“..it’s very rare for a school of our size to have a museum of this caliber,” said John Daniel Tilford, the museum’s curator. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The exhibition “OUMA in Retrospect” now on view commemorates the 25th anniversary of Oglethorpe’s museum with a focus on the permanent collection, which has expanded 250 percent in just the last five years.
OUMA Director Elizabeth Peterson and Curator of Collections John Tilford sat down with both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Reporter Newspapers to talk about the museum’s history, the increased efforts to align exhibitions with curriculum, the growing permanent collection and its donors, and the museum’s future strategic direction. Tilford will present the lecture “OUMA’s Permanent Collection: Past, Present and Future” on August 23.
Museums abound in Atlanta, but while many are familiar with the High Museum, there are several lesser-known museums with rich offerings, such as the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. The OUMA is now celebrating its 25th anniversary with “OUMA in Retrospect,” an exhibition of 10 percent of its permanent collection, including several works from famous artists such as Henri Matisse and Salvador Dalí.
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is celebrating a quarter-century of culture with an exhibit of works from its permanent collection, some of which have not been displayed in years – or ever before. “OUMA in Retrospect: Celebrating 25 Years,” which opened July 7 and runs through Sept.
Featured image: Mattie Lou O’Kelley, (American, 1908-1997), The Factory 8am, 1967, Mixed media on paper (full sheet from spiral bound sketch pad), Gift of Dr. Arnold Zweig and Susan Ellman- Zweig, Collection of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.