Athens is home to a considerable number of galleries, given its size, and more art can be found woven into the fabric of town, adding color and character to the walls of coffee houses, restaurants, bars and gift shops. Through the efforts of organizations like the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission and the Athens Area Arts Council, the arts scene continues to flourish. Third Thursday features extended hours at many venues from 6–9 p.m. each month. Many ceramic studios, such as Farmington Pottery, Wolf Creek Studio, Woodruff Pottery, Carter Gillies Pottery, David Morgan Pottery, Jeff Bishoff, R. Wood Studio, Normaltown Pottery and Southern Star Studio, offer open houses and sales.

For information on exhibitions, receptions and special events, check Flagpole’s calendar in print or at

Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)
160 Tracy St., Unit 4 • 706-389-5450 •
Hours: Thu, 1–9 p.m.; Fri–Sun, 1–6 p.m.
This nonprofit gallery balances Athens-centric exhibitions with those of artists from across the country. The “Emerges” show highlights local artists, while an annual juried exhibition welcomes submissions from across the globe. In addition to opening receptions, exhibitions are often accompanied by workshops, performances and talks with visiting artists. 

Aurum Studios
125 E. Clayton St. • 706-546-8826 •
Hours: Mon–Fri, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Established in 1975, Aurum Studios specializes in fine jewelry, but also features a wide collection of ceramics, woodwork, glass and paintings. Rotating exhibitions highlight the works of local artists.

Chappelle Gallery
25 S. Main St., Watkinsville • 706-310-0985 •
Hours: Mon–Sat, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Run by Jerry and Kathy Chappelle out of the historic Haygood House, Chappelle Gallery shows the work of over 100 local and national artists, including handmade pottery, glass, wood, fiber arts, jewelry and more. The couple also co-founded artist community Happy Valley Pottery in 1970. 

234 W. Hancock Ave. • 706-353-3343 •
Hours: When the theater is open
More than just a movie theater, Ciné features an exhibit space that runs down both walls leading from the entrance and highlights a few select artists each year. Art can be viewed during theater hours, but you don’t have to buy movie tickets to check out the art or enjoy opening receptions.

The Circle Gallery
285 S. Jackson St. • 706-542-8292 •
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. during the academic year
Part of UGA’s College of Environment and Design, the Circle Gallery celebrates the relationship between fine art, landscape architecture, historic preservation and, naturally, environmental design. Recent artists include painter Rich Panico, photographer Vaughn Sills and environmental sculpture by Chris Taylor.

The Classic Center
300 N. Thomas St. • 706-208-0900 •
Hours: When the Center is open
In addition to awarding grants and scholarships, the Classic Center Cultural Foundation exists to fund the purchase of local art that adorns the large walls of the conference and events venue. Some art remains on view permanently, while more changes biannually through exhibitions curated by Didi Dunphy.  

Gallery@Hotel Indigo-Athens
500 College Ave. • 706-546-0430 •
Hours: Same as the hotel lobby
Contemporary exhibitions in this boutique hotel typically have a group focus and a theme, carefully curated by Didi Dunphy. The Glass Cube, located just outside the hotel’s main entrance, serves as an experimental installation space. 

Georgia Museum of Art
90 Carlton St. • 706-542-4662 •
Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thu, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun, 1–5 p.m.
Georgia’s official art museum houses a large permanent collection of paintings, prints, decorative arts, sculpture and more. This year’s diverse lineup includes “Martha Odum: Art Intersects Ecology,” “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête,” “Artful Instruments of Death: Georgia Gunsmiths and Their Craft” and the yearly “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition.” Admission is free, as are most of its many events: gallery tours, lectures, films, workshops, a monthly Family Day and late-night art parties three times a year. 

K.A. Artist Shop
127 N. Jackson St. • 706-850-1224 •
Hours: Daily 12–7 p.m.
Independently owned by Kristen Ashley, this downtown supply shop doubles as a gallery that typically features thematic group exhibitions. It also offers custom design and photo services, plus classes taught by local professional artists.

Lowery Imaging Gallery
2400 Booger Hill Road, Danielsville • 706-248-9599 •
Hours: Wed–Sat, 11 a.m.–4 p.m
The gallery of photographer Robert Lowery, which operated under the name Visionary Growth Gallery for two decades, now specializes in large-scale, art-quality prints. Occasional exhibitions typically have a thematic focus.

