Corn Center for the Visual Arts

921 Front Ave, Columbus, GA 31901


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The Corn Center for the Visual Arts is the creative center of the Department of Art and houses the Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery. 

The Corn Center was adapted from a historic cotton warehouse. Elevated ceilings, large windows and skylights, open spaces, and dedicated purpose-built labs and studios make the Corn Center highly conducive to the creative process. 

The Corn Center fronts on Woodruff Park, RiverWalk and the Chattahoochee River. The award-winning structure also houses the Riverside Theatre Complex and is future home to the Bo Bartlett Center.

The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery comprises 3,250 square feet with 20-foot ceilings. The gallery has been designed to accommodate professional art exhibitions as well as student exhibitions such as the annual Senior Thesis exhibition. The gallery program presents 6 – 8 exhibitions per year, both national and international in scope, often with accompanying lectures and gallery talks.

The Bay Gallery is located in the secured common area of the Corn Center. Bay Gallery is a 1,500 square foot exhibition space for student exhibitions, community outreach programs, and for teaching support. Like the Illges Gallery, this space has excellent track lighting, 20-foot ceilings and movable walls.