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.

Russ Traver:
The Path through the Garden of the Moon

June 5 – August 28, 2021
Munroe Family Community Gallery
Russ Traver’s vibrant acrylic paintings portray dreamlike landscapes, often featuring quirky and fantastical creatures. This collection is part of Traver’s Garden of the Moon series: images featuring recognizable settings that include surprising characters. Through it, Traver hopes to “take viewers to a wondrous land of pure beauty where there is no beginning or end.” A self-proclaimed surreal-fauvist artist, Russ Traver strives to combine the dreamlike quality and distorted reality of Surrealism, with positive expression achieved through the strong color of Fauvism. The artist believes, “it is the regression of the mind into the past by which we discover images of the future.”

Victory Bridge by Kent Putnam

Gadsden Arts Artists Guild

June 5–August 28, 2021 
Bates Community Room

Enjoy the third of four 2021 exhibitions from Gadsden Arts Artists Guild, now numbering almost 70 members! On display is work by Nancy Adams, Inger Avant, Matthew Brady, Terrie Corbett, Karole Curtis, Fran Dellaporta, Sandy DeLopez, Thomas DeLopez, Wendy Devarieux, Carole Fiore, Brenda Francis, Thomas Friedman, Mark Georgiades, Terry Hawkins, Michele Tabor Kimbrough, William McKeown, Pam McLean, Kent Putnam, Roger Raepple, Rick Soskis, and Joel Thornton. Image: Kent Putnam, Victory Bridge, infared digital photograph, 24 x 16 inches.

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.