University of Georgia
November 2015
The Arts
UGA Arts Council shines<br> a big Spotlight on the Arts

The Hodgson Wind Ensemble set up again this year on Tate Plaza to allow passing students to "Conduct Us."

UGA Arts Council shines a big Spotlight on the Arts

More than 50 events put a focus on the wide range of arts-related education on campus.

The fourth annual Spotlight on the Arts festival at UGA, which ran Nov. 5-14, put the university's arts offerings on display, with 10 days filled with art gallery and library tours, a Shakespeare symposium, book talks and sales, and evenings replete with opera, theater, music and dance.

The festival kicked off with the first-ever Opening Celebration Nov. 4 at the Performing Arts Center. The Opening Celebration featured excerpts from student performances on tap for the festival, and an after-party at the Lamar Dodd School of Art featured a performance by the New York experimental duo Zs.

“The arts play a vital role in enriching the academic and cultural environment at the University of Georgia, and Arts Council members and students have once again organized a world-class Spotlight on the Arts festival,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

The Spotlight on the Arts festival was created in 2012 to celebrate the visual, literary and performing arts at UGA. This year’s festival included performances of You Can’t Take It With You presented by the University Theatre and The Merry Widow from University Opera Theatre as well exhibitions from Lamar Dodd School of Art students and other artists, a game-day tailgate sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, concerts from the Hodgson Wind Ensemble and UGA Jazz Band, and performances from the department of dance’s Young Choreographers Series.

In addition to the book symposium, “Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare,” the festival included book talks from author and archivist Valerie Frey, poet Jeffrey Harrison and fiction writer George Singleton as well as events featuring Taylor Branch and Janisse Ray, who were inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame alongside the late Vereen Bell and the late Paul Hemphill.

Georgia Museum of Art programming revolved around its Samurai: The Way of the Warrior exhibition, including a Kendo demonstration, curator-led tours, a lecture, a samurai film series and special Family Day activities.

“UGA’s offerings in the visual, performing and literary arts are vibrant and engaging, and we are excited to share the artistry and scholarship with the campus and the community,” said Vice Provost Russell Mumper, the chairman of the UGA Arts Council.

Members of the UGA Arts Council include representatives from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the creative writing program, the department of dance, the department of theatre and film studies, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Georgia Museum of Art, The Georgia Review, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the Performing Arts Center, the UGA Press, the special collections libraries and the Willson Center.

More information on the Spotlight on the Arts festival can be found at

Members of the UGA Arts Council include representatives from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the creative writing program, the department of dance, the department of theatre and film studies, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Georgia Museum of Art, The Georgia Review, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the Performing Arts Center, the UGA Press, Special Collections Libraries and the Willson Center. More information about these units is listed below.

Creative Writing Program

History: The Creative Writing Program, part of the English department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, began with the vision of beloved faculty member of English, Dr. James Kilgo. Throughout the 1980s, Kilgo led groups of undergraduate students to Sapelo Island each summer to pursue their craft in a supportive, group environment on the pristine Georgia coast. By the 1990s, creative writing became a formal degree program with workshops offered in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including masters and doctoral concentrations and creative writing classes for undergraduates in English and other majors. Today the Creative Writing Ph.D. is one of the most renowned in the country.

Facility: The Creative Writing Program offices are located in Park Hall. Visiting writers usually give public readings at CINE in downtown Athens.

Students: About 100 undergraduate, 30 graduate

Worth Noting: The program hosts events throughout the academic year, bringing both well-known and up-and-coming writers to campus and the Athens community. Some notable writers include Claudia Rankine, CAConrad, Eileen Myles, Hilton Als, C.S. Giscombe, Anna Joy Springer, Susan Powers, Jordan Scott and Lucy Corin. New student readings take place in the fall, and the annual faculty reading takes place in the spring.


Department of Dance

History: Dance classes have been taught at UGA since the 1930s, and the department was officially created in 1978.

