Jo Farris

Artist Statement

How do you know if you have an impact on people? Strangers who sit at traffic lights and shoppers in stores...The small kindnesses and grand gestures clash with neglect and violence. How, as artists, do we tell that story? It is that paradox that informs my work. I have spent decades recording and documenting. Now I merge form with content to tell this story of shadow people...of those known and unknown. Structuring the composition provides an invitation to the intuitive. My paintings allude to the surface beauty... painting and wiping away, of layering and staining. There is a seduction of surface as I create and destroy trying to find the truth to its relevance.


Mississippi State College for Women

University of South Alabama

Columbus State University

Awards and Exhibitions

2012 Southern Appalachian Artists Guild National Juried Show, Blue Ridge
2012 Art Naples, International Contemporary Art Show, Naples, Florida
2011-2014 “Let There Be Art”, Invitational, Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA
2011 Callaway Gardens Plein Air Paint Out, Pine Mountain, GA, Honorable Mention, Quick Draw 
2010 Spring Into Art Juried Show, Best in Show, Valdosta, GA
2010 Thomasville Cultural Arts Center Summer Showcase, Honorable Mention, Thomasville, GA
2010-2012 Callaway Gardens Plein Air Paint Out Juried Invitational
2009 Columbus Artists Guild Show, Best of Show
2008 Columbus Artists Guild Show, Lucille Drake Award
2008 Georgia Artists’ Guild Albany Show, Second Place
2008 Group Show Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2008 Callaway Gardens Summer Show, Pine Mountain, Georgia
2006–2010 Columbus Museum Art and Antique Show, Columbus, Georgia
2007 Georgia National Fair, Honorable Mention, CB&T Award, Perry, Georgia
2006-2012 Green Spaces Special Places Show, Two Sisters, Columbus, Georgia
2006 Georgia National Fair, Third Place Award, Perry, Georgia
2006 Columbus Artist Guild Award, Peoples’ Choice Award, Patron Award
2004 Georgia Literary Festival Invitational Show, Columbus, Georgia
2004 Steeplechase Art Show, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia
2003 Flying Colors Art Show, Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia
2002 Wet Paint Solo Show, Joseph House Gallery, Columbus, Georgia
2001-2004 Flying High Art Show, Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia
2001-2011 Solo Show Galleria Riverside, Columbus, Georgia
2001-2006 Riverfest Fine Art Show, Judges Choice Award, Columbus, Georgia


Founding Member Columbus State University Bo Bartlett Center For Art, Advisory Board

Founding Member Joseph House Art Gallery

Art Director Thompson/Pound Art Project 2005/2006

Columbus Museum

Columbus Artists Guild

Friends of Art, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia

Artist in Residence, Brookstone School,  Columbus, Georgia, 2008-2010

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