VAE's 3000 square foot Main Gallery hosts 12 juried and non-juried exhibits every year. Some shows are annual favorites like Contemporary South and Scope: the Southern Landscape. Other shows have interesting themes designed to get audiences and artists thinking and excited!

Check out our Calls for Artists page to see what's coming up & how you can get involved!


Main Gallery

Contemporary South '18 

February 2 - March 24, 2018

The South is a hub for creativity. Raleigh is doing its part to lead this charge: The City of Raleigh has adopted the Raleigh Arts Plan, a ten-year master plan to strengthen arts and culture for all. 

To do our part, VAE showcases some of the most ambitious and timely works by artists from across the region in our annual exhibition, Contemporary South. The purpose of the exhibition is to gather a survey of what artists in the Regional South are currently creating. Since 2012 this exhibition has grown and expanded to become one of VAE's most popular exhibitions.