Happy New Year
2015 marks a wonderful anniversary, the Lyndon House Arts Center’s 40th year. During the Arts Center’s first 20 years, the exhibition program was established with the first juried show representing the fine artists of Athens; a civic arts program was developed and established to include quality arts education, outreach and partnerships in the arts. The second 20 years brought the building of the new facility through the community's votes and the SPLOST program in Athens-Clarke County; the Ware-Lyndon House was restored to be one of the finest historic house museums in the region and with a dedicated Foundation Board, staff and the Leisure Services division behind us, the Lyndon House Arts Center is prime for the next stage of growth, continued excellence and professionalism in the arts.
For the 40th year, we have many new programs we are excited to launch. For example, we are featuring youth and teen workshops in stop-motion animation, chess set building and “Swag My Ride” in time for the Twilight Bike Races. For adults, life drawing classes, a series of professional practice lunch lectures in topics such as website building, social media and gallery etiquette and “Draw Table”, a community drawing event.
The exhibition line-up is stellar, starting with the anchor show, the 40th Juried Exhibition with juror Carter Foster, Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The summer exhibit, “Where We Live Work and Play” brings sculptural and kinetic works investigating playful activities, working tasks, as well as The Home Show, a collection of artist built and designed birdhouses. The fall brings in exhibits investigating drawing and mark-making by members of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts and a traveling show of contemporary Southeastern Indian art organized by UGA Professor Jace Weaver.
The Lyndon House Arts Center’s success is largely contributed to the dedication of the Athens-Clarke County citizens. We can’t do it without you! Thank you for all your past, continued and future support!
Happiest of New Years. We look forward to 2015, and celebrating the Lyndon House Arts Center’s 40th year of Art in Downtown Athens.
- Didi Dunphy and all at LHAC