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Georgia Museum of Art announces athletics-inspired art contest

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) at the University of Georgia announces Art for Everyone, an art competition inspired by UGA athletics and the work of illustrator Jack Davis. The museum will hold an exhibition of Davis’ non-athletics-focused work, “Beyond the Bulldog: Jack Davis,” Nov. 3, 2012–Jan. 6, 2013.

Born and raised in Georgia, Davis is perhaps best known in Athens for his depictions of SEC mascots, which have appeared on UGA merchandise for many years. Davis has had a lengthy career in illustration and cartooning, with an immediately recognizable style and an influence that extends far beyond his home state. Having published his first cartoon at the age of 12, Davis studied with the artist Lamar Dodd in the University of Georgia’s art school, which he attended on the G.I. Bill. After graduating, he moved to New York, where he attended the Art Students League before landing work with William Gaines’ EC Comics. He was also one of the founding artists of Mad magazine, supplied covers for Time and TV Guide and designed album covers and movie posters.

In connection with “Beyond the Bulldog: Jack Davis,” the contest takes its inspiration from Davis’ work on UGA athletics. The public can vote on submissions once a day, and the winner’s art will be featured on a souvenir cup sold at Stegeman Coliseum. Davis himself will select the winner from the top three vote-getters.

“We are pleased to provide a meeting ground between sports and art, two vital components of a healthy culture that are too often set in opposition,” said Hillary Brown, director of communications at GMOA, who pointed out that the museum is also open its regular hours on football home game Saturdays. “We firmly believe there is no inconsistency in being a fan of UGA athletics and an art lover.”

Details on how to submit and entry guidelines are available at http://www.georgiamuseum.org/artforeveryone. Designs may feature Hairy Dawg and/or UGA athletics or anything else you would like to see on a UGA souvenir cup, except the name and/or likeness of any current UGA student athlete and/or coach. Entries will be posted as they are submitted, and visitors to the site can share their favorites on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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 Arch Foundation and 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. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706.542.GMOA (4662).

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