Athens, Georgia, also known by some as the Classic City, is among the southeastern part of the country’s most popular cities for weddings. It attracts wedding couples from all across the state of Georgia with a wide variety of event venues, a selection of professional and talented vendors. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.255 Milledge, Hardeman-Sams House
3.Antique Acres Wedding Venue
4.Athens Cotton Press
8.Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown
9.Hotel Indigo Athens Downtown - Univ Area
10.Live Wire Athens
12.The Thompson House and Gardens
17.Vintage Oaks Farms
19.40 Watt Club
20.South Kitchen + Bar
20 Best Wedding Venues in Athens, GA
- Graduate Athens, Photo: Courtesy of Lenslife - Fotolia.com
- 255 Milledge, Hardeman-Sams House, Photo: Courtesy of WavebreakMediaMicro - Fotolia.com
- Antique Acres Wedding Venue, Photo: Courtesy of hitdelight - Fotolia.com
- Athens Cotton Press, Photo: Courtesy of Monet - Fotolia.com
- Day Chapel, Photo: Courtesy of Takeru - Fotolia.com
- Georgia Theatre, Photo: Courtesy of bellakadife - Fotolia.com
- Georgian Hall, Photo: Courtesy of Wollwerth Imagery - Fotolia.com
- Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown, Photo: Courtesy of erlkoenig55 - Fotolia.com
- Hotel Indigo Athens Downtown - Univ Area, Photo: Courtesy of teksomolika - Fotolia.com
- Live Wire Athens, Photo: Courtesy of Greg Blomberg - Fotolia.com
- Taylor-Grady House, Photo: Courtesy of prostooleh - Fotolia.com
- The Thompson House and Gardens, Photo: Courtesy of Lukas - Fotolia.com
- Trumps Catering, Photo: Courtesy of blanke1973 - Fotolia.com
- The Hill, Photo: Courtesy of Dasha Petrenko - Fotolia.com
- Cine, Photo: Courtesy of weyo - Fotolia.com
- The Foundry, Photo: Courtesy of lyosha_nazarenko - Fotolia.com
- Vintage Oaks Farms, Photo: Courtesy of Anna - Fotolia.com
- Saucehouse BBQ, Photo: Courtesy of Gorodetskaya - Fotolia.com
- 40 Watt Club, Photo: Courtesy of CL-Medien - Fotolia.com
- South Kitchen + Bar, Photo: Courtesy of yevhenii - Fotolia.com
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More Ideas: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art
The Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, or ATHICA, is located in northeast Georgia. The gallery promotes and supports innovative and challenging contemporary artists through exhibits, events and education. While the facility is committed to the local art community, it also invites contemporary artists worldwide to bring world-class art to Athens and educate the public.
The gallery does not have a permanent collection, but mounts four major exhibits each year under the direction of guest curators. Since the gallery’s founding in 2002, over 1,200 artists have shown their work at ATHICA across more than 60 shows and through countless supporting events. In addition to the curated shows, Member Exhibitions take place annually in December. The annual juried exhibit is now in its fourth year, and takes place each fall.
History: ATHICA was founded by Lizzie Zucker Saltz between 2001 and 2002 and is Athens’ only art space dedicated solely to the contemporary arts. ATHICA’s gallery space was made possible through the cooperation of the Chase Park Condominium Association and a donation from FiveArt Inc. a group of Athens area developers and philanthropists who donated the 2,200 square foot gallery space within the Chase Street Park Warehouses. The Warehouses, originally built in the early 1900’s to store cotton, were once abandoned and now thrive as home to Athens’ growing arts district.
ATHICA is an independent non-profit organization managed by a board of directors that includes Athens area artists, art professionals and art supporters. The organization receives its funding from local businesses and individuals, and has been awarded a number of prestigious grants, including a one-year award from The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and a three-year grant from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for Contemporary Art. The organization relies entirely on volunteers to mount exhibits, give tours and assist with curating exhibits and hosting events.
Ongoing Programs and Education: ATHICA is host to a number of events. Performances, lectures and workshops take place throughout the year. Children’s events introduce young children to contemporary art and offer educational programming suitable for all ages. Sunday afternoon family programming includes a Collage Club and other art activities.
The gallery space is also host to a number of events in partnership with outside organizations. The upcoming CURE event is a collaboration with the University of Georgia to fundraise for CURE, a non-profit that funds surgeries for children with curable diseases in Niger. ATHICA at Frontier is an off-site exhibition space, hosted by Frontier, a local downtown shop.
