Brava, Jessye! A musical tribute by Russell Joel Brown & Damien Sneed
4:00 PM16:00

Brava, Jessye! A musical tribute by Russell Joel Brown & Damien Sneed

You can buy tickets online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" link below.

Presented each year, the annual Jessye Norman School of the Arts benefit concert is an opportunity for the school, it’s students, and the community to play host to a number of world class artists and entertainers. The JNSA singers and dancers, and sometimes even Jessye Norman herself, will appear or perform on stage in a wonderful evening of classical, broadway tunes, and operatic pieces.

This year, Russell Joel Brown and Damien Sneed will pay tribute to Ms. Norman directly in a lively show that will be sure to delight all who attend. All proceeds from the concert will help to ensure continuing operation of the free after school program. Tickets are available through the Imperial Theatre Box office 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Friday. (706) 722-8341

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Drawing and Its Peripheries - Reception
5:00 PM17:00

Drawing and Its Peripheries - Reception

Drawing and Its Peripheries is an exploration of the notion of “contemporary drawing,” an exhibition of about thirty works that include sublimely crafted drawings in the historical tradition as well as works that challenge, expand, or defy assumptions of what drawing can be.

The show presents a means for thinking about what the fundamental art of “drawing” can be/mean/do, and how it is integrated into contemporary art practices. 

Drawing & Its Peripheries is a traveling exhibit of selected student artwork from the School of Visual Art at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, and the Department of Art & Design at Augusta University, Augusta, GA.  The show will open in Augusta at the Ann & Ellis Johnson Gallery at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts and will then travel to the Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech in Blackburg, VA.  The co-curators and jurors of the competitive-acceptance show are Kristin Casaletto of Augusta University and Amelia Salisbury of Virginia Tech, both working artists themselves with an interest in drawing. 

On view in Augusta:  Sept. 27 – Oct. 20, 2017

Featured Westobou Festival event: Reception with the artists Fri., Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m.

In Blacksburg, VA:  Nov. 2017

The Artists:

Cori Black                   Teresa Bliss                Kara Bocklet               Taylor Carroll

Stefni Cerny                Emma Crim                Isabella Cruz               Hailey Delaney

Celeste Finelli             Cody Ford                  Alexandra Church     Sydney Haddon

HAM                           Morgan Hayes            Kristen Hayter             Elizabeth Henderson

Charlotte Hendrix      Madison Hermann      Elizabeth Kenyon        Emerson Kelly

Jenny Klug                  Ian Josey                     Susan McKew             Robin Morse

Carmen Moses            Megan Nilsson            Riley Orwig                Kayla Rayburn

Brittany Roberts         Jonkota Samuels         Karissa Snowden         Romantra Spence

Peter Stehm                 Yiming Wang             Arthur Youngblood      Kenya Gibbons

Cover Image: Jonkota Samuels, Self Portrait, Diptych

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BOGART Paint Party - Pour Me Up
5:00 PM17:00

BOGART Paint Party - Pour Me Up

Pour Me Up!
Saturday, September 9th
5-8 PM

Paint a unique masterpiece with step-by-step instruction from the talented and enthusiastic artist, BOGART. Bring snacks and beverages of your choice! This fun evening includes all art supplies and instruction.

September's painting is "Pour Me Up." Pre-registration is required to party.


Pour Me Up

Everyone's masterpiece will be unique!

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Captured/Composed: The Photography of Brent Cline and Chris Thelen
5:00 PM17:00

Captured/Composed: The Photography of Brent Cline and Chris Thelen

Ann & Ellis Johnson Gallery of Art presents...

Captured/Composed: The Photography of Brent Cline and Chris Thelen.

Please join us First Friday, August 4th from 5-8 PM for a reception with the artists.

A retrospective exhibition featuring two of the Augusta area’s most respected photographers, Captured/Composed is a visual conversation developed to redefine how commercial, editorial and art photography is seen, felt and understood. The goal – to provide an unexpected glimpse into the specific methodologies of these two seasoned professionals through work that is at once challenging, beautiful and engaging.

Exhibit on view August 4 - September 20.

Visit the links below to discover more about Brent and Chris.

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First Friday Open House “Art on Greene” 4-8 PM
4:00 PM16:00

First Friday Open House “Art on Greene” 4-8 PM

Collage making, yoga, rock painting, swing dancing, live music, and hot dogs!

Help make our community a little more exciting and a little more colorful.
On Friday, July 7th we'll open our doors from 4-8 P.M. Enjoy collage making, rock painting, swing dancing, live music, and hotdogs! This event is about having a great time brightening our city, with a goal of raising a few dollars to bring music to the streets in the form of painted, playable pianos available to the public.

Schedule of Events - Friday, July 7th

4 - 6 PM in the Knox Room
Insect Collage Making with Lisa Baggs
Rock Painting

5 - 6 PM in the Gallery
Yoga with Frankie Kraemer from hOMe Downtown

6 - 7:30 PM outside on Greene Street
Live music with teenage prodigies, Tommy Lloyd and Sean McDonald

7 - 8 PM in the Gallery
Swing Dance Party with Mario Lett

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Viewpoints Acting Workshop with Michaela Watkins
to Jun 26

Viewpoints Acting Workshop with Michaela Watkins

What is Viewpoints?

Join Augusta born actor and artist, Michaela Watkins, for an intensive introduction to Anne Bogart's VIEWPOINTS.

DAY 1 will be an "intro to viewpoints, origins and exercises." The bread and butter, if you will, of 'who, when, why, where, how--and most specifically, what'. Once the foundation is covered, we'll be on our feet for training.