Lyndon House Arts Center
211 Hoyt St. • 706-613-3623 •
Hours: Tue, Thu, 12–9 p.m.; Wed, Fri, Sat (except home football games), 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Run by the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department, the center displays professional exhibitions in large, sunny galleries, while the Ware-Lyndon House museum offers a glimpse into Athens’ past through period decor and artifacts. The center also serves as the meeting grounds for a handful of local craft groups. 

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
434 S. Main St., Madison • 706-342-4743 •
Hours: Tue–Sat, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun, 2–5 p.m.
The MMCC is located in a beautifully restored 1895 Romanesque Revival building. Programming ranges from visual art exhibitions and performing arts to annual events such as an antiques show, chamber music festival and tour of homes.

The Myers and Bertelsmann Galleries at Athens Academy
1281 Spartan Lane • 706-549-9225 •
Hours: Open during the academic year, during school hours
Athens Academy includes two galleries on its large campus that are open to public viewing. Although they’re typically dedicated to displaying student masterpieces, works of professional local artists occasionally adorn the walls.

Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)
34 School St., Watkinsville • 706-769-4565 •
Hours: Tue–Sat, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
In a renovated turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, OCAF promotes performing, visual and literary arts through a range of festivals and exhibitions. Longstanding events include “Southworks,” a national juried art exhibition; “Perspectives,” the Georgia pottery invitational; a members’ exhibition; and a holiday market. Smaller exhibitions are hosted in a converted classroom adjacent to the main gallery.

Trio Contemporary Art Gallery
766 W. Broad St. •
Hours: Tue–Thu, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Opened in June 2017, Trio is housed in a newly renovated building shared with Pixel & Ink Studio, and features revolving exhibitions, installations, murals, performances and more. Artistic director Tatiana Veneruso considers proposals from curators, artists and collectives, with all media welcome. .

UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries
270 River Road • 706-542-1511 •
Hours: Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (except university holidays)
In addition to the popular BFA exit shows, which pop up near the end of each semester to showcase the works of graduating students, UGA’s art school hosts exhibitions by students, faculty members and visiting artists. Regular events include receptions and lectures by artists and art historians. 

UGA Special Collections Libraries
300 S. Hull St. • 706-542-7123 •
Hours: Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat, 1–5 p.m. (except home football games)
The galleries feature items from the collections of the Hargrett, Russell and Brown Archives. Historical pieces often include photographs, manuscripts, maps and memorabilia. 

Winterville Center for Community and Culture
371 N. Church St., Winterville • 706-742-0823 •
Hours: Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Opened in spring 2016, this $1.3 million renovation project transformed the former Winterville High School into a regional enrichment center for adults. Exhibitions rotate every two months and vary in theme and style. In addition, the facility includes a demonstration kitchen, dining and activity space and multiple classrooms for hosting lectures, workshops and other events.

Take a Class

ARTini's Art Lounge
337 Prince Ave. • 706-353-8530 •
Learn to paint while enjoying an adult beverage. 

Blessed Babe
10 Simonton Bridge Road, Watkinsville • 706-424-5640 •
Sewing classes for all ages.

Clayfully Created
2440 W. Broad St. • 706-395-5002 •
Paint a ready-made pottery piece and get it glazed and fired.

260 N. Jackson St. • 706-316-2067 •
Garment-making in beginner and intermediate sewing courses.

Good Dirt
485 Macon Hwy. • 706-355-3161 •
Pottery classes for all ages in a variety of techniques.

K.A. Artist Shop
127 N. Jackson St. • 706-850-1224 •
Photo-room rentals, workshops and art classes.

Lyndon House Arts Center
211 Hoyt St. • 706-613-3623 •
Adult and youth classes in diverse media.

Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)
34 School St., Watkinsville • 706-769-4565 •
A wide variety of art and craftwork programs.

The Pearl Girls
548 Hawthorne Ave. • 706-850-5296 •
Classes in pearl-stringing and wire-wrapping.

Revival Yarns
297 Prince Ave., No. 19 • 706-850-1354 •
Knit and crochet classes.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-542-1244 •
Informal garden rambles and classes on garden-related art.

UGA Continuing Education
1197 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-542-3537 •
Various classes available, such as photography.