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Art and ecology merge in undergraduate-organized exhibition

Martha Odum carried a sketch pad, a box of watercolors and a vial of water everywhere she traveled with her husband, Eugene P. Odum, for whom the University of Georgia's School of Ecology is named. Eugene Odum is often called the father of modern ecology, but it's possible Martha was its mother, dotingly painting gorgeous portraits of her child. The Georgia Museum of Art at UGA will show some of those landscape paintings in the exhibition "Martha Odum: Art Intersects Ecology," on view Oct. 7 to Dec. 31. This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ecology program at UGA, established as the Institute of Ecology in 1967 (it became a school in 2007). As Martha and Eugene Odum traveled the country to further Eugene's scientific…


Georgia Museum of Art wins College Art Association’s Barr Award

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has received the College Art Association's Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections and Exhibitions for its exhibition catalog "Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art." The association will recognize the honorees formally at the convocation of its 103rd annual conference, in New York, Feb. 11. The 2015 annual conference-presenting scholarly sessions, panel discussions, career-development workshops, a book and trade fair and more-is the largest gathering of artists, scholars, students and arts professionals in the U.S. Lynn Boland, the museum's Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, who organized the exhibition and served as…


Curator Takes Teaching Beyond the Classroom

Lecturing students is a common practice for a university professor to do in a classroom.  However, Carissa DiCindio, curator of education at the Georgia Museum of Art, rejects the practice of lecturing-and the traditional classroom setting. DiCindio, who teaches a unique special topics and service-learning course called "Engaging Art Museum Audiences as Student Docents," believes that in order for her students to truly gain a comprehensive understanding of the subject, they need to experience the process of museum tours firsthand. Students begin the course by shadowing a museum tour, reflecting on how the leading docent engages the audience and facilitates discussion around the artwork. This observation period is followed by students taking…


GMOA Staff on Double-Duty

  For Paul Manoguerra, the classroom in which he teaches his special topics art history course is a brief stroll down the hall from his office, located on the third floor of the Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA). Manoguerra works both as chief curator and curator of American art at GMOA and as a professor at the University of Georgia. He is well acquainted with both art history and teaching. “I was a Ph.D student at Michigan State University in American studies, and my concentrations were in American art history, U.S. history and museum studies while I was there,” he says. While earning his doctorate, he taught classes at Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University. Course…

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