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
  • Art of the Heartland Juried Competition & Exhibition
    Wed Sep 28th 2016 - Tue Nov 1st 2016

    Congratulations to the award winners of our second annual Art of the Heartland Competition!     1st Place - Charles Rouse - "New York Chefs"     2nd Place - Judy Takacs - "Fierce the Quiltmaker"      3rd Place - Tiffany Lane - "American Beauty"     Arkansas Artist Award - Daniel Cassity - "The Kings Solicitors" Come and see this amazing exhibit of artwork... - More Info
  • Christmas Gift Show
    Wed Nov 2nd 2016 - Tue Jan 3rd 2017

    For the annual Christmas Gift Show at Mena Art Gallery, you will find unique items from stocking stuffers to that special piece that will make someone's eye light up on Christmas morning... - More Info
  • Ouachita Arts Celebration
    Sat Nov 5th 2016
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    The third annual Ouachita Arts Celebration is going to be bigger and better than ever. There will around 20 artists’ booths in the street. Building on the success of the first two street festivals, we will be closing an additional block of Mena Street to accommodate a large group of pre-war automobiles... - More Info

Art of the Heartland Juried Competition & Exhibition
September 28th -thru- November 1st
Mena Art Gallery

Weekly Art Day
October 25th
11:00am - 2:00pm
Mena Art Gallery

Weekly Art Day
November 1st
11:00am - 2:00pm
Mena Art Gallery

Christmas Gift Show
November 2nd -thru- January 3rd
Mena Art Gallery

Ouachita Arts Celebration
November 5th
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Gallery News
  • Accepting Vendors for the Ouachita Arts Celebration - Accepting applications for vendors for the third annual Ouachita Arts Celebration. It is going to be bigger and better than ever.
    There will around 20 artists’ booths in the street. Building on the success of the first two street festivals, we will be closing an additional block of Mena Street to accommodate a large group of pre-war automobiles. These cars will be on display showing the tremendous handwork that went into them. Vintage Tin Restoration of Mena is helping organize this addition to our festival.
    This year we’ll have many children’s activities with demonstrations and hands-on creative things for the family. Watch Tommy Young’s birds flying and have your photo made with them. There will be martial arts demonstrations, flint knapping (arrow head making), native American drumming, live music, belly dancing and all the stores will be open. American Artisans and the Skyline will once again be serving food.
    The Mena Art Gallery will host artist demonstrations and the annual Christmas Show will be in place for shopping. Actors from the Ouachita Little Theater will be in costume on the streets as well as local school choirs performing in the businesses.
    This event highlights local schools, businesses, non-profits, RMCC, City of Mena, antique stores, restaurants and many artists from the community for an unusual day of fun.
    For those of you who want to really be a part of this, click here for artist booth applications or call the Mena Art 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.  The logo appears above left. 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.
  • EXTENDED HOURS FOR OCTOBER - Mena Art Gallery's extended hours for the month of October are Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon to 4 p.m.