DAYS 2 - 4 will be full dives into learning, expanding and playing our way through the viewpoints for moment-to-moment presence with each other and the space. These days of training will also be useful in discovering habits that could impede rather than foster flexible cohesion: a cohesion that'll be tantamount for every future audience who will encounter our work and material as artists.

DAYS 5 - 6 will lead into applying the viewpoints process and its tools as we create short, but substantial material as a group. These days often prove the most lively, as blending imagination rises to the forefront.

DAY 7 will see in-class rehearsals of the previous days' work, as well as explorative in-class presentations of those works.

Monday, 6/12
Wednesday, 6/14
Friday, 6/16
Monday, 6/19
Wednesday, 6/21
Friday, 6/23
Monday, 6/26

Monday, 7/10
Wednesday, 7/12
Friday, 7/14
Monday, 7/17
Wednesday, 7/19
Friday, 7/21
Monday, 7/24

Full June and July Workshops are $140 each. Click here to register.

Michaela Watkins

Michaela Watkins

Born in Augusta and raised in Atlanta, Michaela is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Drama/Acting. Her theatre highlights include Berniece in The Piano Lesson, Laura in The Father, and Cindy Breakspeare in the world premiere of Marley, The Bob Marley Musical at Baltimore's Centerstage Theater. Her television highlights include, NBC's The Blacklist and Smash in addition to CBS's The Good Wife and Person of Interest.
Between acting, Michaela leads other introductory Viewpoints workshops as well as private pre-collegiate coaching, influenced by the same training. Her interest and application of Anne Bogart's Viewpoints as a transformative process for acting,  began during her discipline at Carnegie Mellon and has since continued throughout her practice in New York. Happy to be in her hometown while completing a passion project, she's excited to be a guest at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts for both the workshops and artistic fellowship.



A: Great question! Most people wear lightweight clothing they'd work out in. Others wear leotards, fitted t-shirts, and leggings, or dance wear. Both are beneficial and appropriate so long as they aren't too baggy to be in the way of movement. This workshop will be taught and taken barefoot in JNSA's dance studio.

A: Each workshop will allow 20 participants.

A: The seven day workshops in June and July will cost $140.00, respectively per individual. Tuition will cover an intensive hour of class held on the Monday/Wednesday/Friday calendar of JNSA's separate summer camps.

Yes! We want to ensure that educators have opportunities to learn and explore, too. Please call or text Buffy at 803-439-7723 to take advantage of your teacher discount. You can also email her at for more information.

A: Certainly! The training will deepen an actor's responses, skills, and intuition for camaraderie the more they're exposed to it. Also, due to each group's unique make up of minds and spirits, DAYS 5, 6 & 7 are always signature creations.

A: Simply click here to get started.

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The Art of Latin & Swing Dancing with Lett's Dance
to Jul 21

The Art of Latin & Swing Dancing with Lett's Dance

This fun class taught by Mario Lett of Lett's Dance will introduce the theory, concept, and dance instruction of partner dancing in the styles of Latin and Swing. No experience necessary. Partner not required but encouraged.
Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of dance and get ready to start dancing socially!

Friday nights from 7-8 PM at Jessye Norman School of the Arts
$7 per class

Sign up here!

Friday, July 7th - Join us for a Swing Dance Party from 7-8 PM! Free admission. Visit Art on Greene for more info.

Mario Lett...

My story is quite different. I did not get my dance start until around 2005 when a friend of mine invited me to go swing dancing. I told him "I don't swing dance, I'm too big!" He told me to just try and as you probably guess, I tried it. A few years later after much practice and hard work I started competing in West Coast Swing Dancing. I have been throughout the Southeast competing in cities such as Miami, Fl, New Orleans, LA and Atlanta GA to name a few places scoring very high! After getting my start in dance, I decided to study Music Business with Full Sail University and as of May 2015 have been a graduate! I have used what I have learned to not only assist in conducting business but learning more about MUSIC! I absolutely love music! Continuously training in other partner dances in ballroom rhythm, smooth, latin and club dances such as Argentine Tango and Hustle, I just enjoy learning about all arts of body movement. I guess you could just call me a lover of dance!

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Intro to Photoshop, Ages 13+, Scholarships Available!
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Photoshop, Ages 13+, Scholarships Available!

Adobe Photoshop is an extremely versatile and useful image editing program. This class will go over the basics of Photoshop and explore what the program is capable of and how it can be used by novices and design professionals alike.

Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud software (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.) is in high demand in today's job market, AND the programs are really fun to use!

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Spring Art Exhibit and Musical Showcase
to Apr 28

Spring Art Exhibit and Musical Showcase

The Spring Gallery Exhibit and Musical represents the culmination of the entire year's artistic expression for both our visual and performing artists. Students are focused in just one discipline for the entire semester and the whole school is centered on creating a Spring Spectacular. You won't want to miss any part of it!

Disney's High School Musical JR.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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No Longer Strangers: An Art Show
to Mar 18

No Longer Strangers: An Art Show

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, in partnership with Greater Augusta Arts Council, have provided a neutral space to allow for self examination, group collaboration, and the building of camaraderie between the 9 artists who are "No Longer Strangers."

Opening Reception Thursday, March 16th from 6-8 PM

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3 Friends' Art
to Mar 4

3 Friends' Art

  • Ann & Ellis Johnson Gallery of Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Three friends, Frances Force, Marian Owens, and Pat Tante, present a tri-artist, collaborative show with artwork highlighting Augusta's southern charm and the value of friendship.

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30pm

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