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Drék Davis, Crown of Oshun - Femininity archival inkjet print (2004-2012)

10th Anniversary Letters:
 • From the Artistic Director
 • From the ATHICA Board


TO SEE LOCAL ART for 2nd Year:


Business Sponsors

Historic Cobbham

Thank You Ashford Manor
for hosting our out-of-town artists!


Rapid-fire construction of the
Temple Room by:

Affiliated Events History:

Saturday, Jan. 21st
Opening Reception
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thank You for refreshments:

& libations from:

Fri, Feb 3: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Grit-Off! with performance:
Keep Hope Alive

Enjoy a variety of grits from local
Southern restaurants competing for
'Best Grits in Town,' & Ted Kuhn's
original work addressing the relationship between the Hope Scholarship & the Georgia Lottery. 
The 'Best Grits in Town' Judges:
Hilary Brown: Grub Notes writer for Flagpole Magazine
Alice Mills: Maker of Red Mule Grits - Mills Farm
Don Chambers: Athens' Musician

$6.00 suggested donation includes tasting.

Libations provided by:

Friday February 17th
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Universe of
John Seawright

A multimedia and literary event in honor of the late Athens poet & author John Seawright.
$12 Suggested donation
Includes refreshments by Marti's at Midday and Trumps catering.

Event coordination by Judy Long &
Jordan Rothacker.

Thank you:
Historic Cobbham Foundation

Sunday, February 19th
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Stitching Stars:
A Paper Quilt Event for kids

with artist Hope Hilton & Education Coordinator Sage Rogers

2:00 Storytelling with Hope Hilton
2:30 Gallery Tour
2:45 Paper Quilt Making

Hear the story of Harriet Powers and her quilts! Artist Hope Hilton will be reading the children's book Stitching Stars, based on the life of Athens' most famous quilt maker. After that we will take a quick tour of the gallery exhibition, culminating in an art project based on Hilton's piece for the exhibit. With this as inspiration, we will work with kids of all ages to create a paper quilt square with their very own story.

$$3.00-$6.00 Suggested Donation (but no one turned away for lack of funds)

Thank you:

Southern Examined
Sunday, March 4

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Artists' Panel Discussion, 10th Anniversary Birthday Cake
& a lecture by
Curator Judith McWillie on the Saint Paul Spiritual Holy Temple of Memphis, TN
For schedule & more
Refreshments by:

Southern Closing
Sunday, April 1
1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Silent Auction of selected artists' works (1:00), Walk n' Talk (4:00)  and the Amazing Janine's card tricks (5:00) and (5:30) reception with refreshments by:

Free! With catalogs & John. R Seawright books available for $6.00

Wed, April 4
Kevin Young-The Grey Album
8:00 p.m. Doors Open 7pm

REALLY last chance to see Southern while enjoying this reknowned poet.
A VOX UGA CWP event, organized by Jeff Fallis.
Free! With catalogs & John. R Seawright books available for $6.00

Saturday, January 21st, 2012 - Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Curator: Judith McWillie | Assistant Curator: Lauren Williamson
Exhibit Photo
Exhibit Photo
James Perry Walker,The Saint Paul
Spiritual Holy Temple, Memphis, TN
, (1989),
SLR Photo
Sam Seawright, Detail of Studio of John R. Seawright (2001-2011), photograph
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  • Our 44th exhibition, Southern, features many never-before-seen works which explore the emotional depth and aesthetic diversity of nine artists - spanning four generations - who are interrelated in their "radical contemporaneity." 

    Michael Lachowski, Summer Sets

    Through photography, video, and sculpture, they present an aesthetically rich installation that questions boundaries between art and religion, aesthetic and documentary practice, and folk and fine art. Each artist was carefully selected by curator Judtih McWillie with the assistance of Lauren Williamson.

    Participating Artists:
    Stanley Bermudez (Athens, GA), Drék Davis (Bernice, LA), Hope Hilton (Winterville, GA), Ted Kuhn (Athens, GA), Michael Lachowski (Athens, GA), Judy Rushin (Tallahassee, FL), Sam Seawright (New York, NY) & John Seawright (Athens, GA), Steven Thompson (Brooklyn, NY), James Perry Walker and the family of Washington Harris of the Saint Paul Spiritual Holy Temple (Memphis, TN)

      Sam Seawright, The Poet's               Sam Seawright, The Poet's          Sam Seawright, The Poet's
      House (Confederate Widow) 2001    House (Moth) 2001                       House (Candlestick) 2001

    Sam Seawright
    will exhibit five superbly composed photographs of his brother, John Seawright's studio. John was a much-beloved Athens’ writer who died unexpectedly from an aneurysm in 2001. John’s poems, as well as his Ghost Fry column, featured for five years in the local weekly Flagpole Magazine, captured the hearts of the Athens community while exposing previously suppressed and unknown histories. Now, ten years later, we are delighted that Sam Seawright, a renowned New York City based painter, has chosen ATHICA to debut these intimate images. (See left column for info in affiliated event, The Universe of John Seawright, which will include readings of the poems.)


