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How one artist turned his hobby into a full-time job

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The printmaker F. Townsend Morgan is by no means a household name. Even many art historians of the era in which he worked have never heard of him, and he never worked or lived in Georgia. So why is the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia organizing the first exhibition of Morgan’s work since his death in 1965?

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Jerry Siegel shows Selma through his eyes

Monday, May 22, 2017

Photographer Jerry Siegel was born in 1958 in Selma, Alabama. He went away to college and ended up working in Atlanta, but he kept coming back to the town where he grew up, fascinated by its people and places. As Selma’s population decreased, and businesses shut their doors, he captured what was disappearing through his camera, as well as what remained. Now the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has published the book “Black Belt Color,” which features Siegel’s color photography in and around his home of Selma, Alabama.

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Georgia Museum of Art to highlight state flower

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Beginning June 3, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present the exhibition “The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade,” organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Although the exhibition includes landscapes, seascapes and Heade’s trademark paintings of tropical birds and flowers, it does not include any of his Cherokee Rose images. The Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata) is the state flower of Georgia.

To remedy this situation, Mrs. Deen Day Sanders, a noted art collector, gardener, philanthropist and Georgian, has agreed to lend Heade’s painting of two Cherokee Roses to the museum, along with four other works by Heade. Mrs. Sanders’ paintings will make up a small supplementary exhibition, on view the same dates as “The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade.”

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Artist Martin Johnson Heade remembered as a genius

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dramatic landscapes, exotic subjects and vibrant colors all characterize the work of the once forgotten artist Martin Johnson Heade. Now recognized as one of the most important painters of the 19th century, Heade devoted equal time to landscape, marine and still-life subjects, but is best known for his studies of tropical birds and flowers. The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present the exhibition “The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade” from June 3 through September 10, 2017.

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Georgia Museum of Art to present quarterly reception May 12

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host 90 Carlton: Spring on May 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The quarterly reception will celebrate the spring exhibitions. Attendees can enjoy light refreshments, as well as gallery activities, door prizes and “Ask the Experts” from 7 to 8 p.m. where they can ask questions of curators and gallery experts. The event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Tickets can be bought at the door or in advance at http://bit.ly/90c-spring17.

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