Morgan County Crossroads Art Students’ Public Art Project

Steffen Thomas Museum of Art celebrates Morgan County Crossroads Students and their public art gift to Farmview Market in Madison, GA.  Under the direction of STMA Arts Outreach Assistant and Lead Instructor Elizabeth Collins, these students have worked collaboratively this Spring semester to produce a large weaving depicting a pastoral scene reminiscent of the trusted farming communities that are a part of the Farmview experience.  Please join us for a reception and unveiling of the weaving Wednesday, May 16 at 1:00 PM at Farmview Market, 2610 Eatonton Road, Madison, GA  30650.

Creative Teens Earning Green (CTEG) – the title of the Crossroads program – is the first and longest-running module of our three-pronged Art$mart Arts Outreach Program for students in Middle and Northeast Georgia. Since 2002, STMA has funded and delivered weekly arts programming throughout the academic year for at-risk students at the Morgan County Crossroads Alternative School.  At no cost to the students or the school, STMA-trained teachers deliver the only arts education offered at the Crossroads School, with more than 40 middle and high school students participating this year.  Steffen Thomas’ 70-year-long history of earth stewardship and creative re-sourcing and re-cycling of art materials is central to the CTEG curriculum. Such an innovative and relevant approach is an essential part of classes that include pottery, painting, sculpture, collage, mosaics, and graphic design. Each year, a visiting mentor artist works with the Crossroads students to introduce a new medium. An additional component of the program is a year-long service project and community partnership where the teachers and students design, create and install a large-scale public art piece to be donated to a nonprofit within the community. These donated creations feature re-used “art supplies” such as scrap metal, broken pottery, discarded lumber and plastic, and even roadside litter. Past installations include a mixed-media mural for the Morgan County Senior Center, a welded metal sculpture presented to the Morgan County Humane Society, a tile mosaic donated to the Georgia Safari Conservation Park, and a kinetic outdoor sculpture designed for the garden of the local food bank.

STMA is grateful for the support the following community leaders have provided for the Crossroads School arts outreach program:

Jim Boyd & Associates, Bank of Madison, Longview Wealth Management, Conrads Family Fund, CR Bard Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation, HouseSmart, Madison Studios, Morgan County Citizen, Smith Communications, Inc., The Creative Brain, Inc.

Art Speaks: College Connections 2018

Sunday, April 15 from 3:00pm-5:00pm the public is invited to join graduating seniors from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia along with fellow students, friends, family and members of the community at The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art to celebrate the fourth annual COLLEGE CONNECTIONS exhibit: Placing the Capstone ART SPEAKS.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS is an integral part of the Museum’s wide-ranging educational outreach programs, and features ongoing creative collaboration between the Museum and seniors from area colleges and universities. This year’s program, under the guidance of Dr. Leara Rhodes, Associate Professor of Journalism at The University of Georgia, and STMA’s Lisa Thomas Conner, is the culmination of a three-month long project-based literary arts publication of student essays inspired by the life and art of Steffen Thomas. The Art Speaks exhibit runs through May 19th.



Hanging Beauties: Quilt Show 2018

Please join us Thursday, April 5 from 6 – 8 PM for the complimentary opening reception  of Hanging Beauties: Quilt Show 2018 featuring close to 70 hand-made quilts from the skilled hands of Lake Oconee Quilt Guild members.  The exhibition at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art runs through June 2.  All quilts entered are works of art and many are for sale.  These beautiful quilts are hand- and machine-stitched of varying sizes, colors, and textures.  The hand-appliqued quilt shown – “Sugar and Spice” – is Queen size and of original design by award-winning quilter Kay Mouton.  Offered as a raffle prize fund raiser for the Guild, one lucky person will win it June 5 at a drawing at the Lake Oconee Quilt Guild meeting.  One ticket for $1; six tickets for $5.  Call 706-342-7557 to purchase tickets! 

5 Perspectives Artists’ Roundtable Discussion

Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 3 PM – 5 PM

The Round Table Discussion was well attended by so many people interested in meeting these exciting artists and listening to their talk.  Thank you to the Conrads Family Fund for funding this epic event and to Unity Morgan for their support.   

Click Here to read the article written by Tia Lynn Ivey of The Morgan County Citizen.

Watch the discussions here:

Information about the original event:

In conjunction with the ongoing joint exhibition at the Morgan County African American Museum and the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, an artists’ round table discussion with all five of the contemporary artists whose works are featured in the show will be held at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) on Saturday, March 3 from 3-5 p.m.

Curator Judy Barber will lead Atlanta-based artists Kevin Cole, Shanequa Gay, Alfred Conteh, Kevin Sipp and Lynn Marshall-Linnemeir in an exploration of the wide-ranging artistic approaches and numerous styles of the paintings, sculptures, photographs and textiles concurrently on display at both museums through March 17th.

The free community event will include a meet & greet with the artists beginning at 3 PM, followed by an informal discussion on the recurring themes in the artists’ works: the search for identity, the longing for home, the power of spirituality, and the importance of inter-generational connection. A Q & A session wraps up the afternoon at 5 PM. For questions or more information, please visit or call 706-342-7557. The museum is located at 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, GA 30625, 7 miles outside Madison, GA.

Celebrating Black History Month: 5 PERSPECTIVES

Exhibition Dates:  January 14 – March 17, 2018
Works by five of Georgia’s most vibrant and contemporary artists are proudly exhibited at the both the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and the Morgan County African American Museum – Lynn Marshall Linnemeier, Kevin Cole, Kevin Sipp, Shanequa Gay and Alfred Conteh.  Each artist’s work offers a unique perspective, from the spiritual to the political, mythical and esoteric.  Most works are for sale. 706-342-7557 706-342-9191

Exhibition: Hanging Beauties: Quilt Show 2018 Lake Oconee Quilt Guild at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art

The Perfect Pairing: Wine & Art

Works by Lucinda Bunnen Exhibit