Historic Heartland / Athens

Georgia Museum of Art

90 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602

706-542-4662
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The Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) has long offered its audiences a world-class art experience. As both an academic museum and the state's official art museum, it serves not only the University of Georgia, but also the owners of its permanent collection, the residents of Georgia and the state's visitors, through award-winning exhibitions, publications and programming. The GMOA houses a permanent collection of more than 9,000 works of art, as well as a variety of traveling exhibitions and a new sculpture garden.

Gallery tour groups are welcomed, and educational tour groups on a variety of topics are available upon request. GMOA also offers its ongoing "Tour at Two," with a tour each Wednesday at 2 p.m., as well as Family Days once every month on a designated Saturday morning. Families and children may check out a free backpack full of supplies and activities that will enhance their walk through the GMOA.

Admission to the museum is free, with a suggested donation of $3.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 1:00PM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 9:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00PM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee Free

    Donations Accepted $3

    Facility Amenities

    Concessions, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Party Facilities, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Handicapped Accessible, Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    Adults (18+), Adults (21+), All Ages, Seniors (55+)

Events

  • Shouky Shaheen Lecture: Katherine A. Schwab

    Shouky Shaheen Lecture: Katherine A. Schwab

    10/02/2014 - 10/02/2014

    The Shouky Shaheen Lecture brings a distinguished nationally or internationally recognized artist or scholar to present a lecture at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art each year. This year's lecture, "The Parthenon Metope Sculptures: Reimagining the Lost Narratives," will be held at the Georgia Museum of Art and presented by artist and professor Katherine Schwab, in conjunction with the exhibition "An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab."

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  • Lunch and Learn: Feminism and the Guerrilla Girls

    Lunch and Learn: Feminism and the Guerrilla Girls

    10/03/2014 - 10/03/2014

    UGA faculty and staff are invited to join Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, and Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, for a look ahead at the upcoming exhibition "Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond." Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. Please email Carissa DiCindio, curator of edu... read more

  • Tour at Two:

    Tour at Two: "Boxers and Backbeats" and "The . . . of E6"

    10/08/2014 - 10/08/2014

    Tour at Two will be led by Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art at the Georgia Museum of Art.

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  • 90 Carlton: Autumn

    90 Carlton: Autumn

    10/10/2014 - 10/10/2014

    The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present a quarterly reception featuring the fall exhibitions. Enjoy light refreshments by Epting Events, gallery activities, door prizes and "Ask the Experts" at 7 p.m. Free for members. $5 for non-members. Call 706.542.4662 for more details.

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  • Family Day: Art and Music

    Family Day: Art and Music

    10/11/2014 - 10/11/2014

    Learn how art and music intertwine by exploring the exhibitions "Boxers and Backbeats: Tomata du Plenty and the West Coast Punk Scene" and "The . . . of E6, part of Athens Celebrates Elephant Six" for inspiration, then head down to the Michael and Mary Erlanger Studio Classroom to create your own band poster.

    Although this Family Day was listed as October 18, on the cards distributed throughout the Athens community and surrounding areas, it has been rescheduled to October 11. Families ... read more

  • Artful Conversation: Andrée Ruellan

    Artful Conversation: Andrée Ruellan

    10/15/2014 - 10/15/2014

    Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, for an in-depth discussion of Andrée Ruellan's painting "Crap Game" (1936).

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  • Student Night

    Student Night

    10/16/2014 - 10/16/2014

    Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of food, fun and DIY projects. See the group's Facebook page for more information. Student Night is generously sponsored by UGA Parents & Families Association.  8-10:30 p.m.

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  • Third Thursday

    Third Thursday

    10/16/2014 - 12/18/2014

    Six of Athens' established venues for visual art hold "Third Thursday," an event devoted to art in the evening hours, on the third Thursday of every month. The Georgia Museum of Art, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Lyndon House Arts Center, Glass Cube & Gallery@Hotel Indigo-Athens, Ciné and ATHICA will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on those nights to showcase their visual-arts programming. Visit 3Thurs.org for a calendar of events.

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  • Drawing in the Galleries

    Drawing in the Galleries

    10/16/2014 - 10/16/2014

    Visitors are invited to sketch in the galleries. No instruction is provided. Pencils only.  5-8 p.m.

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  • Museum Mix

    Museum Mix

    10/16/2014 - 10/16/2014

    Come to our free late-night art party and enjoy refreshments, access to all the galleries and music by a live DJ. #museummix

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  • Symposium: Rethinking the Parthenon: Color, Materiality and Aesthetics

    Symposium: Rethinking the Parthenon: Color, Materiality and Aesthetics

    10/17/2014 - 10/17/2014

    Keynote Speech: Robin Osborne, "The Parthenon as a Work of Art." This international symposium will bring eminent scholars to Georgia's flagship university in Athens, Georgia, to present and discuss critical new research on the Parthenon. Built for the goddess Athena on the Acropolis of Athens between 447 and 432 B.C.E., the Parthenon was the most sumptuously adorned temple in the Greek world. Today its marble shell is the most iconic remnant of classical Greek civilization, a veritable short... read more

