Georgia Trust Preservation Awards

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Presents Preservation Awards

Macon, Ga. April 12, 2019— For more than 40 years, the Georgia Trust has recognized preservation projects and individuals throughout Georgia who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation recently presented 29 awards recognizing the best of preservation in Georgia during its 42nd annual Preservation Awards ceremony in Thomasville, including two local awards for Mill Hill Community Arts Center and the Grand Opera House.

Excellence in Rehabilitation winners were: Kehoe Iron Works, Savannah; New Albany Hotel, Albany; Hotel Clermont, Atlanta; Sibley Mill Cotton Warehouse Building 4, Augusta; Zachariah Daniel House, Augusta; Sperry & Hutchinson Warehouse, East Point; Leesburg Train Depot, Leesburg; Mill Hill Community Arts Center, Macon; T.J. Ware House, Macon; Williams Manufacturing Company, Macon; Old Livery Stable, Madison; Empire Mills, Madison; Phi Gamma Hall at Oxford College at Emory, Oxford; Henry Ford Bakery, Richmond Hill; 12 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah; Historic Thomasville Post Office, Thomasville; H.H. Tift Building & Agricultural Research Building at the Tifton Campus of the University of Georgia, Tifton; and the Coleman Talley Offices, Valdosta.

Excellence in Preservation winners were Manuel’s Tavern, Atlanta; Sweetwater State Park Mill Ruins, Lithia Springs; Grand Opera House, Macon; and the McIntosh House at Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville.

 “This year’s winners represent a tremendous dedication to restoring and revitalizing Georgia’s historic buildings and communities,” said Mark C. McDonald, president of The Georgia Trust. “We are proud to honor such deserving projects and individuals.”

About Mill Hill Community Arts Center

The Mill Hill Community Arts Center was built in 1920 by the Bibb Manufacturing Company as a gathering and performance space for employees living in the mill village. The building enjoyed activity for 40 years until the closure of the mill in the 1970s. The property was in danger of demolition by neglect when the Macon Arts Alliance stepped up to save the building by raising the funds for rehabilitation. During the two-year project, interior features of the craftsman style auditorium were restored, including an original coffered ceiling uncovered during the project. The building now serves as a pillar of the arts community and serves as the centerpiece of the East Macon Arts Village.

2019 Award: Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value.

The Mill Hill Community Arts Center (MHCAC) is an historic 1920’s gathering space that has been transformed into a contemporary version of the original Bibb Mill Auditorium.  Serving as the centerpiece of the Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village, the 7,000 sq.ft. facility has undergone a $1.6 million restoration highlighting original architectural elements and features state of the art sound, lighting, and video capabilities. The facility is managed by Macon Arts Alliance.

About Grand Opera House

Originally constructed in 1884 as the Academy of Music, the Grand Opera House was renovated into its present-day appearance in 1905. The most recent rehabilitation to the Grand Opera House was completed in three phases, which involved updating The Grand’s stage, new seating throughout the entire main level and second-floor balcony, relocating all main floor administrative offices to the unused basement, expansion of the lobby and restrooms, and new, period-appropriate carpet and floor finishes.  The third and final work phase, completed in 2018, was funded by a $5 million allocation of Macon-Bibb County SPLOST funds. Thanks to the support of Macon-Bibb County and the stewardship of Mercer University, this theatre remains a centerpiece for performing arts in Macon.

2019 Award: Awards for Excellence in Preservation recognize the appropriate preservation of historic resources and creative interpretations of historic sites.

About Georgia Trust

The Georgia Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust recognizes preservation projects and individuals with its annual Preservation Awards and awards students and young professionals with academic scholarships, the Neel Reid Prize and Liz Lyon Fellowship. The Trust offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children, provides technical assistance to property owners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts, and manages two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House).


Handmade Holiday

First Friday Opening Reception on December 6th from 5-8 PM features original works by regional artists, curated for the gifting season. Choose from pottery, ornaments, jewelry, scarves and more. Light refreshments will be served.

Reception sponsored by @SpaMedical @VeinSpecialistsoftheSouth

2019 Cultural Awards

Celebrate the achievements of local arts patrons and attend the Macon Arts Alliance awards and annual meeting at Mill Hill Community Arts Center. Reception 5:30 PM/Awards 6:00 PM.
Steven Fulbright
Georgia College Department of Theatre and Dance
Macon Pops
Martha Malone
Wesleyan College
Kirsten and Kirk West

Presentation of the Rosalyn Elkan Lifetime Achievement Award to
Dennis McCleary

Dedication of the Zelma and Otis Redding Spirit of Community Award

Presentation of the Zelma and Otis Redding Spirit of Community Award to Robert McDuffie

Free Admission.


Opening First Friday Reception for Conflict featuring Works by Daniel Montoute from 5-8 PM with artist meet and greet. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Reception sponsored by Vein Specialists of the South, Spa Medical and Rosenberg Financial.

Cultural Award Nominations

The annual Macon Arts Alliance Cultural Awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses who have made significant contributions to the cultural life of Central Georgia through their work or philanthropic efforts. Nominations are accepted from the community, and recipients are selected by an independent panel of community leaders.

