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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
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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.

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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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    Tour at Two: Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until 11/16/16
    • Led by docents.
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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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    Artful Conversation: Purvis Young

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/5/16
    • Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, for an in-depth gallery…
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    Brooklyn Bridge Film Series: “’Neath Brooklyn Bridge”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/6/16
    • The 11th film in the East Side Kids series (most famous for “Angels with Dirty…
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    Sunday Spotlight Tour

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/9/16
    • Led by docents.
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    Brooklyn Bridge Film Series:“It Happened in Brooklyn”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/13/16
    • This musical romantic comedy stars Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Kathryn Grayson…
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    Third Thursday Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/20/16
    • Led by docents.
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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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    Brooklyn Bridge Film Series: “Brooklyn Bridge”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/20/16
    • In this documentary, Ken Burns captures the physical majesty of this greatest of…
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    Lecture: Richard Haw

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/21/16
    • Keynote lecture of the Emerging Scholars Symposium (see Special Events) and…
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    Morning Mindfulness

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    Emerging Scholars Symposium

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/22/16
    • The symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Icon of Modernism:…
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    Brooklyn Bridge Film Series: “Kate and Leopold”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/27/16
    • The Brooklyn Bridge plays an important role in this time-traveling romantic…
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    Family Day Special Event: Poe-tober Poetry

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/27/16
    • Families and kids of all ages are invited to participate in fun gallery games…
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    Poetry Reading with Kimiko Hahn (with Introductory Remarks from the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta)

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/1/16
    • Author of eight collections of poetry, Kimiko Hahn reads from her most recent…
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    Tour at Two: Thompson Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/2/16
    • Join Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American…
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    Studio Workshop: Abstraction Expressionism

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/3/16
    • Teens ages 13–18 are invited to participate in this studio workshop led by…
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    Family Day: Building Bridges

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/5/16
    • Kids and families are invited to explore works of art in the exhibition "Icon of…
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    Family Day Special Event: Toddler Tuesday

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/8/16
    • Join us for a special tour, story time in the galleries, and an art making…
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    Student Night

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/10/16
    • Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of music,…
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    Make It an Evening

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/17/16
    • Enjoy coffee, dessert and a gallery tour at the museum prior to the performance…
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    Opening Reception: “Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/17/16
    • As part of her Georgia Poetry Circuit tour, award-winning poet Rachel Eliza…
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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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    Holiday Book Sale

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/29/16 - 11/30/16
    • Come shop for your loved ones at the museum’s annual holiday book sale,…
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    Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art “Night at the Museum Shop”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/1/16
    • Members of the Friends enjoy a 20 percent discount in the Museum Shop, just in…
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    Gallery Talk: Nicholas Kilmer

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/2/16
    • Kilmer, editor of “The Frederick C. Frieseke Catalogue Raisonne” (in progress)…
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    Family Day: Royal Treasure

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/3/16
    • Check out exquisite examples of medals, statuettes and other royal treasure…
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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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