  • Symposium: Rethinking the Parthenon: Color, Materiality and Aesthetics

    Symposium: Rethinking the Parthenon: Color, Materiality and Aesthetics

    10/18/2014 - 10/18/2014

    This symposium expands the scope of "Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy" by addressing the broader theme of diplomacy throughout the history of visual and material culture worldwide. The visual arts can and have been used to promote and facilitate diplomatic agendas across cultures and time, and yet, the arts have also challenged or impeded diplomatic eff... read more

  • Family Day: Art and Music

    Family Day: Art and Music

    10/18/2014 - 10/18/2014

    Learn how art and music intertwine by exploring the exhibitions "Boxers and Backbeats: Tomata du Plenty and the West Coast Punk Scene" and "The . . . of E6, part of Athens Celebrates Elephant Six" for inspiration, then head down to the Michael and Mary Erlanger Studio Classroom to create your own band poster.

    Although this Family Day was listed as October 18, on the cards distributed throughout the Athens community and surrounding areas, it has been rescheduled to October 11. Families ... read more

  • Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    10/19/2014 - 10/19/2014

    Join docents for a tour of the works in the permanent collection at the Georgia Museum of Art. 3-4 p.m.

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  • Tour at Two:

    Tour at Two: "Aspects of Modernism: American Art of the 1920s and 1930s"

    10/22/2014 - 10/22/2014

    Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, will lead guests on a tour of the permanent collection.

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  • Alfred Heber Holbrook Lecture: Carl Strehlke

    Alfred Heber Holbrook Lecture: Carl Strehlke

    10/23/2014 - 10/23/2014

    Carl Brandon Strehlke, adjunct curator, John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, will deliver the keynote speech of the Andrew Ladis Trecento Symposium, titled "Curating the Renaissance."

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  • Andrew Ladis Trecento Symposium

    Andrew Ladis Trecento Symposium

    10/23/2014 - 10/24/2014

    Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Lamar Dodd School of Art. This symposium in memory of scholar Andrew Ladis celebrates both his love of trecento painting and his commitment to its display, study and preservation in a museum context. Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Symposium talks are free and open to the public. All talks will take place at the Georgia Museum of Art.

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  • Tour at Two:

    Tour at Two: "An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab"

    10/29/2014 - 10/29/2014

    Join Chiara Tondi Resta, University of Georgia undergraduate honors classics student, for a gallery tour of the exhibition.

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  • Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    11/05/2014 - 11/05/2014

    Join docents for a tour of our Permanent Collections at the Georgia Museum of Art. All ages are welcome to attend.

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  • Tour at Two: The Nightmare Transported into Art: Odilon Redon's 'St. Anthony'

    Tour at Two: The Nightmare Transported into Art: Odilon Redon's 'St. Anthony'

    11/06/2014 - 11/06/2014

    Join Laura Valeri, associate curator of European art, for a tour highlighting the work of Odilon Redon. The exhibition will feature French artist Odilon Redon's third series of prints illustrating French novelist Gustave Flaubert's "Temptation of St. Anthony."

    The lithographic prints represent the mysterious themes common in Redon's work and demonstrate the artist's interests in the expressive possibilities of the lithographic crayon. He also focused his attentions on what ... read more

  • Teen Studio: Art and Music

    Teen Studio: Art and Music

    11/06/2014 - 11/06/2014

    Teens ages 13–18 are invited to explore art and music in this art workshop led by local artist and educator Hope Hilton. Participants will tour the exhibitions "Boxers and Backbeats: Tomata du Plenty and the West Coast Punk Scene" and "The . . . of E6, part of Athens Celebrates Elephant Six," then create their own music posters and album art. Pizza and drinks will be provided. This program is free, but space is limited. Please call 706.542.8863 or email  read more

  • Music on Film Series:

    Music on Film Series: "The Past is a Grotesque Animal"

    11/06/2014 - 11/06/2014

    This 2014 documentary is a personal, accessible portrait of an artist (Kevin Barnes, frontman of the Athens-based band Of Montreal) whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. Made possible by a Kickstarter campaign, the film was funded by the $100,000 pledged by fans of the indie pop band. 2014, NR, 77 min.

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  • Music on Film Series:

    Music on Film Series: "The Past is a Grotesque Animal"

    11/06/2014 - 11/06/2014

    This 2014 documentary is a personal, accessible portrait of an artist (Kevin Barnes, frontman of the Athens-based band Of Montreal) whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. Made possible by a Kickstarter campaign, the film was funded by $100,000 pledged by fans of the indie pop band. 2014, NR, 77 min.

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  • Tour at Two:

    Tour at Two: "Emilio Pucci in America"

    11/07/2014 - 11/07/2014

    Come to the Georgia Museum of Art for a tour of "Emilio Pucci in America" led by independent curator Mary Koon. All ages are welcome. This tour will be held Friday, November 7, 2014, from 2-3 p.m.

