Mena Art Gallery is located in the small town of Mena, Arkansas, in the Ouachita Mountains. We support individual and community involvement in the creative arts, and we strive to inspire and serve all ages of artists.

We embrace the many artists who have moved to our area from all over the world, bringing with them new ideas and fresh interpretations of art.

We provide workshops, seminars, field trips, classes, art shows, exhibits and more. Most years we will have 12 different shows, many of which have entries open to anyone. Check our Scheduled Shows & Exhibits page for details about entry dates and themes.

Because artists often work in creative isolation, our membership meetings strive to provide that sense of connection and encouragement and a forum for ongoing art dialogue.

Southwest Artists, Inc. (SWA), is a local non-profit 501(3)C organization which has been devoted to promoting the arts in Mena since 1945.

To continue these activities and begin the many new ones we are planning to add in the coming months, we must reach out to new constituencies for support and participation. We hope you will join in our mission to bring art to the people of Polk County by giving a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member today. Call (479-394-3880) for information or come by the gallery at 607 Mena Street.
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Scheduled Shows & Exhibits
  • Arkansas The Natural State
    Wed Jan 31st 2018 - Sat Feb 24th 2018

    This is a "new" judged show featuring paintings, photography, drawings, pen & ink, and dimensional pieces that have an Arkansas theme. The items displayed will include an explanation, date, location and sentiments about the site... - More Info
  • The Art of Hair
    Wed Feb 28th 2018 - Sat Mar 24th 2018

    This is the first year for The Art of Hair show. Hair artists will have two entry opportunities: photography & mannequin. Under photography there are four categories: braid, color, cut, and style... - More Info
  • Young Artists Competition
    Wed Mar 28th 2018 - Sat Apr 28th 2018

    This is a judged art competition for artists ages 5 to 17. This exhibit highlights young artists in the area and includes drawing, painting, and 3-D. There are several prize awards for participants... - More Info

Arkansas The Natural State
January 31st -thru- February 24th
Mena Art Gallery

Art Day
February 27th
11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mena Art Gallery

The Art of Hair
February 28th -thru- March 24th

Art Day
March 6th
11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mena Art Gallery

Twining Workshop
Teacher - Niki Dempsey
March 9th
11 a.m. - 1 p..m.
Mena Art Gallery

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Gallery News
  • 2017 Mena Art Gallery Shows & Events Schedule - We have a wonderful line up for 2018. Click here for the 2018 Schedule of Shows & Events. We encourage new artists to participate in our shows.Click here for a 2018  Entry & Pick Up Schedule. If you have any questions please call the gallery at 479-394-3880.
  • Signature Membership Guidelines - Signature Member status in SouthWest Artists, Inc. (SWA) identifies those members who have achieved consistent recognition in National or Regional SWA Competitions.  Members must apply for this status by completing, signing and submitting an application. Only those awarded signature status by SWA may use the SWA logo to sign their work.  To maintain signature status, SWA membership must be kept current. To qualify for signature status, The applicant must have: received 2 awards OR been accepted in 3 SWA National Competitions, Or received 3 or more awards in any category in SWA Regional Competitions.

    Currently the SWA competitions include The Art of the Heartland National Competition, the Ouachita Expressions Regional Competition, and the Photography Regional Competition. Signature Status can be applied for retroactively for past awards back to 2011 and posthumously. Additional competitions may be added in the future.

    Click here for the application form.


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