Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)

675 Pulaski St., Ste. 1200 • 706-850-7770 •

ATHICA balances Athens-centric exhibitions with those of professional artists from across the country. The longstanding “Emerges” show highlights rising local artists, while an annual juried exhibition welcomes submissions from across the globe. In addition to traditional opening receptions, exhibitions are often accompanied by workshops, performances and talks with visiting artists. The gallery also hosts Artist-in-ATHICA Residencies through which creatives working in a variety of disciplines showcase their talents.


234 W. Hancock Ave. • 706-353-3343 •

More than just an indie movie theater, Ciné is also a venue for visual art. The exhibit space runs down both walls leading from the entrance and highlights a few artists each year. Art can be viewed during the same hours as the theater, but you don’t have to buy movie tickets to check it out or enjoy opening receptions.

The Circle Gallery

285 S. Jackson St. • 706-542-8292 •

Part of UGA’s College of Environment and Design and housed on North Campus, the Circle Gallery hosts seven shows per year celebrating the relationship between fine art and themes of landscape architecture, historic preservation and, naturally, environmental design.

The Classic Center

300 N. Thomas St. • 706-208-0900 •

In addition to awarding grants and scholarships, the Classic Center Cultural Foundation exists to fund the purchase of local art, which adorns the large walls of the conference and events venue. Some art remains on view permanently, while even more changes biannually through exhibitions curated by Didi Dunphy.

Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

271 W. Hancock Ave. • 706-410-1043 •

Launched in June 2018, Creature Comforts’ Get Artistic initiative aims to support art in its many forms: visual art, performance, music and writing. In addition to exhibitions curated by Madeline Bates, the brewery hosts artist talks, craft workshops, art parties and other enrichment opportunities for the arts community.

The Dodd Galleries

270 River Road • 706-542-1511 •

UGA’s renowned art school neighbors the Georgia Museum of Art. In addition to the popular BFA exit shows, which showcase the works of graduating students near the end of each semester, galleries host exhibitions by students, faculty members and visiting artists that rotate year-round. Regular events include receptions and lectures by artists and art historians.

Georgia Museum of Art

90 Carlton St. • 706-542-4662 •

Georgia’s official art museum, on UGA’s East Campus, houses a large permanent collection of paintings, prints, decorative arts, sculpture and more. This year’s diverse lineup includes “Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath in the Art of Rolland Golden,” “Carl Hotly: Romantic Modernist,” “The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design,” “Modernism Foretold: The Nadler Collection of Late Antique Art from Egypt” and “Extra Ordinary: Magic, Mystery and Imagination in American Realism.” Admission is free, as are almost all of its many events: gallery tours, lectures, films, workshops for teens, a monthly Family Day and thrice-yearly late-night parties with a DJ.

Howard’s Gallery

119 N. Jackson St. •

Opened in 2018 by artist and New York transplant Ridley Howard, this gallery shares a space with Tif Sigrids. The two collaborators present distinct programming, using the space’s three rooms however feels best.

Indie South

470 Hawthorne Ave. • 706-850-0644 •

After establishing itself as one of the largest handmade markets in the Southeast, Indie South opened a brick-and-mortar boutique full of artisan and vintage goods, rare plants, crystals and more. The space, which also houses its own screen printing studio, hosts classes on everything from Tarot reading to indigo dyeing.

The K.A. Artist Shop

127 N. Jackson St. • 706-850-1224 •

A one-stop shop for all artist supply needs, K.A. hosts occasional group exhibitions that are typically hung in eclectic salon-style arrangements. The shop also offers photography services and workshops for all ages.

Lyndon House Arts Center

211 Hoyt St. • 706-613-3623 •

Run by Athens-Clarke County, the arts center displays professional exhibitions in large, sunny galleries upstairs and down, while the Ware-Lyndon House museum offers a glimpse into Athens’ past through period decor and artifacts. In addition to offering classes instructed by professional artists, summer camps and the occasional festival, the center serves as meeting grounds for local craft groups. A gift shop features items created by regional artists.

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center

434 S. Main St., Madison • 706-342-4743 •

The nonprofit is outside of Athens in a beautifully restored 1895 Romanesque Revival building. Programming ranges from visual art exhibitions to performing arts, and annual events include an antiques show, chamber music festival and tour of homes.

