Pryor Art Gallery

The purpose and mission of the Pryor Art Gallery is to present varied exhibits and programs that inspire, educate and encourage appreciation of the visual arts.

The gallery is a first-class artistic venue where appreciation for the visual arts is embraced. It is open to the public and free of charge.

The gallery was named in honor of LaRue V. Pryor, educator and avid supporter of the visual arts and wife of Columbia State's first president, Dr. Harold S. Pryor.

Waymon L. Hickman building
Columbia Campus


Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An Awakening of Color

Columbia State Community College’s Pryor Art Gallery will feature the artwork of local artists Dean Shelton, Darryl Steele and Bill Brinson in “An Awakening of Colors” exhibit. The exhibit will be open to the public from August 6 until October 8.

“We have not held an in-person art exhibit in the gallery in over a year,” stated Rusty Summerville, Pryor Art Gallery interim curator. “We are especially pleased to announce this exhibit and to welcome the works of these three award-winning Middle Tennessee artists.”

The exhibiting artists are each known for their individual styles with watercolor, gouache and oil being their preferred mediums. Each artist will also visit with the public and discuss their artwork during a reception to be held on October 7.

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Quiet River by Dean Shelton
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Columbia State is proud of its art collection displayed throughout the buildings and grounds of Columbia and Williamson campuses.
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To inquire about purchasing art, scheduling an exhibit, or with any other questions concerning the Pryor Art Gallery, contact Curator Rusty Summerville.


Rusty Summerville
Interim Pryor Art Gallery Curator
Columbia Campus, Hickman 101C