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UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival participation tops 23,000

Athens, Ga. – More than 23,000 people participated in the University of Georgia’s 2017 Spotlight on the Arts festival earlier this month, and planning is already underway for the 2018 festival. From Nov. 1-12, a total of 23,083 attendees participated in more than 100 events and exhibitions, expanding the festival’s reach to more than 120,000 since its inception in 2012. “The response to the Spotlight on the Arts festival has been extraordinary, and it reflects the quality of the arts programs on our campus and the exemplary dedication of the members of the UGA Arts Council,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. The 2017 festival featured performances from the University Theatre,…


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…


UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival breaks attendance record

More than 23,000 people attended the University of Georgia's Spotlight on the Arts festival this November, setting an attendance record for the fifth straight year. Held Nov. 2-13, the festival featured more than 100 events and exhibitions and engaged a total of 23,211 people in the visual, literary and performing arts. Events featured special guests as well as hundreds of student artists, musicians, writers and performers, including more than 200 who took part in an Opening Celebration kaleidoscope performance. "The success of Spotlight on the Arts underscores just how important the arts are to the cultural and intellectual vitality of our university and state," said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.…


UGA joins national arts research consortium a2ru

The University of Georgia has joined the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, known as a2ru, a consortium of almost three dozen research-intensive universities committed to advancing interdisciplinary, arts-oriented research. The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts has initiated a new faculty research cluster that will serve as UGA's point of connection to a2ru and t2ru. Along with the Willson Center, the university's membership is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Arts Council, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Arts Council Chair and Vice Provost Russell Mumper said that "the mission of the council is to foster an awareness…

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