Past and Future Exhibits: ATHICA mounts four major exhibitions each year. An ongoing call to artists brings curators and artists from all over the world. An annual “pin-up” show features artwork for sale starting at $20 per piece, most of which can easily be wall hung. Once purchased, the work is immediately removed from the show to head home with the collector. ATHICA Emerges is an annual show dedicated to displaying the work of local emerging artists. The inaugural show in 2007 featured the work of Anthony Wislar and Tyrus Lytton.
ATHICA’s history includes over 15 years of exhibits, many of which can be viewed in their online archives. Highlights of past exhibits include Raw Womyn, the gallery’s first exhibit, which opened in March of 2002. The exhibit showcased the work of 15 female artists. 2017 included I Swear I Saw This: The Line as Witness, curated by Mike Calway-Fagen. 2007’s Self-Made featured the work of three San Francisco based artists who toured the US with their work, mimicking the life of a rock band showcasing their music.
Past events in the space have included performances by student composers at the University of Georgia, poetry readings, film screenings and artist’s talks. Art performances have included the work of Jason Cantorella, Ted Kuhn and Zachary Fabri.
Emerges: Collaborations opens in the spring of 2018. The show is curated by Kira Hegeman and Jon Vogt. The show’s installation will take place in conjunction with Give Back My Beast, a gallery performance by artists Daniel Nelson and Jeremy Ayers.
What’s Nearby: ATHICA’s gallery space is located within the Chase Street Park Warehouses, home to Athens’ urban arts district. The once abandoned site now includes co-tenants such as artist’s studios, recording studios, cafes and start-up businesses less than one mile from the center of Athens, Georgia.
160 Tracy St. Unit 4 Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-389-5450
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More Ideas: Lyndon House Arts Center
Located in Athens, Georgia, the Lyndon House Arts Center is a public community arts complex under the supervision of the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department, offering art galleries, community art workshop courses, and children’s programming. The Lyndon House Arts Center is housed within Athens’ historic Ware-Lyndon House, which was constructed around 1850 for prominent local resident Edward R. Ware.
As an example of the Italianate style of architecture, the two-story home was sold to Edward S. Lyndon in 1880 before being purchased by the city of Athens in 1939. Throughout the mid-20th century, the home served as the site of the city’s World War II-era USO before being transferred to the care of the Athens Recreation Department. Restorations were made to the building during the 1960s, and in 1973, the facility was reopened as the city’s first government-sponsored community arts facility, offering a variety of public exhibits and programming related to the fine arts. The Lyndon House Arts Foundation nonprofit organization was formed to oversee the development and daily operation of the facility the same year. In 1976, the Ware-Lyndon House facility was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, noted for its historic value of being the only extant historic building from the Victorian era of Athens’ upscale Lickskillet neighborhood. In 1999, more than 33,000 square feet of gallery and studio space was added to the building as part of major renovations specifically designed to preserve and incorporate the building’s historic architecture, and the complex was rebranded as the Lyndon House Arts Center.
Permanent Galleries and Programming
Today, the Lyndon House Arts Center is operated as a public community center facility under the supervision of the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department, with additional operational assistance provided by the Lyndon House Arts Foundation. The Center receives funding from a number of public arts councils and grants, including the Georgia Council for the Arts, and is a partner facility with the National Endowment for the Arts. As a historic residence, the Center serves as a living history home museum, and as a community arts resource, it provides a variety of gallery exhibitions, educational art classes and workshops, and public special event programming.
A variety of rotating public art exhibitions are showcased at the Center’s galleries, highlighting the works of local and regional visual artists. All gallery exhibitions are presented with free public admission during regular facility hours. A juried exhibition of artwork is presented annually at the galleries, showcasing notable artists from around the Athens community, and a Collections from Our Community exhibit presents a rotating collection of unique pin pieces acquired by the city’s Enamellist Society. Quarterly rotating exhibits of upcoming regional artists are also showcased at the Lounge Gallery. Visitors and families may explore the Center’s gallery exhibits by picking up a copy of the free interactive Art Passport publication, which provides information on current exhibits and educational activities related to displayed pieces. A Gallery Shop also offers a wide variety of multidisciplinary arts and crafts pieces handcrafted by more than 100 Athens-area artisans.
The Ware-Lyndon House facility itself serves as a living history home museum, offering self-guided tours for visitors during normal Center operating hours. The Greek Revival and Italianate home has been fully restored to its original historic condition, showcasing a collection of historic items related to the home’s owners and the cultural history of the city of Athens. A Period Decorative Arts Collection of items dating between 1840 and 1890 is showcased, along with a small Athens History Museum space preserving artifacts related to the city’s civic history.
