Down South, an exhibit of paintings by Art Rosenbaum and photographs by Margo Newmark Rosenbaum opens Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Morris Museum of Art, with a celebration scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Festivities will include a concert by the Skillet Lickers at 6 p.m., art activities and barbecue. The evening is free to museum members and $10 for others. Call (706) 724-7501 for reservations.
Art Rosenbaum is the Signature Artist for this year’s Westobou Festival. He has exhibited extensively and is well known as a painter and teacher, having retired in 2006 from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, where he held the title of Wheatley Professor in Fine Arts. His paintings are boldly colored and packed with telling detail, often depicting gatherings that feature music.
Over the years, Rosenbaum has also achieved distinction as a collector and performer of roots music, and his field work has resulted in more than 14 documentary recordings. In 2009 he was awarded a Grammy for his Art of Field Recording Vol.1, which featured more than 50 years of recordings of traditional American folk songs. Both volumes 1 and 2 are four-disc boxed sets illustrated with his art and his wife’s photographs.
Margo Rosenbaum earned a master’s degree in painting and drawing, later turning to photography as her preferred medium. Over their 45-year marriage, the Rosenbaums have often exhibited their work together in recognition of their shared interest in traditional American music.
They will talk about their work during the Morris Museum’s Art at Lunch program Sept. 30. The catered lunch begins at noon with the program to follow. Paid reservations – $10 for museum members, $14 for others – are due by Sept. 28.
MUSEUM DAY: Saturday, Sept. 24, is the seventh annual Smithsonian Museum Day, which brings free admission to participating museums around the country. In Augusta, the Morris Museum of Art, the Augusta Museum of History and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History will welcome visitors with Smithsonian vouchers. They can be printed from the Web site at www.Smithsonian.com/museumday. Each ticket provides admission for two.
EDWARD RICE TALK: In conjunction with the Morris Museum’s special exhibit of works by Edward Rice, the museum will host a panel discussion at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Museum director Kevin Grogan will be moderator for the program. He and Rice will be joined by art critic Jeffrey Day, art historian Martha Severens and Columbia gallery owner Wim Roefs. A reception and book-signing will follow. The museum always offers free admission on Sundays, and there is no charge for the program.
STUDIO-F: The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro is exhibiting STUDIO-f: Monoprints from the University of Tampa, in the Contemporary Gallery at the Center for Art and Theatre on campus. The show includes monoprints created by 18 well-known artists who have participated in the University of Tampa’s visiting artist program.
Artists in the show include Louisa Chase, Audrey Flack, Sam Gilliam, Stephen Greene, Willie Heeks, Roberto Juarez, Komar & Melamid, Tom Lieber, James McGarrell, Sam Messer, Ed Paschke, Pedro Perez, Larry Poons, Katherine Porter, Miriam Schapiro, Joyce J. Scott, John Walker and Robert Zakanitch.
Gallery director Marc Mitchell, whose work was shown last season at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, will give a gallery talk Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.
Showing concurrently at the Center for Art and Theatre is Medium Anxiety, an exhibition featuring video, sound sculpture and artwork challenging traditional artistic media. For more information, call 912-GSU-ARTS.
NOTABLES: Starkey Flythe’s poem, Greeks, appeared in the Aug. 8 issue of The New Yorker. Most recent among his many honors was the 2009 Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry, given by Snake Nation Press for his book, The Futile Lesson of Glue.
• Clayton Shotwell, professor of music and world humanities at Augusta State University, is among the 10 Georgians selected to receive the prestigious 2011 Governors Awards in the Humanities. The award cites his work as a master teacher, introducing thousands of students to the heritage of various regions of the world. As a governor’s teaching fellow, he has mentored faculty members across the university system, and locally, he has worked with K-12 audiences, teacher groups and senior centers in seven area counties.
Also among the 2011 honorees is Judith Ortiz Cofer, a Franklin and Regents Professor of English at the University of Georgia. Born in Puerto Rico, she later moved to Augusta with her family and graduated from Augusta College in 1974, after which she earned an M.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University and did graduate work at Oxford University. She has published 15 books, including poetry, novels, short stories, essays, young-adult fiction and textbooks.
A third honoree with local connections is Christine Lambert of Madison, Ga., a leader in the establishment of the Madison Morgan Cultural Center, cited for her distinguished record of service as a preservationist, volunteer and philanthropist for humanities activities in the Madison area and statewide. The Governors Awards in the Humanities will be presented Oct. 6 in Atlanta.
• Congratulations to several local writers who are among the winners in the 2011 Porter Fleming Literary Competition. Edward Wilson was first place winner in the poetry division and Michael Lythgoe, of Aiken, took second place in nonfiction. William Gray, of Belvedere, won first place in the one-act plays category, with Richard Davis claiming third. Two poems by George Buggs, of Aiken, received honorable mention.
The competition, now in its 18th year, is funded by the Porter Fleming Foundation and administered by the Morris Museum of Art. Stephen G. Hoffius and Susan Millar Williams, co-authors of the recently published Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow, will speak about the art of nonfiction writing at the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Morris Museum. A book signing and reception will follow the presentation, which is open free to the public. The literary competition awards are presented each year during Augusta’s Westobou Festival.