Current Show:

I Dream of Flying

Sept. 6 - Nov. 19

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Current Show

The primary fall exhibition in The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art on the campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., focuses on watercolorist Paul Jackson's recent work in "I Dream of Flying."

The show runs from Sept. 6 – Nov. 19, with an artist reception on Sunday, Sept. 6, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The secondary part of the art show runs concurrently and exhibits some of the Gallery's permanent collection originally owned by the late Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ashby, who helped establish the Gallery in 1993.

Paul Jackson grew up in Starksburg, Miss., and now lives in Columbia, Mo., but he is a child of the world. Jackson discovered his passion for watercolor at Mississippi State University in 1985 and has pursued it since then. When he is not painting, Jackson and his wife travel, letting different locations and experiences inspire him.

Jackson consistently receives top honors in national and international competitions. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Missouri Watercolor Society.

His current art show "I Dream of Flying" is so named because the perspective of all of the paintings is from the air, not the ground.

Jackson has contributed to many art magazines and books, and his work has been displayed on the front cover of The Artist's Magazine multiple times. He has authored two books of his paintings and techniques, Painting Spectacular Light Effects in Watercolor (2000, North Lights Books) and The Wandering Watercolorist (2013, Chameleon Press).

Jackson was the grand prize winner in the "Paint Your Way to Paris" contest, which fed his desire to travel. He was a speaker at the International Watercolor Masters Invitational in China, and at the International Art Meet in Kolkata, India. He also serves as judge for numerous national and international art competitions.

Many of his works hang in private collections, so it is exceptional to have an expansive collection of his work on display at The Ashby-Hodge.

The Ashby-Hodge Gallery is on the main floor of Classic Hall on the CMU campus in Fayette. The Gallery is open Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. For more information or to set up special tours, contact Denise Gebhardt, curator, or Dr. Joe Geist, registrar of the collection, at 660-248-6304 or