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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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    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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    Morning Mindfulness

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to enhance mindful…
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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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    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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    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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    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/4/17
    • Led by docents.
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    Make It an Evening

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/5/17
    • Enjoy coffee, dessert and a gallery tour of the exhibition “Louise Blair Daura:…
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    Toddler Tuesday: Ceseri Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/10/17
    • Join us for a special tour, story time in the galleries and art activities just…
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  • Artful Conversation: Elaine de Kooning

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/11/17
    • Join Callan Steinmann, associate curator of education, for an extended dialogue…
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    Thursday Twilight Tour: Highlights of the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/12/17
    • Led by docents.
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    Gallery Talk: Lynn Boland

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/13/17
    • Join Lynn Boland, director and chief curator of the Gregory Allicar Museum of…
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    90 Carlton: Autumn

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/13/17
    • The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present a reception featuring the…
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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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    Tour at Two: “Modern Masters from the Giuliano Ceseri Collection”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/18/17
    • Join William U. Eiland, museum director, for a special tour of the exhibition.
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    Third Thursday

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/19/17
    • Seven of Athens’ established venues for visual art hold “Third Thursday,” an…
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    Museum Mix

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/19/17
    • The museum’s thrice-annual late-night art party features a live deejay, free…
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    Conversations on Muses

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/20/17
    • This fall, the Women's Studies Friday Speaker Series will highlight the…
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    Family Day: Louise Blair Daura

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/21/17
    • Check out landscapes, still lifes and portraits by Louise Blair Daura in the…
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    “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/26/17
    • Introduction by Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of…
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    Tour at Two: “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/1/17
    • Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and…
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    Americans in Paris Film Series: “An American in Paris”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/2/17
    • Join the Georgia Museum of Art for films discussed by scholars, filmmakers and…
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    Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/5/17
    • Led by docents. Part of UGA's 2017 Spotlight on the Arts.
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    Toddler Tuesday: Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/7/17
    • Join us for a special tour, story time in the galleries and art activities just…
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    4 minutes, 33 seconds: Spotlight on Scholarship

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/7/17
    • This annual competition features student research in the arts. Poster…
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    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/8/17
    • Led by docents.
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    Teen Studio: Mickalene Thomas

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/9/17
    • Teens ages 13 – 18 are invited to this studio-based workshop led by local…
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    Student Night

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/9/17
    • Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of music,…
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    Family Day: Color

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/11/17
    • Learn all about the tints, hues and shades that make up our colorful world in…
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    Collectors Trip to West Georgia

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/14/17
    • Join the Collectors for a two-night trip to west Georgia that includes tours of…
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    Artful Conversation: Charles Biederman

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/15/17
    • Join Sage Kincaid, assistant curator of education, for conversation and close…
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    Third Thursday

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/16/17
    • Seven of Athens’ established venues for visual art hold “Third Thursday,” an…
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    Americans in Paris Film Series: “The Moderns”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/16/17
    • Join the Georgia Museum of Art for films discussed by scholars, filmmakers and…
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    Holiday Book and Frame Sale

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/28/17
    • Come shop for your loved ones at the museum’s annual holiday book and frame…
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    Holiday Book and Frame Sale

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/29/17
    • Come shop for your loved ones at the museum’s annual holiday book and frame…
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    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/29/17
    • Led by docents.
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    Americans in Paris Film Series: “Paris Was a Woman”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/30/17
    • Join the Georgia Museum of Art for films discussed by scholars, filmmakers and…
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    Holiday Book and Frame Sale

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 11/30/17
    • Come shop for your loved ones at the museum’s annual holiday book and frame…
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    Holiday Book and Frame Sale

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/1/17
    • Come shop for your loved ones at the museum’s annual holiday book and frame…
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    Family Day: Holiday Celebration

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/2/17
    • Celebrate the holidays at the museum. Discover festive themes in the permanent…
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    Friends Membership Day in the Museum Shop

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/3/17
    • Members of the Friends enjoy a 20 percent discount in the Museum Shop on…
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    Tour at Two: “Artful Instruments of Death: Georgia Gunsmiths and Their Crafts”

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/6/17
    • Dale Couch, curator of decorative arts, will give a tour of the exhibition.
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    Thursday Twilight Tour: Highlights of the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/7/17
    • Led by docents.
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    Collectors Holiday Party

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/10/17
    • Join the Collectors for their annual holiday celebration at one of Athens’…
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    Toddler Tuesday: Louise Blair Daura

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/12/17
    • Join us for a special tour, story time in the galleries and art activities just…
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    Artful Conversation: Mickalene Thomas

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 12/13/17
    • Join Callan Steinmann, associate curator of education, for a special session of…
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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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