University of Georgia President’s Garden at Old College

December 15, 2017

I had the privilege to work with the University of Georgia to create this special piece of artwork. Below you can read the story of this historic building, the gardens surrounding it, and the purpose of the commission.

“The President’s Garden is located at the southern façade of Old College on the University of Georgia’s historic North Campus in Athens, Georgia. Old College is the University’s earliest permanent structure; before its construction, Josiah Meigs taught the first classes in a nearby forest clearing in September 1801. The building has served as a space for classrooms, dormitories, offices, and even dining facilities since its completion in 1806. Today, it houses the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the oldest and most academically diverse college on campus. The President’s Garden has been a special place for donor recognition since the University’s first fundraising campaign in the early 1970s. Originally constructed to recognize founding members of the Presidents Club, the wall within the Garden was renovated to include Cumulative Giving Societies members in 2015. The President’s Garden and Old College are unique to the University of Georgia, the birthplace of public higher education in America.

The University commissioned Katherine Schuber, an Athens-based artist, to paint this prominent scene to honor Cumulative Giving Societies members in conjunction with the Commit to Georgia Campaign. This limited edition print is awarded as a symbol of the University’s gratitude to generous donors whose cumulative gifts have reached $1 million and above. The original painting resides on campus in the Administration Building, which previously served as the University’s first library and museum of art.”

– Certificate of Authenticity for President’s Garden at Old College Painting

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