Thursday, October 28, 2010

High Museum of Art Exhibits Titian Masterpieces

The exhibition, “Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland” opened at the High Museum of Art this month on Saturday, October 16, and GMOA’s Board of Advisors viewed it yesterday while having their meeting in Atlanta.

Featuring 12 paintings and 13 drawings by artists of the time, the exhibition highlights the work of Venetian Renaissance master Tiziano Vecellio, known as Titian.

Best known for his Diana series, Titian engages his masterful use of light and distinctive brushstroke to tell the story of the ancient Roman goddess. The exhibition features two of these famous paintings, “Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto.” Both were painted between 1556 and 1559 for King Philip II of Spain and are part of a six-painting series.

“These really are two of the greatest paintings anywhere on the planet," said Michael Clarke, director of the National Galleries of Scotland.

In addition to four paintings by Titian (the Diana paintings are flanked by two smaller works), the exhibition also features several of his drawings. As Titian saw no value in drawings beyond rough drafts for his paintings, he made little effort to preserve them and very few survive today.

Many of the works evoke religious and mythological themes characteristic of the Venetian Golden Age, and several draw from stories in Ovid’s “Metamorphosis,” a very popular theme at the time. The exhibition will be on display at the High Museum of Art until January 2.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Month at the Museum

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago announced its experiment, "Month at the Museum", over the summer. One person would be chosen to live at MSI from October 20 to November 18. Applicants had to submit a video, photo, essay and application to be in the running.

More than 1,500 applications were received. Fewer than 20 semi-finalists went through phone interviews, leading to a smaller group for face-to-face interviews and an online vote. Kate McGroarty was introduced as the winner. McGroarty gets free roam of MSI 24/7 for a month—she gets to “eat and sleep science”—and, after her stay there, she gets $10,000.

McGroarty also gets an office and private sleeping quarters designed by CB2, catered meals and a technology package. She has 30 “Month at the Museum” t-shirts to wear. Each day, Kate uploads pictures and YouTube videos, writes blog posts and updates Facebook and Twitter to tell everyone about her experience.

Rob Gallas, MSI vice president and chief marketing officer, comments on the experiment:

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, ultimate hands-on learning experience. We hear so often from guests that a single visit here changed their lives. We’re curious to find out what spending an entire month here can do. [Kate] will have full run of the Museum and will be free to go places and do things nobody has done before, like sleep in the U-505 submarine or 727 jet, or maybe lay back in the human-sized hamster wheel.

T-shirt Contest for GMOA Student Association!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lamar Dodd School of Art: Second Annual Student Juried Show

The Lamar Dodd School of Art’s Second Annual Juried Student Show opens today in School of Art Galleries 101 and 307. The exhibition will be on view through November 9, and there will be an opening reception this Thursday, October 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Brian Holcombe, director and founder of Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta, served as judge for this year’s show. Holcombe received a Master’s of Industrial Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology in August 2010 and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998.

Saltworks, established in 2002, is a commercial contemporary-art gallery with an international scope and a focus on cutting-edge exhibitions. It has been featured in Art News, Art in America, Art Forum and Art Papers, among other publications.

The galleries are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed weekends and university holidays. Visitors can park at the Performing Arts PAC Deck, lot E20. Free parking is available in lots E07 and E11 after 4 p.m.

"Nineteenth Century French Master Drawings and Sculpture from the Schlossberg Collection"

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art’s current exhibition “Nineteenth Century French Master Drawings and Sculpture from the Schlossberg Collection,” on view through December 12, includes works by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Antoine Bourdelle, Camille Pissarro and Auguste Rodin, among others.

A review by Jerry Cullum on describes the exhibition as using “museum-quality works…to illustrate the range of mark-making that was possible within the aesthetic limits of a single European realist tradition.”

To read more of Cullum’s take on the exhibition and his interpretation of its significance and impact, click here.

OUMA is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; it is closed on Mondays and university holidays. Docent tours are offered Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets for non-members, senior citizens and (non-Oglethorpe University) students are $5.

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Manet's Fifer.1883.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Printmaking Extravaganza!

Head to the second floor of Lamar Dodd School of Art this afternoon for a printmaking extravaganza! There will be a rally, information session about a Printmaking and Book Arts BFA and an opportunity to buy some awesome prints.

