Turner Center Names Art Educator of the Year


Photo (lr): Turner Center Executive Director Sementha Mathews; Teacher of the Year, artist Annette Crosby; Turner Center Art Education Administrator Harlee Webb

VALDOSTA – The 2022 Turner Center Art Educator of the Year was presented to Annette Crosby during the gallery’s opening reception.


The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts presented artist Annette Crosby with the 2022 Art Educator of the Year award at the gallery’s opening ceremony on June 13.

Crosby began teaching at Turner Center in July 2020 during the Covid pandemic and has been instrumental in structuring art classes with safety protocols in place. Crosby has taught more than 40 courses during her time at the center. Her background in arts education allows her to teach both children and adults, assisting with summer and winter camps, and leading workshops for various organizations and large school groups. Crosby had such a positive impact on the Turner Center and her enthusiasm and dedication did not go unnoticed.

“We are so fortunate to have Annette as our artist in residence at the Turner Center,” said Executive Director Sementha Mathews. “Annette puts her heart into her art and teaching our patrons, young and old. She is really an asset to our organization and our entire art education program. This recognition is well deserved!”

Crosby earned a BFA in Art Education from Valdosta State University, completed her MEd in Elementary Education, and became an art teacher at Valdosta Middle School. Crosby exhibits and markets her work in several private and contemporary galleries in Valdosta, Albany, Bainbridge, Saint Simons Island and Jekyll Island.

For more information about art education programs at the Turner Center, visit turnercenter.org or call 229.247.ARTS (2787).


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