Facility: The Dance Building was formerly the Women’s Physical Education Building, constructed in 1928. The building underwent extensive renovations in 1997-98; what is currently the New Dance Theatre was formerly home of the UGA Gym Dogs.

Students: Several hundred students participate in dance classes each year, with about 25 majors and 50 minors.

Worth noting: The department provides a variety of performance company options focused on pre-professional training, student choreography and student performance. The companies perform for local, community, state, national and international audiences.

Ticket info: Via the Performing Arts Center’s box office and at

Facebook: UGA Department of Dance

Twitter: @UGA_Dance


Georgia Museum of Art

History: The museum was first opened to the public in 1948 and named the official art museum for the state of Georgia in 1982.

Facility: Since 1996, the museum has occupied a contemporary building in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex that houses more than 10,000 objects of visual art. The museum was remodeled and expanded in 2011, receiving Gold LEED certification.

Students: The Georgia Museum of Art Student Association regularly organizes free Student Nights at the museum. Student docents are trained to offer tours, and the museum has a robust internship program for students in 11 majors.

Worth noting: The museum always has key works on display from its permanent collection, as well as traveling and in-house organized temporary exhibitions.

Admission: Free. The facility is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.

Facebook: The Georgia Museum of Art

Twitter: @GMOA


The Georgia Review

History: Founded at UGA in 1947 and published continuously since then, The Georgia Review has become one of America’s most highly regarded journals of arts and letters. Each quarterly issue offers a diverse gathering of short stories, general-interest essays, poems, reviews and visual art. The Georgia Review has twice taken a top prize in the annual National Magazine Awards competition and has been a finalist numerous times in various categories, including General Excellence. The journal marked its 65th anniversary with an anthology of 28 short fiction works titled “Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard.”

Facility: The Georgia Review’s offices are located on the 7th floor of the Main Library.

Worth noting: Single copies, subscriptions, back issues and merchandise can be purchased from the office during standard business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and from the journal’s website. Student rates are available, and special gift subscriptions are offered for the holidays.

Facebook: The Georgia Review

Twitter: @GeorgiaReview


Hugh Hodgson School of Music

History: The School of Music, part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is named after visionary professor Hugh Hodgson, an Athenian and UGA alumnus who became the university’s first music professor in 1928. Hodgson chaired the Department of Music from its inception until his retirement in 1960.

Facility: In fall 1995, the School of Music moved to its current home at the Performing and Visual Arts Complex. Performances are held in the Performing Arts Center or the School of Music’s 180-seat Edge Recital Hall, named for Robert Edge, a UGA Rhodes Scholar (1960) and a student of Hodgson.

Students: Approximately 350 undergraduate, 250 graduate

Worth noting: The school features nearly 400 performances annually in the UGA PAC’s Hodgson and Ramsey halls, as well as the HHSOM’s 180-seat Edge Recital Hall and state-of-the-art Dancz Center for New Music.

Ticket info: Via the Performing Arts Center’s box office and at

Facebook: Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Twitter: @UGAMusic


Lamar Dodd School of Art & The Dodd Galleries

History: Founded in 1937, the School of Art is named for Lamar Dodd, who headed the department from 1939 until his retirement in 1972.

Facilities: Its facilities include the main building, ceramics building, Thomas Street Building and Broad Street studios. The school has two dedicated galleries as well as rotating displays throughout the main building. The galleries are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students: More than 1,000 students majoring in studio disciplines plus art history and art education, including graduate degrees offered in 10 disciplines

Worth noting: The Lamar Dodd School of Art is one of the largest units in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and is one of the largest university art programs in the nation.

Facebook: Lamar Dodd School of Art

Twitter: @ldsoa

YouTube: /LDSOA


Performing Arts Center

History: The Performing Arts Center opened in 1996.

