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

February 11 – April 8, 2019

Work by students from Tennessee Wesleyan University, Lee University, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and Cleveland State Community College will be on exhibit in the Willson Exhibit Room at The Arts Center this February. The Regional College Student Art Show will be on display February 11 – April 8, 2019. The Awards Reception for the exhibit is at 5:30 PM on Friday March 22, 2019 and is free and open to the public.

The awards reception starts just two hours before AACA’s “Detroit to Memphis: the Road to Muscle Shoals” a review of the music that made these cities famous, from early jazz and blues to country and rock. Tickets for the 7:30 PM show are $15 for adults and $10 for students. AACA members enjoy early seating at 6:50 PM, with general admission seating at 7:00 PM. Members may also reserve seats by 3:00 PM the day of the show.


AACA is grateful to a group of corporate sponsors supporting the arts in our community. Support for the “Regional College Student Art Show” is provided by Mayfield Creamery. AACA’s performance sponsor is Edward Jones of Athens. 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.

Upcoming Exhibits

Coming April 12 – May 17, 2019: High School Art Show

Accepting Entries Now! Click above for more information.


Previous Exhibits

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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