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Speakeasy raises funds for the Georgia Museum of Art

February 18, 2010

Athens, Ga. – Speakeasy, a major fundraising event for the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA), was held Saturday, February 6, 2010, at the home of C.L. Morehead Jr., who also served as the largest sponsor of the event.

This rare opportunity to view Mr. Morehead’s home and extensive art collection included dinner, tours of the collection conducted by GMOA curators, a wonderful jazz performance by Faith and an exclusive silent auction.


Seventh Annual Willson Center/Georgia Museum of Art Lecture

February 3, 2010

Athens, Ga.– The Seventh Annual Willson Center/Georgia Museum of Art lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 3, at 4 p.m., in Sanford Hall, room 314. Nina Hellerstein, professor of French and head of the department of Romance languages at the University of Georgia, will present “Franco-Mexican Artist Jean Charlot (1898-1979), His French Connections and His Mexican-Inspired Murals on the UGA Campus.”

Jean Charlot was born in Paris of French, Spanish and Mexican Indian descent. He studied informally at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and eventually moved to Mexico, where he became one of Diego Rivera’s assistants. Rivera and the other members of the Syndicate of Revolutionary Painters, Sculptors and Engravers of Mexico dedicated themselves to producing public art for the lower or popular class of society.


Georgia Museum of Art to host "A Soulful Celebration" of Black History Month

February 2, 2010

Athens, Ga. – The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, the membership program of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, have organized “A Soulful Celebration,” a dinner and concert event to be held Feb. 24, in celebration of Black History Month and honoring Louis and Mae Castenell.

The dinner will include an art exhibition featuring works by local African-American artists John Ahee, Harold Rittenberry and Yvonne Studevan. The dinner and exhibition begin at 6 p.m. at the UGA Visual Arts Building on Jackson Street and cost $40 per person.


UGA’s Georgia Museum of Art awarded grant for collaborative exhibition and catalogue

January 26, 2010

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia in partnership with the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma was recently awarded a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the exhibition and catalogue of Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.

The Georgia Museum of Art will publish a catalogue of the exhibition featuring essays by curators from the organizing museums and an entry on each work. The staff of the three museums will collaborate on educational programs and on publicity and marketing including national promotions in several leading American art periodicals. The exhibition will tour in 2012-2013, opening in Auburn, Ala., and closing in Athens with a possible fourth venue to be determined.


“Buddy” and Lucy Allen win GMOA “Patrons of the Year” Award

January 25, 2010

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries recently recognized Mr. and Mrs. B. Heyward Allen Jr. of Athens as “Patrons of the Year” for their service to the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia.

“Buddy” Allen and his wife, Lucy, have worked to advance the missions of both GMOA and the University of Georgia through their many civic endeavors.