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Georgia Museum of Art corpus wins SECAC research and publication award

Athens, Ga. – The Southeastern College Art Conference recently gave the award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication to the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia for its publication Corpus of Early Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections: The South.

The author, Perri Lee Roberts of the University of Miami, Fla., discusses more than 400 paintings, each with a high-quality reproduction. Three volumes make up this publication, which covers early Italian paintings in public collections in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Puerto Rico. The corpus includes 12 paintings in the collection of the Georgia Museum of Art.

The publication is comprised of works by artists from all regions in Italy, including Giovanni Bellini, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Fra Angelico, Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Mantegna and Giotto. Provenance, iconography and bibliography appear with each illustration, making the corpus valuable to scholars, educators and curators of early Italian art.

In 1993, Professor Bruce Cole of Indiana University and the late Professor Andrew Ladis of the University of Georgia initiated the project of the corpus publications to catalogue and illustrate every Italian painting on panel and canvas dating between 1250 and 1500 in public collections across North America, with its first part focusing on the American South.

Each year, SECAC recognizes exemplary work in the visual arts in higher education. GMOA recently received the award at the annual conference. In 2009, GMOA received the award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials for The American Scene on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Schoen Collection.

SECAC is a nonprofit organization that seeks to facilitate cooperation and ongoing dialogue about pertinent creative, scholarly and educational issues among teachers and administrators in universities, colleges, community colleges, professional art schools and museums. The organization, which originally included 12 southeastern states, has expanded to include members nationwide.

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. Thecouncil 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 theUniversityofGeorgia Foundation. TheGeorgiaMuseumof Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of theUniversityofGeorgia. The address is90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602. The museum’s galleries and shop will reopen Jan. 31. For more information and event times and locations, see or call 706/542-4662.