The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art facilitates artistic and cultural enrichment by exhibiting art, serving the college, and engaging the Northeast Georgia community.
Opened in 2011, the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art is the permanent home for art donated to the college by Dr. Bill Mason, a member of the Class of 1957, and Bob Scharfenstein, both of Birmingham, Alabama. Student, faculty, and visiting shows are presented throughout the year.
CURRENTLY ON VIEW
Michael Ross: Foothills
Michael Ross: Foothills will be on display May 12-August 19, 2021. Ross’ exhibition will be a part of the North Georgia Arts Tour on June 11, 12, and 13. The museum will host a closing reception on August 19.
Ross resides in Athens, Georgia, and grew up in Norway, Finland, and the Washington, D.C. area. After spending time in San Francisco, Ross earned an MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.
Ross’ lush paintings depicts forests, fields, wetlands, birds, and people. His work is part of public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, and the Washington, D.C. Department of Transportation. He has participated in artist residencies in Maine, Vermont, Norway, Iceland, and Benin. When he’s not painting, Ross loves running on trails in the mountains of North Georgia.