Dairy Barn to celebrate 100 years with project

ATHENS – The Dairy Barn will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a new exhibition, Art We Use, from 5-7 p.m. today.

The international exhibition of objects both every day and special features 127 works by 68 artists from 25 states and two foreign countries. The show runs through Sept. 1.

The jurors for Art We Use were Paul Richelson, chief curator of Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Ala.; Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, who graduated from Ohio University in 1996 with a bachelor’s of arts in English literature and a minor in studio arts, the managing editor of ceramicartsdaily.org; and Craig Nutt, a studio furniture maker and sculptor whose work is in museum collections, including the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Mobile Museum of Art and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Jurors reviewed 330 pieces from more than 130 artists from 31 states and three foreign countries. They worked at the Dairy Barn for three days narrowing the artwork to make this exhibition of objects with a broad base of wood, clay, metal, glass, paper, fiber from tools to teapots, from bowls to baskets, from tables to lamp shades. Prizes totaling $10,000 will be given to artists at the opening and most of the works are for sale through the online gallery and in the gallery.

Several dozen classic MG sports cars from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s will be on display to celebrate the opening. The Ohio Chapter of the MG-T Register is holding its summer gathering in Athens over the weekend and will display its cars in front of the Dairy Barn in time for the 5 p.m. opening today.

Art We Use is part of the many exhibitions this year the Art Center has developed to celebrate its centennial.

The Dairy Barn was built in 1914 as part of the Athens Asylum by the State of Ohio for $10,000.