Air is putting on a new event called Lunch at The Shoppes - think Art Walk meets lunchtime shopping event. It will happen quarterly on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 AM – 2 PM. They are looking for local artists to setup up their work in the mall for free! Artists cannot sell their artwork on site in the mall, but they can network, pass out cards, arrange to take orders, etc. Artwork must be family-friendly. Bringing your own setup is preferred, but some tables and chairs may be available. Interested artists need to email thomas.richardson@rouseproperties.com to participate! 

Call for Arts & Craft Vendors: Merry Market - The Merry Widow
Grab your friends for cocktails and shopping for the Merry Market, a monthly event hosted by the Merry Widow during ArtWalk (2nd Friday) of eah month. Local vendors set up to sell arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, desserts, bath products and more! Plus a custom cocktail menu crafted each month especially for this event, and available for one night only! Interested vendors: feel free to email info@themerrywidow.net for additional information. However what you mainly need to know is: there is no fee to set up (it’s free!); set up is at 5:00 PM; please try to break down no earlier than 10:00 PM; and please bring your own change. 

Call for Member Artists: Port City Craftsmen
The Port City Craftsmen are a group of crafters that meet once a month at the West Regional Library in Mobile and looking for new members. Established in November since 1972, the group promotes Arts & Crafts in the Mobile area and puts on a big Arts and Crafts Show every year. Visit portcitycraftsmen.com or facebook page for additional information. Email is portcityaftsmen@yahoo.com or call Ingrid Murdock at 251-649-5705 if interested. 

Call for Artists: CATS
CATS: Creative Artistic Treasures Studio. Need art in all media, with cats (meow) as the subject matter. Call Sherry Polansky at 251-308-2552 for an appointment. 

Call for Members: Spanish Fort Artist Guild
Free group open to working artists in the Spanish Fort area. Open studio time, workshops, and meetings scheduled every week on Tuesday from 1 to 3 in the City Hall classroom. Call Claudine Andress at 251-626-6264 for details. 

Call for Members: AIGA Gulf Coast
Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA remains "the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design and is now known simply as 'AIGA, the professional association for design.'" Area designers are recruiting members to begin a Gulf Coast chapter. If you are interested in joining, visit the group's Facebook page. 

Call for Artists: Dauphin Island Gallery
Applications are now being accepted for fine artists and handcrafters in Mobile and South Mobile County to show and sell their work in the Dauphin Island Gallery on 918 Bienville Blvd. Contact the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council at 251-490-0294 or  email photos of your work to jury@dauphinislandas.org if you want to apply!

Call for Artists: Eastern Shore Art Center
The Eastern Shore Art Center offers many opportunities to both members and non-members. Members can take part in annual juried and open exhibitions, a bi-monthly sales gallery, the Art and About Program, open studios, and the gift shop and receive discounts on classes and workshops. ESAC puts on two annual outdoor art festivals, features five galleries with shows that rotate monthly, and presents gallery talks, forums and more that are open to the public. To download an exhibit proposal, visit ESAC online. For more details, email Adrienne Falls. 

Call for Artists and Artisans: MAC Arts & Crafts Markets
Mobile Arts Council offers a variety of opportunities for artists and craft-makers to sell their handcrafted goods throughout the year. We are currently at capacity for this year's events and will not be opening applications for next year's Spring markets until early 2018. Please review Mobile Arts Councils Arts and Crafts Market Guidelines if you are interested in applying. 

Call for Artists: Mobile Art Association 
The Mobile Art Association is the ideal organization for amateur and professional artists.  With over 100 members, MAA provides numerous opportunities to network with and learn from fellow artists. Meetings are on the third Sunday of each month, from September through May, and are held at the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile, AL.  The meeting includes a program to provide instruction, critique, and/or “hands on” opportunities to help artists further develop their knowledge and skills. MAA provides a variety of venues and opportunities for members to show their work, including: Spring Member Exhibition, Fall Juried Exhibition, Bi-Annual Juried Exhibit as part of the Shared Expressions Exhibit at the Mobile Museum of Art, and opportunities to show work at local businesses. Visit MAA's website for details and applications. 

