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Georgia Museum of Art to celebrate summer exhibitions

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host its quarterly reception on Friday, July 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the museum’s summer exhibitions. Guests can enjoy refreshments and door prizes, as well as an opportunity to “Ask the Experts” in the galleries from 7 to 8 p.m., when curators and guides will be stationed in the featured exhibitions. Mid-century dress is encouraged. 

This event is free for members and $5 for non-members. To become a member, call 706.542.0830 or visit Become a member of the museum at the event for complimentary admission. RSVP to or by calling 706.542.4199. Register at

The featured exhibitions are “The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade,” “Local Color: Martin Johnson Heade Paintings from the Collection of Deen Day Sanders,” “Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design” and “Avocation to Vocation: Prints by F. Townsend Morgan.”

“The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade,” organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will run through September 10. This exhibition displays the 19th-century painter’s lush still lifes and landscapes in an entirely new context. His work is shown alongside paintings by his contemporaries in a more traditional style, and Heade’s innovation and originality is evident. “Local Color: Martin Johnson Heade Paintings from the Collection of Deen Day Sanders” runs the same dates and is a focused exhibition of five paintings by Heade, including one of his Cherokee Rose paintings, from a private collection in Georgia.

“Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design” runs through September 17 and presents some of the Italian architect’s most influential furniture and decorative objects.  Ponti is widely considered the father of modern Italian design due to his successful meshing of traditions in technique and materials with more modern ideas, resulting in a new understanding of modern living.

“Avocation to Vocation: Prints by F. Townsend Morgan” is the first exhibition to focus on the mid-20th-century printmaker’s work since his death and demonstrates the evolution of Morgan’s art from hobby to profession. When Morgan’s business was devastated by the Great Depression, he turned to his art as a way to support his family through various New Deal art programs. His first job was an assignment to depict slum conditions for use by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in an address. Both of the etchings he made for this project are on view in this exhibition. This exhibition runs through September 10.  

The host committee for the event is Dan Beynart, David and Cassie Bryant, Russell and Airee Edwards, Mark Opel, Susan Hable Smith and Peter Smith. Event partners are the Athens Printing Company, Barron’s Rental Center and Epting Events.


Writer: Claire Shelnutt,
Contact: Michael Lachowski, 706-542-9078,

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. 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. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see or call 706.542.4662.

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