Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The NEW Georgia Museum of Art

One of the most relaxing and enjoyable activities that I love is one that also makes me more cultured and appreciative of my world: strolling around museums. I love that it's laid back, quiet and a year-round experience that is always changing! For years, the Georgia Museum of Art has been top-notch, but the new addition makes a visit to the museum so much more of an event! Take a look at what Jenny Williams from the GMOA has to say about everything new:

The Georgia Museum of Art, located on the East Campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., has long offered its audiences a world-class art experience. As both an academic museum and the state’s official art museum, this treasure in Georgia's Historic Heartland serves not only the University of Georgia population, but also the owners of its permanent collection and the citizens of Georgia, through award-winning exhibitions, publications and programming.

A newly designed 16,000-square-foot expansion of the museum’s galleries by Gluckman Mayner Architects (New York) allows for continual display of works from the museum’s permanent collection. Visitors to the Georgia Museum of Art can now come back time after time not only to see temporary special exhibitions, but to visit old favorites from the permanent collection. Teachers can take advantage of the long-term display of important historical works and corresponding educational materials from the Louis T. Griffith Teacher Resource Center and development curricula that will remain pertinent year after year.

The experience continues in the new Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, which is dedicated to the display of works by women artists and provides visitors with a quiet spot to visit, eat lunch or meditate. Children and families will soon be able to unleash their creativity in a new interactive classroom, and scholars and students will have access to the Louis T. Griffith Library and the new Study Centers in the Humanities.

Experience the new Georgia Museum of Art!

1 comment:

Hannah said...

I got a tour on Friday with a visiting journalist and was blown away. The new architecture is stunning, of course, and the permanent exhibition galleries were so very impressive, too. The curators did an amazing job-- the "best of the best" of the collection, including Frank Lloyd Wright windows, Georgia O'Keefe, Pablo Picasso. I never knew the state of Georgia's art holdings included such gems! I also can't wait to come back to spend more time with one of the current exhibits, "The American Scene on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Schoen Collection." I'm not the most learned art afficionado, but these pieces really called to my Social Science Ed. background. What a treasure to see these scenes from the American Experience, in different decades and regions of the U.S.