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Object in Focus: The Orpheus Relief Project

When initially considering Roman statues and bas-reliefs, one usually tends to visualize them as spotless sculptures of pure marble, adorned with details such as ivy, robes or a vase. In actuality, however, both Greek and Roman classical sculptures were frequently painted in bright colors. One relief in the collection of the University of Mississippi Museum that demonstrates this polychrome quality will be coming to visit the Georgia Museum of Art for a semester. An analysis of the relief shows traces of pigment from when the statue was originally created and painted, to heighten its sense of naturalism. The relief is a fragment of a much larger scene, and because it is a Roman copy of the Greek original (currently in the Louvre in Paris), researchers…


GMOA honored with reaccreditation

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia was recently reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums (formerly known as the American Association of Museums), an honor that less than 5 percent of U.S. museums receive. To celebrate this achievement, GMOA will be open to the public Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with an official announcement at 2 p.m. by Ford Bell, president of AAM and an ice cream social to follow. The event is free and open to the public. Reaccreditation is a lengthy process, involving a self-study that GMOA worked on for several years and a site visit lasting several days, during which AAM representatives toured the facility from top to bottom, met with university upper administration and interviewed staff members,…


Different viewpoints

In 1956, George Beattie painted eight murals for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Four of those murals addressed the history of agriculture in the state. In recent years, their content (which addresses slavery and the history of American Indians in Georgia) became recognized as offensive to many visitors to the building, and in 2011, Gary Black, the commissioner of agriculture, requested their removal. The Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA), which is the official state museum of art, agreed to take all eight murals to preserve them as an important part of the state's art history.  The museum also created four videos to educate the public, provide context for the images and discuss exactly why they are problematic. This one features…


Docent Spotlight: Berkeley Minor

Reposted from FACET SUMMER 2012 As a volunteer at the Georgia Museum of Art for 12 years now, it is safe to say that Berkeley Minor has a gift for enriching the public with her knowledge of art. A degree in art and teaching experience have helped Minor master her role as a docent. Before she became a docent in 2000, Minor served on the board of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art for four years and eventually became the membership organization’s president. Four years ago, she joined the Board of Advisors and will continue her role as a board member in the fall. Due to her background in art education, Minor’s favorite role at GMOA is community docent, a position that requires much time and effort. Docents give tours of both the…

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