Arts on Douglas was established in 1966 by artists and Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) founder, Doris Leeper, and artist/benefactor Ed Harris. Originally conceived as a commercial gallery to promote the work and careers of professional artists from the state of Florida, the gallery has since formalized its affiliation with ACA, combining missions, resources and programs to further facilitate community engagement with the creative arts. Located in historic downtown New Smyrna Beach, the building was formerly a used furniture warehouse and originally a 1930s era Ford showroom and service center.
The building was transformed into a 3,500 square foot exhibition space that presents 18 exhibitions a year. The gallery's ongoing exhibition program features a broad spectrum of artistic styles, media and temperaments, including experimental genres in its newest addition, the alt_space. The alt_space gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to Florida artists from various contemporary genres including: conceptual art, site specific installation, new media, digital media, video, sculpture or other experimental practices. The space was conceived in order to provide emerging and established visual artists with an alternative space to show their work, as well as to provide a platform to engage the community in a dialogue about art process, methodology, concepts and materials. Arts on Douglas is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.