Ongoing Programs and Education
A variety of youth and adult art classes and workshops are offered for community participants ages four and older with any level of artistic experience. Seven fully-equipped studio spaces are presented for independent creative work or guided workshop art-making, including studio spaces for painting, drawing, metalwork, sculpture, printmaking, fiber arts, pottery, and photography. Youth art classes for participants ages 6-18 are offered as afterschool programming and during school holidays, with all programming available at rates for Athens-Clarke County residents and non-residents. A weeklong summer art camp is also offered, along with homeschooler workshop programming. Annual public special event programming at the Center includes a Clarke County School District Biennial Student Art Exhibit, a community Lickskillet Artists Market, and winter holiday event programming, including a Deck the Walls holiday market and a Holiday Open House event featuring performances from local arts and student groups. Exhibition opening receptions are also held periodically for new rotating gallery exhibits, and the Ware-Lyndon House may be rented for private special events, including weddings, receptions, and corporate functions.
211 Hoyt St, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-613-3623
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More Ideas: Georgia Museum of Art
The Georgia Museum of Art is located in Athens, Georgia on the campus of the University of Georgia. The museum has the unique honor of being both the official state museum of Georgia, as well as an academic institution. The museum’s vast permanent collection is focused on 19th and 20th century American paintings, Asian and European works on paper, Italian Renaissance paintings, and Decorative Arts of the southern United States.
Highlights of the collection include paintings by American greats such as Georgia O’Keefe, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Eakins and Childe Hassam. Later 20th century works include paintings by Helen Frankenthaler and Alice Neel. Works on paper date back to the 15th century and include Japanese prints by Hiroshige and Hokusai, Italian master drawings. Twelve Italian Renaissance paintings were donated in 1961 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Many of the museum’s more recent acquisitions focus on the decorative arts, with a more specific focus of works made in Georgia or related to the American south. The permanent collection is housed throughout thirteen of the museum’s galleries, eight of which have been recently renovated with updated interpretative signage. Additional galleries round out the museum’s 79,000 square feet of exhibition space.
An outdoor sculpture garden, added in 2011, is dedicated to the rotating display of the works of female sculptors, and includes Beverly Pepper’s “Ascension” among the permanent works. Indoors, the sculpture collection includes works by Rosa Bonheur, Aguste Rodin and Henri Matisse.
A library on the museum’s third floor is also open to the public. In partnership with the University of Georgia, the library has catalogued over 12,000 volumes and adds between 1,000 and 1,500 each year. Archives from the museum’s collection may be found in the museum’s four Study Centers in the Humanities, which correspond to the museum’s areas of collection.
History: The museum was founded in 1945 with a gift from collector Alfred Heber Holbrook of 100 American paintings. Today, the collection numbers over 10,000 objects and is growing quickly in the areas of Asian Art and the decorative arts of the American South.
Alfred Holbrook was a lawyer practicing in New York City when he retired at the age of 70 and began in earnest to study art and art history. On a trip to Athens, he formed a fast friendship with the head of the University’s Art Department, Lamar Dodd. Holbrook became the museum’s first director, a position he held until past his 90th birthday.
Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art was established in the 1970’s as a support group for the museum. The group boasts over 1,200 members and holds annual fundraisers and exhibit opening celebrations as well as sponsoring exhibits and educational programs. The current facility on the University’s east campus was opened in 1996, with an expanded contemporary arts facility that opened in 2011. The expanded space allows for more ambitious programming and exhibitions, and better serves the museum’s mission of service, research and teaching.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Public Tours of the museum are offered daily by educated docents. Private tours may be scheduled for groups of 5 or more, and accommodations are available for the deaf. Private tours are also available for groups of students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Events at the museum include Tour at Two, specialized tours of current exhibits that take place each Wednesday at 2pm. Studio Workshops are ongoing and offer everything from one hour workshops to three part studio art courses. Morning Mindfulness offers a guided meditation in the galleries every Friday while Yoga in the Galleries takes place on Thursday evenings. Lectures and Symposia invite keynote speakers who are both academics and artists. Past speakers have included Marvin Trachtenberg, Nash Boney, Francis Naumann. A variety of films and film series take place throughout the year, including the annual Latin American Film Series. Family programming such as Toddler Tuesday and Family Days provide interactive programming that showcases works in the permanent collection.
Past and Future Exhibits: Recent exhibitions include Artful Instruments: Georgia Gunsmiths and their Craft. This exhibit, which runs through February of 2018, displays early Georgia firearms and accessories, dating back to the 1800’s. The exhibit explores the craft behind gunsmithing, which often included silversmithing, woodworking and casting. Images of Awakening will present Buddhist sculpture of Afghanistan and Pakistan through June of 2018. Works will include distinctive examples of early Buddhist art dating back to the 1st century.
90 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602, Phone: 706-542-4662
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