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.

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.


Macon Arts gallery presents a new popup exhibit by Don Dougan, Marti Forkner and Micah Goguen May 3-30. Meet the artists at an opening
reception on First Friday at Macon Arts Gallery 5-8 pm with light refreshments. Join us for an Artist Talk May 16 at noon in the gallery.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

This collaborative body of work culminated at a gallery reception when artists Don Dougan, Marti Forkner and Micah Goguen connected in conversation. The topic of an art process that involved several different approaches cultivated that evening between the trio. Being newly acquainted, they decided that evening to begin a process in which they each started a series of three works which they began calling “seed pieces”. The artists made their first impressions on the substrates and after a decided period of time, rotated the pieces among themselves. Meeting at the time checkpoints allowed everyone to share their thought processes and give insights into how the other artists influenced the next phase of the works. Additional pieces were created as the body of work followed the energy that the process fostered.

Don Dougan Bio

As a child Don began collect and draw rocks, fossils, and seashells. These activities grew into an interest in paleontology and archaeology, but it was the modeling of clay dinosaurs and making of wooden boats that lead him to become a sculptor. He learned to work wood by helping his father in his garage woodshop, and by high school Don had started teaching himself to carve both in wood and stone, and at university he continued the auto-didactic exploration of working stone as the school he attended had no stone-carving sculpture faculty. Don also worked for a collector of antique hand tools for many years, and through his work in researching, writing, and displaying thousands of those tools for the collector Don developed an avid interest in the many types of hand tool and their traditional — and not-so-traditional — usage. When the collection became the core of a history museum in North Georgia Don had the additional experience of learning to display and present the collection in a more-formal manner to a different standard for the public. Each of these learning experiences has come-out in his artwork and in the tool-making he often does to create some of the works that require that ‘one-off’ approach. Though stone is a primary material in which he sculpts, other materials and found objects are also worked in conjunction with the stone to explore the potential expressiveness of each combination. His work is firstly about the material — through the direct interaction of his hands with each material he delves into what those materials can express about his perceptions of the world. The auto-didactic learning process is also an essential part of his work — he tries to explore something new in each new piece; whether it is a new material or combination-of-materials, a new tool, a new approach or technique, or a new premise or idea. Don has given workshops and taught university-level classes in sculpture and stone-carving in several schools in the metro-Atlanta area, as well as in Italy and in Finland. His work has been exhibited widely in the Southeast region, across the nation, and internationally

Micah Goguen Bio

Micah Goguen grew up in Central Georgia and obtained his Bachelors in Art and Art History and his Masters in Art Therapy from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. Micah continued studies in figure drawing and painting at Kennesaw University and lived in the Atlanta area for 7 years producing and showing art at local venues. Residing currently in Macon, Ga., Micah focuses primarily on bringing art to the community and using art as a form of communication for those struggling to understand and cope with life situations.

Stationed primarily at The Perry Art Center in Perry, Ga. and Middle Georgia Art Association in Macon, Ga. , Goguen produces work while teaching art to both adults and children. He also volunteers time at the local community center and works with adults in alcohol and substance recovery as well as uprooted and traumatized children. Goguen also teaches a variety of classes at Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross, Ga. and leads workshops in the Southeast United States. Using mural work, art for entertainment and art therapy for healing, Goguen collaborates with school systems, local shops, and non-profits to help unify and most importantly “spread a message”.

Micah’s own artwork conveys his interest in people as he uses oil paints to mostly create expressive portraits. Bold color choices and organic movement signify his style and you can most often expect a large confrontational composition that forces the viewer to take notice and interact. Micah works in a range of media and teaches workshops in Oil and Acrylic Painting, Ceramics, Textiles and Drawing. He is working on several mural projects and also founded a group of artists which hang and display art in privately owned local businesses. Goguen teaches about 50 students atelier style in weekly classes in the Middle Georgia Area. The overall vision is to focus and rededicate back to a buy local, shop local mentality that strengthens community through unity and purpose.

Marti Forkner Bio

I can tell you where I’ve been, but I no longer define myself by my past, other than to tell you that I’m a natural born artist.
I live in Florida, but my heart resides in the desert and the mountains. I love rocks and trees, bones and sky, clouds and dreams, and storms.
Where a writer expresses with words, I express my story with paint on canvas, the story between the lines, the unseen made visible, an intuitive creation that has energy of its own. My desire is that my work resonates with the viewer in a way that elicits feelings that create change in the thought process. I want the viewer to be a participant in the journey that I record, to be moved by a desire for more, not to just see from one point to another, but to receive a craving for exploration that involves questions, memories, and a connection with something familiar. I am interested in what is beyond the everyday physical reality of form and color. I am interested in the intension of shape and line in nature, the acknowledgment of subconscious realities, communication with universal knowing that connects us all. I simply write the conversation with paint, the conversation that I see, feel, and hear. I seek those who hear the creations I offer.

Looking Up<>Looking Out

Join Macon Arts Alliance for the opening reception for Looking Up<>Looking Out, new exhibit by visual artist, Jeffrey Whittle on display May 3-30. Meet the artist 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’s Statement: LOOKING UP<>LOOKING OUT
Painting is a type of active daydreaming: mixing colors, composing a picture, deciding what to put in and what to leave out, while ruminating about the past, the cosmos, and the continuum of time. These paintings explore daydreams of beauty, love, and twins over the expanse of time. By juxtaposing the ephemeral (flowering plants) with the infinite (star-scapes), I can represent both daytime and nighttime simultaneously. I like the idea of twins as represented in the form of floating turtles, still life objects, disembodied blossoms, or postcards from Italy. I try to find the balance between exercising my will and going with the flow of the
unknown. Several of the paintings in this exhibition were completed in my studio while I listened to podcasts about astrophysics or the music of the Flaming Lips. These influences led me to explore the world inside each idea: another person, a flower, a tomatillo, etc., set against a grounding backdrop of the 1960s and ’70s patterns or starscapes that inspire me.
Altered maps are present in some works; like paintings, maps create a world parallel to our own. That is my intention: to create a painted world that runs alongside our inhabited one, where imagination and creativity are cultivated and allowed to blossom. Finally, I am compelled to render yoga poses that I myself cannot master.

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Jeffrey Whittle is an artist, educator, and curator living in Athens, Georgia. He received his MFA in Painting from Cornell University and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Whittle has been the recipient of numerous artist’s grants, awards. and residencies including New York, Maine, Oregon, Vermont, Spain and Italy. He recently he was
selected 100 UNDER 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art by Oxford American Magazine. He teaches studio courses at the University of Georgia and at Agnes Scott College.

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).