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

April 12 – May 17, 2019

Over 50 pieces by students from local community high school artists will be on exhibit in the Willson Exhibit Room at The Arts Center this April. The High School Art Show will be on display April 12 – May 17, 2019. The Awards Reception for the exhibit is at 5:30 PM on Friday April 12, 2019 and is free and open to the public.

The awards reception starts just two hours before AACA’s “Alice in Wonderland” our student-directed play featuring the famously-known story based on the novel by Lewis Carroll. Tickets for the 7:00 PM show are $15 for adults and $10 for students. AACA members enjoy early seating at 6:20 PM, with general admission seating at 6:30 PM. Members may also reserve seats by 3:00 PM the day of the show.

Annual Regional College Student Art Show Winners

First Place Japanese Building by Madison Tuck
Second Place Flowers in Vases by Abigail Rayburn
Third Place Untitled by Sarah Elliott

AACA is grateful to a group of corporate sponsors supporting the arts in our community. Support for the “High School Art Show” is provided by Toomey & Baggett Eyecare. 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 May 20 – June 28, 2019: Broadly Speaking, an exhibit by the Broad Strokes group


Previous Exhibits

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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