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.
February 10 – March 30, 2020
The Athens Area Council for the Arts is excited to announce the opening of our annual Regional College Student Art Show, an exhibition and competition for regional college students. The exhibit will be open from February 10 – March 30, 2020 at The Arts Center with a free opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, February 21 at 5:30 PM.
This year’s exhibition includes nineteen pieces from nine artists. These artists are coming from Tennessee Wesleyan University, Cleveland State Community College, and Lee University, and their pieces range in mediums and subject matter.
“[the range of mediums we see in this exhibit] is easily one of my favorite parts of the exhibition. It always brings out such an interesting combination of styles and mediums that you just don’t see in standard themed exhibits. It’s fascinating to get a glimpse at the future of art.” says Gallery Coordinator, Leslie Arnold.
The judge for this year’s exhibit is Ron Buffington. Ron Buffington teaches Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, TN, where he served as Head of the Department of Art from 2012-2018. He received his MFA from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. Buffington’s work has been featured in numerous curated exhibitions, including: The Shadow’s Body: Painting’s Allegorical Impulse at Watkins College of Art, Nashville, TN; Primarily Painting at Muse, Philadelphia, PA; Aloe Vera at Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX; and Tennessee Abstract Painting at the Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, TN. Buffington has participated in residencies at: the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada; Mudhouse in Agios Ioannis, Crete; SÍM in Reykjavík, Iceland; Fjúk in Husavík, Iceland; Vermont Studio Center in Johnson,VT; and Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Mr. Buffington had these words to say to the artists participating in the exhibit,
“They should be proud of their inclusion in this exhibition, and even prouder that they have taken the chance to share their passion. This, above all, is paramount to practicing as an artist: to endure rejection and remain committed to one’s vision; to take acclamation in stride; and to continue to put oneself on the line, over and over.”
There will be an opening reception and awards ceremony for the exhibit on Friday, February 21 beginning at 5:30 PM at The Arts Center. The Awards will be announced at 6:00 PM. Following the reception is a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, an ACT production. This thrilling rock opera will begin at 7:30 PM, and tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at The Arts Center.
1st place: “Stump” by Andy Tate of Cleveland State Community College
2nd place: “Llama’s Eye” by Olivia Housewright of Tennessee Wesleyan University
3rd place: “A Bridle Path” by Gary McDonald of Lee University
People’s Choice Award: “Untitled” by Darius Green of Tennessee Wesleyan University
Honorable Mention, Most Effective Union of Form and Content: “Sleeping In” by Payton Hayman of Lee University
Honorable Mention, Most Understated: “Attraction” by Darius Green of Tennessee Wesleyan University
AACA is grateful to a group of corporate sponsors supporting the arts in our community. All AACA programs are supported by premier sponsors Financial Guidance Partners, Willsonthropic, Inc – Mintie C. Willson – Willson Family Fund, Wolfenden Family Pharmacies, as well as the Tennessee Arts Commission. Exhibit sponsors for RCSAS are Estes & Kennedy Law Offices. Our performance sponsor for the season is Gibby and Sons Pool Services. Our ACT season sponsors are Covenant Pediatrics, Muddy Waters Wine & Spirits, The Sock Shop, Starr Regional Medical Center, and Grover Thurman.
SAPIYKUNAPAQ: My Roots, Mis Raíces, 2020
Open Exhibit, 2020
Behind the Scenes, 2019
The Magic of Watercolor, 2019
Broadly Speaking, 2019
High School Art Show, 2019
Annual Regional College Student Art Show, 2019
Rochambeau Drawings 2012-2013, 2019
Upside Down and Inside Out 2018
High School Art Show 2018
Regional College Student Art Show 2018
The Process: AACA Students and Teachers
A Glimpse Through the Artist’s Eye
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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