Art Lovers Will Love Life at The Georgia ClubPosted on November 29, 2018
One of the best amenities at The Georgia Club is its proximity to the vibrant and culturally rich university town of Athens, GA. Though renowned for its music scene, there is also a thriving arts community that caters to everyone from the casual appreciator to the most discerning aficionados.
Though we’ve previously documented the overall cultural scene of Athens, the robust art scene is worth exploring in more detail. The art world of Athens makes our Georgia Club community perfect for young families and retirees that are looking for a cosmopolitan lifestyle to go with their golf course Cosmopolitan cocktail.
Here are just a sampling of art resources and activities in Athens!
The Georgia Museum of Art
Conveniently located in downtown Athens right on North campus, the Georgia Museum of Art is operated in association with the University of Georgia but also serves as the state’s official museum. The museum is free and open to the public six days a week.
The museum boasts over 9,000 sf of modern, bright space featuring over 10,000 objects in the permanent collection, including primarily 19th and 20th-century American paintings plus European and Asian works on paper. Notable artists on display include works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Weston Benson, Childe Hassam, and more.
For a deeper dive into educational programming, the museum also organizes a variety of film series, lectures, and symposia throughout the year.
In addition to the permanent collection, Michael Lachowski of the museum public relations office notes, “We also offer about 20 temporary exhibitions each year, and hundreds of free programs for all ages. Visiting the museum several times a year will always result in a new experience.”
Third Thursday in Athens
Every third Thursday of the month, each of seven partnered galleries opens up from 6-9 PM for an evening gallery tour. Each location is a consistent and high-quality art venue and is always free, so come out for a tour every third Thursday! Participating venues and information can be found here.
Lamar Dodd School of Art
Directly across from the Georgia Museum of Art is UGA’s prestigious Lamar Dodd School of Art. Come see what the next generation of talented artists are working on, including finished works of art on display.
Lamar Dodd also regularly features events including a lecture series in addition to their exhibition galleries.
Photo Credit: Office of University Architects & Facility Planning
Lyndon House Arts Center
A true community gem, the Lyndon House Arts Center located downtown supports local artists with space and resources to develop their craft, organizes community exhibitions for the general public, and emphasizes art education to celebrate the community’s cultural diversity.
The Center also offers rotating contemporary gallery exhibitions, classes and workshops for youth and adults, and a popular open studio membership program.
The Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA), a pillar of the Athens-area art scene for over 15 years, is an independent, non-profit gallery supporting contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, education, and events.
The gallery is committed to bringing in national and international works of all media in rotating exhibitions, and offers curated tours, lectures, workshops, children’s’ events, and more.
Photo Credit: Red & Black
Athens Area Arts Council
If you’re looking to get more involved in the “tapestry” of the Athens arts scene, check out the Athens Area Arts Council, a nonprofit dedicated to helping promote local artists and organizations, educating artists and the community through events, and funding artists through grants and other forms of support.
Art Around Athens
Athens boasts a constant cycle of artist exhibitions around town, meaning you can even enjoy local artist works while enjoying lunch, getting your own art framed, or staying over at the Indigo.
Our friend and fellow art enthusiast Jessica Smith at Flagpole magazine recently created an excellent rundown of the what and where of the Athens art scene:
Paint Your Own Destiny at The Georgia Club
With so much wonderful art and cultural resources available, it’s no wonder Athens rocks when it comes to a great lifestyle. So whether you’re an artist yourself or just love reveling in artistic interpretations of all kinds, The Georgia Club has got you covered!