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Shirley Brice Heath discusses the benefits of art

Thursday, February 8, 2018

As part of its Aralee Strange lecture series, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host Dr. Shirley Brice Heath on February 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Heath holds the Marjorie Bailey Professorship in English and Dramatic Literature and is a professor of linguistics, emerita, at Stanford University. Her work focuses on the ways in which long-term engagement with art can drive the linguistic and cognitive development of adolescents. Her talk, titled “The Arts as Brick and Mortar of Community Building,” will draw from national and international contexts in which the arts are building community togetherness, communication and comfort.

Dr. Heath’s talk is also a UGA Signature Lecture. This series features speakers noted for their broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work. Many of the lectures are supported by endowments, while others honor notable figures and milestones in the university’s history.

This lecture is funded by the Aralee Strange Fund for Art and Poetry at the museum. Created by donors Kathy Prescott and Grady Thrasher, it honors their friend Aralee Strange, a poet, filmmaker and playwright who lived in Athens and died in 2013.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call (706) 542-4662.

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Help the hungry this Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This Valentine’s Day, make a date with the Georgia Museum of Art to help benefit the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. On February 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors who donate $7 will paint ceramic bowls that will be used at the charity’s 20th annual Empty Bowl Luncheon. All materials will be provided.

The Empty Bowl Luncheon will take place on March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. Tickets are $30 for an individual and $400 for a reserved table of ten. Guests will receive a meal of soup and a sandwich as well as one of the hand-painted bowls made by volunteers. They can also participate in a silent auction for various prizes. Every dollar raised provides six meals for needy children, seniors, families and the working poor.

Participants can pay in advance at http://www.foodbanknega.org/events/12 or in person at the museum with cash, check or credit card.

The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia works to feed the ill, needy, seniors and children in northeast Georgia. Its goal is to end hunger as a part of an overall community effort to alleviate poverty. Founded in 1992, the Food Bank has distributed more than 12 million pounds of food. It recovers donated and salvaged surplus food and distributes it to human-service agencies that then distribute the food to residents in need.

In 2016, the Food Bank earned a “High Achievement” ranking from the American Institute of Baking (AIB) Food Safety Audit, the most stringent food-safety standards in the food industry. The AIB ranking places the food bank within the top 5 to 10 percent of food safety in the U.S. and in the top 10 percent of the food industry.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGA’s East Campus. The address is 90 Carlton Street, Athens, Ga., 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.

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The opera comes to Athens

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The glitz, glam and spectacle of the opera scene during the Belle Époque are unfathomable to the general public now, but art from the era captures some of its opulence. Posters that promoted these operas make their drama, music and visuals tangible. You can see some of them in the exhibition “Opera in Print: Fin-de-siècle Posters from the Blum collection,” on view at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia through April 22.

The Belle Époque (French of “beautiful era”) lasted from the 1870s through the 1910s. It was a time of optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity and cultural innovation before the chaos and destruction of World War I. The arts flourished.

The invention of lithography (printing using a stone or metal plate) allowed for the extensive production of posters in this era. Quickly becoming the dominant form of mass communication, posters lined every public surface, making the streets an art gallery. Because posters were a new concept and medium, artists had freedom to explore form and content. Their lavish designs still influence the advertising industry today.

Jules Chéret, Alfred Choubrac, George Dola and Roger Chancel are among the artists who created the posters in “Opera in Print.” Chéret is considered the father of the modern poster, having invented a new form of lithography that allowed for more color and innovative typography. Choubrac introduced technical advances to lithography that reduced the cost of producing posters. These artists specialized in posters for the opera houses and Parisian nightlife.

Abigail Kosberg, the museum’s Pierre Daura Center Graduate Intern, is the curator of “Opera in Print.” Kosberg has been working on the exhibition for a year and a half and says, “I think visual/advertising culture is an aspect of art history that gets little attention because we don't always view advertisements as art. These posters show how, right from the beginning of mass media, artists saw advertisements as a means of artistic expression. They provide us a window not only into the artistic culture and trends of the turn of the century, but also show a fantastic intersection of different art forms.”

