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Georgia Museum of Art at UGA wins SEMC Exhibition Award of Excellence and eight publication awards

October 14, 2010

ATHENS, Ga. – This past Tuesday, the Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) at the University of Georgia (UGA) won an unprecedented nine awards at the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) annual meeting in Baton Rouge, La. Among the honors bestowed upon the museum was an Award of Excellence for the exhibition “Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection” and a number of museum publications, some related to the exhibition.

The museum, which has been closed to the public since March 2009 for a $20 million expansion and renovation project, continued its programming offsite as part of its GMOA on the Move initiative. GMOA curator of American art Paul Manoguerra organized the exhibition “Lord Love You” from the private collection of folk-art enthusiast Carl Mullis. It was on display from August 8 to October 24, 2009, at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Ga., and featured 83 paintings, drawings, sculptures and whirligigs created by Georgia self-taught artist Reuben Aaron “R.A.” Miller.


Georgia Museum of Art at UGA acquires two paintings from West Foundation Collection

August 19, 2010

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA), located on the University of Georgia (UGA) campus, recently acquired two significant American paintings from the West Foundation Collection of Atlanta, Ga. The foundation gave Benjamin West’s Portrait of Captain Christopher Codrington Bethell (1769) and John Linton Chapman’s Via Appia (1867) to the museum in honor of GMOA director, William U. Eiland, and in anticipation of the museum’s reopening this winter.

A native of Springfield, Pa., Benjamin West was appointed historical painter for King George III in 1772 around the same time that he executed the portrait of Captain Christopher Codrington Bethell (1728-1797). While working in London, West became a founding member of the Royal Academy in England, serving as its president from 1792 to 1820. He also taught other important American artists, including Samuel F.B. Morse, Washington Allston, John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart and John Trumbull, among others. The sitter, Bethell, married in July 1768, just before his fortieth birthday, and this portrait was likely commissioned in celebration of that event. Bethell’s great-grandfather was among the first individuals to settle in the sugarproducing colony of Barbados in the West Indies, and his grandfather and great uncle both held public office there. The portrait by West is the earliest American painting in the museum’s collection.


Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art to host "The Art of: Preservation"

March 15, 2010

Athens, Ga. – On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art will host “The Art of: Preservation” at Brick House Studio in Crawford, Ga., from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The event will feature architectural tours of the ca. 1829 Langston‐Daniel‐Wood House, followed by a reception and musical performance by Dale Wechsler.

The event is co‐hosted by the Athens‐Clarke Heritage Foundation (ACHF), which strives to develop community understanding of the value of local historic buildings. Cost of attending is $15 for Friends of the Museum and ACHF members and $20 for non‐members. Brick House Studio is located at 1892 Athens Rd., in Crawford.


Georgia Museum of Art to host exhibition as part of UGA's upcoming 225th anniversary

March 1, 2010

The Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) is organizing “University of Georgia Turns 225,” an exhibition beginning March 19, 2010, that will celebrate UGA’s 225th anniversary.

The exhibition will display visual art that reflects both the history and the current state of UGA and its campus life. Paintings by Lamar Dodd, the founder of the University’s art school, will be on display, including “The Arch” (1939) and “North Campus,” as will works by such other notable artists as George Cooke, Charles Frederick Naegle and Howard Thomas.


Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, publishes important source on early Italian paintings: Corpus of Early Italian Art in North American Public Collections: The South"

February 25, 2010

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art announces the publication of the “Corpus of Early Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections: The South.” Conceived as a massive project that would catalogue and illustrate every Italian painting on panel and canvas dating between 1250 and 1500 in public collections across North America, the “Corpus” in its first part focuses on public collections in the American South. The author, Perri Lee Roberts of the University of Miami, discusses more than 400 paintings, each one represented by a high-quality reproduction.

Three volumes make up this publication, which covers early Italian paintings in public collections located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Puerto Rico. In addition to a collection of 12 paintings in the Georgia Museum of Art, other collections included belong to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Ala.; the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, S.C.; the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, La.; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C.; and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Fla.