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).


Macon Music Study: Phase 2

With Phase 1 of the Music Study project and report complete, the newly funded and exciting Phase 2 begins.

During Phase 1, Sound Diplomacy gathered perspectives and insights about the city and identified a series of key findings, that will help point further discussions on Macon’s music ecosystem in the right direction.

We are thrilled to continue working with Sound Diplomacy, to make impactful and significant lasting improvements to our city’s diverse and storied music ecosystem.

Funded by Downtown Challenge 2.0 of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Macon-Bibb American Rescue Project (ARP) funding through Visit Macon, and Georgia Power.

Inertia: Work by Sheridan Nadeau

February 3-24, 2023

We are proud to present our February 2023 exhibit Inertia by artist Sheridan Nadeau. The exhibit features paintings and drawings by Nadeau, available for purchase on our online store.

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Enigma: Work by Caleb Brown

August 5 – 26, 2022

Opening Reception: August 5th, 4- 7pm

Caleb Brown has always had unique artistic talents; however, he never dreamed of pursuing fine art as a profession. He graduated from Mercer University where not only did he excel athletically as a member of Mercer’s Inaugural football team, he shined academically as a student in Mercer’s Pre-Physical Therapy program. However, in the final semester of his senior year, Caleb elected to pursue his lifelong talent, art, full time.

Despite an underwhelming experience in “Painting 101,” his art instructor, Eric O’Dell, exposed Caleb to the demanding but rewarding world of art-making and inspired the possibility of pursing art professionally. After researching numerous successful contemporary artists, Caleb had the validation he needed to take “artraprenuership” head on.Since beginning his journey, Caleb’s artwork has attracted several prominent collectors including a US President, Super Bowl MVPs, Grammy Award winners and platinum-selling recording artists. He’s presented at both TEDxSavannah in 2019 and TEDxMercer University in 2021.Whether its though original artwork, commissions, or keynote speeches, he uses his canvas of life to inspire others to work tirelessly towards painting the life they love.

Mid-Century Macon

Macon Arts Gallery is proud to present our April 2022 exhibition, Mid-Century Macon – Photographs by Walter Elliott, from the new book by James E. Barfield and Walter G. Elliott. The 180-page book, a partnership with Historic Macon, provides insights and dazzling photos of 40 of Macon’s most well-known mid-century modern homes. It also features other prominent sites across town that incorporated the popular architectural style.

 The show at Macon Arts Gallery will open with a First Friday reception and book signing on April 1st, from 4 – 7 pm. Free and open to the public. 

Life Lines – Drawings by Kenneth Pasley

Macon Arts Gallery is proud to present our March 2022 exhibition, Life Lines – Drawings by Kenneth Pasley. Kenneth Pasley is an American artist who resides in Atlanta and employs graphite and charcoal as his primary medium, giving both a painter-like quality through a self-inspired technique. His work explores the relationship between nature and the human condition.

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The Black Artist Showcase

Macon Arts Gallery is proud to present our February 2022 exhibition, The Black Artist Showcase. The exhibition celebrates the work of local black artists. The show will open with a First Friday reception on February 4th, from 4 – 7 pm. Caleb Brown

View work online: macon

Dsto Moore
Kevin Lewis
Marvin Holloway
Matthew Odom
Randy Heart
Rhonda Miller
Wini McQueen