Georgia Museum of Art wins three statewide awards

Callan Steinmann (center) accepts the award for the studio workshop program from Jose Santamaria, president of GAMG; and Christy Crisp, director of programs, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah.

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia received three awards at the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries annual conference for its exemplary work.

GAMG presented the museum with awards for the exhibition “Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design,” its studio workshop educational program and museum professional of the year, to Hillary Brown, the museum’s director of communications. The awards ceremony took place in Rome, Georgia, on Jan. 19.

“Modern Living” was on view at the museum from June 10 to Sept. 17 and celebrated Giò Ponti (1891–1979), the father of modern Italian design. Christy Crisp, chair of the GAMG awards committee, praised the exhibition for “providing extensive opportunities for community members of all ages (and a variety of interests) to engage with both exceptional examples of the decorative arts and personal art-making activities.”

The museum’s studio workshop series is aimed at developing artistic skills with a variety of media and techniques, including abstraction, drawing and acrylics, and is offered at a cost of materials only. The award committee recognized the series for its focus on adult learners within museums and its dedication to connecting active local artists both with the content of museum exhibitions and with members of the community who participate in the program.

Hillary Brown, director of communications, Georgia Museum of Art (center) receives an award from Jose Santamaria, president of GAMG (left) and Christy Crisp (right), director of programs, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah.

Brown was praised for her dedication to the Georgia Museum of Art and to the larger field of museums and the community. “I am truly honored to receive this award. The past year has been a difficult one for remembering the importance of art and its capacity to help us understand each other, but the work that my colleagues do reminds me on a daily basis why I love museums and want to spend my life in this field,” said Brown.

The Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries is a private, nonprofit museum and gallery association dedicated to serving and maintaining a diverse membership of museums across the state. It establishes a responsive network, resource base and promotes professionalism to uplift the Georgia museum community.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see the website or call 706-542-4662.