    James Perry Walker
    brings us a series of never-before-seen documentary photographs of the interiors and grounds of the St. Pa
    ul Spiritual Holy Temple in Memphis, TN. Known locally as an urban legend called 'voodoo village,' it is now threatened with decay. The Temple was created by Washington "Doc" Harris, an African Native American from central Mississippi, and his extended family in the tradition of New Orleans spiritual churches from the 1920's. For over fifty years the Harris family maintained the site and created over 1,500 works of sacred art that Washington Harris called “The Degrees of God.”
    Until this exhibit, no one outside the Harris family, the curator and Walker have been permitted to observe these phenomenal and unique scared objects and environments. Walker’s photographs will be displayed within a room specially constructed for ATHICA by local designer/craftsman Jay Nackashi

    The exhibition will also include the debut of new works by the following local artists:
    A set of photographs by artist Michael Lachowski have been selected by curator Judith McWillie. Lachowski is also well known as an award-winning graphic designer, publisher of Young Foxy and Free Magazine and the Pylon bassist. Lachowski photographs iconic objects and architecture in Georgia towns that are brilliantly "fluoresced" through his extraordinary eye for color and composition.

    Ted Kuhn
    performs Keep Hope Alive, his original multimedia work addressing the relationship between the Hope Scholarship and the Georgia Lottery.
    See Video

    Drék Davis
    addresses image and identity in popular culture. He is a native Athenian, a conceptual artist and freelance journalist currently living in Bernice LA. He presents floor paintings and wall assemblages that integrate visual histories of Africa and the American South using a ‘cut and paste aesthetic.’ Many remember Davis as an opinion columnist for The Athens Banner Herald, where he published for many years. He also curated the ATHICA 2005 exhibit Race (enter personal politics).

    Hope Hilton
    is an internationally exhibited conceptual artist; she relocated from New York to Winterville, Georgia in the summer of 2010. She has exhibited and performed at ATHICA three times and we welcome her return. She will be installing a new work made for this exhibit, a reconstruction of Harriet Powers famed Bible Quilt, made of vellum and various paper scraps. Harriett Powers, a former slave from Athens, created two picture quilts in 1886 and 1898, now in the collection of the Smithsonian American Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

    Stanley Bermudez’s painting Heritage? will also be exhibited. Please see:
    YouTube interview     Inside Higher Ed article  The Chronicle of Higher Education    
    Because of its references to lynching and the Ku Klux Klan, the painting was removed from a faculty exhibit at Gainesville College by its president in January 2011. US print media covered the controversy extensively. Artifacts from the media's response to the censorship scandal will be displayed along with the painting.
           From the Carapace Series                              Bent Line                            From the Rest Series

    Judy Rushin
    of Tallahassee, FL will be exhibiting several large-scale conceptual objects which explore relationships between people and spatial environments using colors and materials that reflect on the evolution of the minimalist southern aesthetic in subtle ways. Her work has been exhibited across the US and in Korea, including Aqua Art Miami, Art and Literature Laboratory in Cambridge, MA, Prospect 1-Satellite at Trumpet in New Orleans, Mass MoCA, and Soho20 New York. She is the recipient of numerous grants and her work has been featured twice in New American Paintings.

    Steven Thompson
    , a native South Carolinian now living in Brooklyn, NY, will create a site-specific work in the rafters of ATHICA’s main gallery. Thompson has shown extensively, including a recent exhibition at English Kills in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been featured in Miami-Basel, The Armory International Exhibition, and the SCOPE Art Show.

    Participating Artists
    Stanley Bermudez (Athens, GA), Drék Davis (Bernice, LA), Hope Hilton (Winterville, GA), Ted Kuhn (Athens, GA), Michael Lachowski (Athens, GA), Judy Rushin (Tallahassee, FL), Sam Seawright (New
    York, NY) & John Seawright (Athens, GA), Steven Thompson (Brooklyn,
    NY), James Perry Walker and the family of Washington Harris of the
    Saint Paul Spiritual Holy Temple (Memphis, TN)

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