The High Museum of Art has transferred 21 works by 14 Georgia artists from its collection to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. “These new additions will fill in some major gaps for our collection, especially works by Lamar Dodd, Ben Shute, Gladene Tucker, Shirley Bolton and Ferdinand Warren,” says Annette Cone-Skelton, MOCA GA’s president, director and chief executive officer.
Also acquired were works by Santo Bruno, Larry Connaster, Herbert Lee Creecy Jr., James McRae, Charles Mitchell, Jarvin Parks, Robert Stockton Rogers, Joseph Schwarz and Howard Thomas.
The transfer makes practical sense. It’s more likely that the works will be exhibited and made accessible at MOCA GA than at the High.
In addition, the High has transferred more than 700 duplicate publications from its archives to MOCA GA’s reference library. MOCA GA’s education and resource center contains information on Georgia artists, from resumes, clippings and catalogs to oral histories. The High’s art books, on national and international art, complement MOCA GA’s material by suggesting the broader context in which Georgia artists have worked. They join a growing library, which includes books from the personal collections of artists Genevieve Arnold and Ruth Laxson, Cone-Skelton and collector Joe Massey.
Materials on Georgia artists are available to the public. The museum will open its reference library in the coming year.