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Georgia Museum of Art at UGA collects awards from Southeastern Museums Conference

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The display of winners at the Southeastern Museums Conference Annual Meeting. Photo by Michael Lachowski.

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia won five awards at this year’s Southeastern Museums Conference annual meeting, held earlier this month in Savannah.

The museum received two gold awards for publications this year. Facet, the museum’s quarterly newsletter, designed by local firm The Adsmith, took home the gold award in the newsletters and calendar of events category for the second year in a row. The second gold was given to “The Kress Project,” the publication resulting from the museum’s juried online exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the museum’s Kress Study Collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings. The Kress Project was designed by MacFadden & Thorpe, of San Francisco

The museum’s biggest fundraiser, Elegant Salute, received a silver award in the campaigns category for its invitation materials, designed by Michael Lachowski, who also handles public relations for the museum. “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy,” designed by Grant Collaborative of Canton, received an honorable mention in the books and catalogues category. Also receiving an honorable mention was the brochure for the exhibition “De Wain Valentine: Human Scale” in the brochures and rack cards category. It was designed by Jenny Smith of Atlanta.

“It was a thrill to see our books, brochure, Facet newsletter and Elegant Salute materials receive such recognition for excellence,” said Lachowski, who also attended the conference this year. “And it means that our publications are truly advancing the mission of the museum, especially in the exhibition and interpretation of works of art.”

SEMC is a nonprofit organization comprising museums, museum staff, independent professionals and corporate partners who work to provide educational and professional developmental opportunities, improve the exchange of ideas and information and encourage respect and collegiality. SEMC focuses on Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Museum Information
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 Arts 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 or call 706-542-4662.