Artist in Residence for August: Abner Cope

Jul 18, 2019

Credit Artwork: Abner Cope

WUGA’s Artists in Residence series will resume on Saturday, August 17th, when we’ll travel almost to Commerce’s historic district to meet the extraordinary painter Abner Cope in his home.

Mr. Cope is not only extremely talented; he has been influential in the Athens area because he teaches portrait painting at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation and has mentored local artists such as Broderick Flanigan, a past Artist in Residence.

Mr. Cope taught painting and drawing for 30 years at Central State University in Ohio before retiring to his home state of Georgia. His work has won awards from the Portrait Society of Atlanta; the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago; the African American Visual Artists Guild in Dayton, Ohio; OCAF (where he won a Best of Show designation); and many other fine institutions. The magazine "International Artist" profiled Mr. Cope in 2015, and the Quinlan Art Center in Gainesville, Georgia, recently showcased his work.

To RSVP and learn the specifics of the address, please contact Cathy Bradberry at the station: or 706-542-9842.

Admission is $15 for Friends of WUGA and $20 for non-members. Cash only, please. Friends memberships are $30 or more annually.

The event will be held rain or shine. Light hors d'oeuvres will be catered by Marti’s at Midday, and Pairings Food and Wine provides wines.