Athens, Ga. – In collaboration with the Georgia Review, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present the exhibition “Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective” from Nov. 5 to Jan. 29.
The Georgia Review, founded at the University of Georgia in 1947, is a quarterly journal of arts and letters that publishes short stories, general-interest essays, poems, reviews and visual art. A celebration of the wide-ranging roster of visual artists whose work the Review has reproduced, the works in this retrospective reflect the powerful storytelling ability of visual art.
“Storytelling” includes 25 works by 12 artists whose work the Review has published. Photographers such as Tamas Dezso, Kael Alford and Carl Bower, all committed to documenting social and political realities in countries like Romania, Iraq and Colombia, have works displayed next to sculptors Patti Warashina and Vanessa German. Other artists include Benny Andrews, Celeste Rapone, Bianca Stone, Kara Walker and Masao Yamamoto.
While the exhibition includes artists who work all over the world, artists Nina Barnes and Margaret Morrison are both residents of Athens. True to the Review’s mission to facilitate partnerships in the community, their inclusion represents local art. Morrison is a tenured professor of drawing and painting at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, and Barnes relocated to Athens in 2002 from Norway.
Jenny Gropp, managing editor at the Review and co-curator of this exhibition, has a background in creative writing and English literature. Her work can be found in Best New Poets, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, among others.
Gropp said she is “thrilled to be presenting this particular gathering of artists.”
Annette Hatton, former managing editor of the Review, is Gropp’s co-curator, and Sarah Kate Gillespie, the museum’s curator of American art, served as in-house curator.
Related events include an opening reception featuring a tour with Gropp and a Georgia Poetry Circuit reading by award-winning poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths on Nov. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m., a public tour with Gropp on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. and a closing reception on Jan. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. featuring a reading by poet Jericho Brown (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts), all of which are free and open to the public.
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 georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.