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Georgia Museum of Art reopens with weeklong celebration, Art Expands

Jan. 29–Feb. 5 2011

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will reopen with a weeklong celebration, Art Expands, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5. The museum has been closed since March 2009 for construction on its Phase II expansion, designed by Gluckman Mayner Architects (New York).

GMOA broke ground on its expansion in 2009, after raising $20 million in external support to fund the entirety of construction. The addition to the existing facility will include more than 16,000 square feet in new galleries, an outdoor sculpture garden, expanded lobby and additional storage space. The new gallery space will allow for continual viewing of the museum’s permanent collection.


Georgia Museum of Art "Corpus" wins SECAC research and publication award

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Athens, Ga. – The Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) recently gave the award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication to the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia for its publication “Corpus of Early Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections: The South.”

The author, Perri Lee Roberts of the University of Miami, Fla., discusses more than 400 paintings, each with a high-quality reproduction. Three volumes make up this publication, which covers early Italian paintings in public collections in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Puerto Rico. The “Corpus” includes 12 paintings in the collection of the Georgia Museum of Art.


Georgia Museum of Art Director William U. Eiland receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Birmingham-Southern College

Friday, November 19, 2010

Athens, Ga. –William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Birmingham-Southern College at its annual Alumni Awards Luncheon on the BSC campus.

A native of Sprott, Ala., Eiland has been the director of the Georgia Museum of Art since 1992. He earned a B.A. from BSC in 1970, and an M.A. in 1974 and Ph.D. 1978 both from the University of Virginia.


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.


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.