Georgia's First Lady to Tour State Art Collection

Tuesday, 21 June 2011
ATLANTA - Georgia's First Lady, Sandra Deal, will visit the offices of Georgia Council for the Arts for a tour of the State Art Collection on Wednesday, June 22nd. The occasion marks the first official visit of a first lady to view the Collection which is comprised of works by Georgia artists including Benny Andrews, Lamar Dodd, Howard Finster, Radcliffe Bailey and other distinguished Georgia artists. Mrs. Deal has shown support for the creative community in the state by attending several arts-related events including Arts Advocacy Day at the Capitol.

"The State Art Collection is an asset as well as a legacy of a superb quality of works created by Georgia artists that reflects our cultural and artistic heritage," states Karen Paty, interim director of Georgia Council for the Arts. "We are honored to host Mrs. Deal and that the first lady is expressing her interest in and support of the arts by taking time to view this important collection."

In addition to being a cultural asset, Georgia's State Art Collection also serves as an educational tool and disseminates knowledge about visual arts. Currently located at the Georgia Public Broadcasting headquarters in Atlanta, it is owned by the state of Georgia and managed by Georgia Council for the Arts. There are more than 600 pieces in the Collection which contains works created from the 1970s to the 1990s in various media including painting, pottery and ceramic art, sculpture, works on paper, photography and traditional art forms such as weaving and woodworking.

Georgia Council for the Arts provides support for nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state. Established in 1965 as the Georgia Commission on the Arts, its mission is to encourage excellence in the arts, support the arts' many forms of expression and make the arts available to all Georgians by providing funding, leadership, programming and other services. Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly, the National Endowment for the Arts and other private and public sources.

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Contact Jhai James for more information at 404.962.4839 or jjames@gaarts.org.