George “Papa” Tutt, NWS, MoWS, KWS,
George “Papa” Tutt received his master’s in art from the University of Missouri and his bachelor’s in economics from Westminster College. He taught at the college and university levels for approximately 35 years. During this time, he served 27 years as the chairman of the Department of Art and 25 years as the head of the Division of Fine Arts for both William Woods and Westminster Colleges. In May, 1997, he left the teaching profession to continue his work as a professional artist.
Papa Tutt’s paintings have been exhibited in 319 international and national exhibitions. Previous first place success in professional competitive exhibitions include: 1995 International Exhibition, New Jersey; the Missouri 50 Exhibition; the 51st Lake Worth Open Professional, Florida; the Open Professional Exhibition, Missouri; Professional Invitational, Missouri. He also received the Winsor and Newton Painting Award at the Salmagundi Club, 5th Ave, New York City; Louis Armour Memorial Award at the 44th National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism, Massachusetts. Papa has had numerous one-man shows including the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph and the Winston Churchill Museum and Library in Fulton, Missouri. His paintings are in such collections as the Coca-Cola Company of Guadalajara, Mexico; and The Wonders of Wildlife Museum, Springfield, Missouri.
He has acted as judge for numerous exhibitions and given demonstrations/workshops in many areas of the country. In 2002, Papa served as the keynote speaker, judge, and workshop instructor for the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Convention in Omaha, Nebraska.
He is the founder of the 409 member Missouri Watercolor Society and is currently its executive director. He also founded Watercolor Studio, the magazine of the Missouri Watercolor Society, and is a cofounder of the national award winning Midwest Art magazine (no longer in publication). Papa has 29 articles on art published.
He has served on many committees including: Missouri Craftsman Council; Winston Churchill Committee on Art; Mid-Missouri Colleges and Universities on Art (chairman); Missouri Arts Council (regional advisor); Planning and Zoning, City of Fulton; and two Presidential Screening Committee(s), William Woods College (University).