Athens, Ga. – Six of Athens’ established venues for visual art have collaborated to introduce Third Thursday, an evening when art can be viewed on the third Thursday of the month during evening hours at all locales, with the first event scheduled for Sept. 20.
The Georgia Museum of Art and the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia; the Lyndon House Arts Center, GlassCube and Gallery@Hotel Indigo-Athens and Ciné in downtown Athens; and Athens Institute for Contemporary Art in the Chase Park Warehouses near the Boulevard district will be open from 6-9 p.m. during “Third Thursday,” unless individual venues are between installations or closed for a holiday or weather emergency.
The purpose, according to Third Thursday instigator Michael Lachowski, who handles public relations for the Georgia Museum of Art, is to promote Athens as a significant center for the visual arts in Georgia and the region. “I’ve been involved in both the Athens art and music scenes for many years-as an artist, a member of the band Pylon, an ATHICA board member and now an employee at the museum-and I feel it’s appropriate for visual art in Athens to receive more attention. By highlighting the venues that consistently present high-quality art of a varied nature, we hope to generate more participation from Athens residents as well as awareness and tourism from outside of Athens.”
The six art establishments will maintain a calendar of their programming at 3Thurs.org. The website will provide links to the venue resources and a Google Calendar of all of the exhibitions, receptions and events, such as children’s activities, lectures and gallery talks. Some opening receptions and special features will occur on Third Thursday but the venues will work to prevent conflicts of critical exhibition elements.
“We are thrilled to partner with local arts organizations and participate in Third Thursday,” said Didi Dunphy, curator for the Gallery and the GlassCube project space at Hotel Indigo. “We love Athens as it is a vibrant arts town. Third Thursday establishes that, indeed, the arts are the destination.”
During the first event, opening receptions will be offered at the Lamar Dodd School of Art galleries and Ciné. ATHICA will be in-between exhibitions, but will open to reveal its new logo, offer new t-shirts for purchase and provide a performance of experimental ambient music. The Georgia Museum of Art, Lyndon House Arts Center and Gallery@Hotel Indigo will be open with current exhibitions on view.
Events on Sept. 20 are free and open to the public. The following is the programming for each of the participating venues:
Georgia Museum of Art
- George Beattie’s Agriculture Murals
- The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection at the Snite Museum of Art
- Francisco de Goya’s “Disasters of War”
- The New York Collection for Stockholm
- The South in Black and White: The Graphic Works of James E. Routh Jr., 1939-1946
- De Wain Valentine: Human Scale
Lamar Dodd School of Art
- DUOLOGUES: Las Hermana Iglesias, Jihn Moon and Rachel Hayes, and SATAN’S CAMARO, Gallery 307, reception, 6-8 p.m.
- Colour as a Medium: Graphic Design by RAW COLOR (The Netherlands), Gallery 101, reception, 6-8 p.m.
- Costa Rica Study Abroad Program undergraduate student work, Suite Gallery
- NUE WRK: First-year graduate students show, Plaza and Bridge Galleries
Lyndon House Arts Center
- The Orphan Show-exhibition and silent auction of artworks abandoned by their artists at LHAC over the years, including paintings, photographs and assemblage
- Period Decorative Arts ca. 1840-1890 and Athens History Museum Display in the Ware-Lyndon House, ongoing
Athens Institute for Contemporary Art or ATHICA
- Mid-installation opportunity to see the gallery as a work in progress, view the launch of a new logo and buy a t-shirt, with experimental ambient music by J.T. Bringardner.
GlassCube & Gallery@Hotel Indigo-Athens
- PLACE: photography-works by Michael Lachowski, Carl Martin and Stephen Scheer
- Works by Didi Dunphy, Carol John and Lou Kregel with an opening reception
The news media and the public are invited to contact each of the art venues for more information about their schedules and plans for future Third Thursdays, and everyone is encouraged to visit the venues during their other hours and special events.
Contact information for each of the Third Thursday participating venues is as follows.
Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries
270 River Road, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
Lyndon House Arts Center
293 Hoyt Street, Athens, GA 30601