The Jewel in Atlanta: Oglethorpe University Museum of Art

About Oglethorpe University Museum of Art:

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is the oldest university-affiliated art museum in Georgia, and only one of twelve so designated by the state. The collection consists of more than 1,600 works of 19th- and 20th-century American, African American, African Diaspora, European, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, and contemporary artists.’

The OUMOA permanent collection includes paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, and Winslow Homer; sculptures by Auguste Rodin; prints by Picasso; photographs by Ansel Adams; ceramics by Paul Manship; African masks and sculpture along with arts of Africa’s Yoruba tribe.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art connects the university and the community to the creative process and its makers and provides a forum for engaging with contemporary issues through art.

What you Can See at the Museum:

The permanent collection includes paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, and Winslow Homer; sculptures by Auguste Rodin; prints by Picasso; photographs by Ansel Adams; ceramics by Paul Manship; African masks and sculpture along with arts of Africa’s Yoruba tribe.

The American art collection at Oglethorpe spans the late 19th to early 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on Southern artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Mitchell Bannister, and Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington. Other highlights include works from Aesthetic Realism, including pieces from Louis Eilshemius, Rockwell Kent, and Albert Gallatin Hoit. The museum owns a number of works by noted sculptor Malvina Hoffman and a large collection of 19th-century English, Italian and French prints. The African Diaspora Collection includes work from the continent of Africa as well as African American art such as Richmond Barthé’s sculpture Mother and Child and paintings by Henry Ossawa Tanner

The History:

The Museum was founded in 1951 through the generosity of Mary Tinsley Stickney Elliott (1882-1974). A 1901 Oglethorpe University graduate, Mrs. Elliott donated her family home, Oak Hill, to be used for educational purposes. In addition to her generous contribution toward establishing the museum, Mrs. Stickney also pledged $10,000 for its first purchase fund as part of her $15 million estate gift to Oglethorpe in 1972.

Mrs. Stickney’s generosity has enabled the Museum to broaden its permanent collection, which includes more than 1,800 works dating from the 18th through the 21st centuries. In addition to the main campus museum building, paintings and other works are on display in Oak Hill Mansion House at Oglethorpe University and in nearby historic homes open to visitors by appointment. The University Archives maintains an extensive collection of photographs depicting artworks throughout the history of the museum as well as university history.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is a cultural resource for all members of the university community and a regional destination offering a rich variety of exhibitions, educational programs, and special for all ages year-round.

Getting There:

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is located on the campus of Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, Georgia.

From Atlanta: Take I-85 North to Exit 41. Turn right at the light onto Mt. Vernon Highway/GA 400 South. At the third traffic light, turn left onto Lenox Road/Peachtree Road, then turn right into Butler Campus entrance (immediately after passing over Peachtree Creek). Follow signs to the museum parking lot on the left side of the road.

Visit Website Address   :   www.oglethorpe.edu/museumofart

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