Department of Art

Department of Art

Friends of Art - Fall 2013 - News, commentary, and vision from the Columbus State University Department of Art and our supporters

Friends of Art was formed in 2000 to provide supplemental financial support to the Department of Art, and to participate in building the CSU art program to one of the preeminence in the Southeast. Funding made possible through the Friends of Art provides a margin of excellence not possible through state appropriations. Numerous projects and initiatives are feasible that would otherwise go unrealized, including scholarship support for art majors, exhibits of nationally and internationally recognized artists, supplemental funding for distinguished faculty, and assistance for student travel to major museums and art sites in the U.S. and abroad.


To stimulate, support, and foster the continued growth of Columbus State University Department of Art by:

  • Enhancing community awareness and support of the CSU Department of Art
  • Promoting artistic and academic excellence by funding scholarships for talented students
  • Providing support for Visiting Artists and Scholars
  • Providing supplemental funding for distinguished faculty, equipment and special projects

Membership Privileges

  • Receive invitations throughout the year to exciting events including private preview parties and our popular Art Talk and Tea and Art Talk and Toddies lecture series
  • Enrich your understanding and appreciation of art through special art talks, workshops, classes, and trips
  • Have the opportunity to meet local, national, and international artists and scholars
  • Meet others who share your interest in the visual arts
  • Enjoy the knowledge that your contribution will provide significant educational opportunities for talented art majors

To become a member, call 706-507-8301 for more information .

What's Happening!

Columbus State University and Friends of Art Present Beyond the Limit: Funding Future Artists, Incoming Freshman Scholarship Project


An exclusive set of limited edition prints were created solely for this fundraiser by three renowned artists. The individual prints are pulled by CSU faculty and students in the print studio and each set of prints is limited to an edition of 25. All prints are black and white copper etchings on 16” x 22” acid-free paper and signed by the artist.

The three artists featured are the nationally renowned artist and Columbus native, Bo Bartlett, CSU Associate Professor Orion Wertz, and New York based artist and CSU alumnus Jon Barwick. All three have donated their time and considerable talents to CSU for the creation of these prints.

The limited edition prints are on view in CSU's Illges Gallery at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on the RiverPark Campus in Uptown Columbus. The prints may be purchased individually wrapped in acid-free tissue, or there are a limited number of complete sets in an attractive collector's portfolio also available. Orders may be placed through the Department of Art Office, 706-507-8301.




For more information please contact Michele McCrillis at