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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts awarded artist Annette Crosby with the 2022 Art Educator of the Year award at the Gallery Opening Reception on June 13.

Crosby began teaching at the Turner Center in July of 2020, during the Covid pandemic, and was influential in structuring art classes with safety protocols in place. Crosby has taught more than 40 classes in her time working at the Center. Her background in Art Education allows her to teach both children and adults, assist with summer and winter camps, and facilitate workshops for various organizations and large school groups. Crosby has had such a positive impact on the Turner Center and her enthusiasm and dedication do not go unnoticed.

“We are so fortunate to have Annette as our Artist in Residence at the Turner Center” said Executive Director Sementha Mathews. “Annette pours her heart into her art and into the teaching of our youth and adult patrons. She is truly an asset to our organization and to our overall Art Education program. This recognition is well deserved!”

Crosby earned a BFA in art education from Valdosta State University, completed her MEd in Elementary Education, and became an art educator at Valdosta Middle School. Crosby exhibits and markets her work at several private and contemporary galleries in Valdosta, Albany, Bainbridge, Saint Simons Island, and Jekyll Island.

For more information about art education programs at the Turner Center, visit or call 229.247.ARTS (2787).

(l-r: Turner Center Executive Director Sementha Mathews; Teacher of the Year, artist Annette Crosby; Turner Center Art Education Administrator Harlee Webb)