Chris Verene’s Family: “The Same Day They Signed the Divorce Papers…

a Tornado Hit the House.” This is the title of the photograph that adorns the cover of Chris Verene’s “Famiy,” another art book from the fantastic Twin Palms Publishers. In these photographs, Verene documents the daily lives and trials of his extended family and neighbors over a quarter of a century. Kids with crossbows, babies on bare mattresses, and pregnant teens smoking in an empty kiddie pool populate these images, seemingly devoid of all self-consciousness. These are just people living their lives while trying to make ends meet in their economically depressed hometown of Galesburg, Ill.

These portraits are unapologetic and seem neither to condescend to their subjects nor to target them for criticism, instead attempting to present the reality of both their struggles and joys in its bare truth. While some of the photos may be mildly disturbing to our contemporary urban, and perhaps hypersensitive, sensibilities, as with the pregnant teenaged smoker, a certain dignity and honor in struggle perhaps emerges across the series as a whole, which presents the pathos of people doing their best to negotiate difficult circumstances and larger socio-economic forces than they can control. Aren’t we all?

Verene himself grew up in Galesburg, and then pursued his art education here in Georgia. He was a film studies and philosophy double major at Emory before receiving his MFA in studio art at Georgia State University. GMOA’s own collection includes his 1997 photograph “My Cousin Candi at her Wedding.”

Photos from the series are currently on exhibit at the Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, running through November 1.

“My Twin Cousin's Husband's Brother's Cousin's Cousins”

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Tim and Sally"

GMOA Director Bill Eiland was a celebrity reader at the release party for "Tim and Sally's Year in Poems," written by Grady Thrasher, who, along with his wife, Kathy Prescott, is a loyal patron of the museum. The event was held at Ashford Manor in Watkinsville on September 12, 2010. Please enjoy the videos from the event.

LDSOA Professional Practices Week and Open House

Information sessions about professional careers in art kicks off today with a panel discussing options for careers in the visual arts. The events continue tomorrow with a gallery talk featuring Susan Cofer as well as an additional panel on Friday discussing careers in design. Please try to attend one of these events (or all), as the administration has worked hard to generate ideas for students once they graduate. Both panels will be from 5:30-7:30 pm in Room S151 of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The gallery talk will take place in Room C301 at 5:30 pm. Finally, there is an open house on Saturday, October 23, for any junior or senior in high school interested in becoming an art major at UGA. For more information, please go here.

An Atlas of the Radical World

Art News has a wonderful article by Carly Berwick in its current issue on how artists are combining art-making and map-making into an innovative art form and mode of cultural critique. Variously termed radical cartography, experimental geography and counter cartography, this practice attracts artists, designers, cartographers and geographers who are interested in mapping the social, political and cultural contours of the world that are usually omitted from traditional maps. One example Berwick gives is of a collaboration produced by artist Mona Caron and cartographer Ben Pease titled “Monarchs and Queens” (2010), part of the exhibition and book project “Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas,” organized by writer Rebecca Solnit and featuring maps of San Francisco. The map features a drag queen in a butterfly-themed outfit and a flock of monarch butterflies fluttering about over a map of the city that charts the habitats of both butterflies and gay men. Endemic to the piece is the kind of reappropriation of language that the gay community has initiated with such terms as “queer,” the most common derogatory term in Spanish for a gay male being maricone, or “butterfly.” The book has been published by the University of California Press, and the exhibition continues at SF MoMA through December 11. A similar book and exhibition project is Lize Mogel and Alexis Bhagat’s 2008 book, “An Atlas of Radical Cartography,” which includes art works that have subsequently toured to such sites as MoMA P.S.1 in Queens. The article also discusses the cartographic activism of such groups as the Brooklyn-based Center for Urban Pedagogy and the Los Angeles-based Center for Land Use Interpretation. It’s well worth checking out.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Interested in Graduate School?

The Lamar Dodd School of Art's Art History Society will present a Graduate School Forum tomorrow, Tuesday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m. in room S150 of the Dodd building. Panelists will be discussing their experiences leading up to and through graduate school.

The panel of speakers consists of: Dr. Nell Andrew, assistant professor of art in art history; Michael Kemling, doctoral candidate in art history; Brian Hitselberger, 2010 MFA in drawing and painting; Kathryn Hall, second-year master’s student in art history; Kristina Stoll, first-year master’s student in art history.

A free reception will follow outside the auditorium.

GMOA Receives SEMC Awards!

Last week, the Georgia Museum of Art won nine awards at the Southeastern Museums Conference annual meeting in Baton Rouge, La. This unprecedented number of honors included an Award of Excellence for the exhibition “Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection,” as well as a number of other publications, some of which were also related to the exhibition.

