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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.


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).


Georgia Museum of Art announces Lynn Boland as new Pierre Daura Curator of European Art

Friday, May 8, 2009

ATHENS, GA, May 8, 2009 — William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art, has announced the appointment of Lynn Boland as the museum’s new Pierre Daura Curator of European Art. Boland will begin working at the museum on May 11, 2009.

Boland received his undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Georgia before acquiring his master’s degree in the same subject from the University of Texas at Austin. During his time spent at UGA, Boland was an intern at the Georgia Museum of Art. He will complete his doctorate in art history this May, with a dissertation on dissonance in modern European art and music. Boland specializes in European art history of the 19th and 20th centuries with a secondary focus in contemporary American art.


The Collectors of the Georgia Museum of Art present a celebration of automotive design, Art on Wheels

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ATHENS, GA, April 23, 2009 — On Saturday, May 16, 2009, the Collectors of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art will host Art on Wheels, a celebration of automotive design, at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, in Athens, Ga. The gala will feature several cars from the golden age of vintage automobiles.

These cars, which are being provided for the evening by a private collector, will include a 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud limousine, one of only six ever made. A 1964 Lincoln Continental convertible, a 1954 Mercury Monterey Woodie Wagon, a 1967 Jaguar and a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II will also be among the rare automobiles.


Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection on view at the Lyndon House Arts Center August 8–October 24, 2009

April 17, 2009

ATHENS, GA – Organized by the Georgia Museum of Art, Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection will be on view at the Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St., in Athens, Ga., from August 8 through October 24, 2009. The exhibition will feature 83 paintings, drawings, sculptures and whirligigs created by the Georgia self-taught artist Reuben Aaron “R.A.” Miller. An opening reception will take place at the Lyndon House Arts Center on August 15, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Born in 1912 in Rabbittown, just outside of Gainesville, Ga., R.A. Miller spent most of his life working in cotton mills and preaching as a Free Will Baptist. After retiring due to a back injury and glaucoma in the late 1970s, Miller realized his calling and began creating art full time. Inspired by nature, popular culture and his personal life, Miller’s works take as their subjects animals and other “critters,” angels, devils and members of his family. His use of bold colors, humorous themes and fun designs helped him become a local celebrity.