Bob George: 68th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Artist-of-the-Year

The 68th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage’s Featured Artist, Bob George, is being honored with a solo exhibition in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery. His painting, Fire Pink, is featured on the 2018 cover of the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage brochure and their T-shirt. The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual five-day event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park offering professionally guided programs which explore the region’s rich wildflowers, wildlife, ecology, culture, and natural history through walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars.

Following retirement from a career in the Washington D.C. area as an illustrator, artist and art director, Bob George moved back to Sevierville, TN in 2002. A Key West, Florida native, he studied fine arts and the Ringling School of Art and the University of Maryland. After tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division and as a Combat Artist, he was honorably discharged after a final assignment at the White House.

Throughout his time in our nation’s capitol, Bob’s artwork has been featured at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum, the Pentagon, the White House and the U.S. Park Service Visitor Centers in Greenville, TN and Hollidaysburg, PA.

Since moving back to Sevierville, Bob has been actively engaged in painting and drawing the scenery and history of Tennessee’s Great Smokey Mountains. Of particular interest is the Copeland Creek area where his wife Geri’s ancestors first settled in the early 1800’s. His trail impressions and photos are the source of subjects ranging from wildflowers to the remnants of the area’s early settlement. Current projects include a series of paintings depicting the Vietnam War and scenes of Key West, Florida.

The exhibition is on display in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery from March 21 – April 29, 2018.
Gallery Hours: M-F, 9am – 5pm, and Sat 10am – 4pm

Featured image: Fire Pink by Bob George, 2011, 23″ x 20″


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