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
  • National Small Works Juried Show
    Wed Sep 6th 2017 - Sat Sep 30th 2017

    This is our first national juried competition of small works not larger than 18". It will include oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, pen & ink, and graphite. - More Info
  • The Art of the Heartland National Juried Show
    Wed Oct 4th 2017 - Sat Oct 28th 2017

    This is our third annual national juried competition - The Art of the Heartland. It will include oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, pen & ink, and graphite... - More Info
  • Christmas Gift Show
    Wed Nov 1st 2017 - Sat Dec 30th 2017

    You will find unique items from stocking stuffers to that special piece in our Christmas Gift Show. There will be paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, and more... - More Info

National Small Works Juried Show
September 6th -thru- September 30th
Mena Art Gallery

Fiber Arts Group
September 23rd
Noon - 3 p.m.
Mena Art Gallery

Fiber Arts Group
September 30th
Noon - 3 p.m.
Mena Art Gallery

The Art of the Heartland National Juried Show
October 4th -thru- October 28th
Mena Art Gallery

Fiber Arts Group
October 7th
Noon - 3 p.m.
Mena Art Gallery

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Gallery News
  • 2017 Ouachita Expressions Award Winners - Congratulations to all the 2017 Ouachita Expressions award winners!
    Best of Show – Jim Brace – “Greers Ferry Lake”
    Works on Paper:
    1st – Tiffany Lane – “A Place in the Sun”
    2nd – Gilda Meyers – “Un-Spoken”
    3rd – Judith Cantrell – “Lincoln’s Sparrows”
    H.M. – Barbara Holdeman – “Hershey”
    Works on Canvas:
    1st – Carol Flori – “Master and Commander”
    2nd – Carolyn MacMahon – “Early Autumn at New Forest”
    3rd – Judith Cantrell – “The Stalk”
    H.M. – Carol Sheets – “Onita”
    1st – Jo Eldridge – “Whiskers”
    2nd – Celestra Myers – “Reaching for the Light”
    3rd – Patricia Trulock – “Remember”
    H.M. – Lowell Thomas – “Lake Milwood in the Fog”
    1st – Marvin Gentry – “Nature Finds A Way”
    2nd – Jane Brace – “Waterfall”
    3rd – Lynn Greenwade – “Yellow Flower Toad House”
    H.M. – Jim Brace – “Pan Fish”
    Yankee Clipper Award – Gilda Meyers – “Sistas”
    Memorial Award (Jimmie Smith) Ouachita Artists, Mt. Ida – Linda Godbold – “Proud Zeke”
    Domestic Cat Awards – Niki Dempsey – “Cat Pillow”
    Susan Sebren – “Mosaic Siamese”
  • 2017 Mena Art Gallery Shows & Events Schedule - We have a wonderful line up for 2017. Click here for the 2017 Schedule of Shows & Events. We encourage new artists to participate in our shows.Click here for a 2017  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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