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Georgia Museum of Art to hold Black History Month dinner

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Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host its annual Black History Month Dinner, organized by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Unmasked: Black Women in Art.”

The event will begin with a tour of the exhibition “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond” by museum director William U. Eiland, curator of American art Sarah Kate Gillespie and Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art. Guests will also be able to see select works by artist Amalia Amaki.

The annual awards ceremony will follow dinner. This year’s honorees are Amaki and Natasha Trethewey. The event will close with a musical performance by Faith Carmichael. Guests can share their experiences on social media by using the hashtags #BHM and #GMOA.

“The Friends are thrilled about the annual awards ceremony and about highlighting local and regional artists and enthusiasts,” said Michele Turner, director of membership.

Amaki will receive the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Award for her work as an artist, writer, poet, art historian and professor. Her art focuses on the everyday life of African women, and she is a member of the museum’s board of advisors. Trethewey, who is the U.S. Poet Laureate and has a bachelor’s degree in English from UGA, will receive the Lillian C. Lynch Citation. Her poetry explores the lives of black working-class people. Both Amaki and Trethewey have enriched their community through art and culture.

Tickets are $55, $45 for members of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art or $20 for students or $15 for student members. RSVPs are due to 706-542-4199 or by Feb. 6.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibition and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of 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 UGA’s East Campus. The address is 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA, 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see or call 706-542-4662.