New art center coming to Uptown

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University’s College of Arts is adding on the downtown RiverPark campus.  Construction for the Bo Bartlett Center is set to begin in August at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts.

The exhibit will feature original paintings and sketchbooks by Columbus native Bo Bartlett.  The Bo Bartlett Center will be working with several public schools and a homeless shelter.  The executive director of the center, David Houston, says it will also offer master classes and be free to the public to visit.

“The whole idea is rather than the museum like institution, to have more of the spirit of the community center.  To have people come and come again for different reasons,” Houston said.

Bo Bartlett went to Brookstone where he was awarded an art scholarship.  He then traveled abroad to Italy for a year and came back to study in Pennsylvania.

60-year-old Bartlett now lives in Columbus during most of the year.  The Bo Bartlett Center is expected to be open in November of 2017.

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