The Myers and Bertelsmann Galleries at Athens Academy

1281 Spartan Lane • 706-549-9225 •

Athens Academy includes two galleries on its large campus that are open to public viewing. Typically dedicated to displaying student masterpieces, the walls will occasionally feature the work of professional local artists.

Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)

34 School St., Watkinsville • 706-769-4565 •

Centered in a renovated turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, OCAF is a nonprofit that promotes performing, visual and literary arts. Longstanding annual 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.

Tif Sigfrids

119 N. Jackson St. • •

Owner Tif Sigfrids relocated her gallery from Los Angeles and showcases the works of many professional contemporary artists. Sharing a downtown space with Howard’s, the gallery has recently hosted shows by Sheila Held, Becky Kolsrud, Marten Elder and Adrianne Rubenstein.

tiny ATH gallery

174 Cleveland Ave. •

Athens’ smallest physical gallery space packs a punch with high-quality pop-up exhibitions each month. Artists coming this fall include Jacob Wenzka, Travis Ward, Eli Saragoussi, Jamie Calkin and David Noah.

UGA Special Collections Libraries

300 S. Hull St. • 706-542-7123 •

The galleries feature items from the Hargrett, Russell and Brown Archives. Historical pieces include photographs, manuscripts, maps and memorabilia.

Winterville Center for Community and Culture

371 N. Church St., Winterville • 706-742-0823 •

Opened in spring 2016, this $1.3 million renovation project transformed the former Winterville High School into a regional enrichment center for adults. Rotating art exhibitions vary in theme and style. In addition to the exhibition hall, the facility includes a demonstration kitchen, dining and activity space, and multiple classrooms for hosting lectures, workshops and other events.

Public Art Projects to Check Out

Art Decko

Organized by the Athens Area Arts Council, Art Decko is a series of nine large-scale paintings installed on each floor of the Vertical Gallery, an unconventional stairwell-turned-art space in the College Avenue Parking Deck. Artists include Ashley Anderson, Jared Brown, Jeremy Kiran Fernandes, Ruth Allen, Jacob Wenzka, Hannah Betzel, Will Eskridge, Jeanne Whatley and Dorian Edwards.


Located in an alley off Clayton Street, former Athenian Taylor Shaw’s new mural resembles a vintage “Greetings from…” postcard and celebrates the Classic City as a musical mecca. Part of the new Athens Music Walk of Fame—and funded by the Athens Downtown Development Authority—the mural depicts a collage of local music references embedded into the block letters: Pylon, Widespread Panic, The B-52s and more.

Cobbham Triangle Park

This past year, the slice of land nestled between Prince Avenue, Cobb and Harris streets was transformed into a public art park. Highlights include a mosaic sitting wall by Krysia Ara, a towering sculpture by Harold Rittenberry, and granite sculptures by Stan Mullins for games of chess and ping pong. The park also features a Little Free Library and charging stations.


Commissioned by AthFest Educates to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the AthFest Music and Arts Festival, David Hale’s “BirdSong” mural includes 20 species of native songbirds flying across an exterior wall of Epiphany, on the corner of Washington and Pulaski streets.

Fire Up the Hydrants

A project of the Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department, Fire Up the Hydrants transformed 20 ordinary hydrants into functional, life-saving works of art. Spread across downtown, the hydrants were cleverly hand-painted by local artists including Sarah Cook, Lilli Sams, Dan Smith and Jennifer Zwirn.

Hot Corner: An Athens Legacy

Downtown’s newest mural, at the corner of Lumpkin and Washington streets, is dedicated to the rich history of Hot Corner, a hub of African-American entrepreneurship. Organized by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission with support from a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the mural was created by Miami-based muralist Elio Mercado and local artist Broderick Flanigan.

Project Ginkgo

Beautifying the concrete bases of light poles with intricate mosaics, Krysia Ara’s Project Ginkgo adds glittering charm and color into the downtown landscape. Funded by the Athens Downtown Development Authority, each design is unique and can be found outside of Flicker Theatre and Bar, The World Famous, Morton Theatre, Epiphany, Creature Comforts, Musician’s Warehouse, Ciné and the Chamber of Commerce.