Art Student's Painting Selected for Display in Governor's Office

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University art student Steven Tette has had one of his paintings, “Self Concept (Family affair),” selected to hang in Gov. Nathan Deal’s executive offices at the state Capitol in Atlanta as part of the “Art of Georgia” exhibit.

Tette, graduate assistant in CSU’s art education program, was told in his selection letter from the state that that his work “stood out as an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia artwork.”

The painting of his parents took Tette about 60 hours to complete, he said. The image is mostly from a photograph, but he said he used a little artistic license and painted himself as a child, looking through the window behind his mother.

The painting will hang in the governor’s office until this fall.

Tette was one of many artists throughout Georgia who submitted work to the Office of the Governor in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts for the The Art of Georgia: Celebrating Georgia’s Landscapes and People, a rotating exhibit to showcase current work of contemporary Georgia visual artists. Works of art were sought and selected by region over a two-year period, with work from each region on display for about six-months. Two-dimensional visual art, in a variety of media, exploring the theme of Georgia’s culture, heritage and environment are considered. Pieces were selected by the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Office of the Governor.

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Caption: Steven Tette, a graduate art student at Columbus State University, presents his artwork to Gov. Nathan Deal at the governor's office in the state Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Media: High-resolution original photo