Press Room


From homemakers to makers: The history of UGA’s craft programs

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

When most people hear the word “agriculture,” they think cows, chickens and crops, not fine handmade jewelry or beautifully crafted ceramics. But, believe it or not, the University of Georgia’s art school got its start in the College of Agriculture, back in 1927. This unusual beginning for what was then the art department likely led to the strength of its craft programs, which are the subject of a new exhibition opening at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia February 1.


Museum to show 19th-century weaponry

Tuesday, November 9, 2017

With guns dominating the news cycle, it may seem odd for an art museum to present an exhibition focused on them, but that’s just what the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia is doing. An exhibition largely consisting of longrifles and titled “Artful Instruments: Georgia Gunsmiths and Their Craft” opens at the museum December 2 and runs through February 25. The project of the museum’s curator of decorative arts, Dale Couch, and guest curator Sam Thomas, of the T. R. R. Cobb House, in Athens, the exhibition includes 18 19th-century longrifles as well as two pistols, powder horns and a miniature cannon on loan from private and public lenders.


The City of Lights to light up the big screen

Monday, October 30, 2017

During the month of November, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present a film series focusing on 20th-century American artists in Paris in conjunction with the exhibition “Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris” and Spotlight on the Arts 2017. Louise Blair Daura was an American artist who lived and worked in Paris during the late 1920s, and this is the first exhibition to focus solely on her work.


Georgia Museum of Art to host last Museum Mix of the year

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host its third Museum Mix of the year on October 19 from 8 to 11 p.m. All of the galleries will be open for the late-night art party. WesdaRuler will start the night with original lo-fi hip hop beats and DJ Reindeer Games will play a collage of various genres of music throughout the night. Free refreshments and snacks will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.


Mickalene Thomas highlights her muses

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The word “muse” conjures an image of an ethereal ancient Greek figure, but artist Mickalene Thomas has a different, more grounded set of muses, comprising strong African American women, including her mother, friends and former lovers. Thomas is best known for her large-scale paintings of women, which complicate the art historical representation of female beauty and reconsider tropes around femininity, identity and desire.