Founded in 1945, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia is well known around the state for hosting many exhibitions and events.
On Jan. 19, the museum staff’s work was given three honors at the annual Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries conference, as reported recently in The Red & Black.
The association presented awards to the museum for exemplary exhibitions and educational programs.
The exhibition, “Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design” and the studio workshop educational program offered at the museum both received awards.
Receiving an award for museum professional of the year was Hillary Brown, the museum’s director of communications.
The exhibition “Modern Living,” which showcased at the museum from June 10, 2017 to Sept. 17, 2017, celebrated Giò Ponti, the father of modern Italian design. The exhibition earned praise from the awards committee chair for “providing extensive opportunities for community members for all ages (and a variety of interests) to engage with both exceptional examples of decorative arts and personal art-making activities,” according to the press release.
The museum studio workshops seek to develop the artistic skills of adult learners and community members who want to explore several techniques and mediums including abstractions and acrylics.
These workshops were awarded for their dedication to connect active local artists with the museum and fellow community members.
Brown, who was recognized for how GMOA involves the arts in the community, said she was honored to be awarded this recognition and thanks her colleagues for reminding her why she loves working in museums.
The Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries is a private, nonprofit museum and gallery association that strives to uplift the Georgia museum community and maintain diverse museum members across the state of Georgia.
The Georgia Museum of Art has been the official art museum of Georgia since 1982 and acts as an educational instrument of the visual arts through its collaborative workshops, exhibitions, and promotion of art history to the Athens community and beyond, according to the museum’s website.
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