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  • Film:

    Film: "Abbott Pattison: Celebrating 60 Years of the Iron Horse"

    11/07/2014 - 11/07/2014

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the installation of renowned sculptor Abbott Pattison's "Iron Horse" sculpture on UGA's Meyers Quadrangle, the riot after its placement and its removal. The Brown Media Archives preserves all the interview materials and prints of Atlanta filmmaker Bill VanDerKloot's award-winning 1980 documentary, "Iron Horse." Join us for a free screening of the film with a discussion by VanDerKloot and faculty from the Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Geor... read more

  • Family Day: Happy Birthday, GMOA!

    Family Day: Happy Birthday, GMOA!

    11/08/2014 - 11/08/2014

    Celebrate the 66th anniversary of the day the Georgia Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in this special extended Family Day, presented in cooperation with the Performing Arts Center. Explore highlights of the museum's permanent collection with a special scavenger hunt, design a birthday card inspired by your favorite work of art and create your own button to take home. Refreshments will be served.

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  • Tour at Two:

    Tour at Two: "American Landscape in the Permanent Collection"

    11/11/2014 - 11/11/2014

    Join Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, for a tour highlighting American landscapes in the museum's permanent collection. 

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  • Empty Bowls painting for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia

    Empty Bowls painting for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia

    11/11/2014 - 11/11/2014

    Participants are invited to come to the Georgia Museum of Art to create their own designs with glazes on preformed ceramic bowls to be used in the annual Empty Bowls Luncheon in March 2015. A donation of $7 is required and will help the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia continue its efforts to feed the ill, needy, seniors and children in 14 counties. Attendees of the March luncheon will pay $21, receive one of hundreds of donated custom bowls, and listen to several speakers address the accomplis... read more

  • "Adwords/Edward"

    11/12/2014 - 11/12/2014

    Experience the first composition inspired by, composed for (by Kevin Ernste of Cornell University), and performed on Google Glass. Commissioned by Cynthia Johnston Turner, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music's new professor of conducting and director of bands, "Adwords/Edward" musically explores the ramifications of wearable technology. Refreshments will be served.

    Part of UGA's 2014 Spotlight on the Arts.<... read more

  • Director's Tour

    Director's Tour

    11/12/2014 - 11/12/2014

    Join William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art, for a tour of the permanent collection.

    Part of UGA's 2014 Spotlight on the Arts.

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  • Artbots

    Artbots

    11/12/2014 - 11/14/2014

    Come experiment with art-making machines with the team from The Hatch, a makerspace in Athens. This event is co-sponsored by The Hatch. Open during museum hours.

    Part of UGA's 2014 Spotlight on the Arts.

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  • Artful Conversation: Howard Thomas

    Artful Conversation: Howard Thomas

    11/13/2014 - 11/13/2014

    Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, for an in-depth discussion of Howard Thomas's painting "Little Grand Canyon Yellow" (1964).

    Part of UGA's 2014 Spotlight on the Arts.

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  • Film:

    Film: "Earth Red: Howard Thomas Paints a Gouache"

    11/13/2014 - 11/13/2014

    Join us for special screenings of Jim Herbert's first film, dating from 1964. Introduced by Margaret Compton, media archives archivist. Co-sponsored by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries and the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

    Part of UGA's 2014 Spotlight on the Arts.

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  • Make It an Evening

    Make It an Evening

    11/13/2014 - 11/13/2014

    Enjoy coffee, dessert and free gallery tours at the museum before the Russian State Symphony Orchestra's performance in Hodgson Hall, featuring Vladimir Feltsman on piano. Jittery Joe's coffee and Cecilia Villaveces' cakes are $5 per person. Purchase tickets for the concert at pac.uga.edu.

    Part of UGA's 2014 Spotlight on the Arts.

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  • Student Night

    Student Night

    11/13/2014 - 11/13/2014

    Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of music, food, fun and DIY projects. Student night is generously sponsored by UGA Parents and Families Association.

    Part of UGA's 2014 Spotlight on the Arts

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  • Tour at Two:

    Tour at Two: "An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab"

    11/14/2014 - 11/14/2014

    In 2005, Professor Katherine Schwab, professor of art history at Fairfield University, began experimenting with graphite and pastel on paper to develop a new method of recording her observations of the north and east sculpted metopes on the Parthenon, the most prominent temple on the Athenian Acropolis, in Greece. Combining artistic ability and archaeological expertise, Schwab's drawings reveal new observations and discoveries of the most heavily damaged and overlooked sculptures of the Parth... read more

  • Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    11/19/2014 - 11/19/2014

    Join docents for a tour of our Permanent Collections at the Georgia Museum of Art. All ages are welcome to attend.

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  • Drawing in the Galleries

    Drawing in the Galleries

    11/20/2014 - 11/20/2014

    Visitors are invited to sketch in the galleries. No instruction is provided. Pencils only.  5-8 p.m.

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  • Music on Film Series:

    Music on Film Series: "Population: 1"

    11/20/2014 - 11/20/2014

    From the depths of a bunker comes one man's musical send-off to the world's last empire. Enjoy a twisted history lesson from punk favorite Tomata du Plenty (The Screamers) featuring members of Los Lobos, Vampira, the notorious El Duce (Kurt and Courtney), Fluxus artist Al Hansen and his Grammy-winning grandson Beck, among many others. 1986, NR, 72 min.

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