GMOA received a Gold in the Books and Catalogues category for its hardcover “Lord Love You” exhibition catalogue. Golds were also awarded for the exhibition’s rack card and poster, and the opening reception invitation received an Honorable Mention.

Other publication awards included a Silver for “The South in Black and White: The Graphic Works of James E. Routh Jr., 1939–1946” and an Honorable Mention for the “Corpus of Early Italian Paintings in the North American Public Collections: The South.” An Honorable Mention was also given to the museum’s 2008-2009 Annual Report.

A full news release about the SEMC awards can be found on our website.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Art Around Athens

Check out the artist's website here.

Slotin Folk Art Auction

The Slotin Folk Art Auction has been pushed back a week due to an overwhelming number of last-minute consignments. It is now taking place on Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14, at the Historic Buford Hall in Buford, Ga.

On Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., lots 1 through 725 will be auctioned off. The remaining lots (726 through 1137) will be auctioned off on Sunday beginning at noon.

This event consists of 1,200 amazing lots of self-taught art, southern folk pottery, outsider art, African American quilts and decorative arts, circus objects, religious art, furniture, canes, international art, photography, environmental works, Appalachian art, Native American pieces, Jewish art, art from the Civil Rights struggle, erotic art, industrial molds, antique anonymous folk art and new discoveries.

A color catalogue of the lots, along with an absentee bid form, is located, in PDF form, online.

For more information, call 770.532.1115 or 404.403.4244 GAL #2864 or send a message to or

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tonight: You, Me and the Bus Art Rocks!

Ever notice that several of the bus stops around Athens are a bit more than your average steel and plexiglass structures? You’re witnessing the results of a national design competition by the name of “You, Me and the Bus Art Rocks!” Tonight, the Athens Area Arts Council (on which GMOA participates) invites you to celebrate the installation of four new bus shelters with specialty cakes, punch, arts and crafts and bus tours.

The Athens Area Art Council, in partnership with Athens-Clarke County and Athens Transit, began this project with the aim of decorating Athens’ streets with unique works of public art that pay tribute to the Athens music scene while also serving a functional purpose. To see the eight new winning designs chosen for round two as well as the four existing bus shelters and their locations, please click here.

The reception and ribbon cutting will be held tonight, October 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lyndon House Arts Center. Bus tours depart every half hour, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists behind the designs. This event is free and open to the public.

Don’t miss out!

Couched in Material Culture

This month the Georgia Museum of Art will present an exhibition of 19th century Georgia-made chairs at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, GA. Organized by GMOA’s own Dale Couch, Adjunct Curator, Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts, “Echoes from the Continent: Franco-Germanic Chairs in Georgia” explores the abiding influences of French and German furniture-making techniques and styles on southern American furniture, in particular on chairs crafted by Georgia artists.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts will hold its Seventh Biennial Annual Conference on American Culture at the MMCC from October 28 to 30. Couch will present along with a several other curators and professors of art history and American studies. Dr. Bernard Herman, professor of American studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, will give the keynote address. Conference schedule and further information is available on MESDA’s website.

The exhibition and the conference are wonderful opportunities for lovers of the decorative arts in the Southeast to enjoy and learn more about Georgia’s important contributions to the form and the history embedded in the structure of each and every beautiful piece. The exhibition opens this Friday and runs through January.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Latin American Film Series Continues

Image courtesy of Old Dog Documentaries, Inc.

The Latin American Film Series continues tonight at 7 p.m. with "Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake Up Call" at the Athens-Clarke County Library auditorium. The discussant is Ben Myers, the owner of 1000 Faces Coffee. The documentary explores the economic and environmental connections between farmers, coffee drinkers in the U.S. and songbirds in the Americas. The film series is sponsored by GMOA, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, the department of Romance languages and the Athens-Clarke County Library in support of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ansel Adams: A Legacy

The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Ga., is currently hosting "Ansel Adams: A Legacy." Adams (1902-1984), a highly acclaimed landscape photographer, is best known for his striking images of Yosemite National Park and the wilderness of California and Alaska.

From an early age, Adams enjoyed time spent in nature. As a passionate environmentalist, he became a member of the Sierra Club in 1919, and it was through this club that his photography career grew. Adams’s photographs appeared in the club’s 1922 Bulletin, and his first one-man exhibition was held at the club’s San Francisco headquarters.

