CSU Hosts South’s Premier Watercolorists in June Exhibition

COLUMBUS, Ga, - Local community members and area artists have an opportunity to see works by some of the country’s most talented watercolor artists during the 32nd Annual Southern Watercolor Exhibition June 6-26 in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery.

Columbus State University’s Department of Art, CSU Friends of Art and the Southern Watercolor Society, representing 18 states and Washington, D.C., are co-hosting the competitive exhibition.

More than $18,000 in awards will be presented during the opening reception, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6 in the Illges Gallery The program also will include exhibition juror and nationally known artist Charles Reid and opening remarks by CSU President Tim Mescon.

“(Reid) is one of the most respected names in American art today,” said Southern Watercolor Society incoming President Geri Davis. “He has selected 85 original watercolors (from 509 entries) by some of the South’s premier artists for the exhibition.”

Davis, a longtime educator and leader in the Columbus art community, will be installed as president during the society’s annual meeting before the reception.

Between 60 and 80 society members will be on hand for the opening programs. Plus, subsequent out-of-town visitors viewing the exhibition over the following weeks will mean a $70,140 impact on the local economy, according to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Southern Watercolor Society, established in 1975, aims to further the interests of watercolorists by sponsoring educational programs and competitive exhibitions.

Thirty percent of exhibition sales’ proceeds will benefit Columbus State’s art scholarship fund. Gallery hours for the exhibition will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Gallery admission, including the reception, is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.