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
In March, 2001, Papa Tutt was inducted into the renown Churchill Fellows. He has received
numerous honors including: Who’s Who Among Artists in the Midwest, American Artists of
Renown, Outstanding Young Men of America, Delta Phi Delta Honorary in Art, and serve as the
Missouri Representative to the Southern Watercolor Society. Papa holds signature membership in
the National Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Kansas Watercolor Society,
Mississippi Watercolor Society, Souther Watercolor Society, and the International Society of
Acrylic Painters. He also holds Honorary Life Membership, as well as signature membership in the
prestigious Philadelphia Water Color Society with such famous artists as Sargent, Picasso, Parrish,
Andrew Wyeth, N.C. Wyeth, George Bellows, and Violet Oakley.
Papa Tutt was selected three times to serve as sole evaluator of the University of Missouri-
Columbia’s undergraduate art program. During his teaching years he received the Students’
Distinguished Professor Award, Professors’ Recognition Award, and the Centennial Fellow Award
from William Woods College (University). In July, 2003 he achieved signature status in the
National Acrylic Painters Associations of America and England (now the International Society of
Acrylic Painters). As a result, his name was recorded in the archives of the Tate Museum in
London, England with other NAPA signature artists.
Papa Tutt’s paintings have been exhibited in 351 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; The Wonders of
Wildlife Museum, Springfield, Missouri; and the Nestor R. Weigand Collecton, Wichita, Kansas.
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).