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.


1.Graduate Athens

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Graduate Athens is a place where intellectual curiosity meets a favorite place to stay. Situated near downtown Athens, the hotel and wedding venue is only a short distance from the historic and scenic campus of the University of Georgia. Every room features a signature Southern style, featuring hints of history and a touch of Georgia pine. The venue is able to accommodate wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions with up to 200 guests. Graduate Athens is housed in the famous Foundry building, nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The venue’s culinary team create excellent menus to make sure every event is amazing.

295 Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-549-7020

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2.255 Milledge, Hardeman-Sams House

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255 Milledge is a historical and welcoming wedding venue hat invites guests with its lush gardens, towering oaks, and marble fireplaces. The site offers enough seclusion to transport people to another time, however, is also only minutes away from downtown Athens, the University of Georgia, and Five Points. The Hardeman-Sams House offers both outdoor and indoor event space, providing a blank canvas for a variety of special events year round, from intimate wedding ceremonies to luxurious black-tie receptions to company parties and more. The house was built in the year 1910 and is located in the heart of the Milledge Avenue Historic District.

255 S. Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605, Phone: 706-549-1116

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3.Antique Acres Wedding Venue

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Antique Acres is a venue in Athens that provides an ideal country and rustic setting for weddings and other special events. The site offers two different spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The spacious wedding barn features vintage church pews and stained concrete floors and includes a groom’s parlor and bridal suite. The “old country store” at Antique Acres serves as the venue’s reception hall. The event space includes stained concrete floors, a small kitchen that can be used by caterers, and restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. Both event spaces can accommodate up to 200 guests.

2531 Snows Mill Rd, Bogart, GA 30622, Phone: 706-714-2089

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4.Athens Cotton Press

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The Athens Cotton Press is a unique venue for weddings and other events, situated at the intersection of industrial and sophisticated. The space, consisting of 8,000 square feet of blank canvas, is capable of accommodating over 500 guests and offers the perfect backdrop for any wedding ceremony or reception. The building was constructed during the early 1900s and was used in the past to house the cotton press of the Atlantic Compress Company. The wedding venue has event planners who can coordinate all aspect of events, including food, flowers, and backdrops. Athens Cotton Press is family owned and operated.

49 Oneta St, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-353-1913

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5.Day Chapel

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Couples wanting to get married at the Day Chapel at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia have the option to rent either the sanctuary or the sanctuary together with the reception hall. The Day Chapel’s Sanctuary Package features the use of the building’s upper level, which seats 130 guests, as well as use of the dressing rooms on the lower level for both the bride and groom. The Sanctuary with the Reception Hall Package includes access to the entire event space as well as all of the furnishings. It also features use of the reception hall and outdoor patio in addition to their fully equipped kitchen.

2450 S. Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605, Phone: 706-542-6467

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6.Georgia Theatre

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The Georgia Theatre is an event space and live music venue in Athens. While the theater is often used to host concerts, it also makes for a great location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The main room can accommodate more than 800 guests, making it a perfect space for a large wedding reception. It features three bars, multiple levels, an amazing sound system, and beautiful brick walls. Different sections can be rented or the couple can choose the entire room. The rooftop is great for smaller events and can be used for a variety of different occasions, including wedding ceremonies and more intimate receptions.

215 N. Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-850-7670

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7.Georgian Hall

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Georgian Hall is a charming ballroom situated in the heart of the downtown area of Athens. The venue offers an enchanting backdrop and classic setting for a variety of special events, with a particular focus on weddings. The grand ballroom in this historical Georgian-style building has hosted special events for over 100 years, serving the city of Athens as well as the surrounding area. The venue is a great event space for everything from casual celebrations and gatherings to upscale weddings and rehearsal dinners. The wedding venue is able to customize its services in order to create a memorable event.

247 E. Washington St, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-850-5935

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8.Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown

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The Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown, situated in downtown Athens, provides the ideal space for a wedding ceremony or reception. The venue offers four flexible rooms that can be used as event space for weddings as well as other special events. Guests can stay in one of the 185 guests rooms, which offer an array of amenities. The hotel is also perfectly located for guests to enjoy any of the many things to do in around the downtown area. The Hilton Garden Inn is located within a short walking distance to several downtown restaurants, music venues, and shops.

390 E Washington St, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-353-6800

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9.Hotel Indigo Athens Downtown - Univ Area

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Hotel Indigo Athens Downtown - University Area is conveniently located near restaurants, the university, and clubs in downtown Athens. The hotel offers an interesting alternative to a typical hotel stay as well as a great venue for a wedding. The thriving downtown neighborhood in which the hotel is situated resonates with local sound and color, just like Hotel Indigo. The Rialto Room offers space for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other events, while the courtyard offers a pleasant space to enjoy a drink. The hotel features its own art gallery showcasing pieces created by local artists, and farm-to-table dishes are available at the Madison Bar and Bistro.

500 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-286-1704

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10.Live Wire Athens

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Live Wire Athens is an industrial and modern wedding venue in Athens, situated in the downtown area’s northwest corner. The rustic event venue consists of three different versatile outdoor and indoor spaces that can be customized to the unique preferences of the wedding couple. The parlor offers an intimate space for wedding ceremonies, while the Robertson Hall provides a great venue for wedding receptions. The parlor features industrial decor and reclaimed wood and has barn doors that open onto Robertson Hall. The garden courtyard combines the beauty of urban horticulture and nature with the building’s rustic features to create a romantic atmosphere outdoors.

