Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries honored the Georgia Museum of Art with an award for best special project at the group’s recent annual conference. The award was given for GMOA’s publications “One Hundred American Paintings” and “Tracing Vision: Modern Drawings from the Georgia Museum of Art,” which were published when the museum reopened last January.
“One Hundred American Paintings” by Paul Manoguerra, chief curator and curator of American art, presents a survey of American paintings in the museum’s collection. The focus reflects the museum’s origins of a donation by founder Alfred Heber Holbrook of 100 American paintings, and many of those paintings are featured in the book.
“Tracing Vision: Modern Drawings from the Georgia Museum of Art” was edited by Carol Nathanson of Wright State University with essays from a number of authors. The book focuses primarily on 20th-century drawings in the collection, and reproductions of each work provide an intimate viewing experience.
“We are very pleased to present this award to a very deserving recipient,” GAMG President Brent Tharp said. “Our members represent a good cross-section of the museums and galleries in Georgia’s communities, large and small. We are happy to honor institutions, staff members, volunteers, patrons, exhibits and special projects that have excelled in providing inspiring programs and leadership.”
GAMG is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the state of Georgia with a museum and gallery association. The goal of the conference is to encourage institutions and staff to foster and maintain professional relationships in order to promote public interest and understanding of museums and galleries. This year’s meeting took place in Baldwin County, with attendees coming from all across the state. The theme was “Change Happens: How to Survive and Embrace It!” Attendees participated in a variety of seminars, social events and workshops, including a session on the preservation of historic properties in Flannery O’Connor’s hometown. For more information on GAMG, see www.gamg.org.
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 University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located at 90 Carlton Street in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. For more information, including hours, see www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706/542-4662.