Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host its annual Black History Month celebration Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. This dinner, titled “Patterns of Culture,” honors African-American leaders who have bettered their communities through arts and culture. This year’s honorees are Georgia artist Charles Pinckney and preservationist Jeanne Cryiaque.
“Patterns of Culture” will begin with a gallery talk led by William U. Eiland, museum director, and Carissa DiCindio, curator of education. The talk will focus on works by African-American artists in the collection, including Jacob Lawrence’s painting “Children at Play” (1947).
A seated dinner and ceremony featuring a drum performance by Arvin Scott, a faculty member in UGA’s Hodgson School of Music, will follow.
The event is “a celebration and recognition of African-American artists and their contributions as American artists throughout history,” said Everett Long, a doctoral candidate at the UGA School of Public Health and the “Patterns of Culture” event coordinator. “The event especially seeks to recognize local and regional African-American artists who continue to put Athens and Georgia on the map in the current art world.”
Tickets are $55, $45 for members of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art or $20 for students, $15 for student members. RSVP to 706-542-0830 by Feb. 14.
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. 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 Art Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see http://georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.