Facility: The center houses two acoustically superb concert halls: the 1,096-seat Hodgson Hall, named for School of Music founder Hugh Hodgson, and the 368-seat Ramsey Hall, named for Bernard Ramsey, UGA’s most generous individual benefactor to date.

Worth noting: The PAC records many of its concerts for broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today, the most popular classical music program on public radio, reaching 1.4 million listeners across the country.

Ticket info: Via the Performing Arts Center’s box office and at

Facebook: UGA Performing Arts Center

Twitter: @ugapac


Special Collections Libraries

History: Georgia’s newest cultural attraction is an 115,000-square-foot archival research facility designed with a museum component to exhibit artifacts from Georgia’s storied past. UGA’s three special collections libraries—the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Walter J. Brown Peabody Awards and Media Archives—hold historical and cultural artifacts of state and national significance.

Worth noting: Certified LEED Gold, the innovative facility includes a 30,000-square-foot, largely subterranean vault. The vault is kept at 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 percent humidity to preserve archives and artifacts.

Admission: Free. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Closed on university holidays and home football game days. Guided tours are given each Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Facebook: Richard B. Russell Jr. Building Special Collections Libraries

Twitter: @ugalibsref


Department of Theatre and Film Studies

History: The department’s roots reach back to 1893, when students formed the Thalian Dramatic Club, one of the oldest college dramatic clubs in the country. In 1931, the club merged with a rival club to become the Thalian-Blackfriars, the university’s official theatrical club, and by 1932, the new “University Theatre” was offering its first season ticket campaign. In 1939, the Department of Dramatic Art was created, and in 2004, its name was changed to the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, nearly a decade after the department had expanded to incorporate the study of digital media.

Facility: The Fine Arts Building houses the 682-seat Fine Arts Theatre, renovated in 2010, and the 100-seat Cellar Theatre, as well as classrooms for the department.

Students: About 200 undergraduate theatre majors and film studies majors, with 42 graduate students.

Worth noting: The department’s alumni include visual effects artist Chris Wells (Captain America, X-Men, Avatar), celebrity chef Alton Brown, actors Monte Markham, Wayne Knight, Kyle Chandler and members of the cast of Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries.

Ticket info: Via the Performing Arts Center’s box office, the Tate Student Center ticket window and at

Facebook: UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies, University Theatre at UGA

Twitter: @UGATheatre, @UGATheatreFilm

YouTube: UGATheatreFilm

Instagram: ugatheatrefilm


The UGA Press

History: Since its founding in 1938, the primary mission of the UGA Press has been to support and enhance the university’s reputation as a major research institution by publishing outstanding works of scholarship and literature by scholars and writers throughout the world. A full member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940, UGA Press is also the oldest and largest book publisher in the state, producing some 80 new books a year and with more than 1,500 titles in print. Press authors and their works are often honored by a variety of scholarly, literary and regional organizations.

Facility: The University of Georgia Press is located on the third floor of the main library.

Worth noting: UGA Press books can be purchased directly from its website, at the campus bookstore, in person at its offices in the main library or at any other brick-and-mortar or online book retailer. It also has a small art gallery in its lobby, which is currently exhibiting works from the UGA Libraries’ collection by Lamar Dodd, Alfred Crouch, and Louis Turner.

Facebook: University of Georgia Press

Twitter: @UGAPress

Instagram: ugapress


The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

History: Founded as the Humanities Center in 1987, it was renamed the Center for Humanities and Arts in 1997, then the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts in 2005, in honor of UGA benefactors and Georgia business leaders Jane and Harry Willson.

Facility: The Willson Center is housed in its new home at 1260 S. Lumpkin St.

Worth noting: The mission of the Willson Center is to promote research and creativity in the humanities and arts. The center presents lectures, symposia, public conferences, exhibitions and performances by visiting artists and scholars as well as UGA faculty. These events are held in various venues on campus and in the community.

Facebook: Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

Twitter: @WillsonCenter

— Camie Williams, Provost’s Office