Haute Fashion Show: Jewelry Box

April 29, 6pm

Get ready for a night of bejeweled glamour and style at The Athenaeum! Join us for an unforgettable night of dazzling fashions 
 showcasing the intersection of fashion and jewelry. Witness stunning designs on the runway and be inspired by the creativity of Haute's talented creatives. Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to experience the magic of the JEWELRY BOX. See you there!

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Haute Creatives Collective is a women led student organization that focuses on creating a space for POC and LGBT+ creatives looking to enhance their artistic portfolios for a career in creative industries.  Haute’s goal is to support our creative’s talent development and to provide a dynamic and safe space for collaboration; through shoots, shows, and service projects.

MFA Speaks

April 24, 6pm

Join us for short artist talks by our graduating MFA students.

Artist Talk & Book Signing

April 13, 4pm

Lamar Dodd School of Art alumni Clay Jordan, Brittainy Lauback, and Tatum Shaw will present on their recent photography books published by Atlanta's Fall Line Press. Join us at the Athenaeum on Saturday, April 13 at 4pm as they discuss their monographs and participate in a roundtable discussion led by Director of the Athenaeum, Dr. Katie Geha. A book signing will follow the event. Writer Amy Bonnaffons will read from her essay featured in Lauback's monograph "Infinite Bonheur."

Clay Maxwell Jordan is a photographer who has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. He is a 2019 MacDowell fellow and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Perpetual Care is his second monograph with Fall Line Press; his first book, Nothing’s Coming Soon, was published in 2019.  www.claymaxwelljordan.com

Brittainy Lauback is an artist and photography educator living and working in Houston, Texas. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in 2003 and her MFA from the University of Georgia in 2014. Lauback’s latest group exhibitions include Reckonings and Reflections at the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; Looking Male at the Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus, and the LaGrange Museum of Art; and New Southern Photography at the Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans. Her first monograph titled Infinite Bonheur published by Fall Line Press was published this year.

Tatum Shaw is a photographer based in both Portland, OR and Atlanta, GA. With his background as an advertising creative, Shaw combines his conceptual skills with a photographer’s eye to create crafted worlds exploring a mix of anxiety and nostalgia. 

MFA Exhibition Opening Reception

April 12, 6-8pm

Join us in celebrating our graduating MFA students with our annual MFA Exhibition.

A Night at the Athenaeum

March 16, 5pm

Join us for a spring evening of contemporary dance, colorful sculpture, and catered bites and drinks by Athens pop-up restaurant Mouth Feel. The exhibition Fabienne Lasserre: Listeners will be activated by a commissioned dance by award-winning choreographer Beth Gill and an accompanying sound piece by experimental composer Jon Moniaci. Meet a diverse group of artists and chat with Lamar Dodd School of Art students who benefit directly from the programming and community partnerships hosted by the Athenaeum. Details on the Fundraising Event:

March 16, 2024
5 - 7:30 pm
Athenaeum
287 W Broad St. Athens, GA 30605
Tickets: $350

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5:00: Welcome Drinks
5:30: Beth Gill & Jon Moniaci Performance
6:00: Bites and Drinks
7:00: Hear from Katie Geha, Director the Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries
7:15: Private tour of Listeners by artist Fabienne Lasserre

Artist Biographies
Fabienne Lasserre, educated at Concordia University in Montreal (B.F.A., 1996) and Columbia University, New York (M.F.A., 2004), lives and works in Brooklyn NY. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the Director of the interdisciplinary MFA in Studio Art at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Recent solo projects include Make Room for Space (2018, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY); Les Larmes (2018, Parisian Laundry Gallery, Montreal); and C.Ar.D in città (2015, Palazzo Costa Tretenerro, Piacenza, Italy). Some group exhibits featuring her work have been: Feed the Meter (2017, Ceysson de Bénétière, Luxembourg); Outside the Lines (2013, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX), Saber Desconocer, (2013, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia), and La Triennale québécoise, (2011, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal).

Beth Gill is an award-winning choreographer based in New York City since 2005. Her multidisciplinary works are captivating, cinematic timescapes, the product of long-term collaborations with celebrated artists. Gill is the proud recipient of the Herb Alpert, Doris Duke Impact, Foundation for Contemporary Art, and two “Bessie” awards. She has produced eight commissioned evening-length works met with critical acclaim. She has toured nationally and internationally and has been honored with (among others): Guggenheim Fellowship, NEFA’s National Dance Project grant, Princeton’s Hodder Fellowship, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Artist in Residence.

Jon Moniaci is a composer, performer, and computer programmer. Interested in improvisation and live electro-acoustic performance, he has collaborated extensively with dance and performance makers. A frequent collaborator of choreographer Beth Gill, his score for her dance Electric Midwife received a 2011 Bessie New York Dance and Performance Award. He has also worked with Chase Granoff, Andrew Dinwiddie, Jeff Larson, Peter Kerlin, Anna Sperber, Marissa Perel, Alex Escalante, Mark Jarecke, Dean Moss, and Peter Jacobs. He plays music with Stephen Rush and Chris Peck in their project Crystal Mooncone.

