The Pryor Art Gallery to Host Tennessee Watercolor Society Biennial Juried Exhibition

The Pryor Art Gallery at Columbia State Community College will present the Tennessee Watercolor Society’s 38th Biennial Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 10 to November 18.

“This impressive endeavor to form a statewide watercolor organization has grown into five regions across the state with approximately 250 members served by volunteer representatives in each region,” said Lisa Hoffman, curator of the Pryor Art Gallery.

An all-volunteer nonprofit organization, TnWS was founded in 1971 by artist Mary Britten Lynch in collaboration with the Hunter Museum of Chattanooga, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Art Department, and the University of Tennessee at of Knoxville Art. TnWS offers open membership to any Tennessee resident who is an aquatic media artist. They have over 250 members spread across the major cities of Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities.

At the close of the Association for Visual Arts exhibit in Chattanooga, the traveling exhibit of 30 paintings was chosen by juror and renowned international artist Stan Miller. The collection is on display at four galleries across the state for seven months, ending January 2023.

Tennessee Watercolor Society
Round and Round by Johnny Guthrie.

The 30 artists in the exhibit include 12 Middle Tennessee Region II artists and five of the award winners. Included in the exhibit is the $2,000 Best of Show award-winning painting, “Kudzu Reimagined” by Knoxville-area artist Susan Miller.

“Columbia State is thrilled to host this well-curated exhibit and we hope everyone enjoys the unique privilege of viewing such high caliber works of art while they are in our neighborhood,” said Hoffmann.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Pryor Art Gallery is in the Waymon L. Hickman Building on the Columbia campus at 1665 Hampshire Pike and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The opening reception, which is also free and open to the public, will take place on October 13 from 5-7 p.m. in conjunction with the Performance Series season opener: Jason Catron & His Little Big Band. For more information on the First Farmers performance series and tickets, please visit

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For more information about the Pryor Art Gallery, contact Hoffman at 931.540.2883 or [email protected]

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