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GMOA's Staff Infection opens at UGA on October 5, 2009

October 2, 2009

Athens, Ga.— From October 5 through November 20, 2009, the Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) will present Staff Infection, an exhibition consisting of work produced entirely by the staff of GMOA. The exhibition will be on view in the main lobby of the Visual Arts Building on Jackson Street, the previous location of the Lamar Dodd School of Art and current temporary offices of GMOA, among others. Staff Infection can be viewed during the building’s hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibition, organized by Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, and Deirdre Conneely, associate curator, is part of GMOA on the Move a collective effort by the museum’s staff to continue their mission in spite of the temporary relocation of their headquarters. Created by the Georgia Museum of Art in March 2009, GMOA on the Move hosts a series of off-site exhibitions and events such as “The Art of” series, Family Days, and traveling exhibitions. Boland said, “museum staff can’t pass a 50-foot wall every day without hanging something.”

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

September 10, 2009

Athens, Ga. – On Tuesday, October 20, 2009, the Young at Art committee of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art will host The Art of: Music at Stan Mullins Studio on Pulaski Street in Athens, Ga. Art Rosenbaum, a Grammy Award-winning musician and artist, will perform selections of old-time and bluegrass music with some friends. Refreshments will follow the performance.

Art Rosenbaum taught at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia for many years and was the subject of a retrospective at the Georgia Museum of Art in 2006. Rosenbaum also received the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 2003. Stan Mullins, local artist and former student of Rosenbaum’s, uses an old cottonseed oil refinery as studio space. Mullins’ art has taken him many places, including Rwanda and Kyoto. He has worked with CowParade, the band Creed and “That 70s Show.” The staff of the museum is excited to be working with both Mullins and Rosenbaum as well as using Mullins’ studio as a venue.

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The Georgia Museum of Art's department of education successfully hosts 210 educational programs in Fiscal Year 2008–2009,

September 3, 2009

Athens, Ga. -- The Georgia Museum of Art’s department of education hosted 210 educational programs that attracted 9, 272 visitors for the fiscal year 2008-2009. The programs served state residents of all ages through Art Adventures, Family Days, the Big Read and Senior Outreach, among others. Cecelia Hinton, curator of education, and Carissa DiCindio, associate curator of education, planned and managed every aspect of the programming. The Georgia Art Education Association recognized DiCindio with the museum educator of the year award for her work.

The 2008 summer program, Art Adventures, served 756 people at different venues in Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties and consisted of morning and afternoon sessions that included art activities and introductions to the museum’s exhibitions. In the studio workshop, children learned to create their own landscapes from coordinator Bryna Bobick and instructors Erin McIntosh, Jessica Bennett and Catherine Brantle. At the conclusion of the summer session, families were invited to join the open classroom for Family Day: Summer Landscapes.

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NEA awards $50,000 grant to the Georgia Museum of Art

July 24, 2009

ATHENS, GA –– The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) a $50,000 grant through the 2009 NEA Direct Grants: Museum-Recovery Act. Recognizing the importance of the nonprofit arts industry on the economy, the Recovery Act provides stimulus funds, which the NEA uses in an effort to preserve jobs in the nonprofit arts sector that are threatened by the current economic downturn. GMOA is one of only nine nonprofit arts organizations in Georgia that received a grant, which will provide salary support for positions deemed critical to an organization’s artistic mission. Only organizations that were awarded NEA funding over the past four years were eligible.

The stimulus grant will provide a year of salary and benefits to fill the vacant position of curator of decorative arts. The curator directs the museum’s Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts, which has as its primary focus the decorative arts and material culture of Georgia. Founded in 1998, the Green Center produces exhibitions, publications and educational programs that reach audiences in Georgia and well beyond the region, thus serving a critical role in the museum’s mission and its long-range and strategic goals.

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The Georgia Museum of Art at UGA acquires two works significant to Georgia history

July 24, 2009

ATHENS, GA – The Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) acquired two important American paintings at the sale of the Florence and William Griffin Collection at Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C., Saturday, May 30. Between 1945 and the 1980s, the Griffins amassed an exceptional collection of southern furniture, silver, pottery, books, paintings, prints and decorative arts significant to Georgia history.

The purchase, with winning bids and buyer’s premiums totaling $133,400, was made possible by an anonymous donation in honor of George-Ann and Boone Knox. The paintings depict Robert Ransome Billups and his wife, Elizabeth Ware Fullwood Billups, circa 1827 and were painted by Edwin B. Smith (active 1815 to 1832).

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