& Joy in Art

Celebrating Creative Genius

The Art, Life, and Legacy of Eatonton, GA Native David Driskell

February 11 – April 22, 2021

Celebrating Creative Genius
features original artworks and prints by David Driskell on loan from galleries, private collections and institutions plus photographs and artifacts from the artist’s early life.

The Exhibition will include a special component for students of all grade levels from surrounding counties. Selected works by the students will be on display in the West Gallery of the Museum along with an impressive array of original Driskell collages, prints and paintings. 

David Driskell (1931-2020) was a prolific artist, scholar, curator and Putnam County native. He is revered for his role in uplifting artists of color and developing African-American Art as a distinct field of study.

We invite all to join us in celebrating the life of David Driskell, whose impact extended across the world but whose beginnings were here in Middle Georgia.

Image: David Driskell, The Hibiscus, 2015, hand-colored print (25/35), 7″ x 5″

Healing Our Humanity: Finding Hope, Love and Unity

May 5 – July 10, 2021

Healing Our Humanity compiles a broad range of perspectives that tell the dynamic story of our current social climate and the path forward.

“The most important aspect of art is communication. I use universal themes and I try to communicate with all persons. Art is unique in that a translation is not necessary, and a genuine work of art can be more powerful than a dozen ambassadors. If we can exchange our ideas and our feelings through art, I think it will be a little more difficult for us to go shooting and dropping bombs on each other. Perhaps I am an idealist, but this is what I believe and this is the purpose of my work.”

– Steffen Thomas in November 1965 from “The Turbulent World of Steffen Thomas” by Richard Ainsworth as published in ‘ATLANTA’, the Official Publication of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

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Plan Your Visit

The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is now accepting visitors by appointment only. Please call us at 706-342-7557 or email info@steffenthomas.org to schedule your visit today!

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“No Less Than Truth” is a brief introduction to the life and work of the German-American artist Steffen Thomas.

This film was produced by the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and features interviews with friends, family members, and art collectors. You’ll also see archival film of the artist at work, including the installation of his Monument to the Brotherhood of Man, which was inscribed with the artist’s motto: The world is too small for less than brotherhood, too dangerous for less than truth.