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Georgia Museum of Art wins seven regional awards

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has received several recent awards from the Southeast Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS-SE), the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) and the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) for its exemplary publications, design and exhibitions.

ARLIS-SE presented the museum with its Mary Ellen Lo Presti Award for the exhibition catalogue “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects.” This exhibition, organized by Parker Curator of Russian Art Asen Kirin, who also wrote the exhibition catalogue, was on display at the museum from September to December of 2016. It included many different artifacts and objects to show how the Romanov family of Russian rulers commissioned, used and distributed gifts to solidify their power.

The Mary Ellen Lo Presti Award was established in 1985 to recognize and encourage excellence in art publications issued in the Southeastern United States. The publication awards are named for the former design librarian at the Harrye B. Lions Design Library at North Carolina State University.

The museum’s exhibition catalogues for “Paper in Profile: Mixografia and Taller de Gráfica Mexicana” and “Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883–1950” won the awards, respectively, for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Contemporary Materials and Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials from SECAC. SECAC is a nonprofit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis.

Finally, the museum won multiple awards at the 2017 SEMC annual meeting. In SEMC’s Publication Design Competition, the museum received a silver for its book “Black Belt Color: Photographs by Jerry Siegel” and an honorable mention for the exhibition catalogue “Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design.” SEMC also honored the museum with gold awards for two exhibitions: “Gifts and Prayers” and “Icon of Modernism.”

The Southeastern Museums Conference is a networking organization that serves to foster professionalism, mutual support and communication. A non-profit membership association, SEMC strives to increase educational and professional development opportunities and improve the interchange of ideas, information, and cooperation.

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 or call 706-542-4662.


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