THE ATHENAEUM (287 W. Broad St.) The Lamar Dodd School of Art presents its annual MFA Thesis Exhibition titled “Whistling in the Dark” with works by Mac Balentine, Matthew J. Bown, Caitlin Adair Daglis, Alex McClay, Katharine Miele, Ciel Rodriguez and Kelsey Wishik. The new gallery is open Thursdays–Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Exhibition on view through May 15.
ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1200) Curated by Craig Coleman, “Lost in the Weeds: Climate Change and Human Nature” presents artwork by Crista Cammarato, Naomi Falk, Brian Frus, Meredith Starr, Bethany Taylor and several others. Through May 22.
ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Photographer Cindy Karp presents “Pandemic Portraits.” Through June 25.
GALLERY AT HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “Athens Facades” presents Mike Landers’ photographs of buildings downtown and in Five Points at dark between 2000–2002.
GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “In Dialogue: Look, Paint, Repeat: Variations in the Art of Pierre Daura.” Through May 23. • “Extra Ordinary: Magic, Mystery and Imagination in American Realism.” Through June 13. • “Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection” represents three generations of artists dating from the 1940s. Through Sept. 26. • “Modernism Foretold: The Nadler Collection of Late Antique Art from Egypt.” Through Sept. 26. • “Power and Piety in 17th-Century Spanish Art.” Through Nov. 28. • “Whitman, Alabama” features 23 of 52 films from journalist, photographer and filmmaker Jennifer Crandall’s ongoing documentary project of the same name. Through Dec. 12.
JITTERY JOE’S EPPS BRIDGE (1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy.) Kevin Kardon creates black-and-white watercolor or pen and ink images of monsters that are whimsical, comical, abstract and bizarre. Through May 13.
LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) Students graduating in all areas of design and art education will exhibit their final thesis projects. Through May 13.
LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) Roll Out the Barrels presents 16 rain barrels transformed by local artists into functional works of garden art. Online bidding runs May 13–27 at rolloutthebarrels.org. • The 46th annual Juried Exhibition features 161 works by 116 local artists selected by juror Hallie Ringle of the Birmingham Museum of Art. On view through June 26. • On view in the lobby case, Jourdon Joly presents a collection of cast resin ice cream cones. Through June 26. • Collections from our Community presents Arthur Johnson’s (of the Bar-B-Q Killers) shark collection, which he has been building since the early ‘80s. Through June 26. • Curated by La Ruchala Murphy and featuring the works of Black artists living in the South, “#NotAStereotype” challenges the labels and limitations perceived about race, nationality, gender, ability and sexual orientation. Virtual artist talk with William Buchanan, Cecil Norris and Margaret Warfield on May 25 at 6 p.m. Through June 24. • Will Eskridge’s “Endless Party: A Collection of Party Animals” offers a celebratory look at outcast animals like bats, snakes and raccoons. 3Thurs Artist Talk May 20 at 6 p.m. On view May 15–July 24.
MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) “The 125th Anniversary Exhibition: Celebrating the Home of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center” explores the Romanesque Revival building that was built as a graded schoolhouse in 1895 and became a regional cultural center in 1976. Through June.
OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville) Oil paintings by DQ Nguyen. Through May.
OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) The 26th annual “SouthWorks” exhibition is a nationally juried art show featuring works from across the country. In conjunction with “Southworks 2021,” the annual Director’s Choice exhibition features “Gardens of the South” by Greyson Smith. These mixed-media works on paper depict public gardens in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. Through May 28.
STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) The new Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum at the Center for Art and Nature holds the collections of Deen Day Sanders, a charter board member of the garden. The eight galleries blend conservation, botanicals, art, beauty and curiosity. • “Art From the Garden” shares acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel works created on site at the garden by the Athens Area Plein Air Artists. Through July. • Dortha Jacobson shares a collection of 25 paintings, many of which are scenes from the garden or were created with the local Athens Plein Air Artists. Opening reception May 16, 2–4 p.m. Through June 20.
STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead) “Healing Our Humanity: Finding Hope, Love and Unity” presents works by Margaret C. Brown, Zerric Clinton, Oliver Enwonwu, Andrae Green and Nnamdi Okonkwo. Through July 10.
TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Manda McKay presents “Scenes from Quarantine,” a series of still lifes that highlight humanitarian concerns by combining natural objects into suggestive new forms. Opening reception May 14, 6–9 p.m. Instagram Live artist talk on 3Thurs, May 20, 6–9 p.m. Showings are available by appointment (email firstname.lastname@example.org) through May.
UGA OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY (Online) The annual Earth Day Art Challenge is a virtual exhibition of artwork, performance, video and writing that demonstrates an appreciation, awareness or action. Visit sustainability.uga.edu.
UGA SCHOOL OF LAW (225 Herty Dr.) Williams Elliot Stiles Jr., an accomplished artist, Atlanta attorney and UGA School of Law alumnus, recently unveiled a new commission, “1961,” to commemorate the 60th anniversary of desegregation at UGA.
UGA MAIN LIBRARY (320 S. Jackson St.) “Georgia Trailblazers: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA” chronicles the historic events of 1961 when Hamilton Holmes and Charlene Hunter became the first African American students admitted to the university.
UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “Pylon: Tourists in Rock ’n Roll” celebrates the local band through photos, outfits, memorabilia and more. Through May. • “Making Space: Fighting for Inclusion, Building Community at UGA” chronicles the journey of students advocating for racial and social justice on campus. Through July 2. • “The Hargrett Hours: Exploring Medieval Manuscripts” presents original items from the collections, dating back centuries, as well as findings from students’ in-depth studies. Through Aug. 26. • The new Ted Turner Exhibition Hall and Gallery showcases CNN founder and environmentalist Ted Turner’s life and legacy through memorabilia, photographs and other items.
WILLSON CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES AND ARTS (Online) As part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts, the Willson Center presents “Shelter Projects,” a virtual exhibition of over 30 projects created by graduate students or community practitioners who reflect pandemic experiences through the arts. willson.uga.edu.
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