VALDOSTA – DrawProject offers the opportunity to see numerous works of art by various artists from the region, to own a work of art at a relatively low price and to support the education of art students financially.
The 15th annual DrawProject exhibition and auction returns to the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts on Monday evening, January 10th. The annual scholarship auction fundraiser is one of a number of new exhibition openings. Others include Jacksonville, Florida, artist Andrew Kozlowski, and a curated group show by the First Coast Plein Air Painters.
Created by former art center curator Jamie Harmon, the DrawProject has continued since he left more than a decade ago.
The organizers have been collecting donation drawings for an auction over the past few weeks to help fund scholarships for art students at Valdosta State University.
The DrawProject is as simple as its name.
It encourages artists to share drawings that are all drawn on the same size paper; however, the term “drawing” can be used loosely.
As Jamie Harmon said in the past, “There were no rules or definitions of what a ‘drawing’ is … just its interpretation.”
Artists can define their interpretation of a drawing.
In the past, drawings ranged from realism to cartoons, from doodles to detailed pointillism, from stark black and white to gray to gradients. In a year, an artist even transferred a photo onto the paper.
DrawProject is one of the new exhibitions that opens on Monday at the Art Center.
Kozlowski holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Printmaking from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. His collective work of prints, works on paper, installations, and sculptural work has been featured in more than 50 group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, according to a statement from the Turner Center.
“Let Me Take You There En Plain Air” is the group exhibition by the First Coast Plein Air Painters. “Plein Air is about getting out of the studio environment and working outdoors in natural light,” the center officials said in a statement.
The shows will open with a free public reception Monday, January 10th, 5-7pm, Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St. The show will run through February 23rd. More information: Call (229) 247-2787; or visit www.turnercenter.org.