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.

New this year: Topic Contest Series

This art show is open to all artists of all ages and the winners will be chosen by public vote.  Our first topic was “Take the Leap” and it was a huge success with over 20 entries.

Our current contest series is “FUNC it up” with a music theme. FUNC is Rutherfordton’s downtown summer music concert series on the first Friday night of each month May – October (Friday Unplugged at Central).

For artists that submitted applications, artwork should be dropped off at the Visual Arts Center on April 22-23.

The show will run from: April 26 – May 5  and the public is invited to stop in and vote for your favorite piece.

Reception: May 6 from 6 to 8 pm. Winners will be announced at the reception.

*Winning pieces will be displayed during the month of May in our showcase window.  All winning artists are required to leave their pieces until the end of the month.

2016 COTA is Coming!!

The 2016 Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Art Sale & Exhibition will be held August 23 – September 23, 2016 at the VAC. Applications will be available starting June 1st (on the website and at the VAC) and applications will be 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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