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How Local Art Spaces Have Acclimated to Sheltering in Place

It could go without saying that there’s a lot to be lost when attempting to move art exhibitions from the physical world to the digital realm. The naked eye’s perception of dimension, scale, texture, lighting and color simply can’t be fully replicated through photography or video alone. Online platforms do, however, expand galleries’ reach to global audiences, and better allow for the inclusion of supplementary educational materials and anecdotal stories that can lead to more enriching experiences. Quickly adapting to these unprecedented times, local galleries have gracefully transitioned their programming to online platforms. Make the most of quarantine by engaging with the arts from the safety of your home.

ATHICA: In addition to the exhibition “Lost in the Weeds: Climate Change and Human Nature,” which would have opened this past month, the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art had to postpone all event programming including Queering Earth Day: An Ecoqueer Art Series (co-organized by Flagpole contributor Alden DiCamillo) and the launch of a new literary zine called Local Honey. For now, board president Lauren Fancher is personally sponsoring a weekly art trivia contest through the gallery’s newsletter and Instagram account, @ath_ica, with gift certificates and other prizes from local businesses. Volunteers are also making the best of bare walls by giving the gallery a fresh head-to-toe coat of paint. If you’re a restless and quarantined artist, it’s an ideal time to submit a proposal for the Artists-in-ATHICA residency program or Solo-Duo-Trio, a new exhibition series held between ATHICA and its upcoming satellite location at Ciné. Visit for guidelines. 

LDSOA: Spring is typically an exciting time around the Lamar Dodd School of Art, as a flurry of BFA exit shows present everything from painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics to photography, metalwork, graphic design and textiles. Though the Dodd Galleries are shuttered for the rest of the semester, pieces by BFA students are currently being shared on Instagram through @Dodd_Galleries. The BFA shows will also available to view in the online gallery at, where gallery director Katie Geha is additionally arranging solo exhibitions by alumni and artists who have previously shown works at the Dodd. The annual “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition,” a longstanding tradition in which works by graduating students are presented at the Georgia Museum of Art, will still happen this month, just through the museum’s website. 

GMOA: Though the Georgia Museum of Art is temporarily closed, several exhibitions are now available in digital formats at, including “The Monsters Are Due on Broad Street: Patrick Dean,” “Rediscovering the Art of Victoria Hutson Huntley” and “Drama and Devotion in Baroque Rome.” In addition to a virtual tour of “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection,” a talk by Ulysses Grant Dietz, chief curator emeritus at the Newark Museum of Art, has been added to the museum’s YouTube account, GMOAthens. Yoga in the Galleries and Morning Mindfulness sessions are continuing through Zoom, and staff is working to record mini tours in the galleries with curators. In addition to 360-degree photographs of the permanent collection galleries, the museum offers access to its complete collections database ( where you can register and curate your own virtual exhibitions. For children, there are craft activities on the Art at Home page, and art kits will be distributed through the Clarke County School District food pickup program soon.

LHAC: Closed to the public within just days following the opening reception, the Lyndon House Arts Center’s “45th Juried Exhibition” is now migrating to Facebook and Instagram at @lyndonhouseartscenter. Using the hashtag #45JuriedShowOnline, daily posts will share an individual work and short anecdote from the artist. The exhibition has been extended through July 25 in hopes that in-person viewing experiences will become possible before then. A separate hashtag, #ArtCenterOnline, is an umbrella for arts education projects, virtual tours and other activities designed for sheltering in place. Segments range from Art@Home with Toni Carlucci, which recently offered a collage project inspired by local artist Susan Pelham, and upcoming ShelterInPlaceStudioVisits with Beth Sale. 

OCAF: The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation will present its 25th annual “Southworks” National Juried Art Exhibition and Director’s Choice Exhibition exclusively online through Facebook and from Apr. 17–May 29. Open to submissions in all media, the juried exhibition reflects a cross section of contemporary artists from across the country who explore eye-catching styles and meaningful ideas. This year’s pieces were selected by guest juror Chris Clamp, a realist oil painter from Charlotte, NC who worked at the Jerald Melberg Gallery for 15 years before forming his own independent art handling business. Recognized for outstanding work in last year’s “Southworks,” Tom Stanley was offered the coveted Director’s Choice spot this time around. Through “Inside and Outside,” the Rock Hill, SC-based artist reflects on imagined architectural facades, ideas of interior spaces and a sense of home.