Arlonzia Pettway — one of the legendary quilters of Gee’s Bend — captures the exuberance of a garden in bloom in this bright, textured quilt.

In 2003, quilts made by women working in Boykin, Alabama — known as Gee’s Bend — caused a sensation when they were exhibited across the country in major museums, including the High Museum of Art.

The High began collecting the quilts of Gee’s Bend at that time, but in 2017, a milestone acquisition from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which included this vibrant Flower Garden quilt by Arlonzia Pettway (American, 1923–2008), quadrupled the Museum’s…


Here are five great ways to celebrate the special dads and granddads in your life with live music, artful gifts, and time together in the Museum.

By Eva Berlin, Digital Content Specialist, High Museum of Art

Beautiful dark lithograph of a Black father and soon in a peaceful moment, faces pressed against each other.
Beautiful dark lithograph of a Black father and soon in a peaceful moment, faces pressed against each other.
Joseph Hirsch (American, 1910–1981), Father and Son, undated.

1. Catch Live Music at Friday Jazz with Alex Gordon Hi-Fi on Baritone Guitar

Friday, June 18, 6–9 p.m., Members: Free, Not-Yet-Members: $25, Preregistration Encouraged | Get Tickets

Curated by Alex Gordon, the event will feature two musical areas where musicians will play throughout the evening, layering notes, improvising melodies, and drawing on inspiration from jazz history.

Head to the High’s Robinson Atrium for easy listening and laid-back, retro vibes with Alex Gordon Hi-Fi on baritone guitar. …


Joris Laarman stands with his arms folded against a wall of sketches and inspiration under a sign that reads “Joris Laarman Lab.”
Joris Laarman stands with his arms folded against a wall of sketches and inspiration under a sign that reads “Joris Laarman Lab.”

Laarman’s designs “disrupt the rhythm of daily life” by prioritizing fun and function over pure efficiency.

By Eva Berlin, Digital Content Specialist, High Museum of Art

Dutch designer Joris Laarman is at the forefront of contemporary design with his conceptual creations that explore technological boundaries. His experimental methods of fabrication continually propel him to explore new processes for creating and have made him one of today’s most compelling designers.

Laarman’s Ivy Climbing Wall is simultaneously a functional, adventurous mode of traveling between floors, an alternative to stairs, and an elegant piece of architectural décor.


Learn about face jugs and other ceramics, and then make your own clay using simple kitchen ingredients!

By Melissa Katzin, Manager of Family Programs, High Museum of Art


Show all the mamas some love with artful gifts, creative family activities, and an exhibition featuring women photographers.

By Eva Berlin, Digital Content Specialist, High Museum of Art

1. Try Your Hand at Drawing from Experience

May 8, 1–2:30 p.m., Members: $25, Not-Yet-Members: $40, Preregistration Required| Get Tickets

A ballerina serves as a figure model for a live drawing class on the High’s outdoor terrace.
A ballerina serves as a figure model for a live drawing class on the High’s outdoor terrace.

Join us on the beautiful Orkin Terrace for a drawing session led by local artist Larkin Ford! Each session focuses on a different way of seeing and capturing the world around us while allowing participants to explore their own personal expression and develop their drawing skills.

2. Get Creative at Family Art Escapes

May 8, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Members: Free, Not-Yet-Members: $14.50, Preregistration Required | Get Tickets


What is it that drives us to create? Explore artworks, songs, and books to fuel your creative drive.

By Alex Delotch Davis, Manager of Marketing, High Museum of Art

Sculptural artwork featuring faceted geometric glass arranged in a semicircular pattern.
Sculptural artwork featuring faceted geometric glass arranged in a semicircular pattern.
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, 1924–2019), Untitled (Muqarnas), 2012

Welcome to Tide Pool — a series of multimedia blog posts meant to immerse you in a headspace of creativity and inspiration. Each post presents a collection of someone’s thoughts, like the glittering bits of life that emerge and remain in a tide pool. This time, we’re invited into the headspace of Alex Delotch Davis, Manager of Marketing at the High.

In this mood board of sorts, enjoy a collage of…


Blacked out room hosting several large projector screens showing musicians playing alone in separate rooms.
Blacked out room hosting several large projector screens showing musicians playing alone in separate rooms.
Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, 2012, nine-channel video with sound, duration: 64 minutes. Commissioned by the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich Installation view: Vinyl Factory, London, England; Photos by: © Jana Chiellino © Ragnar Kjartansson; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.

As we look for the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, this world-renowned installation immerses viewers in an emotional experience that speaks to love, loss, connection, and isolation.

By Eva Berlin, Digital Content Specialist, High Museum of Art

As I headed toward the darkened gallery hosting Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors, I was met with a surge of sound, a moment of crescendo in the sixty-four-minute piece. A group of visitors came spilling around the corner, some arm in arm, one young woman in tears, fanning her eyes peeking out above her mask. …


Learn how artists use symbols to communicate without words, and try creating your own symbolic artwork.

By Melissa Katzin, Manager of Family Programs, High Museum of Art

Symbols have been used throughout art history to illustrate the invisible. From ancient art to modern art, we can find hidden meanings within artworks that tell us more about what, or who, we’re looking at.

In art, a symbol is an object or item that represents an idea or a feeling. Colors can be symbols, like yellow to denote happiness (check out our post on how landscape artists use color symbolism). …


Learn about Thrash, an artist who was instrumental in creating a new printmaking process that lent rich, deep tones to his prints of rural life in Georgia.

Video Credit: Ashley Wills

In the video above, Stephanie Heydt, the High Museum’s Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art, introduces Dox Thrash (1893–1965) and his artwork Georgia Cotton Crop.

In this work depicting a rural farm scene, Thrash intentionally obscures fine detail. The subject is, in fact, a memory of his youth and his family’s sharecropper farm near Griffin, Georgia.

Etching of a farmhouse with a cotton field in Georgia.
Etching of a farmhouse with a cotton field in Georgia.


Learn how to use shadows to ground your artworks in real space and time.

By Melissa Katzin, Manager of Family Programs, High Museum of Art

Pointilist painting, in yellows, greens, and blues, depicting a boy in a straw hat that casts a distinct shadow on his left shoulder.
Pointilist painting, in yellows, greens, and blues, depicting a boy in a straw hat that casts a distinct shadow on his left shoulder.

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