World-class art education center brings opportunity to the Chattahoochee Valley

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A world-class art education center is having a public ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 18.

The Bo Bartlett Center is a new multidisciplinary arts center that is bringing national artists to the Southeast.

Developed in a partnership between Columbus State University and nationally acclaimed artist Bo Bartlett, the 18,425-square-foot interactive gallery brings new art and opportunity to the Chattahoochee Valley.

"This new facility on the second floor of the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on CSU's RiverPark campus is a spectacular addition to Uptown Columbus and to Columbus State University," said CSU President Chris Markwood. "I think the Bo Bartlett Center will add significantly to this region's growing national reputation as an incubator of young talent, and a showcase of accomplished artists."

With a giant skylight and 31 by 17-foot moveable walls, the center will hold the Scarborough Collection, 14 monumental paintings by Bartlett, as well as a complete archive of sketchbooks, journals, artistic notes, and other objects relevant to the production of his works.

"I am honored to partner with Columbus State University," said Bartlett, who is a Columbus-native. "I am particularly thrilled about our plans to reach out to young people, who perhaps haven't had the opportunity to unlock their creativity and realize their potential. There was nothing like this when I was growing up in Columbus. But now that I am back in my hometown, I can't think of a better way to give back."

The ambitious project has been 15 years in the making. For more details on the center, click here.

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