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Georgia Museum of Art to host "A Soulful Celebration" of Black History Month

February 2, 2010

Athens, Ga. – The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, the membership program of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, have organized “A Soulful Celebration,” a dinner and concert event to be held Feb. 24, in celebration of Black History Month and honoring Louis and Mae Castenell.

The dinner will include an art exhibition featuring works by local African-American artists John Ahee, Harold Rittenberry and Yvonne Studevan. The dinner and exhibition begin at 6 p.m. at the UGA Visual Arts Building on Jackson Street and cost $40 per person.


UGA’s Georgia Museum of Art awarded grant for collaborative exhibition and catalogue

January 26, 2010

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia in partnership with the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma was recently awarded a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the exhibition and catalogue of Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.

The Georgia Museum of Art will publish a catalogue of the exhibition featuring essays by curators from the organizing museums and an entry on each work. The staff of the three museums will collaborate on educational programs and on publicity and marketing including national promotions in several leading American art periodicals. The exhibition will tour in 2012-2013, opening in Auburn, Ala., and closing in Athens with a possible fourth venue to be determined.


“Buddy” and Lucy Allen win GMOA “Patrons of the Year” Award

January 25, 2010

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries recently recognized Mr. and Mrs. B. Heyward Allen Jr. of Athens as “Patrons of the Year” for their service to the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia.

“Buddy” Allen and his wife, Lucy, have worked to advance the missions of both GMOA and the University of Georgia through their many civic endeavors.


UGA's Georgia Museum of Art to host fifth Henry D. Green Symposium

December 10, 2009

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art will host the fifth Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, “Neighboring Voices: The Decorative Culture of Our Southern Cousins,” January 29-30, 2010, at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

The symposium will bring together representatives from neighboring states to discuss their own research, collections and decorative-arts history. Topics to be discussed at the symposium include the discovery of Georgia’s early decorative arts, the paint-decorated furniture of Piedmont North Carolina, the influence of Georgia potters on Alabama pottery, the profile of a southern antebellum silversmith, German toys in American childhood, French porcelain in the antebellum South and early Georgians’ migration to Alabama. Featured speakers at this year’s symposium are Mary Audrey Apple, Joey J. Brackner, Daniel Brooks, Charlotte Crabtree, Robert Doares, Robert A. Leath, and June Lucas.


Georgia Museum of Art wins SECAC award

October 28, 2009

Athens, Ga. – The Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) recently gave the award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials to the Georgia Museum of Art publication and exhibition “The American Scene on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Schoen Collection.”

The art in the catalogue reflects the many political, social and economic changes that occurred in the United States during the Great Depression and World War II. The traveling exhibition, which includes a selection of the works on paper, was most recently on view at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Ga. The exhibition will be on view in full at the Georgia Museum of Art after its reopening in 2011. The catalogue includes full-page color images of all 153 works on paper along with information about each work, artists’ biographies and an essay by historian Harry Katz and can be purchased for $55 from the online Museum Shop (accessible by clicking the gift bag from the museum’s home page at