Georgia’s State Art Collection

Georgia's State Art Collection is an extensive, vibrant chronicle of work created by Georgia artists from the 1970s to the 1990s. Each piece in the collection was juried by a panel of experts. The Collection is a state asset that serves as an educational tool, preserves the state's artistic heritage and disseminates knowledge about the art and artists of Georgia. Select images from the Collection are included on each page of Georgia Council for the Arts' website. Click on any image for more information.

Media represented in the Collection include:

Painting Photography
Pottery/Ceramic Art Traditional Arts
Fiber Art Jewelry Arts
Sculpture Works on Paper



State Art Collection Exhibit

Georgia Council for the Arts in partnership with the Georgia Tourism Division and the Georgia Humanities Council is pleased to announce that for the first time in decades, a curated exhibit of selected pieces from the State Art Collection is available to Georgia communities.  The new exhibit, “Inspired Georgia: 28 Works from Georgia’s State Art Collection” highlights the diversity of styles, media and techniques in the collection.  Nine Georgia communities have been selected to host the exhibit over the next 14 months.   The exhibit is intended to serve as a springboard for additional arts and culture activities that serve to celebrate and increase awareness for the local cultural community and increase tourism.


Exhibit Details
In an effort to inspire and inform Georgian’s about the power, purpose and necessity of art, 28 of the most significant pieces from the expansive 600+ piece state collection have been selected to represent and celebrate the long history of art and culture in Georgia. Included in the exhibit will be original works by renowned Georgia artists such as Benny Andrews, Lucinda Bunnen, Herbert Creecy, Howard Finster, Ruth Laxson, and Nellie Mae Rowe. 


Tour Schedule (Click on links below to view "Inspired Georgia" events and programs in each community)

Quinlan Arts Center, Gainesville

October 24, 2013 through December 8, 2013

Opening Night: October 24th


Monroe Arts Guild, Monroe

December 24, 2013 through January 26, 2014


Stephens County Historical Museum, Toccoa 

January 28th through February 27, 2014


Paradise Garden, Summerville

 March 4, 2014 through April 17, 2014


Dogwood City Art Gallery, Tallapoosa

April 19, 2014 through May 27, 2014


Arts Clayton, Jonesboro

May 31, 2014 through July 24, 2014

Opening Night: June 6, 2014


The Carnegie Library, Dublin

July 26, 2014 through September 11, 2014


Georgia Museum of Agriculture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton

September 13, 2014 through October 27, 2014


O.F. Edwards North CenterKingsland


 October 29, 2014 through December 11, 2014