SUMMERVILLE SET TO OPEN PRYOR ART GALLERY IN AUGUST AS NEW CURATOR

Photo Caption: Rusty Summerville joins Columbia State this summer as the new arts curator for the Pryor Art Gallery.

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – July 5, 2012) - - -    Rusty Summerville has been named as arts curator for the Pryor Art Gallery of Columbia State Community College. Summerville, has worked in the creative arts for over 25 years and is an award-winning artist and designer, including museum design, retail and restaurant design concept development and works of fine art. As the director of design at Gaylord Entertainment Company, he was responsible for the design of the Grand Ole Opry Museum.
 
Summerville has already begun working as the arts curator. “We are looking forward to bringing new collections to the Pryor Gallery,” Summerville said. “Our next exhibit is scheduled to open Wednesday, Aug. 8 and will continue into the fall semester so students can enjoy it when they return.”
 
Summerville’s experience includes numerous and diverse works with design and conceptual development of the Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl Museum in Nashville and The Hank Snow Museum in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum in Carthage, Texas. He was also the concept developer for Churchill Downs.
 
“We are delighted to have Rusty’s expertise in the Pryor Art Gallery,” said Janet Smith, president of Columbia State. “He brings a broad experience in many types of design and museum displays, and we are excited to see that experience come to life in the Pryor Art Gallery.”
 
The Pryor Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is also open on weekends during special events.
 
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