This exhibition includes more than 100 original photographs spanning the artist’s career and will be on view through February 20, 2011.

For more information about the exhibition, check out this article in "With a Southern Twist," or visit the Booth Western Museum website, and for background information on the artist, click here.

Image from the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Not Extinct Yet - Matt's At It Again

Barney, that is, who some might say is as big and purple (think prose) as the dinosaur of the same name, making some as happy as others are annoyed. Whether art genius or art hooligan, Matthew Barney definitely gets your attention (even before he married alt-rock megastar Björk). His latest, currently unfolding project, “Ancient Evenings,” is a series of seven one-time-only performances.

These performances take place at various sites. The first, “Blood of Two,” took place in June of 2009 on a Greek island for the opening of the Deste Foundation art space there. The collaboration with artist Elizabeth Peyton involved goats, the preserved carcass of a shark, and a glass sarcophagus sealing up books and other artifacts that had been submerged in the sea for months. The shark was thrown on top of the sarcophagus after its retrieval from the water and carried funereal-style into the gallery. It was much more involved than this, of course, and you can read Linda Yablonsky’s Art Forum report on the proceedings here.

The second, “Khu,” created in collaboration with music composer Jonathan Bepler (who previously worked with Barney on the music for his “Cremaster” films) took place on October 2, 2010 in Detroit. An eight-hour-long extravaganza whose crime mystery narrative involves double-amputee Aimee Mullins as a blond Isis whose fragmented and strewn Osiris is a beat up Chrysler (at one point she has sex with his engine block), gold lamé-ladden mountain climbers, and fire-breathing silos, among other wonders I can’t begin to describe (including rain; it’s uncertain whether Barney was able to arrange that particular detail or not), not having seen them, myself. If you want to read Yablonsky’s firsthand account, click on this link.

Barney’s at it again, and he’s as grandiose and extravagant as any giant purple dinosaur trundling through the streets of Tokyo (or Detroit) ever could be. His morbid postmodern merry-making will continue at five as-yet-undisclosed locations in New York. New Yorkers watch out (take that phrase as you will)—and be sure to bring your raincoats)!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Experience Italian Masterpieces Like Never Before…With a Click of Your Mouse

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An Italian company by the name of Haltadefinizione is revolutionizing public access to the works of the great masters. With just a few clicks of your mouse, you can experience works like Caravaggio’s “Bacchus” and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” as though your nose were only millimeters from the centuries-old canvas.

“If you can’t come to them, they’ll come to you,” boasts a banner on Haltadefinizione’s homepage. And the site is true to its word, giving visitors an up-close view of the paintings that even an actual visit to the museum wouldn’t allow.

The site features photographs of six masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, including works by Bronzino, Botticelli, Verrocchio, Leonardo and Caravaggio. But these aren’t your average photographs—the camera used has a resolution up to 3,000 times greater than the average digital camera. Not impressed yet? The resulting images have a resolution of up to 28 billion pixels and can show details up to a hundredth of a millimeter.

So what does this mean for visitors to the site? For one, it means seeing the tiny outline of a self-portrait in the reflection of the wine jug of Caravaggio’s “Bacchus.” It means that a few clicks of the mouse can bring you close enough to Leonardo’s “Annunciation” to see the individual golden brushstrokes of the virgin’s hair, the tiny ships in the distant landscape, the cracks in the 500-year-old paint.

The image is created by taking hundreds of pictures of tiny portions of the painting, then compiling them and reforming them into a complete image of the work. The result is, as Culture Ministry official Mario Resca puts it, like looking at a painting “with a giant magnifying glass.” The technology uses a minimal amount of light and does not utilize infrared in the interest of preservation.

Haltadefinizione plans to digitize more artworks, with the eventual goal of opening a virtual museum. However, for the time being, these six Italian masterpieces remain accessible to the public for free until January 29.

To experience these images for yourself, please click here.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Guggenheim Museum's YouTube Contest


The Guggenheim Museum announced “YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video” in June. This video contest “aims to discover and showcase the most exceptional talent working in the ever-expanding realm of online video.” “YouTube Play” was developed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation along with YouTube and HP.

Out of 23,000 submissions from 91 countries, the Guggenheim’s curatorial team selected 125 videos for the shortlist. These videos will be reviewed by the “YouTube Play” jury, and the final jury selection (up to 20 videos) will be shown at the Guggenheim on October 21. Among the 125 is a submission by Josh Bienko, whose appearance in the 2008 MFA show at GMOA, especially his Christian Louboutin heels painted on the distinctive red soles (below) with work by Jeff Koons, was quite a hit.

