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Your tax deductible donation will help us to enhance our facilities and continue our mission of supporting art related programs for artists and residents of Georgia.

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OCAF Seeking Volunteer Gallery Director

OCAF's long-time Gallery Director, Charles Warnock, is now OCAF's Programs Assistant and is giving up his volunteer duties as Gallery Director.  We are now looking for a Volunteer to take on this important role. If you are interested in learning about this part-time volunteer position please click here for the job description/contact form. 


Annual Exhibit Schedule

January through December 2015

The 1902 OCAF Art Center includes two Gallery Exhibit spaces, Main Gallery and Members' Gallery, where the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation hosts 10-12 exhibits annually on a rotating schedule.

Exhibits and Opening Receptions are free and open to the Public

OCAF Galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm



The Main Gallery, a converted school auditorium, provides 2,000 sq ft of unobstructed level floor space.


Black History Month Exhibit

January, Biennially

Next exhibit: 2016

Painter, potter, printmaker, photographer, or any other form of artwork are the mediums by which artists express ideas, feelings, and other important events that have had an influence on their lives. This exhibit celebrates a rich cultural heritage in a wide diversity of artwork. The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to sponsor and support the African-American artists in these exhibits. 


THE GREAT FOLK PARADE: From Finster Forward

Exhibit: January 23 – February 19 , 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, January 23, 6pm to 8pm

Currated by artist and collector Peter Loose. OCAF celebrated the extraordinary works created by the late Howard Finster, Annie G. Wellborn and Bennie Morrison as well as living artists Miz Thang, Clyde Jones and Tex Crawford to name a few. The 'Great Folk Parade' was the largest exhibit of self-taught artists of the South in recent history. Art in the form of textiles, pottery, paintings and objects that defy a category were included. The exhibit offered a rare opportunity for new and serious collectors to add artists and vintage masterworks to their collections.

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Oconee County Schools
Annual Exhibit

Exhibit: February 27 – March 26 , 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, February 27, 4pm to 6pm

The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to host this exhibition which celebrates the artistic talent of so many young artists in Oconee County. This exhibition features artworks of Oconee County public and private school children from grades K—12.

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SOUTHWORKS: 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition 

Exhibit: April 10 – May 8, 2015
Opening Gala: Friday, April 10, 6pm to 9pm
The 2015 Southworks Juried Art Exhibition is a national juried art exhibition that OCAF has been holding for years. Since its inception, it has been one of the premier art exhibitions in the region as it brings in several hundred applications from talented artists across the nation. All the exhibit entries are judged in an anonymous fashion by the juror. This process requires each piece of artwork to be accepted or denied based solely upon the level of quality each piece exhibits in relation to the other entries.


Annual Exhibit

Exhibit: May 29 - July 10, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, May 29, 6pm to 8pm

All OCAF members are encouraged to enter their artwork in our Annual Members Exhibition regardless their skill level. Every OCAF Member in good standing may submit up to 3 pieces they’ve created for the exhibit. Each member is assured that at least one piece will be accepted for the exhibit, making it a great opportunity for members to have their work up in our main gallery as a benefit of membership.


Annual Juried Exhibit

Exhibit: October 9  – November 13, 2015 
Reception: Friday, October 9, 6pm to 8pm

Georgia Small Works show will provide a visual forum for both established and undiscovered artists working in small a format. This juried exhibit will include artworks in every medium imaginable in 2-D & 3-D. This exhibit, held for the first time at OCAF in 2013, will offer an opportunity to see in one place hundreds of artworks from all over Georgia.



The Members' Gallery, a converted classroom, provides a more intimate space with 700+ sq. ft of floor space. Both gallery spaces feature 10' h. windows and 13' ceiling.



Exhibit: January 23 – February 19 , 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, January 23, 6pm to 8pm

Using a wide variety of fabric colors and textures, the Crescent City Rug Hookers create complex designs showcasing the artisan's unique ability to express ideas through this engaging medium. Whether contemporary or traditional in style, each rug is a true work of art. Organized in 2000 by Nancy Thompson, the group began hooking rugs in her living room on Crescent lane in Athens, GA with only six members. At present membership has grown to 75. Through their craft the group raises funds for a variety of charitable programs. To learn more about the group & see more of their work visit their blog at

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JAN PERKINS: Art, Innovation & Technology

Exhibit: April 10 – May 8, 2015 
Opening Gala: Friday, April 10, 6pm to 9pm

Jan Perkins Gallery Talk & Demonstration
Saturday, April 11, 10am to 12noon

Jan Perkins is an internationally known artist and designer with unique skills, including both traditional and innovative techniques. This year's Director's Choice exhibit features her digital fine art and mixed media resin paintings. Perkins has combined her formal art training in traditional mediums with her professional experience in design, print making and digital graphics technology to create a vibrant and unique collection of animal portraiture. For more information about Ms. Perkins & to see more of her work visit her website at




Exhibit: May 29 - July 10, 2015 
Opening Gala: Friday, May 29, 6pm to 8pm

To see more of Ms.Goekjian's work visit her website at

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Exhibit: October 9 - November 13, 2015
Opening Gala: Friday, October 9, 6pm to 8pm

For more information about Ms. Johnson & to see more of her work visit her website at

Other OCAF Exhibits


Annual Exhibit

2015 Exhibit & Reception dates not yet set.

The Summer Camp Exhibit is intended to give the budding artists who attended our camps a venue for display that is equal to any given to all the artists that OCAF supports. The children get to see their work in a clean, well lit space that shows off their creations in the best possible light.


Please check back for updated information as the year progresses.