227 W Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-543-8283

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11.Taylor-Grady House

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Couples looking for an elegant wedding venue may find the perfect location at the Taylor-Grady House. The house provides an elegant atmosphere for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other special events of almost any size. Weddings with a larger number of guests often take place in the boxwood garden or on the venue’s back lawn. The Taylor-Grady House is able to accommodate a maximum of 350 guests for outdoor-indoor events. For indoor weddings, 100 guests can be accommodated, while 150 can be accommodated for indoor receptions or 65 guests for indoor seated dinners. Rentals include use of the grounds, tables, and chairs.

634 Princess Ave, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-549-8688

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12.The Thompson House and Gardens

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The Thompson House and Gardens, situated in the small town of Bogart, is only minutes away from downtown Athens, along with its antique shops, quaint cafés, and the University of Georgia. The venue embraces elegance and nature at its finest, which is demonstrated by the continuously changing display of fragrance and color. The Victorian era farmhouse was once the home of the Thompson family for more than 100 years, and is now a beautiful wedding venue. The site leaves guests with a feel for true Southern Victorian sophistication. The wraparound porch provides a place to relax and look out onto the well-maintained grounds.

1431 Atlanta Hwy, Bogart, GA 30622, Phone: 706-296-0945

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13.Trumps Catering

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Trumps Catering, an institution of Athens, has served the local community and its surrounding area for more than 31 years. They are known for their spectacular menus, excellent customer service, and beautiful presentation. The company specializes in wedding receptions as well as bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners, university events, and corporate events, offering menus featuring a wide variety of cuisine, from barbecue buffets to five-course dinners. Trumps Catering, run by Andrée Kosak and Ron Schwartz, started out as a beloved bistro-style neighborhood restaurant in the eastern part of Athens. The business now serves the entire area of northeast Georgia.

2026 S. Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605, Phone: 706-546-1320

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14.The Hill

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The Hill is one of the most interesting pieces of land in Athens, Georgia, with a rich and sometimes winding history that makes for an ideal venue for a wedding for couples who want to celebrate and soak up a bit of Southern heritage. Walking into one of the houses situated on The Hill is like taking a step back in time. The Rock House, the Quinn House, the Donald-Epting House, and the Armstrong-Dobbs House have all been carefully preserved as well as decorated according to the time period during which they were originally built. All four houses are available for events.

1800 Crescent Ln, Athens, GA 30607, Phone: 706-353-1913

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15.Cine

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Ciné is one of Athens’ unique and extraordinary treasures. The historical venue has been carefully restored and now features two theaters, a versatile event space, and a full bar. The venue is also the region’s only non-profit, mission-driven, community-based, independently operated art house movie theater, and has been renovated to provide a more modern sensibility. Ciné is able to accommodate both smaller, more intimate weddings and larger weddings with up to 125 guests. The Ciné Bar, which can seat up to 25, offers an extensive selection of liquor, wine, and beer.

234 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-353-3343

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16.The Foundry

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The Foundry features historical spaces dating back to the 1850s, providing a romantic wedding venue for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions in Athens. The site is one of the premier venues for events in the city and, located at Graduate Athens, it embodies the hospitality, exclusivity, and history of being a private residence. The Hoyt House is offered as well and is a perfect space for wedding parties. The 19th century farmhouse features four suites that can be used by bridal parties, and the Grad Suite is outfitted with the needs of the bride in mind.

295 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-549-7051

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17.Vintage Oaks Farms

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The wedding venue of Vintage Oaks Farms is located in the area of Watkinsville with easy access to the Athens area and the city of Atlanta. The grounds are an ideal venue for any wedding ceremony and reception. The venue offers both a bridal suite and a groom’s room for weddings as well as plenty of decor and props that can be used for both the ceremony and the reception. Vintage Oaks features a welcoming foyer with amazing detail put into the interior design, a large and stunning main room, a kitchen, and beautiful grounds that offer the perfect backdrop for photographs.

6305 Hog Mountain Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677, 770-725-1999

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18.Saucehouse BBQ

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Saucehouse BBQ in Athens, Georgia, can accommodate events with as little as 25 guests to as many as 400, offering three venues as event spaces. The site has different full-service catering packages, with each including the room rental of one of the venues at no additional cost. With a rental of the venue’s beer garden, the use of a stage for bands or other performances is also included. With the room rental and beer garden, the site can comfortably accommodate up to 100 guests seated. The full service packages include setup, cleanup, drinks, utensils, napkins, and plates.

830 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 888-978-7948

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19.40 Watt Club

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40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia, is one of the South’s most acclaimed venues for indie rock. The venue typically hosts a broad array of emerging and established bands in an informal and intimate setting, however, it can also be used as a wedding venue. It’s a great option for any bride and groom who love rock music. The 40 Watt Club dates back to the 1970s and assisted in launching the careers of several Athens-based bands and singers, such as Of Montreal, the Indigo Girls, R.E.M., and Pylon. Several international acts have performed at the venue as well.

285 W. Washington St, Athens, GA 30601, Phone: 706-549-7871

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20.South Kitchen + Bar

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The South Kitchen + Bar is a beautiful and unique event venue situated in downtown Athens, right in the center of the Downtown Athens Historic District. The venue’s Arch Room is an intimate and beautiful private dining room, offering space that is perfect for a small wedding as well as other smaller gatherings. Tables and chairs for up to 40 guests can be accommodated inside the Arch Room, which also features a fully stocked bar. South Kitchen provides in-house catering, using fresh ingredients to create seasonally driven menus for events. Catering options at South Kitchen + Bar include plated dinners, buffet dinners, and hors d’oeuvres.

247 E. Washington St, Athens, GA, Phone: 706-395-6125

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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.

History

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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