Three Major Exhibitions Announced for May 2014

ATHENS, GA (November 25, 2013) – Art Rocks Athens Foundation, a non-profit organization in Athens, Georgia, announces their mission to bring significant exhibitions and performances profiling the art scene of Athens from 1975-1985 to wide assortment of venues in Athens in Spring 2014.

Art Rocks Athens welcomes the public to join them on Facebook for historical photos, links to music, information about upcoming shows, selected artworks that will be on exhibit and more items of interest related to this vibrant period of Athens art history. Overviews and event descriptions are accessible at the Art Rocks Athens’ official Events calendar at www.artrocksathens.com. Interest in the Art Rocks Athens project spans from the current Athens community to a global diaspora of artists and fans spread across the world excited to revisit this colorful period of Athens art history. This November, newly energized fans brought the Art Rocks Athens Foundation Facebook fan page over 500 Likes in under 48 hours.

Since the idea for a major retrospective of art originated over two years ago in an informal conversation among friends, the Executive Committee of the non-profit Art Rocks Athens Foundation has been organizing artists, curators and events. The website, www.artrocksathens.com, includes a calendar with event names and descriptions; a web ­based art upload interface for artists submitting work; and biographical information for the coalition of individuals assembled for this unique intercontinental community effort.

To date three major events have been announced for 2014. On May 1, ARTifacts Rock Athens: Relics From The Athens Music Scene, 1975–1985 opens at the Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection of the University of Georgia Special Collections Library. Chris Rassmussen and Ruta Abolins of Athens will be assembling a show in three beautiful rooms of the Special Collections Library. For information on submitting artifacts you have available for display, see the event page on the Art Rocks Athens website.










The Art Rocks Athens Foundation has tapped Robert Croker, revered art professor of the era, to curate Between Rock and an Art Place, an exhibition of original art and paintings from the period. To quote Croker, Lamar Dodd rescued me from oblivion when he took me on at UGA, and Bill Paul, curator at the Georgia Museum of Art, offered me a part-time gig where I learned the trade that I would pursue in New York. Drawn from private collections all over the country, Between Rock and an Art Place will feature a comprehensive selection of key works from the era to be exhibited beginning Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Lamar Dodd School of Art on the UGA campus in Athens.

Paper Covers Rock: Graphic Arts 1975–1985 traces the evolution of ephemera from the birth of the B-52’s to nationally known iconic images of bands from Athens. Beginning with band event flyers, whose pragmatic purpose alerted locals to nightly shows, band and album graphics transformed into works of art. The exhibit location, The Lyndon House Arts Center, is a beautifully restored late Greek Revival home with Italianate influence listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior, with period rooms available to tour for free, has been restored and arranged with decorative art and furnishings of the period. The Lyndon House Upper Atrium has been selected to host Paper Covers Rock. Opening reception is Sunday, May 25, the day before Memorial Day 2014.

Multiple events including concerts, performance art, a film series curated by documentarian Erica McCarthy, storytelling and dance events will be formally announced at a later date. Join Art Rocks Athens on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArtRocksAthens to stay up­-to-­date on the latest developments and event announcements. Learn more about the events, read up on key personnel, and submit artifacts and artwork for consideration at www.artrocksathens.com. Follow #ARA2014 on Twitter and Facebook for the latest tagged postings across social media.

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