To foster the advancement of and provide opportunities for all visual artists, particularly emerging, and to increase community awareness, appreciation, and support of North Carolina artists.


Visual Art Exchange (VAE) is a non-profit organization established to encourage and support the development of the visual artists and was founded in 1980 by and for artists in order to be a non-commercial venue to support the advancement of artists. VAE is Raleigh's longest running, private, non-profit visual arts organization.

VAE supports artists by:

  • Providing entrepreneurial and leadership education and resources for artists.

  • Establishing and energizing support networks for artists.

  • Advancing the role of artists within the community.

  • Advocating for the advancement of artists and value of creativity in our lives.

VAE is currently maintains  a 4,000 s/f gallery and workspace in Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District. The organization offers a variety of entry points for artists; starting with a non-juried membership, volunteer opportunities, introductory education programs, and community exhibitions. As artists progress, juried group exhibitions, one-on-one meetings with staff, and artists forums help them cultivate their skills and network. The most advanced or ambitious artists can take part in featured artist programs, experimental galleries, and participate in intensive workshops to launch or retool their careers. There are also many ways for the larger community to get involved, including open gallery hours, artists talks, First Friday gallery walks and volunteer committees. VAE is known in the Triangle as a place where artists can try new things, build a support network and accelerate their careers.