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Georgia Museum of Art

  • 90 Carlton Street|
  • Performing and Visual Arts Complex|
  • University of Georgia|
  • Athens GA 30602
  • (706) 542-4662
  • Region: UGA Campus

Founded in 1945, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia houses a permanent collection of more than 10,000 works of art as well as 20 to 25 temporary exhibitions a year. The Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden hosts rotating exhibitions of work by women sculptors. Strengths include American painting, works on paper, southern decorative arts and self-taught art, as well as works by African American artists and a Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of Renaissance and Baroque art. The official state museum of art, it offers free inspiration for everyone.

Ongoing Events

  • Tour at Two: each Wednesday at 2 p.m.
  • Family Days monthly, Saturday morning
  • Third Thursday, 6–9 p.m. the third Thursday of the month

Admission
Free

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

Meeting and Event Planners

As part of the stunning complex, a 200-seat auditorium is available for performances, lectures, and meetings. A large reception hall can be rented for receptions and other group gatherings, as can the sculpture garden and a meeting room with a/v and a capacity of 50. The museum does not have an exclusive caterer, allowing you to customize your event. Rental Information at http://www.georgiamuseum.org/visit/rent

Tours
Tour groups are welcome, and free 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.

Attractions
General
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Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Largest Room
  • Reception Capacity 500
  • Banquet Capacity 296
  • Number of Rooms 4
Education Center
  • Classroom Capacity: 45
  • Reception Capacity: 80
Jane and Harry Wilson Sculpture Garden
  • Reception Capacity: 225
M. Smith Griffith Auditorium
  • Theater Capacity: 200
M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall
  • Banquet Capacity: 296
  • Reception Capacity: 500
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    Sunday Spotlight Tour

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • Join Georgia Museum of Art docents for a tour of the permanent collection, held…
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    Tour at Two: Georgia Museum of Art

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
    • Each Wednesday, come to the Georgia Museum of Art for a tour led by docents.…
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    Morning Mindfulness

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to enhance mindful…
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    Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 6/10/17 - 9/17/17
    • In the history of 20th-century design, Giò Ponti (1891–1979) is widely…
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    Thursday Twilight Tour: Highlights of the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday
    • Join the Georgia Museum of Art for a tour of the museum led by docents on the…
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    90 Carlton: Summer

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 7/28/17
    • The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present a reception featuring the…
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    Gallery Talk: Perri Lee Roberts

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 7/28/17
    • Join Perri Lee Roberts, professor of art history at the University of Miami and…
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    Toddler Tuesday: Martin Johnson Heade

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 8/8/17
    • Join us for a special tour, story time in the galleries and art activity just…
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    Artful Conversation: Paul Cadmus

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 8/9/17
    • Join Callan Steinmann, associate curator of education, for a slow, contemplative…
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    Tour at Two: Highlights of the Decorative Arts Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 8/16/17
    • Joseph Litts, Beard Scholar at the Henry Green Center for the Study of the…
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    Annual Meeting and Reception of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 8/17/17
    • The annual meeting of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art will include…
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    Gallery Talk: Janice Simon

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 8/18/17
    • Join Janice Simon, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of…
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    Family Day: The Science of Art

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 8/19/17
    • Celebrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and explore the…
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    Italians and Design Film Series

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • In conjunction with the exhibition “Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the…
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    Studio Workshop: Drawing

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • Recurring weekly on Thursday until 9/28/17
    • Join Athens-based artist and educator Brian Hitselberger for a four-part series…
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    Toddler Tuesday: Giò Ponti

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 9/12/17
    • Join us for a special tour, story time in the galleries and an art activity just…
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    Tour at Two: African American Influences in Southern Material Culture

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 9/13/17
    • Join Joseph Litts, Beard Scholar at the Henry Green Center for the Study of the…
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    Student Night

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 9/14/17
    • Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of music,…
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    Italians and Design Film Series: "La Dolce Vita"

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 9/14/17
    • In conjunction with the exhibition “Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the…
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    Artful Conversation: John Linton Chapman

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 9/20/17
    • Join Sage Kincaid, assistant curator of education, for an in-depth group…
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    The Collectors host Spalding Nix’s Culture Club in Athens

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 9/21/17
    • In 2003, Spalding Nix founded Spalding Nix Fine Art upon returning to his native…
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    Family Day: Ceseri Drawings

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 9/30/17
    • Check out 19th- and 20th-century drawings from the Ceseri Collection, then try…
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    Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/14/17 - 1/7/18
    • Organized by Aperture Gallery, this exhibition of work by the contemporary…
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    Crafting History: Seven Decades of Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/20/18 - 3/25/18
    • Since the early 1940s, the University of Georgia has offered instruction in…
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    Doris Ulmann: Vernacular Modernism and American Craft

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 9/1/18 - 12/30/18
    • This is the first complete retrospective of the work of photographer Doris…
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