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Georgia Museum of Art to introduce new study centers in temporary exhibition

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art will have an exhibition featuring three of its four new study centers from Aug. 15 to Nov. 20. The exhibition highlights the C.L. Morehead Jr. Center for the Study of American Art, the Jacob Burns Foundation Center and the Pierre Daura Center. An introduction to the fourth center, the Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts, will be on display during GMOA’s biennial Henry D. Green Symposium, Feb. 2-4.

The Study Centers in the Humanities were one of the key elements of GMOA’s expansion and were funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“This special display in the new permanent collection wing will introduce visitors to the Study Centers in the Humanities and how the centers relate to the collections at the Georgia Museum of Art,” said Paul Manoguerra, chief curator and curator of American art at GMOA.

The C.L. Morehead Jr. Center promotes the exhibition and study of American art. The center looks to continue the legacy established by the museum’s founder, Alfred Heber Holbrook, and by Lamar Dodd. It is involved in teaching students and the public through courses at the museum, the Lamar Dodd School of Art and other allied departments. The papers of Dodd and Holbrook will be available to students and scholars, and the center will be developing archival holdings related to works of art in the collection. The center also will continue to develop the American art holdings of the library at the Georgia Museum of Art as a major resource for use by scholars, students and the general public.

The Jacob Burns Foundation began its relationship with GMOA in 1993 when the museum hosted a retrospective of work by Gerald Brockhurst, an English portrait painter of the 1920s and 1930s. In 2002, the Jacob Burns Foundation designated GMOA as the primary repository of Brockhurst’s paintings and drawings, as well as the archive of his correspondence and other written records. This partnership between the Burns Foundation and GMOA will continue the research sparked by this exhibition.

Established at the Georgia Museum of Art in 2002 with a gift from Martha Randolph Daura in honor of her father, the Pierre Daura Center contains a collection of paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by the Catalan-American artist Pierre Daura (1896-1976). In addition to more than 600 works of art, the gift included the artist’s archive, with important material relevant to modern art from the 1920s through the 1960s, and an endowment to support both the center and a Pierre Daura Curator of European Art.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

Partial support for the exhibitions 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 Arch Foundation and 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 Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see or call 706/542-4662.