After being closed since November 2009, the Georgia Museum of Art has officially reopened! On Saturday, Jan. 29, the museum held its grand re-opening celebration, Elegant Salute XII: Metamorphosis.
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by UGA president Michael F. Adams, along with museum director William U. Eiland and GMOA supporters.
The event was organized by co-chairs Rinne Allen and Betsy Dorminey, as well as by the dedicated members of the fundraising committee, decorations committee, and the staff of the GMOA.
The Metamorphosis motif was fully carried out through meticulous details and decorations. Guests entered the event through a white tent lit by chandeliers where they were greeted with hand-cut butterflies labeled with their table assignment. Origami butterflies were strung throughout the museum and dining tables were showered with whimsical centerpieces made of large wire wings coming from wooden tree stumps.
The night began with cocktails and hors d' oeuvres as guests trickled in to the gala. Dinner was served in the new magnificent M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall. Dinner was followed by dancing in the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, which was revealed for the first time from behind a swooping curtain. Guests enjoyed tours of the new galleries and were encouraged to explore the new Georgia Museum of Art throughout the night.
Guests received a limited-edition blind embossed notecards stamped with an origami butterfly. Metamorphosis was catered by Epting Events, and music was provided by Grogus.