Kosberg selected the works that make up the exhibition from a large gift of posters by Murray and Nancy Ann Blum. The exhibition is sponsored by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

Related programs include a public tour on February 21 at 2 p.m. and a concert of French opera on March 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.

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Georgia Museum of Art to host reception for winter exhibitions

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

On February 1 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host 90 Carlton: Winter, a seasonal reception to celebrate and showcase the museum’s various winter exhibitions. Guests can enjoy the company of fellow art aficionados as well as indulge in light refreshments and gallery activities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to get a first look at the exhibition “Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia,” which opens to the public that evening. Visitors will have the opportunity to win door prizes as well as participate in “Ask the Experts” from 8 to 9 p.m., a segment where guests can ask curators and experts about the art on display.

The event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Tickets can be bought at the door or in advance at http://bit.ly/90c-winter2018. To become a member, call 706.542.0830 or visit georgiamuseum.org/join. Become a member of the museum at the event for complimentary admission. RSVP to gmoarsvp@uga.edu or by calling 706.542.4199.

The exhibitions highlighted are:

• “Crafting History: Textiles, Metals, and Ceramics at the University of Georgia” (on view February 1–April 29): Celebrating local history and featuring the vision and craftmanship of more than two dozen UGA professors from the 1920s to the present, this exhibition will include the works of Earl McCutchen, Frances Stewart Higgins and others.

• “Opera in Print: Fin-de-siècle Posters from the Blum Collection” (on view through April 22): Donated to the museum by Murray and Nancy Ann Blum, these 19th-century French opera posters are colorful and engaging.

• “Clinton Hill” (on view through March 18): This exhibition showcases the works of the adventurous and multitalented abstract artist Clinton Hill. Known for his sculptures as well as his abstract prints, Hill’s works focus on color and unusual materials.

• “Artful Instruments: Georgia Gunsmiths and Their Craft” (on view through February 25): This exhibition displays a variety of early Georgia firearms and related accessories.

Event Partners: Athens Printing Company, Barron’s Rental Center, Epting Events and Guide 2 Athens.

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Writer: Marquan Norris, marqnorris@uga.edu
Contact: Michael Lachowski, 706-542-9078, mlachow@uga.edu

Note to editors: High-resolution images available upon request from mlachow@uga.edu.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibition and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGA’s East Campus. The address is 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA, 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.

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Georgia Museum of Art wins three statewide awards

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia received three awards last week at the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries (GAMG) annual conference for its exemplary work.

GAMG presented the museum with awards for the exhibition “Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design,” its studio workshop educational program and museum professional of the year, to Hillary Brown, the museum’s director of communications. The awards ceremony took place in Rome, Georgia, on Friday, January 19.

“Modern Living” was on view at the museum from June 10 to September 17, 2017 and celebrated Giò Ponti (1891–1979), the father of modern Italian design. Christy Crisp, chair of the GAMG awards committee, praised the exhibition for “providing extensive opportunities for community members of all ages (and a variety of interests) to engage with both exceptional examples of the decorative arts and personal art-making activities.”

The museum’s studio workshop series is aimed at developing artistic skills with a variety of media and techniques, including abstraction, drawing and acrylics, and is offered at a cost of materials only. The award committee recognized the series for its focus on adult learners within museums and its dedication to connecting active local artists both with the content of museum exhibitions and with members of the community who participate in the program.

Brown was praised for her dedication to the Georgia Museum of Art and to the larger field of museums and the community. “I am truly honored to receive this award. The past year has been a difficult one for remembering the importance of art and its capacity to help us understand each other, but the work that my colleagues do reminds me on a daily basis why I love museums and want to spend my life in this field,” said Brown.

The Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries is a private, nonprofit museum and gallery association dedicated to serving and maintaining a diverse membership of museums across the state. It establishes a responsive network, resource base and promotes professionalism to uplift the Georgia museum community.

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Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.

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