Regional Favorites from the Georgia Museum of Art

Horizons, Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir

My hometown, Athens, Georgia, doesn’t always change much, but when I visited recently the Georgia Museum of Art was showing off its new renovation, which featured an extensive addition to show more of the permanent collection.  It’s a beautiful renovation in general and it was fantastic to see the new galleries showing so much of the permanent collection. 

There is also a new sculpture garden, currently filled with bronze sculptures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir (don’t ask me how to pronounce that.) However, one of the noticeable features of the permanent collections was a regional focus in the works. It felt like home–and it also felt refreshingly different from so much of the work I see here in New York.

Some of my favorites:

Tallulah Falls, 1841, George Cooke

My Forebearers Were Pioneers, 1939, Philip Evergood

The White House, 1945, Georges Schreiber

Seven Steps, 1994, Radcliffe Bailey

Detail, Seven Steps

Georgia II, 2008, Leo Twiggs

2 thoughts on “Regional Favorites from the Georgia Museum of Art

  1. Linnea, I’m from Georgia, too, Columbus but most of my family is in Atlanta now…. I will have to try to see this next time I am down for a visit. I know just what you mean about “refreshingly different from so much of the work one sees in New York” when you speak about the regional pieces. Thanks I enjoyed this.

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