Current Exhibitions

44th Annual
Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition

April 23 - June 19, 2021
1st Floor Galleries
The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is pleased to host the 44th Annual Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition, featuring work by highly accomplished contemporary watercolorists from 18 states across the Southern U.S. Exhibition juror David R. Smith selected the 70 works for the exhibition and the 20 award winners. Smith is a member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society, and is a renowned painter whose work often depicts scenes of nature. He has studied under numerous instructors in both the United States and China, and his work has been displayed in galleries and museums across the United States. Image Left: Chris Krupinski, Lemons with Bowl of Blueberries, 2020, watercolor, 30 x 22 inches.

Founded in 1975, the Southern Watercolor Society is a membership-based organization that was formed to elevate the stature of watercolor painters and educate the public on the significance of watercolor painting as an important creative, permanent painting medium. 

View Exhibition page for information about programming and images of the artwork.

J. William Hill:
The Magic of Entertainment

March 27 - May 29, 2021
Munroe Family Community Gallery

This exhibition of paintings by Atlanta based artist J. William Hill is meant to evoke strong emotions from the viewer. His representational style tends to deal in allegories and identity through depictions of amusements and distractions such as parades and circuses. Hill's paintings leave a lot up to interpretation while presenting the entertainment theme. Hill began painting in the early 1990s as an escape from the horrors of an epidemic he found himself ensnared in. It became a means to hide from the world around him and drew him inward toward a select few friends. The result created a very introverted and often dark persona. He has won awards in local and Southeastern galleries, most recently taking 1st place in the 2017 Art in Gadsden Juried Exhibition for a painting of his mother. Image: Circus I & Circus II: The Death and Liberation of the Greatest Show on Earth, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 inches.


Gadsden Arts Artists Guild

March 13 - May 29, 2021
Bates Community Room

Enjoy the second of four 2021 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild, now numbering over 60 members! On display is work by Stephen Bennett, Deborah Bullock, Kathleen Cody-Guastella, Kathy Ferrell, Salvador Guastella, Willie C. Jones, Rob Lombardo, Janice "Ecinja" McCaskill, Richard Meister, Linda Pelc, Jill Quadagno, Fred Sanguiliano, Chuck Stannard, Jenny Swearingen, Mary Liz Tippin-Moody, and April Williams. Image above: Tropical Glow, watercolor by Mary Liz Tippin-Moody.

Permanent Collection:
Spotlight on Women

February 13 - December 23, 2021
Bates Permanent Collection Gallery

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is excited to celebrate the creativity of eight women artists represented in the museum’s Permanent Collection in thirteen paintings and sculptures by women from the Southeastern United States. From the expressive paintings of Mary T. Smith to the intricate explosions of color in Beth Appleton's paper assemblages, to a carved root sculpture by Bessie Harvey, this exhibition highlights artwork across many mediums by women artists in our region. Artists included in this exhibition are: Beth Appleton, Virginia Coultas, Alyne Harris, Bessie Harvey, Sara May Love, Mary T. Smith, Ruby Williams, and Suzanna Winton.

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Funding was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.