Nancy Spector, the deputy director and chief curator of the Guggenheim foundation, comments on the shortlist:

The shortlist presents a rich sampling of the best creative video found on YouTube and is representative of the various stylistic and conceptual genres specific to this broad, ever-expanding platform. The selection is diverse in technique, subject matter, geography, and professional status, which reflects the increasing accessibility of new media technologies around the world. We believe the shortlist reveals the abundance of creative energy this project evoked.

Click here to go to the “YouTube Play” site.

Lamar Dodd School of Art Lecture: Donald Lipski

The Lamar Dodd School of Art will host sculptor Donald Lipski as part of the Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 12, at 5:30 p.m. in room S151 of the Dodd’s building on East Campus.

Lipski has exhibited around the world, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney and the Art Institute of Chicago. He has also received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award and the Rome Prize.

Lipski’s work often combines unlikely objects and materials to create something new, such as the trumpet and candle seen above. He says, “I strive to both seduce and challenge the viewer, to provoke wonder and delight…to lead him to question, to make his own metaphors.”

He has also gained popularity and acclaim for his public projects. His work is currently on view in a number of locations including the Miami International Airport, Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., and the Sacramento Airport.

For more information, visit the Lamar Dodd website or Donald Lipski’s website.

GMOA Fall Newsletter

The Fall 2010 newsletter is now available online.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Free Student Membership to AAMG!

The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries is offering free student membership until October 15.

AAMG functions as a forum to discuss information and issues unique to academic museums, issues such as governance, ethics, education and exhibitions, management, strategic planning, support, collections and professional programs.

Membership in AAMG includes the following benefits:
• Friendly and highly accessible networking contacts with other academic museum professionals;
• Access to the AAMG 1,000-strong mailing list of academic museums;
• Guidance and support on request from Board members and regional representatives;
• The opportunity to participate in the AAMG Conference held in conjunction with the American Association of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting;
• The opportunity to support and contribute to the advocacy of our field;
• The opportunity to serve in rotation on the AAMG Board.

The application must include either a copy of a transcript or a copy of a student ID, and the form can be found and submitted online.

The next AAMG Annual Conference will be held in Houston, Texas, on May 21, 2011.

For more information, visit the AAMG website.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Work Sparks Heated Reaction

According to Art Daily, Kalispell, Mont., resident Kathleen Folden, 56, entered the Loveland Museum Gallery in Loveland, Colo., and used a crowbar to break the glass guarding a 12-panel lithograph titled “The Misadventures of the Roman Cannibals.”

The exhibition, which opened in mid-September and features the work of 10 artists, has garnered protests and been decried as obscene.

The target panel of the print, by professor Enrique Chagoya of Stanford University, portrays Jesus Christ engaged in a sex act. The work also includes comic book characters, Mexican pornography, Mayan symbols and ethnic stereotypes.

Folden reportedly was seen breaking the glass and grabbing the print, which tore the panel featuring Jesus Christ. As she broke the glass, she was heard screaming, “How can you desecrate my Lord?”

Though the exhibition has been protested all week and there have been suggestions to remove Chagoya’s work, he maintains he never meant to offend anyone with his work.

He says, "I critique the institutions and my disagreements with the way the church corrupts the spiritual. People might disagree with my views, my art, but I'm not trying to offend anybody."

The Loveland City Council decided on Tuesday to leave the art on display. Folden was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of criminal mischief.

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A Poem by Billy Collins

The experience of visiting a museum is more than educational-- it can be quite personal and transformative. This poem by Billy Collins captures the unique, awe-inspiring and sometimes humbling experience of visiting a museum and submerging oneself complete in its great works of art.

The Brooklyn Museum of Art

I will now step over the soft velvet rope
and walk directly into this massive Hudson River
painting and pick my way along the Palisades
with a stick I snapped off a dead tree.

I will skirt the smoky, nestled towns
and seek the path that leads always outward
until I become lost, without hope
of ever finding the way back to the museum.

I will stand on the bluffs in nineteenth-century clothes,
a dwarf among rock, hills, and flowing water,
and I will fish from the banks in a straw hat
which will feel like a brush stroke on my head.

