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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. The sculpture garden exhibition “Terra Verte,” consisting of works by Scottish artist Patricia Leighton, is on display now through the end of May 2015.

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

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

IKE & JANE CAFE HOURS:
Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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MEETING & EVENT PLANNERS:
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.

 

TOURS:
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.

 

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GMOA HISTORY:
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.

Attractions

  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
  • Guided Tours: Yes
  • Kids Programs: Yes
  • Onsite Restaurant/Food Vendor: Yes
  • Parking Available: Yes

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: Terra Verte

    From: June 23, 2014 - May 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Scottish artist Patricia Leighton has been making art in the public realm for more than 25 years, creating large-scale permanent commissions that rel... View Details

Exhibit: Tristan Perich: "Machine Wall Drawing"

    From: June 23, 2014 - November 18, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Tristan Perich is a contemporary artist and composer based in New York City who recently had work included in the exhibition “Soundings” ... View Details

Exhibit: An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab

    From: September 13, 2014 - December 07, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
In 2005, Professor Katherine Schwab, professor of art history at Fairfield University, began experimenting with graphite and pastel on paper to devel... View Details

Exhibit: XL

    From: September 13, 2014 - November 16, 2014
A famous art school joke, attributed to graphic designer Paul Rand, reads, "If you can't make it good, make it big." "XL" shows y... View Details

Exhibit: Boxers and Backbeats: Tomata du Plenty and the West Coast Punk Scene

    From: October 04, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
David Xavier Harrigan, a.k.a., Tomata du Plenty (1948-2000), was one of the founders of Seattle's early-1970s punk scene with the Ze Whiz Kidz counte... View Details

Exhibit: The . . . of E6, part of Athens Celebrates Elephant Six

    From: October 04, 2014 - January 04, 2015
Robert Schneider, Will Hart, Bill Doss and Jeff Mangum grew up in Ruston, La., spending much of their youth making music on four-track recorders. In ... View Details

Exhibit: Emilio Pucci in America

    From: October 18, 2014 - February 01, 2015
  • 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

Exhibit: Odilon Redon

    From: November 01, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Odilon Redon (French, 1840-1916) made three series of prints based on Gustave Flaubert's "Temptation of St. Anthony." Inspired by Pieter Br... View Details

Screening: "The Past is a Grotesque Animal"

    From: November 06, 2014 - November 06, 2014
This 2014 documentary is a personal, accessible portrait of an artist/frontman Kevin Barnes of the Athens-based band Of Montreal, whose pursuit to ma... View Details

Tour at Two: The Nightmare Transported into Art: Odilon Redon's St. Anthony

    From: November 06, 2014 - November 06, 2014
This Tour at Two is led by Laura Valeria, the associate curator of European Art. This event is part of the 2014 Spotlight on the Arts at UGA. &nbs... View Details

Tour at Two: Emilio Pucci in America

    From: November 07, 2014 - November 07, 2014
This Tour at Two is led by Mary Koon, an independent curator. This event is part of the 2014 Spotlight on the Arts at UGA. View Details

Family Day: Happy Birthday GMOA!

    From: November 08, 2014 - November 08, 2014
Celebrate the 66th anniversary of the day the Georgia Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in this special extended Family Day, presented in ... View Details

Tour at Two: American Landscape in the Permanent Collection

    From: November 11, 2014 - November 11, 2014
This exhibit tour is led by Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art. This event is part of the 2014 Spotlight on the Arts at UGA festival. ww... View Details

Adwords/Edward

    From: November 12, 2014 - November 12, 2014
Experience the first composition inspired by, composed for and performed on Google Glass. Composed by Kevin Ernste of Cornell University and commissi... View Details

Artbots

    From: November 12, 2014 - November 12, 2014
Come experiment with art-making machines with the team from The Hatch, a makerspace in Athens. This event is cosponsored by The Hatch. This event i... View Details

Tour at Two: Director's Tour

    From: November 12, 2014 - November 12, 2014
Join William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art, for a tour of the permanent collection. This event is part of the 2014 Spotlight on... View Details

Artbots

    From: November 13, 2014 - November 13, 2014
Come experiment with art-making machines with the team from The Hatch, a makerspace in Athens. This event is cosponsored by The Hatch. This event i... View Details

Artful Conversations

    From: November 13, 2014 - November 13, 2014
Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, for an in-depth discussion of Howard Thomas’s painting “Little Grand Canyon Yellow” (1... View Details

Make It an Evening

    From: November 13, 2014 - November 13, 2014
Enjoy a tour and dessert at GMOA prior to the pre-concert lecture and concert by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra at the Performing Arts Center. ... View Details

Music on Film series: “Earth Red: Howard Thomas Paints a Gouache”

    From: November 13, 2014 - November 13, 2014
Join friends for special screenings of Jim Herbert’s first film, dating from 1964. Introduced by Margaret Compton, media archives archivist. Co... View Details

UGA Student Night at GMOA

    From: November 13, 2014 - November 13, 2014
Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of music, food, fun and DIY projects. Student Night is generously sponsored by ... View Details

Artbots

    From: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2014
Come experiment with art-making machines with the team from The Hatch, a makerspace in Athens. This event is cosponsored by The Hatch. This event i... 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

Exhibit: Alice Fischer

    From: January 10, 2015 - March 08, 2015
Born in Vienna to a Jewish family, Alice Fischer (1907-2004) was an artist and designer who immigrated to the United States by way of Paris to escape... View Details

Exhibit: Piero Lerda

    From: February 14, 2015 - May 10, 2015
This exhibition presents a cross-section of the work of Italian artist Piero Lerda (1927-2007). Drawing philosophical and literary themes from Jean-P... View Details