Morris Museum of Art
From the main entrance in the Augusta Riverfront Center, visitors enter a lobby of classic design, passing through intimate galleries dedicated to various themes,
The Morris Museum of Art was founded by William S. Morris III, chairman and chief executive officer of the Augusta-based Morris Communications Corporation,
The museum's collection of works by artists who were born in the South or whose works reflect a discernible southern influence includes some 2,500 objects, primarily paintings and works on paper.
The museum also has extensive holdings of works by Elliott Daingerfield, a major nineteenth-century symbolist painter who lived in New York and in Blowing Rock, North Carolina; Will Henry Stevens, an early modernist who was born in Indiana and worked in both North Carolina and Louisiana; and Alfred Hutty, a Woodstock, New York, artist who moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and spearheaded an early-twentieth-century artistic renaissance.
In addition to its permanent collection, the museum presents temporary exhibitions
In conjunction with its exhibitions, the museum publishes catalogs as well as monographs and other books on southern art and artists. Complete lists of publications and past exhibitions can be found on the museum's Web site.
Center for the Study of Southern Painting
The museum's Center for the Study of Southern Painting, also located at the Augusta Riverfront Center, houses more than 9,500 volumes and periodicals relating to general art history and southern art and culture, and more than 2,100 files on artists who have worked in the South, as well as letters and other primary materials on southern artists. The center serves in a reference and research capacity and receives inquiries from around the world through the museum's Web site. Because the art of the South is as complex and diverse as the South itself, the museum actively supports research and publication.
The museum's award-winning education department offers a variety of services for students in preschool through the university level, an annual literary competition for grades K-12, and internships for secondary and postsecondary students. "Georgia Studies: Images and Artifacts," a collaborative program with the Augusta Museum of History, includes tours of both museums and a teacher resource package containing books, videotapes, and curriculum-based lessons in social studies and visual arts. "Draw on Nature," a student tour program, integrates science, technology, and art through the study of nature. The collaborative program with Fort Discovery features museum tours, a self-guided tour of the Riverwalk, and a Web site with interactive lesson plans. Through in-service training, such as the National Faculty–Morris Museum of Art Professional Development Initiative, and curriculum-based resource materials, teachers can integrate works of art into the classroom. The museum also sponsors community programs, including "Artrageous Sunday" family programs and lecture series. Newly introduced classes in art history and appreciation provide in-depth experiences for the lifelong learner.
Bruce W. Chambers, Art and Artists of the South: The Robert P. Coggins Collection (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1984).
William H. Gerdts, Art across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920, vol. 2 (New York: Abbeville Press, 1990).
Donald B. Kuspit and David S. Bundy, Painting in the South: 1564-1980 (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1983).
Estill Curtis Pennington, A Southern Collection (Augusta, Ga.: Morris Communications, 1992).
Louise Keith Claussen, Morris Museum of Art
A project of the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.