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Georgia Museum of Art

The GMOA's modern and elegant facility houses a permanent collection of more than 9,000 works of art as well as a variety of traveling exhibitions. In January, 2011, the museum reopened with a new sculpture garden and triple the gallery space, after a two-year expansion project.

Ongoing Events: Tour at Two: each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Family Days monthly, Saturday morning.
Admission: Free.

Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat, 10-5 pm; Thurs, 10-9 pm; Sun, 1-5 pm. Closed on Mon.

Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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As part of the stunning complex, a 200-seat auditorium is available for performances, lectures, and meetings. A large reception hall is used for receptions and other group gatherings. The Georgia Museum of Art will add a touch of elegance and culture to any event.


Tour groups are welcomed at the GMOA and educational group tours on a variety of topics are available by request. Each docent tour is tailored to your group's particular needs and interests.


1945: With a donation of 100 American paintings, the Georgia Museum of Art is founded when Alfred Heber Holbrook, a retired New York lawyer, chooses the University of Georgia in Athens as the site for a museum in memory of his late wife, Eva Underhill Holbrook
1948: Located on UGA's North Campus in what is now the president's office, the museum opens to the public. Holbrook serves as the museum's director for 25  years, presenting more than 900 works of art to the permanent collection.
1958: Three additional galleries are added.
Early 1970s: The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art is founded as a support group for the museum and its mission. Patrons and donors begin to recognize the importance of their contribution to securing art and art education through the museum's work for future generations.
1969: Two more galleries are added, as the collection continues to grow.
1961: The museum receives a Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of 12 Italian Renaissance paintings.
1972: Lamar Dodd retires as head of UGA's School of Art. Dodd and Holbrook worked closely together for many years.
1974: Alfred H. Holbrook dies.
1980s: Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Bentley Sr. Collection established.
1996: The museum opens a new 52,000-square-foot building within the university's Performing and Visual Arts Complex.
2000: The Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts is established and the museum initiates a program of biennial symposia on the decorative arts.
2001: As the collections and the demands of exhibitions and programs grow, the museum embarks upon a successful capital campaign as part of Archway to Excellence, raising $20 million for a renovation and expansion project.
2002: Martha Randolph Daura establishes the Pierre Daura Center with a gift to the museum.
2009: GMOA breaks ground on its expansion and renovation.
2011: The museum reopens.

Georgia Museum of Art Meeting Facility

  • Banquet Capacity: 296

Meeting Facility Rooms

Rm. Name Sq. Ft. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
Education Center     X           45         80  
Jane and Harry Wilson Sculpture Garden     X                   225  
M. Smith Griffith Auditorium     X       200              
M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall     X               296     500  

Exhibit: Selections in the Decorative Arts

    From: January 30, 2014 - June 28, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
This focused exhibition of decorative arts coincides with the seventh biennial Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts and will highlight new ... View Details

Rugs of the Caucasus

    From: January 30, 2014 - April 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
In conjunction with the seventh Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will feature ... View Details

Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition

    From: April 12, 2014 - May 04, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
This is the annual display by graduating MFA candidates at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art. This exhibition is always diverse in... View Details

Third Thursday

    From: May 15, 2014 - May 15, 2014
Six of Athens’ established venues for visual art hold “Third Thursday,” an event devoted to art in the evening hours, on the third T... View Details

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

    From: May 17, 2014 - August 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
One of the most significant American art potteries of the 20th century, Newcomb created works that gracefully unify form with decoration inspired by ... View Details

Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art

    From: June 14, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Fifty-six works from the Westmoreland's permanent collection make up this exhibition that spans 200 years of American art, from colonial times to the ... View Details

Emilio Pucci (1914–1992) in American Collections

    From: August 16, 2014 - November 09, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Emilio Pucci was an international artist whose experimental work created a bridge between Italy and the United States and straddled a class divide. On... View Details

Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Art World and Beyond

    From: December 06, 2014 - March 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
"Not Ready to Make Nice" illuminates and contextualizes the important historical and ongoing work of the Guerrilla Girls, highly original, ... View Details

Paint a Bowl for the Food Bank

    From: March 05, 2015 - March 05, 2015
Join the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in creating objects for the charity's annual Empty Bowls Luncheon (March 5). Students from the UGA department... View Details