Special to the Journal
ALBANY–The Albany Museum of Art was recognized among more than 120 peers last week during the annual meeting of the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries held in Baldwin County.
During the GAMG Awards Luncheon, Albany Museum of Art (AMA) was presented the Museum Exhibition of the Year award by GAMG President Brent Tharp and Award Committee Chair Kathy Dixson. Accepting the award for AMA were Nick Nelson, executive director, and Merritt Giles, curator of art.
The award for AMA’s exhibit “The Indian Gallery of Henry Inman,” was also given to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and is granted to art, historical, or science exhibitions of note that demonstrate scholarship and originality to the cultural fabric of the state. Exhibitions awarded are examples of excellence in planning or have effectively reached and broadened the museum’s audience.
“We are so pleased to be recognized for this incredible exhibition. It is a very special thing to share great artworks with our community like those featured in ‘The Indian Gallery of Henry Inman’ and terrific when our exhibitions are acknowledged for their excellence among our peers,” said AMA Director Nick Nelson. “We are so proud to be able to bring wonderful cultural opportunities to Albany and Southwest Georgia and doubly proud that it is being recognized on a larger scale.”
“The Indian Gallery of Henry Inman” featured over 40 portraits of Native American leaders by 19th Century American painter Henry Inman and copies of Thomas McKenney and James Hall’s portfolio History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Works were drawn from the collection of the High Museum of Art as well as regional collections. Portraits included leaders from the southeast, highlighting members of an 1826 Creek delegation tasked with renegotiating the Treaty of Indian Springs, which sold all remaining Creek land to the State of Georgia. This exhibition was organized as part of the Georgia Art Museum Partnership, a unique collaboration developed by six Georgia museums.
“We are very pleased to present this award to a very deserving recipient,” said GAMG President Brent Tharp. “Our members represent a good cross section of the museums and galleries in Georgia’s communities, large and small,” he added. “We are happy to honor institutions, staff members, volunteers, patrons, exhibits, and special projects that have excelled in providing inspiring programs and leadership.”
The theme of this year’s conference was “Change Happens: How to Survive and Embrace It!” Attendees participated in a variety of sessions and workshops ranging from developing education programs to designing eye-catching exhibits and visiting with vendors whose products and services target the field.