Calling All Craftspeople

The Macon Arts Alliance is looking for high quality, one-of-a-kind, handmade ornaments and gifts for the 2019 holiday season. If you make items like this please send images of sample work, net pricing, and contact info to by August 30th, 2019. Notification of acceptance by September 6th 2019. Delivery of items by October 25th

Images and pricing info due August 30th

Notification by September 6th

Delivery of items by October 25th

Live Cultural Plan Webinar

What can Macon-Bibb do to keep the arts and culture vibrant in our County?

Macon is creating a Culture Plan to determine how residents get creative in their daily lives, and guide how the county can support these activities.
Whether you like making art, you earn a creative living or you just enjoy experiencing art, you are a vital part of the Macon cultural ecosystem and we want to hear from you!

Join the webinar Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10 am.

Visit to share
your photos, ideas and map culture in your community.

Sticks & Stones

Join Macon Arts Alliance for the opening reception for Sticks and Stones, a new exhibit by artists, Meg Hogan Campbell, Hannah March Sanders, and Blake Sanders on display June 7-28. Meet the artists on First Friday from 5-8 pm with light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Vein Specialists of the South, Spa Medical and Rosenberg Financial.

Artist Statement: Meg Hogan Campbell
My work is connected to my mother and her artwork, home design, her generally open-minded creative outlook as well as her generous love. I feel connected to Hannah and Blake’s work in the same way. I am nourished and inspired by them. Hannah is a third generation artist. Otherwise, I am floundering in the dark artistically and “life-istcally”… and that’s good. Mistakes and mis-starts have made me who I am. I continue to try to make unique, new art and, as I age more old and crusty, I have always learned life by making art. I am an English major and English Literature fanatic and that adds another dimension I hope. Nature calls as well. I have a love for the earth that stems from a grandfather and a dad who hunted and fished just so they could be in the woods. Therein lies the theme of most of my art.

Artist Statement: Hannah March Sanders
Miscommunication and intentional obfuscation of reality lead to a misunderstanding of the world around us. Through analyzing our use of fossil fuels in large scale collaborative installations, investigating domesticity and the female body in drawing and print, and executing painstakingly quilted asides about clickbait articles, a dark sense of humor emerges. I enjoy the contrast of labored, repetitive processes such as hand quilting and crochet with the immediacy of the human desire for convenience in travel, information, and entertainment. Drawing is at the core of my artistic practice. Combined with appliqué and quilting techniques, the multiple possibilities of the print allow for endless creation, destruction, and reconfiguration, providing flexibility in the arrangement of forms and compositions. Any scraps from my process are repurposed into my “Foot prints,” crocheted low-relief sculptures that embody the form of clouds/spills/storms, leaving little to no waste behind. Minimizing waste is essential to my work conceptually, as it combines an exploration feminist and family body politics with an investigation into environmental and social catastrophes.

Artist Statement: Blake Sanders
I make prints to connect with a broad audience in a fashion that is both mediated and personal. The privilege of the multiple allows work to be seen by viewers in a variety of spaces and circumstances simultaneously, but the evidence of the artist’s hand bridges that perceived distance. The attention to detail, the respect for craft, the collaborative and interactive nature of the medium attracts people to my work who would not typically engage with contemporary art. Contemporary theory and techniques are incorporated with established printmaking processes in my practice to create work that is at once linked with the present and the past. In this way, my creative work parallels my interest in evolution and natural history. Compositions and motifs occasionally nod toward art historical precedents, while loud colors, and new-fangled techniques place the work firmly in the contemporary milieu. Relief printing on alternative upcycled substrates, lithography using more sustainable materials, and digitally informed execution in a variety of media are but a few generations in my own recent evolution.

Meg Hogan Campbell attended the University of Georgia, Wesleyan College, and Mercer University and obtained a bachelor’s’ degrees in both Art and English. She has been an educator and ceramicist in Georgia for nearly 40 years now, teaching English, Elementary Art and Ceramics in Macon.

Hannah March Sanders received her BFA at Tulane University and an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University. Along with her husband, Blake, Hannah operates, an artist collaborative that organizes portfolio exchanges, exhibitions and other events. Hannah’s work has also been exhibited at Gabazo Contemporary Graphic Workshop in Mexico City, Mexico; SGCI in Las Vegas, NV; the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis, IN; the St. Louis Artists’ Guild; and at Utah State University in Logan, UT, to name a few. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, where she teaches printmaking, fiber art, and drawing.

Blake Sanders earned his BFA from the University of Northern Iowa and an MFA from Tulane University. He has taught art and printmaking at universities, as well as workshops at colleges and community-based art organizations around the country. Blake is currently an instructor at Southeast Missouri State University. Sanders’ work has been part of over one hundred national and international shows. Recent juried exhibitions include the 3rd Global Print 2017 in Douro, Portugal; neo:print prize 2016 in Bolton, UK; the 35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition; the 25th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; and the 2017 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition.