Gallery Openings and Artist Receptions

Student Arts Expo Opens Friday!

The Creative Arts Guild proudly announces the opening of the Annual Student Arts Expo on Friday, March 6, at its facility at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton. The Gallery Opening and Artist Reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. “March is Arts in Education Month at the Creative Arts Guild,” says Savannah Thomas, Creative Arts Guild Gallery Director, “and we're proud to be continuing this tradition and celebration with our 57th Annual Student Arts Expo! In addition to some exceptional student artwork, we will also have a special, student-choreographed performance by Ballet Dalton at 6:30 pm.”

Caleb Faulknor wins Bernice Spigel Prize!

In Gallery ONE11, Murray County High School Senior Caleb Faulknor will be exhibiting his incredible body of work, a collection of batiks and hand-dyed fiber pieces. The Creative Arts Guild will be honoring Caleb and his work with the Bernice Spigel Prize at 6:00 pm during the reception. Each year, high school seniors from across Dalton, Whitfield, and Murray County submit portfolios and go thru an interview process in hopes of winning the Bernice Spigel Prize for Excellence in the Visual Arts; the winner of the prize receives a cash award and exhibition opportunity in the Guild’s Gallery ONE11 during Student Arts Expo.

What is the Student Arts Expo?

Each year, all Whitfield/Dalton and Murray County public, private and homeschool students ages Pre-K to High School are invited to exhibit their artwork. Elementary and Middle School students will exhibit in Jonas Hall while High School students’ work will be shown in Gallery FIVE20. In addition, school classrooms are encouraged to submit collaborative work for the "Art Together" award, sponsored by the O.N. Jonas Foundation. Prizes for best individual work and in the Art Together submission will be awarded on Friday before the exhibit officially opens that evening.

Student Arts Expo 2020 will be on display March 6 through March 20 allowing time for families, friends, and the general public to see the exhibits. The galleries are open to the public Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm, and by appointment. Please plan to visit the Creative Arts Guild to see the phenomenal student artwork and to support the future artists of community. For more information about the Student Arts Expo or to arrange a field trip for your school, contact Savannah Thomas at or 706.279.3129.