UGA Special Collections Libraries were highlighted as part of the Georgia Association of Museums Conference, held in Athens this January.
In addition to several workshops and tours hosted by our archivists, the conference featured Ryan Lewis, the Georgia Music Exhibit Coordinator for the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, as the keynote speaker for the event.
Lewis, who was presented with an award for one of the best museum exhibits for 2023, spoke about his experience working in curation, as well as his lifelong love of music. After working as a record store clerk, musician, and founding his own record label and record pressing factory, he took on the job of growing the music collections at UGA.
“Objects help us tell the stories that bring history to life and inspire others to create future history,” said Lewis. “It's a pretty magical place to work. And I'm thankful every day for the opportunity to curate such a historic collection.”
Lewis sees the musical history of Georgia as something that unites the state, far and wide. “Everyone in the state, regardless of where they live, should have the opportunity to celebrate and be inspired by our shared cultural history.”
Lewis received his award for curating the exhibit House Party: Digging Into House Show History in Athens, which was on display at the Special Collections Libraries last year. He is currently working on an upcoming Georgia music exhibit to be displayed at the Classic Center Arena later this year.