The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens was named the state museum of art of the State of Georgia when House Resolution No. 782 was approved on April 16, 1982.
79,000 square feet houses more than 8,000 objects in the museum’s permanent collection--a dramatic leap from the core of 100 paintings donated by the museum’s founder, retired New York lawyer Alfred Heber Holbrook.
Much of the museum’s collection of American paintings was donated by Holbrook in memory of his first wife, Eva Underhill Holbrook. Included in this collection are works by such luminaries as Frank Weston Benson, William Merritt Chase, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence and Theodore Robinson.
A RESOLUTION Designating the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia as the State Museum of Art of the State of Georgia; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, the Georgia Museum of Art was established by the gift of Alfred Heber Holbrook of the Eva Underhill Holbrook Collection of American Art to the University of Georgia in 1945; and the committee of education of the board of regents in 1948 reported the establishment of the museum to the board of regents; and
WHEREAS, the collections of the museum now include some 5,000 works of art which are a great treasure that is available to all Georgians; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate that the significance of this institution to the State of Georgia and to all Georgians be recognized and declared by the General Assembly.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia is designated the State Museum of Art of the State of Georgia.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is hereby authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the director of the museum.
Approval Date: Approved April 16, 1982.
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"State Museum of Art of State of Georgia Designated." Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. Georgia Secretary of State. Web. 10 Apr 2013.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
Georgia Museum of Art: Official website of the Georgia Museum of Art located on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Georgia state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.