And I will hide in the green covers of forests
so no appreciator of Fredric Edwin Church,
leaning over the soft velvet rope,
will spot my tiny figure moving in the stillness
and cry out, pointing for the others to see,

and be thought mad and led away to a cell
where there is no vaulting landscape to explore,
none of this birdsong that halts me in my tracks,
and no wide curving of this river that draws
my steps toward the misty vanishing point.

copyright, Billy Collins, 1987

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

New Orleans Avoids Degas Decoys

The New Orleans Museum of Art, celebrating its centennial in 2011, has canceled its scheduled exhibition of a set of bronze sculptures newly cast from recently discovered casts made by famous Impressionist painter and sculptor Edgar Degas. The problem, explains new director Susan M. Taylor, is that experts have cast doubt on the casts. The Degas experts met in January 2010 in New York City, concluding, according to one source for an April 2010 ARTnews article, that "there was absolutely universal agreement that these things are not what they are advertised as." The bronzes have already been exhibited in a couple of museums, and are, at this writing, scheduled to appear at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba.

No news yet what other big plans NOMA has for its centennial celebration, but bets are it’ll be worth checking out. A trip to the Crescent City is always a magical experience, and the art scene is certainly worth a gander.

Monday, October 04, 2010

GMOA Shop Sale!

The GMOA Museum Shop will have a sale on Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will be the last sale before the museum resumes operations in its newly expanded facility on East Campus. Many items will be up to 75% off, including holiday merchandise.

The sale will take place in the lobby of the Visual Arts Building at 285 S. Jackson St.

Community Dance Celebration

UGA Dance presents a Community Dance Celebration in conjunction with the DanceATHENS Festival on Sunday, October 17 at the UGA dance building.

Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with classes offered to children and adults in the dance studios. Participants age 12 and up can choose between Beginning Ballroom Dance and International Folk Dance. Children ages 4 to 11 are invited to join the Creative Movement for Children class.

At 3 p.m. there will be a children-oriented performance featuring CORE Concert Dance Company, UGA Ballet Ensemble, Ballroom Performance Group and community guest performances from East Athens Dance Center and the UGA dance students.

An outdoor reception will follow the performance.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Tickets should be reserved in advance by calling the Tate Center Box Office at 706/542-8579. Parking will be available in the South Campus Parking Deck, located next to Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

Image courtesy of the University of Georgia Dance Department Website.

Last Call for Taking Part!

The latest call for work from ATHICA, the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art here in Athens, GA, closes in just two days—on October 6. It sounds exciting; the show will be composed of works that involve auditor participation, whether ongoing in the gallery space or as part of the art-making process. So, if you have ideas you can shoot their way, or if you’ve been “getting one together” for some time now, put that procrastination aside and send those proposals in! Here’s the skinny:

Call for Taking Part

Deadline: October 6, 2010

Run Dates: January 22 - March 6, 2011

Curator: Brigette Thomas

Featured Artist: Michael Lease (Send Me the Pillow that You Dream On and other projects)

Assistant Curator: Sheena Varghese

ATHICA seeks submissions from artists who request the participation of others as a key element of their work. Artists may pose questions, request submissions or provide instructions for participants as part of their creative process.

We invite artists who engage others as contributors through dialogue as well as action. Works may be interactive, but the participatory element need not take place during the exhibition.

Multimedia, web-based, performance and installation works are encouraged, in addition to traditional media.

Travel/shipping stipends may be available (funding decisions are on a case-by-case basis).

Email jpgs or urls to:


with the altered subject line:

--YourNameHere--TakingPart submission.

Or mail short proposal & image CD/DVD with SASE to:

ATTN: Brigette Thomas, Taking Part Curator

200 N. Boulevard

Richmond, VA 23220-4007

No prospectus, no fees, no sales.

Please do not mail submissions for this exhibit to ATHICA.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Call for Artists: Lickskillet Artists' Market

The Lyndon House Arts Foundation will be holding its first annual Lickskillet Artists’ Market on Saturday, October 23, and is currently looking for participants. There will be artists’ demonstrations and food from local vendors at the event.

Local artists with original art are encouraged to apply. The entry deadline is October 17, and applications can be picked up from the Lyndon House Arts Center at 293 Hoyt St., Athens, GA.

The fee for an outdoor space is $15, and checks should be made payable to Lyndon House Arts Foundation/Lickskillet.

The foundation is located in the historic Lyndon House, which is the only home remaining from the Lickskillet neighborhood. This event will take the place of the usual Gypsy Artists’ Market.

For more information, contact or call 706.613.3623.