Dirty Fingernails

Dirty Fingernails is an annual exhibition, celebration, and fundraiser hosted by the Center for Visual Artists, a non-profit located in downtown Greensboro, NC.

Dirty Fingernails began as an end of the summer camp art exhibition in 2006.  Each year its numbers have grown to now feature over 600 works of art that represents over 300 young artists in our community between the ages of 3 to 18.  In 2008, the annual Dirty Fingernails Celebration was introduced as an interactive family event to highlight the exhibition.  A fundraising component in conjunction with the celebration began that same year.  Dirty Fingernails raises money for the CVA Summer Scholarship Fund to provide monetary support for all children to have the opportunity to attend camp. 

The Dirty Fingernails Exhibition is the biggest children’s art exhibition in the area and only one of its kind representing over 300 young artists. Every CVA camp participant is featured in the exhibition with at least a single work of art on display. The exhibition includes work in all media. This year's exhibition will have a POP-UP SHOP theme!

We are opening the exhibition with a Dirty Fingernails Celebration, a free interactive family event open to the public. The Celebration includes art activities, fashion show, sweet treats, and more. Join us to celebrate the young artists in our community! 

The Dirty Fingernails Exhibition and Celebration is an opportunity for families and those in the community to support the arts in an easy way. Admission to the show is $1. Large dollar tax-deductible donations may also be made. 100% of the proceeds support our Scholarship Fund.


How can you contribute to our 2017 Scholarship Campaign? It is as simple as making a donation.

1. Donate Online: Make an individual online contribution during your camp registration process or directly by clicking the "Give the Gift of Art" icon at the bottom of the page. Online donations are available for our sponsorship levels of $5 - $100. All donors will be recognized through signage at the event as well as online. The $50 and $100 level receive additional perks (click on the link in the next paragraph.)

2. Become a Dirty Fingernails Sponsor:
 You or your business can make a financial contribution from $50 - $5000 to become a Dirty Fingernails Event Sponsor. 100% of your donation supports the CVA Scholarship Fund, which provides visual art enrichment opportunities for families who cannot afford our programming otherwise. Read our Dirty Fingernails Event Sponsorship Levels here. We also accept donations in any amount to the Scholarship Fund and are grateful for EVERY gift!

All donations to the scholarship fund are tax deductible.



Exhibition: Friday, August 4 - Friday, August 18, 2017

Opening Celebration: First Friday, August 4, 2017 from 5pm - 8pm


The Center for Visual Artists Gallery, 2nd floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center located on 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro, NC 27401.


Displaying children’s art in a gallery setting promotes self-esteem and self-confidence not only in regards to artistic ability and talent, but to the simple idea that the artwork that they created with their own hands and imagined using their own creative minds is important enough to be on display for all to see.

Dirty Fingernails is also our big event each year to promote our Scholarship Program that allows us to offer art enrichment opportunities throughout the year to families that may not be able to afford such programs.