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“Art Rocks,” the newest exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS), is open through February 22, 2015. 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.

Located in Southwest Georgia, Providence Canyon State Park is a spectacular, visually arresting landscape shaped by geologic processes of weathering, erosion, transportation, and deposition. Also referred to as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, the area provides a stunning example of how much human-caused soil erosion can alter landscapes. The canyons now are nearly 200 feet deep but originally formed in response to land clearing and settlement of Stewart County in the early 1800s.

Row cropping and other land mismanagement practices concentrated water flowing over the land and created gullies that cut through the 70-million-year-old red and iron-rich Clayton Formation to expose the older and easily eroded white sands of the Providence Formation below. Eroded sediments were washed down the valley along slopes (colluvial) and rivers (alluvial), accumulated on the river bed, then buried previous landscapes, and created a stunning landscape that is of interest to both scientists and artists.

“There’s a very interesting history to this area where people and geology interact with one another, and one of the consequences that it yields is a truly beautiful landscape. While this landscape is interesting geologically and because of its human history, it’s equally impressive in terms of its inspirational value to artists and others that want to capture how the landscape connects to people,” said James Hyatt on Providence Canyon’s history.

Both Jones and Hyatt will travel to Macon for a Lunch and Learn lecture and a full-day en plein aire painting workshop. The Lunch and Learn lecture will include a light lunch followed by a presentation about Providence Canyon given by Drew Hyatt, Ph.D. The en plein air painting session will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Professor Andy Jones and will include the Lunch and Learn program and light lunch. A supply list for the painting workshop will be given when reservations are made. Reservations are required for both events.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Oconee EMC Foundation • Southern Rivers Energy Trust
Central Georgia EMC Foundation • SCANA


Voyage Around the World The Museum of Arts and Sciences is proud to display Voyage Around the World, an exhibition of award-winning model ships built by Ronald Wetmore, through September 7, 2014.

The hand-built scale models—tall sailing ships, a riverboat, and an infamous passenger liner—are of ships that charted important historical voyages, battles, and/or tragedies.

These ships include USS Constitution, HMS Bounty, HMS Victory, Santisima Trinidad, RMS Titanic, and a Mississippi Paddlewheeler.

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Discovery House "Light Box" With great fanfare during the “Grand Reopening” celebrations, the Museum of Arts and Sciences relaunched its distinctive Discovery House, the interactive museum for children, which offers new excitement for Kids of All Ages!

The area was closed for almost three months while new exhibits were being installed and existing stations updated.

Visitors are greeted at the entrance by Ziggy, the Museum’s 40 million-year-old whale fossil, and the “Gesturing Woman” by Viola Frey, scholar and artist known for her larger-than-life, colorfully glazed clay sculptures.

Once you’re past Ziggy, “Gesturing Woman,” and the Polar Bear in the main floor’s Parlor, a ride on the elevator opens up entirely new experiences.

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A Call To Action!

Mayor Robert Reichert has proposed his FY2015 Macon-Bibb County budget, which eliminates all funding for the Museum of Arts and Sciences effective July 1, 2014. If approved by the Commissioners, entire sections of the Museum will be closed and major programs will be eliminated.

Show Your Support!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Commission Chambers
Macon-Bibb County Government Center
700 Poplar Street • Macon, GA

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Human Gyroscope The Human Gyroscope in the Museum’s lobby is just one of the many new interactive exhibits the Museum of Arts and Sciences acquired recently from the former Fort Discovery National Science Center in Augusta. Recently purchased from the National Science Foundation, the Human Gyroscope is a fun and exhilarating immersive experience that gives riders a sense of weightlessness.

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