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Museum Celebrates Early Members of Athens Art Association

Georgia Museum of Art

The Athens Art Association is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art. The “Our Town and Beyond” exhibit will be on view from now through August 11th.

This show includes still life paintings, portraits, landscapes and even some early work in photography. Laura Blackshear, a local artist and educator, founded the association in 1919 with 20 charter members.

From its earliest days, the Athens Art Association welcomed both men and women.

Other arts venues in Athens are also celebrating its anniversary, including the Lyndon House Arts Center (“A Century of Art: The Athens Art Association, 1919–2019,” June 6–Aug. 15, organized by Christine Langone, professor emerita in leadership education at UGA, and the Lyndon House Arts Center’s preparator Celia Brooks), the Athens-Clarke County Library (Aug. 10–Oct. 5) and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (November and December).