Special Alert

Georgia Museum of Art

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

Due to tremendous growth and a variety of other factors, the museum's curators are working together to tell the story of art history in a fresh way, closing eight galleries for the summer.  It will re-open mid August 2016.

The Georgia Museum of Art's modern and elegant facility 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.

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.

IKE & JANE CAFE HOURS:
Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., when UGA is in session.

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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 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.

 

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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: The museum breaks ground on a major expansion and renovation to triple gallery spaces.
2011: The museum reopens.

Attractions
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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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    Man’s Canyons: New York City on Paper

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 9/17/16 - 12/31/16
    • BOONE AND GEORGE-ANN KNOX GALLERY I This focused exhibition includes works on…
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    Third Thursday

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • Seven of Athens’ established venues for visual art (the Georgia Museum of Art,…
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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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    Artful Conversation: DeScott Evans

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/21/16
    • Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, for an in-depth gallery…
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    Artful Conversation: Purvis Young

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/11/17
    • Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, for an in-depth discussion on…
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    Thursday Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/12/17
    • A tour led by docents.
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    Artists of the New York School

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/14/17 - 3/19/17
    • This exhibition features works from the collection of the Georgia Museum of Art…
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    Family Day: Faces of the Georgia Museum of Art

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/14/17
    • Explore the many faces of the Georgia Museum of Art with portrait-themed gallery…
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    Advanced and Irascible: Abstract Expressionism from the Collection of Jeanne and Carroll Berry

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/14/17 - 4/30/17
    • This exhibition showcases Jeanne and Carroll Berry’s efforts to gather one work…
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    Toddler Tuesday: Finger Painting

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/17/17
    • Join The Georgia Museum of Art for a special tour, story time in the galleries…
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    Closing Reception: “Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/19/17
    • Award-winning poet Jericho Brown will read work at the closing reception for the…
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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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    To Spin a Yarn: Distaffs, Folk Art and Material Culture

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/21/17 - 4/16/17
    • Organized by the Stephen F. Austin State University Galleries, this exhibition…
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    Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • Grab a friend and come join the tour of the museum led by docents.
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    Make It an Evening

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/26/17
    • Enjoy coffee, dessert, and a gallery tour at the museum prior to the performance…
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    Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/28/17 - 5/7/17
    • This exhibition will highlight works by important, yet underrecognized African…
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    Artful Conversation: “Advanced and Irascible"

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 2/8/17
    • Join Callan Steinmann, associate curator of education, for an in-depth gallery…
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    Irascibles Film Series: “Robert Motherwell and the New York School: Storming the Citadel”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 2/9/17
    • The film tells the story of the struggle and eventual triumph of the abstract…
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    90 Carlton Winter

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 2/10/17
    • The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present a reception featuring the…
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    Family Day: Abstract Valentines

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 2/11/17
    • Check out examples of abstract expressionism in the exhibition “Advanced and…
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    Make It an Evening

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 2/16/17
    • Enjoy coffee, dessert and a gallery tour at the museum prior to the performance…
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    Student Night

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 2/16/17
    • Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of music,…
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    Michael Ellison: Urban Impressions

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 2/18/17 - 5/14/17
    • This exhibition centers on a selection of block prints produced by Atlanta-based…
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    Conversation on Collecting

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 2/23/17
    • Join collector Brenda Thompson and Curlee Raven Holton, director of the David C.…
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    Thursday Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 2/23/17
    • Led by docents.
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    Black History Month Dinner

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 2/24/17
    • This annual event has become one of GMOA's most popular events and sold out in…
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    Thursday Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 3/16/17
    • A tour led by docents.
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    Family Day: To Spin a Yarn

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 3/18/17
    • View over 40 wooden spinning implements from different countries throughout…
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    Toddler Tuesday: Movement

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 3/21/17
    • Join us for story time, a special tour of Lin Emery’s kinetic sculptures in the…
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    Artful Conversation: “Expanding Tradition"

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 3/22/17
    • In celebration of Women’s History Month, assistant curator of education Sage…
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    An Evening with Lin Emery

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 3/30/17
    • Join GMOA for a special night at the museum with New Orleans-based artist Lin…
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    Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 4/8/17 - 5/14/17
    • The annual exit show for the graduating master of fine arts students at the…
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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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    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 - 11/20/18
    • This is the first complete retrospective of the work of photographer Doris…
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