Pryor Art Gallery Hosts American Watercolor Society Exhibition

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – June 12, 2019) - - - Columbia State Community College’s Pryor Art Gallery will host the American Watercolor Society’s 152nd Annual Traveling Exhibition Aug. 2 – Sept. 22. An artists’ reception will be held Aug. 15 from 6 – 8 p.m.

“The Pryor Art Gallery at Columbia State is privileged to have been selected to host the annual American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit, one of the most revered watercolor exhibits in the world,” said Rusty Summerville, interimPryor Art Gallery curator. “More than 1,100 paintings were submitted to an AWS selection panel and 40 were selected for this exhibit. Artist works from the U.S. and around the globe can be seen and we hope that all middle Tennesseans will take the short drive to Columbia and come view this wonderful show.”

To be selected for the annual AWS exhibit, artists from throughout the U.S. and 33 foreign countries submitted their work to a panel of jurors chosen from Signature Members of the AWS. Of these submissions, 122 paintings were selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show were selected for the Traveling Exhibition, which will tour six museums and galleries across the country during the next year. For the schedule of the Traveling Exhibition and to view images of the prize-winning entries, visit www.awsinc.org

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Pryor Art Gallery is in the Waymon L. Hickman Building on the Columbia Campus located at 1665 Hampshire Pike. For additional information about this exhibit, please visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/PryorGallery. For more information about the Pryor Art Gallery, contact Rusty Summerville at 931.540.2883 or rsummerville@ColumbiaState.edu.

The American Watercolor Society is a nonprofit membership organization that began in 1866 to promote the art of watercolor painting in America. Each year the prestigious society holds a juried exhibition of watercolors from artists throughout the world. 

Deer on snow in woods painting
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“Oh, The Tangled Woods She Leaves” by Bivenne Harvey Staiger, Cromwell, Connecticut resident and Silver Medal of Honor winner.

Ambience painting by Chung-Wei Chein
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“Ambience of Jiufen” by Chung-Wei Chien, New Taipei City, Taiwan, Bronze Medal of Honor winner.

Painting of a busy city with cars and buildings
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“Grey Gotham” by John Salminen, Duluth, Minnesota resident and High Winds Medal recipient. 

Letters AWS inside a circle
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American Watercolor Society logo

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