• Dale Carnegie
    "The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure."
  • Andy Warhol
    "An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have."


Welcome to the website of the Art Council of Southwest Florida. The Art Council is an umbrella organization established to serve its members, 16 art organizations located in five southwest Florida counties (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry).
The member organizations provide a variety of exhibits, classes, workshops and a host of other educational opportunities for its members, nearly 7,000 arts and craftspeople.  The result is a growing emphasis on artistic creativity in the southwest Florida region, the arts providing one more enjoyable enticement for coming to Florida, whether as full-time residents, as periodic “seasonal” visitors, or as tourists.  
The Council is operated by a board consisting of six elected officers and the delegates of the member organizations. The participation of delegates is key to keeping their organizations informed and attuned to the offerings and opportunities at the other member studios.
An important initiative of the Council is its Co-operative Art Gallery, located in the prestigious Coconut Point Mall in Estero, Florida. The Gallery provides an exhibit and sales outlet for the arts and craftspeople who are developing their creative skills at the Council’s affiliate organizations.
Thus, in a variety of ways, the Art Council is working to support a thriving arts and crafts environment which makes southwest Florida one of the best places in America to live, raise a family and create.


Connecting artists and arts in southwest florida since 1963.