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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: Shapes That Talk to Me: The Athens Scene, 1975–85

    From: May 24, 2014 - October 29, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will celebrate the Athens art and music scene as part of Art Rocks Athens with the exhibition ... View Details

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: The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk

    From: July 19, 2014 - October 12, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Born and resident in Tuscumbia, Ala., for nearly all her life, Mary Wallace Kirk (1889-1978) is virtually unknown today as an artist, despite her tra... 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

Shouky Shaheen Lecture: Katherine A. Schwab

    From: October 02, 2014 - October 02, 2014
The Shouky Shaheen Lecture brings a distinguished nationally and internationally recognized artist or scholar to present a lecture at the University ... View Details

Lunch and Learn: Feminism and the Guerrilla Girls

    From: October 03, 2014 - October 03, 2014
UGA faculty and staff are invited to join Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, and Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, for a... 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

Tour at Two: "Boxers and Backbeats" and "The . . . of E6"

    From: October 08, 2014 - October 08, 2014
This week's Tour at Two will feature "Boxers and Backbeats" and "The . . . of E6." It will be led by Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Cur... View Details

90 Carlton: Autumn

    From: October 10, 2014 - October 10, 2014
The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present a quarterly reception featuring the fall exhibitions. Enjoy light refreshments by Epting Events, gal... View Details

Family Day at GMO: Art and Music

    From: October 11, 2014 - October 11, 2014
Learn how art and music intertwine by exploring the exhibitions "Boxers and Backbeats: Tomata du Plenty and the West Coast Punk Scene" and ... View Details

Artful Conversation: Andrée Ruellan

    From: October 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014
Join Carissa DiCindio, curator for education, for an in-depth discussion of Andrée Ruellan's painting "Crap Game" (1936). View Details

Drawing in the Galleries

    From: October 16, 2014 - October 16, 2014
Visitors are invited to sketch in the galleries during these hours. No instruction provided. Pencils only. View Details

Museum Mix

    From: October 16, 2014 - October 16, 2014
Come to this free late-night art party and enjoy refreshments from Earthfare, access to all the galleries and music by live DJs inspired by Elephant S... View Details

UGA Student Night at GMOA

    From: October 16, 2014 - October 16, 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

Symposium: Rethinking the Parthenon: Color, Materiality and Aesthetics

    From: October 17, 2014 - October 17, 2014
This international symposium will bring eminent scholars to Georgia's flagship university in Athens, Georgia, to present and discuss critical new res... View Details

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

Symposium: Rethinking the Parthenon: Color, Materiality and Aesthetics

    From: October 18, 2014 - October 18, 2014
This international symposium will bring eminent scholars to Georgia's flagship university in Athens, Georgia, to present and discuss critical new res... View Details

Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    From: October 19, 2014 - October 19, 2014
This Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection will be led by docents. View Details

Tour at Two: "Aspects of Modernism: American Art of the 1920s and 1930s"

    From: October 22, 2014 - October 22, 2014
Join Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, for a tour of the permanent collection. View Details

Alfred Heber Holbrook Lecture: Carl Strehlke

    From: October 23, 2014 - October 23, 2014
Carl Brandon Strehlke, adjunct curator, John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, will deliver the keynote speech of the Andrew Ladis T... View Details

Andrew Ladis Trecento Symposium

    From: October 24, 2014 - October 24, 2014
This symposium in memory of scholar Andrew Ladis celebrates both his love of trecento painting and his commitment to its display, study and preservat... View Details

Tour at Two: "An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab"

    From: October 29, 2014 - October 29, 2014
Join Chiara Tondi Resta, University of Georgia undergraduate honors classics student, for a gallery tour of the exhibition. View Details