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SouthernAesthsquareVoices and visions of both collectors and artists continue to shape the aesthetic of the American South. On display in this exhibit are contemporary studio ceramics and paintings from the Museum’s Permanent Collection representing a wide spectrum of artistic movements and genres. This exhibition will on display through June 19, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Southern Aesthetic

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Vesselssquare

The Museum is pleased to present the newest exhibition of vessels from its own Permanent Collection. This collection will be on view through June 19, 2016.

From ancient bowls and storage jars to contemporary folk and studio pottery, vessels provide insight into ancient civilizations and document the unquenchable human creative spirit. Once humans discovered that clay could be dug up and formed into objects by first mixing with water and then firing, the vessel was born. As early as 24,000 BC, ceremonial vessels were created; and by 10,000 BC, functional vessels were used for food and water storage. Throughout history, vessels have continued to serve a wide variety of ceremonial, functional, and decorative purposes.

 

 

Vessels

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The Museum of Arts and Sciences has invited a leading vertebrate paleontologist to shed new light on “Ziggy,” its 40-million-year-old Zygorhiza whale fossil and one of Georgia’s most valuable treasures. A public lecture is planned for February 26, 2015, at 7PM. Currently, the Museum classifies its Ziggy as genus zygorhiza, a subfamily of the dorudontinae species of ancient whales. A great deal of new scientific research has been uncovered in recent years about the dorudontinae species of ancient whales, which may impact the Museum’s educational programming. In February, the Museum will bring Dr. Mark Uhen, one of the nation’s leading vertebrate paleontologists, to Macon to review the fossil and consider the need for a reclassification of Ziggy from Zygorhiza to Dorudon serratus.

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The Museum of Arts and Sciences is proud to announce the exhibition of Macon Artist, Betty Bivins Edwards. This exhibition opens Friday, January 23 and runs through April 26, 2015.

Steeped in the Southern legacy of storytelling, together with a sensitivity for place, Betty Bivins Edwards finds narration in art altogether natural. What she has to say about the South, however, is far from mere anecdote. Rather, in the tradition of her fellow Georgian writer Flannery O’Connor, she uses stinging wit and ironic humor to underscore the contradictions of a society clinging with only subliminal awareness to the assumptions of the past. This adherence to worn-out notions is all the more desperate, Edwards implies, because of the wrenching changes brought on by contemporary life.

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“Art Rocks” is open through February 22, 2015 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS). This exhibition explores the earth science of Providence Canyon State Park (in Lumpkin, GA) and the art of en plein aire landscape painting. It is an exhibition of landscape paintings by Professor of Art William Jones alongside a geologic survey of the canyons by Professor of Earth Sciences Dr. James Hyatt, both from Eastern Connecticut State University. These two faculty members spent years investigating the art and sciences of the canyons. Rocks and Minerals from the Museum’s Education Collection are also on display.

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