Welcome to the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild!

We are very excited about our new programs, classes and artists!  2016 is looking to be great year for the Rutherford County Artists Guild and we hope you will join us in our efforts to preserve and promote art in Rutherford County.

Recycle Renaissance
2016 Topic Contest Series

This show is in partnership with the Town of Rutherfordton to create awareness around their recycling program while also dressing up the downtown area. The idea…to bring the town’s recycling bins to life!

Artists will receive a primed recycling trash can as their canvas. The challenge in this contest is to create something that is both artistic and contains the recycling symbol. Although the entire project does not have to be recycling focused, the recycling symbol has to appear in a prominent place on the artwork so that it is apparent the can is for recycling and not trash.  Sign up today by visiting the Visual Arts Center in downtown Rutherfordton or email us at rcvartg@gmail.com.

Call for Artists…
2016 COTA

The 2016 Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Art Sale & Exhibition will be held August 23 – September 23, 2016 at the VAC. Applications are available online here and the VAC. Applications are due August 4, 2016. New rule this year, 2D art work will have a size limitation. Framed 2D work should not exceed 30″ x 26″ and have a minimum size of 16″x 14″. Participants may enter a total of 4 pieces in the show.

Art Classes and Workshops

To view our upcoming classes and workshops click here.

Location and Hours

You will find us at The Visual Arts Center, 160 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC. Send us mail at P.O. Box 2015, Rutherfordton, NC 28139, or call us at 828.288.5009.

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) has a gallery, gift shop, and art classes – all open to the public. The VAC is operated by 100% volunteer members of the Guild. The Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The VAC is open the following hours:

  • Tuesday – Thursday 10 am to 3 pm
  • Friday 10 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday 10 am to 3 pm
  • Currently we are closed Sunday – Monday


We are in the process of updating and improving our website so make sure to bookmark this page and check back for some exciting changes, improvement and contests.

The RCVAG web site is funded in part by a grant from the
North Carolina Arts Council.

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