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COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Columbus Artists’ Guild, through CSU Friends of Art, has recently given a significant amount of funding to the Columbus State University Department of Art in addition to the annual scholarship funds that the organization donates. This donation reflects the guild’s dedication to promoting the arts in Columbus, Ga., and the surrounding valley area.
The purpose of the guild, which was founded in 1950, is to “encourage all artists to do better work, to share work and ideas with other artists, and to create an opportunity for them to display and sell their work,” according to the organization’s handbook. This non-profit organization continues to fulfill its purpose by holding monthly meetings for members and prospective members, by sponsoring three workshops each year, and by holding its annual members’ juried exhibition.
The guild has many connections with the CSU Department of Art. Several of the guild’s monthly meetings, which typically consist of a small business portion followed by an art-related interactive demonstration or presentation, have been held in the Department of Art’s facilities. Also, for the past two years, the guild has used the Department of Art’s Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery to house its annual members’ juried exhibition. Finally, several of the guild’s members are also members of the Friends of Art, which is an organization that was formed to provide financial support to the CSU Department of Art.
The guild continues to encourage its existing members to further support the Friends of Art at CSU. Whether are a professional artist, an aspiring artist, or someone who simply has an interest in supporting local art, membership is encouraged and welcome at the guild. According to the current president, Bucky Bowles, the guild wants all of its members to come to the meetings and workshops with “an expectation of learning something or being able to ask a question that they’ve always wanted to ask;” the most recent workshop explored pewter casting. Membership in the guild is free to local high school and university students.
To find out more about the CSU Department of Art and how to become a member of the Friends of Art at CSU, please visit http://ColumbusState.edu/art/friendsofart.php. To find out more about the Columbus Artists’ Guild and how to become a member, please visit http://www.columbusartistsguild.org/.
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Photo: Bucky Bowles, from left, current Columbus Artists’ Guild president, with Joe Sanders, Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art, and College of the Arts Dean Richard Baxter.