About ThirstyCanvas

ThirstyCanvas was born in Dallas, TX where we hosted a variety of gallery format art events to raise awareness in the importance of the arts and provide funding resources to existing artists and arts organizations. Our first beneficiary was to Art Conspiracy, a Dallas staple and amazing community of artists that grew from a small, "underground" auction to an extremely successful, yet humble annual event that has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Dallas area nonprofits.

Finally, after years of rest and relocating to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina ThirstyCanvas was born again - bringing with it the grit, passion, and energy of our humble beginnings and friends at "ArtCon" as an annual art auction and event where artists across multiple mediums come together to bring collectors an affordable, high energy, street level, and adrenaline pumping art auction in support of expanding art education and mentorship opportunities to the young artists of Western North Carolina.

100% of auction sales go directly toward funding art supplies for WNC public schools, and our high school senior student residency and mentorship programs.

There are two main events throughout the year, beginning with the ThirstyCanvas Auction in fall and ending with our high school juried exhibition in spring, where all interested junior and senior high school students within the 23 counties of Western North Carolina are encouraged to apply.

Students in the junior category will be competing for a generous amount of art supplies and a senior residency in our gallery. Here, their work will be on display as they receive a wealth of professional development and mentorship services covering important topics such as CV and Artist Statements, Certificate of Authenticity development, social media and advertising strategy, grant research and application process, project proposals, and much more. The student awarded a senior residency will also receive automatic entry for exhibition the following spring.

Students competing in the senior category are looking to take home cash, new supplies, certificate of excellence and a letter of recommendation for their CV and college application.

This year, the ThirstyCanvas Auction will be taking place on November 20th, 2021 downstairs at Boojum Brewing Co. inside "The Gem".

Interested in getting involved as an ARTIST? (click here)

Interested as a VOLUNTEER? (click here)

"The foundation and glue to our continued efforts in the various exhibitions, projects, school scholarship opportunities, and artist development/ LGBTQIA+ support services are largely held together by donations from our artists, collectors, and members of the communities to whom we serve. It is truly a humbling honor"

- Ashten McKinney | Curatory Galleries, LLC

founder/ curator/ project & design consultant


Your support ensures Waynesville, NC continues to have an accepting gallery space committed to inspire creativity and mindful awareness in both social and political challenges, while representing young and established Artists alike who through showcasing their talents are provided a platform where their voices can be heard.

Please consider a DONATION and help shape the future of visual arts in WNC