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Georgia Museum of Art to host tours, films, special events during Spotlight on the Arts

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Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia is organizing 14 events as part of UGA’s annual Spotlight on the Arts festival, held Nov. 6-14 and celebrating performing, visual and literary arts.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

On Nov. 6 at 2 p.m., Laura Valeri, associate curator of European art, will lead guests on a tour of the exhibition, “The Nightmare Transported into Art: Odilon Redon’s ‘St. Anthony.'” The museum will show the documentary “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal,” about the Athens band Of Montreal, at 7 p.m. the same day.

On Nov. 7 at 2 p.m., Mary Koon, independent curator, will lead a public tour of the exhibition “Emilio Pucci in America.” At 4 p.m., in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries auditorium, the museum will co-sponsor a screening of the film “Abbott Pattison: Celebrating 60 Years of the Iron Horse.” This year marks the 60th anniversary of the installation of Pattison’s “Iron Horse” sculpture on UGA’s Myers Quad, the riot after its placement and its removal. A discussion with filmmaker Bill VanDerKloot and faculty from the Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Georgia Museum of Art will follow. A reception will be held after the screening.

On Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the museum will hold a super-sized Family Day to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the museum’s opening. Visitors can explore highlights of the permanent collection with a scavenger hunt, design birthday cards inspired by works of art and make their own buttons. Refreshments will be served. Both the Performing Arts Center and the UGA Community Music School will have family events simultaneously.

On Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum will host Empty Bowls painting for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Participants pay $7 to decorate ceramic bowls that will be used in the food bank’s annual Empty Bowls Luncheon in March 2015. At 2 p.m. the same day, Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, will lead guests on a tour of American landscapes in the museum’s permanent collection.

From Nov. 12 to Nov. 14, during regular museum hours, the museum hosts Arbots, an opportunity to experiment with art-making machines with a team from The Hatch, a makerspace in Athens and co-sponsor of the event.

On Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., William U. Eiland, museum director, will lead a tour of the museum’s permanent collection. At 3:30 p.m. the same day, the museum will host a performance of “Adwords/Edward,” a musical composition written for and performed on Google Glass. Composer Kevin Ernste of Cornell University explores the possibilities of wearable technology with this piece commissioned by Cynthia Johnston Turner, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s new professor of conducting and director of bands. Refreshments will be served.

On Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, will lead an in-depth discussion of Howard Thomas’ painting “Little Grand Canyon Yellow.” A screening of the film “Earth Red: Howard Thomas Paints a Gouache” will be held at 5:30 p.m. the same day in the museum’s M. Smith Griffith Auditorium, co-sponsored by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection of the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries and the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Also that day, Make It an Evening will be held at 6 p.m. There will be Jittery Joe’s coffee, cake by Cecilia Villaveces Cakes ($5 for refreshments) and a free tour with Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, before the pre-concert lecture and concert by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra at the Performing Arts Center. Student Night, organized by the Georgia Museum of Art Student Association and featuring music, food and hands-on art projects, will take place from 8-10:30 p.m.

On Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., Mark Abbe, assistant professor of ancient art history at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, will lead a tour of the exhibition “An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab.”

Presented by the UGA Arts Council, the third annual Spotlight on the Arts features more than 60 events in the visual, literary and performing arts. The nine-day festival, scheduled for Nov. 6-14, includes museum tours, discussions with writers and concerts, including a free outdoor concert on College Square. For the complete schedule, see, and follow the Arts at UGA on Facebook or Twitter.

Museum Information
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 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 or call 706-542-4662.