President’s Message

Supporting the arts in Southwest Florida


Whether living in Southwest Florida or just visiting for a short time, the impact of the arts in this area isn’t exactly “breaking news.”

Art festivals and related arts and crafts opportunities abound here and are a major part of the magnetic draw that brings people to this region, whether to plant roots or to relax for a few days. An array of non-profit art organizations and art studios in this region of Florida are providing and driving art education and creation, for residents and visitors of all age-groups.

Sixteen of these organizations are members of The Art Council of SouthWest Florida, a non-profit umbrella arts organization that supports and publicizes the work of these organizations. Additionally, the Council provides exhibit and sales opportunities for the nearly 7,000 artists and craftspeople who are members of the affiliate organizations.

1)  In even years the Council organizes its Spring Art Show, open to all member artists and craftspeople of the affiliate organizations.

2)  In odd years, the presidents of the member organizations nominate the work of their prize-winning artists to the Winners’ Circle Exhibit, highlighting the best work of their juried shows over the past two years.

3)  The Art Council operates a year-round sales venue, the ACSWF Co-operative Art Gallery at the prestigious Coconut Point Mall in Estero, Florida. Because it is an all-volunteer effort, the gallery expands the creative knowledge of the participating artists and craftspeople by providing opportunities for curating and interaction with customers.

This ACSWF website is a one-stop location for highlighting the activities of the Council’s member organizations, thereby promoting the array of artistic opportunities to the residents living in and visiting this beautiful region of Florida.

We welcome you to this site, and invite any and all comments and suggestions for improvement.

Don Long, PhD, President ACSWF


The earth, without art, is eh . . . .    (attributed to? . . .  we haven’t the faintest idea.)