State Art Collection

Georgia’s State Art Collection is an extensive, vibrant chronicle of work created by Georgia artists from the 1970s to the 1990s. Each piece in the collection was juried by a panel of experts. The Collection is a state asset that serves as an educational tool, preserves the state’s artistic heritage and disseminates knowledge about the art and artists of Georgia. Select images from the Collection are included on each page of Georgia Council for the Arts’ website. Click on any image for more information.

Media represented in the Collection include:

  • Painting
  • Pottery/Ceramic Art
  • Fiber Art
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Traditional Arts
  • Jewelry Arts
  • Works on Paper


Inspired Georgia: 28 Pieces from Georgia’s State Art Collection
On Tour October 2013 through December 2014

Georgia Council for the Arts in partnership with the Georgia Tourism Division and the Georgia Humanities Council is pleased to announce that for the first time in decades, a curated exhibit of selected pieces from the State Art Collection is available to Georgia communities.  The new exhibit, “Inspired Georgia: 28 Works from Georgia’s State Art Collection” highlights the diversity of styles, media and techniques in the collection.  Nine Georgia communities have been selected to host the exhibit over the next 14 months. The exhibit is intended to serve as a springboard for additional arts and culture activities that serve to celebrate and increase awareness for the local cultural community and increase tourism.

Exhibit Details
In an effort to inspire and inform Georgian’s about the power, purpose and necessity of art, 28 of the most significant pieces from the expansive 600+ piece state collection have been selected to represent and celebrate the long history of art and culture in Georgia. Included in the exhibit will be original works by renowned Georgia artists such as Benny Andrews, Lucinda Bunnen, Herbert Creecy, Howard Finster, Ruth Laxson, and Nellie Mae Rowe. Georgia Council for the Arts, Georgia Tourism Division and the Georgia Humanities Council will offer additional arts programming to each community participating in the project through collaborations with the Georgia Museum of Art, Living Walls and gloATL.