Call for Artists: Mobile Arts Council
Mobile Arts Council coordinates monthly exhibitions in its offices at 318 Dauphin St., emphasizing work by professional and amateur artists who live (or have lived) in the Mobile Bay area.  Shows focus on work by students, emerging artists, artists not represented in a gallery, or established artists moving in a new direction (e.g. a new medium, new subject, new style). The offices feature three exhibition spaces:  the Skinny Gallery and two meeting/conference rooms (the Large Room and the Small Room). Exhibitions are usually displayed from the first Monday of the month through the last Friday. The public is invited to meet the artists from 6 until 9 PM on the second Friday of each month during the LoDa ArtWalk. The offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM and usually on Saturday mornings when the Market on Cathedral Square is active.  For details on submitting a proposal (or on any other aspects of an exhibition), contact Lucy Gafford. 


Open Auditions: Beyond the Myst
Open Auditions for Beyond the Myst, the Lost Years of King Arthur, will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019 between 2:00-5:00 p.m. Free Admission. The Copper Kettle Tea Bar at 106 N. Chicago St, Foley, AL 36535. Auditions are open for all ages 16+, all experience levels. For more information, contact Shari Prestwood, Director at 251-510-0654.

Mobile Bay Film Scramble
DIY FILMMAKING! A make-your-own-short-film challenge where participants receive guidelines that are specific to each challenge, and a short time period to complete and submit a short film. The guidelines may be technical, thematic and/or based on a required prop, character name or dialogue. The films are usually 5-10 minutes in duration, but the duration and further details of each scramble are TBA at each kickoff/signup event. The resulting entries for each Film Scramble are screened as a late night short film festival at the Crescent Theater in Mobile, AL. Mobile Bay Film Scramble began in 2011 and has offered 2-4 film challenges a year ever since. Find out more on how to get involved on their website!

Actor's Edge: Theatre Classes with Eric Browne
Actor's Edge Studio specializes in theatre classes for all ages and skill levels. Intimate classes will take place on weeknights at the Azalea City Center of the Arts. View the class flyer for full details and scheduling information.

Improv Training: Bay Cities Improv Company
No Worries Wednesdays are intended to give actors an opportunity to expand and stretch their skills in a low-risk, no-stress, collaborative situation. For others, it is an opportunity to enhance their personal lives with exposure to stage training. At the end of a session, however, all will have improved their ability to imagine themselves in new situations and respond appropriately. $5 per person. View their page for additional information. 


Musicians Wanted: SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival 2019
Want to play in a local music festival!? Band submissions are now open for the SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival 2019, taking place in downtown Mobile April 12th - 14th! Apply on their website today.

Dance, Gymnastics, Musical Theater and More: Azalea City Center for the Arts
Learn the basics of tumbling and gymnastics while focusing on body control, balance, strength, and flexibility. With yoga techniques added to the gymnastics above, this class will also teach flexibility and body control. Musical Theatre Dance is designed for students to learn multiple musical theatre dance styles: jazz, tap and many Broadway styles based on legendary dance choreographers. Visit their website for full details!

Sway Downtown
Adult ballet, yoga, and more! Classes are offered that range for every fitness level. View their class schedule here! 

The Dance Academy of Mobile
The Dance Academy of Mobile was created in response to an incredible number of requests from parents and students for a new way to experience dance. Our goal is to inspire dancers, young and old, in a caring yet challenging atmosphere. Classes are offered for children and adults in a variety of dance styles: ballet, broadway jazz, contemporary, tap, hula, hip hop, and tahitian dance. View their online schedule for classes and times! 

Classes: Mobile Ballet - The Ballet School
Mobile Ballet School is recognized as the region’s foremost dance studio, offering the finest training in classical ballet and jazz. All students in the Mobile Ballet School enjoy exciting performance opportunities, including being on stage in The Nutcracker ballet at the Mobile Civic Center Theater, performing with the Mobile Ballet Company at the Nutcracker Charity Ball, and the year-end Showcase. Auditions are not required to enroll at Mobile Ballet. Each student is evaluated and placed in the correct class to achieve the best results. Visit their website to view the full class schedules and pricing.


