Exhibition: May 30 thru June 26, 2019
And the winners are.......
The Annual Southwest Georgia Regional Art Exhibition provides a platform for local and regional artists support their own artistic endeavors by promoting and preserving the culture of the arts in Albany and the region. Annually, it gives stage to talented local artists, offering them the opportunity to show their work in a juried public forum while showcasing an expansive regional collection to the community.
The Albany Area Arts Council's 20th Annual Southwest Georgia Regional Fine Art Exhibition and Sale featured 50 artists and 98 works of art; the majority of the artists were residents of the southwestern quadrant of Georgia, but there were also entrants from Florida and Alabama.
Juried categories included painting / drawing, photography / digital art, and sculpture / ceramics. Prizes were awarded for first, second, and third place winners as well as an honorable mention in each of the three categories along with one award for Best in Show. The juror for this exhibition was Rich Curtis. The 2019 Awards List can be downloaded here.
Rich Curtis was born and raised in North Alabama. He attended the University of North Alabama where he received his BFA in painting in 2000. After working for a year at the Birmingham Museum of Art he was accepted to the graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his MFA in performance and time-based art from SAIC IN 2004. Curtis has performed and exhibited projects in various media, both nationally and internationally. In 2018, he completed an artist residency in Soltau, Germany. He plans to return there in 2020 to continue a collaborative project. Rich Curtis is currently Associate Professor of Art at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia. In his artwork, he continues to explore the overlapping disciplines of drawing, writing and performance.