Support for the Athenaeum's multifaceted programming and exemplary exhibitions comes directly from private philanthropy. Your ticket to Night at the Athenaeum will provide vital support for this multidisciplinary student lab and community incubator. If you are unable to join us but have an interest in giving to the Athenaeum, please donate below.

Beth Gill & Jon Moniaci Performance

March 15, 7pm


The exhibition Fabienne Lasserre: Listeners will be activated by a commissioned dance by choreographer, Beth Gill and an accompanying sound piece by experimental composer, Jon Moniaci. The new work will premiere at the Athenaeum with a free public performance on March 15 at 7pm.

Beth Gill is an award-winning choreographer based in New York City since 2005. Her multidisciplinary works are captivating, cinematic timescapes, the product of long-term collaborations with celebrated artists. Gill is the proud recipient of the Herb Alpert, Doris Duke Impact, Foundation for Contemporary Art, and two “Bessie” awards. She has produced eight commissioned evening-length works met with critical acclaim. She has toured nationally and internationally and has been honored with (among others): Guggenheim Fellowship, NEFA’s National Dance Project grant, Princeton’s Hodder Fellowship, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Artist in Residence.
Jon Moniaci is a composer, performer, and computer programmer. Interested in improvisation and live electro-acoustic performance, he has collaborated extensively with dance and performance makers. A frequent collaborator of choreographer Beth Gill, his score for her dance Electric Midwife received a 2011 Bessie New York Dance and Performance Award. He has also worked with Chase Granoff, Andrew Dinwiddie, Jeff Larson, Peter Kerlin, Anna Sperber, Marissa Perel, Alex Escalante, Mark Jarecke, Dean Moss, and Peter Jacobs. He plays music with Stephen Rush and Chris Peck in their project Crystal Mooncone.

Diann Blakely Visiting Author: Elizabeth Willis

February 8, 6pm

The Creative Writing Program welcomes Elizabeth Willis, the first visiting poet in the 2024 Blakely Program, with gratitude to the Diann Blakely Visiting Poet Fund.

Currently serving as Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Elizabeth Willis’s most recent book is Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review Books, 2015), which was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Her other books of poetry include Address (Wesleyan University Press, 2011), recipient of the PEN New England/L. L. Winship Prize for Poetry; Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan University Press, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995); and Second Law (Avenue B, 1993). She also writes about contemporary poetry and has edited a volume of essays entitled Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place (University of Iowa Press, 2008).
A recent Guggenheim fellow, she has held residencies at Brown University, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and the Centre International de Poésie, Marseille.  Her poetry has been translated into French, Dutch, Polish, and Slovak.

Exhibition Opening Reception

January 26, 6-8pm

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Join us in celebrating the opening of Fabienne Lasserre: Listeners, an immersive and responsive sculptural installation. Free and open to the public.

Artist Lecture

January 25, 5:30pm

Lamar Dodd School of Art, S150

Join us for an artist lecture by Fabienne Lasserre at the Lamar Dodd School in Art in Auditorium S150. The artist will discuss her practice and the work on display in her exhibition at the Athenaeum Listeners. Educated at Concordia University in Montreal (B.F.A., 1996) and Columbia University, New York (M.F.A., 2004), Fabienne Lasserre lives and works in Brooklyn NY. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the Director of the interdisciplinary MFA in Studio Art at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Recent solo projects include Make Room for Space (2018, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY); Les Larmes (2018, Parisian Laundry Gallery, Montreal); and C.Ar.D in città (2015, Palazzo Costa Tretenerro, Piacenza, Italy). Her work was shown in several 2-person exhibits, amongst which The Nervous Hand (2018, 315 Gallery, New York) and Fabienne Lasserre and Annette Wehrhahn (2016, Safe Gallery, New York). Some group exhibits featuring her work have been: Feed the Meter (2017, Ceysson de Bénétière, Luxembourg); Outside the Lines (2013, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX), Saber Desconocer, (2013, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia), and La Triennale québécoise, (2011, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal). In 2017, she was awarded the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship to produce two outdoor sculptures for the grounds of St-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire. In 2016-17, she received a Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program award. In 2013 and 2014, she was the recipient of two Project Grants to Visual Artists from the Canada Council for the Arts to develop a body of sculptures that were shown in solo shows at Parisian Laundry Gallery, Montreal (Les Approches, 2015) and at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York (Here Like a Story Like a Picture and a Mirror, 2013).

Dance Party!!

December 7, 9pm-midnight

Join us for an end-of-the-semester dance party! The party is organized by Dodd Graduate students and we invite graduate students from across campus to join us for one last night of revelry!