Authors Wanted: Mobile Literary Festival
This year The Haunted Book Shop will act as proprietor for a Festival Book Store (formerly the Local Author Showcase). Enjoy the festival while Angela Quarles and The Haunted Book Shop sell your books for you. Also, throughout the day in the book store (formerly the local author showcase), authors will be invited to read from their books so that patrons can sample and fall in love with your words. In the coming weeks, a signup sheet for author readings will be made available on the festival Facebook page. Your books must be checked into the popup shop located in the Resource Center of the Ben May Main Library on March 15, from noon to 5:30 PM along with a consignment form and picked up at the close of the festival at 4pm on March 16 (same location).

Gulf Cost Writers Association
GCWA is a nationally-recognized organization founded in 1986. Based in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area. GCWA strives to provide opportunities and encouragement for all writers. From individuals who dream of writing their first story or poem, to experienced published authors, GCWA welcomes members whos share the joy of the written word. Visit their website for more information on how to get involved!

Sholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Awards partners with organizations to offer students Sponsored Awards: special opportunities to receive additional scholarships for works in a variety of categories or dealing with particular themes. The 2019 awards will open on December 1st and January 12th, and deadlines vary by region. The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. Visit our online galleries to see examples of works from past National Medalists. Public, private, or home-school students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools abroad enrolled in grades 7–12 are eligible to participate in the Scholastic Awards. Visit the website to enter today! 

Mobile Writers Guild
The Mobile Writers Guild is an organization of professional and aspiring writers. Anyone is welcome to join their monthly meetings at 6 p.m. every first Thursday of the month (September through May) at the West Regional Library on Grelot Road. February's meeting features a presentation on Indie Publishing and Worldbuilding with Brian D. Anderson. 


University of South Alabama's MFA Program
The University of South Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History now offer a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Technologies and Practice. The application deadline for Graduate Assistantship is February 15, 2019. The Program Application Deadline for Fall admissions is July 1, 2019. Contact: diane gibbs at gradart@southalabama.edu or call 241-461-1696 if interested. Graduate Student studio space is available on the USA campus in Fairhope, as well as outstanding faculty and facilities on the USA Mobile, Alabama campus in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Glass, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Visit their website for more information.

Creative Clay Bobblehead Workshop at Alabama Contemporary Art Center
In this two-part workshop led by artist Amanda Youngblood, participants will use a variety of hand-building clay techniques such as pinch pots and slab building to create a unique clay bobblehead. This workshop is geared towards adults (18+) and will be especially useful to art educators, but is open to anyone with a curiosity and appreciation for the arts. Sessions take place March 9th and 16th. Sign up online here!

Art Journaling, Plaster Painting, Pastels, and More - Stewart Heath Gallery
Join Stewart Heath Gallery for a series of intensive art workshops throughout the months of February and March. Visit their Facebook event page for full details and to register!

Call for Entries: The North American Marine Environment Protection Association 10th Annual Art Competition
“All aboard! There’s a place for you in the maritime community!” is an art contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of the American States (CIP-OAS) are welcome. All submissions from students enrolled in grades K-12 living in the Americas (North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean). Students living outside the Americas are welcome to apply, provided they have one or more parents on active duty with the U. S. Coast Guard. Submissions will be accepted from January 2, 2019 - March 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Visit their website for full details!

Kiln-Worked Glass Classes: Rene Culler LLC

Art Classes with William Morris
Take private art classes in Oils, Acrylics, and Watercolors with William Morris at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, 1050 Azalea Road. Contact Bill Morris at (251) 404-6980. Cost: 65.00 monthly. Schedule: Tuesdays (9am-12 pm, 1pm-4pm, 530pm-830pm) Wednesdays (9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm) and Thursdays (9am-12pm). 

Sewing, Illustration, Beginners Drawing Classes, and More: Marnée's Studio
Join Marnée's Studio for a number of classes throughout the year. Drawing, painting, figure drawing, and more! BYOB and food for all classes. Visit the Marnée's Studio website for details! 

T.A.P. (Teaching Artists Project)
Local artists are encouraged to sign up as part of a network (an artist database) that will be shared between the Museum, the Mobile Arts Council, and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The goal is to make it easier to provide eager artists with jobs - including teaching, public art creation, professional workshops, and more. Find out what you need to sign up through the TAP checklist. If you want to sign up, click here! 

Eastern Shore Camera Club
Provides members, from beginners to professionals, with educational and skill building opportunities in the art of photography; admission is free and open to anyone interested. Second Thursdays, 6:30 PM. Faulkner State Community College, Centennial Building, School Street and Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope. Call 251-401-0008 for details. 

