The Exhibition Galleries

The Willson Exhibit Room and Hall Gallery feature rotating visual art exhibitions. Check our calendar for current and upcoming exhibits. You may see everything from local student art to well-known regional artists to traveling exhibitions curated by professionals in their field.

We also organize an annual juried art competition, usually on exhibit in November and December. Open to residents of the area, we include separate divisions for high school, college, and adults, each with cash prizes.

Current Exhibit

July 8 – August 23, 2019

Athens Area Council for the Arts (AACA) is proud to host “The Magic of Watercolor,” an exhibit by Knoxville and Chattanooga Chapter members of Tennessee Watercolor Society from July 8 through August 23, 2019 at The Arts Center in Athens.
Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS) is the largest and most respected organization in Tennessee dedicated to the exploration and advocacy of water media. Marie Spaeder Hass and Jean Porter, coordinators of the Chattanooga and Knoxville chapters, respectively wanted an opportunity for an inter-chapter exhibition and thought Athens would be a wonderful venue for such a show.
Athenian artists have long been represented in the prestigious society as revered painters Betty Grater and Frances Graves are longtime signature members and past officers. Dee Hoffman, an Etowah artist, instructor, and AACA exhibitor/artist is a member, as is AACA’s beloved watercolor instructor, Sandy Brown. When Brown, a signature member of TnWS, made a proposal on behalf of the society, AACA’s visual arts committee was eager to collaborate.
The exhibition includes active, associate, and signature members from both the Knoxville and Chattanooga chapters of the society.
Exhibiting artists are: Kimberly Ball, Linda Blair, Sandy Brown, Helen Burton, Durinda Cheek, Lil Clinard, Elizabeth Darling, Thom Eckert, Loretta Lee Edge, Betty Grater, Frances Graves, Maria Spaeder Haas, Summer Graham Hartman, Spencer Hudson, Dee Hoffman, Linda Johnson, Jennie Kirkpatrick, Judy Lavoie, Jean Porter, Richard Rice, Linn Stillwell, and Laurie Szilvagyi.
Art enthusiasts may mingle with the artists and learn about techniques and processes from four distinguished members at AACA’s inaugural visual arts event of the 2019-2020 season. On Friday July 19, 2019 at 5pm the evening will begin with a panel discussion featuring: Helen Burton and Marie Spaeder Haas (Chattanooga Chapter) and Judy Lavoie, TnWS 2018 Best in Show Winner, and Spencer Hudson (Knoxville Chapter). Following is an opening reception from 5:30-7:00pm. Arts Ambassadors provide light refreshments for this free event.

All AACA programs are supported by premier sponsors Edward Jones of Athens, Financial Guidance Partners, Willsonthropic, Inc – Mintie C. Willson – Willson Family Fund, Wolfenden Family Pharmacies, as well as the Tennessee Arts Commission, which also supports Tennessee Watercolor Society.

Upcoming Exhibits

Coming August 26 – October 4: Exposure Photography Competition and Exhibit!


Previous Exhibits

Broadly Speaking, 2019

High School Art Show, 2019

Annual Regional College Student Art Show, 2019

Rochambeau Drawings 2012-2013, 2019

Re-imagined 2018

Upside Down and Inside Out 2018

Exposure 2018

High School Art Show 2018

Regional College Student Art Show 2018

The Process: AACA Students and Teachers

Building America

A Glimpse Through the Artist’s Eye

Surface Geographies

Reflections: An exhibit by Mark Mcleod

High School Art Show 2017

Regional College Student Art Show 2017

Shades: An Exhibit by Charlie Newton

One World: Annual Themed Exhibit

Follow Innocence: an exhibit by Richard Whitehead

Everyone Needs Art: an exhibit by Jalyn Weston

Made Here: An exhibit by AACA Students and Teachers

High School Art Show 2016

Regional College Student Art Show 2016

Gospel Quilts: A Quilt Concert by Karen Malone

Creative Harvest: The Art of Agriculture

Sandy Brown: Recent Works

Me and the Gazelle: Angela Dittmar Posey

Painter, Pioneer: The Life of Goldie Denton Mayfield

High School Art Show 2015

Regional College Student Art Show 2015

Art of Recycling

Roots of Our Art: Collected Works by Athens’ Own


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