Monthly Free Workshops: Ikebana
Ikebana International of Mobile, Chapter 164 would like to welcome newcomers to their free monthly programming. Workshops take place at the Asian Culture House, 850 Zeigler Boulevard on every first Friday of the month from 10 AM - 12 PM. There, they present many programs, including Japanese floral arranging and gift wrapping. Admission is free! 

Sumi-e Studio
First and third Tuesday, 10 AM – 1 PM. Hosted by the Shibui Chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America. Sessions take place at the Asian Culture House, 4850 Ziegler Boulevard. $2. Eventual membership requested/ $10 annually. Contact Carol Wiggins for questions at carolw2651@comcast.net. 

Azalea City Center for the Arts
Classes for young people, including special needs children, in a variety of disciplines - dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department
Classes in various arts and crafts for adults and children at a number of venues; see in particular The Art Instructional Center at Lavretta Park. Complete schedule and information. 

Daphne Art Center
Ongoing and weekly classes for adults and children, workshops and "fun evenings." Complete schedule. 

Eastern Shore Art Center 
Classes and workshops for adults and children. Visit the Center website and click on "Education." 

Mobile Museum of Art 
For adults - workshops, ongoing classes, and off-site classes; for children and families - after-school classes, spring break art camp, and art for home-schooled children. Visit the Museum website and click on Learn. 

University of South Alabama Center for Continuing Education
Classes in a variety of subjects from personal to professional development opportunities, college prep courses, photography, foreign language, dance, and more! Complete Course List 

Arts and Crafts Markets

Mobile Arts Council offers a variety of opportunities for artists and craft-makers to sell their handcrafted goods throughout the year.

LoDa ArtWalk

A monthly event jointly sponsored by the City of Mobile’s Special Events Department and Mobile Arts Council. On this evening, local art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops open their doors for people to come inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa ArtWalk. A map can be located on the bottom of the Special Events webpage here. To display inside a gallery during ArtWalk, please contact that gallery directly.

When:  Every second Friday of the month, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: LoDa (Downtown Mobile)

Holiday Market

Every year Mobile Arts Council and the City of Mobile’s Special Events Department work together to create the annual Holiday Market, taking place in Cathedral Square on December 8, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM

Market in the Park

Each year, Mobile Arts Council partners with the City of Mobile’s Special Events Department to produce this market event. Formerly known as Market on the Square, Market in the Park is the same market, located in Cathedral Square in Downtown Mobile. The market features one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by local artisans, as well as locally grown produce, seafood, cheese and eggs, honeys, flowers and plants, baked goods, pasta, and more.

When - Seasonal event:


  • April 28
  • May 5, 12, 19, 26
  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • 7:30 AM until noon


  • October 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17
  • 7:30 AM until noon

Where: Cathedral Square (Downtown Mobile)

1065 Festival Arts and Crafts Market

Add: 1065 Festival Arts and Crafts Market; The 1065 Festival Arts and Crafts Market will take place in Downtown Mobile. This year Mobile Arts Council will be coordinating an arts and crafts market component that will take place on Saturday, September 29 through Sunday, September 30, 2018. Timeframe: 2 PM to 7 PM. Location: Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile. Vendors are responsible for providing their own 10x10 tent, table, and chairs.

SouthSounds Arts and Crafts Market

SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival will be taking place in Downtown Mobile. This year Mobile Arts Council will be coordinating an arts and crafts market component that will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 through Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Timeframe: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Location: Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile. Vendors are responsible for providing their own 10x10 tent, table and chairs.

Mobile Galleries

The fourth edition of A Guide to Downtown Art Spaces is now available, listing venues that display original art, both commercial and non-profit organizations devoted specifically to art, as well as businesses for which visual art is an ancillary feature.

The brochure lists each venue’s physical address, phone number, website address and hours of operation. It also features a map showing each venue’s location.

The project has been coordinated by Mobile Arts Council, which hosts a monthly meeting of representatives of downtown art spaces, open to anyone who would like to be involved. Dee Cariglino (dee c. design) is responsible for the look and layout of the publication, and the printing was provided in part by Optera Creative.

Arts and Culture Directory