November 27, 2013 DPR

Morris Museum and Miller

Stacy Sikes 1st

PR Contacts:

Nicole McLeod

706-828-3815 I

Jennifer Voth

706-826-4704 I


Miller Theater Smartphone Photo Contest Winners Announced

AUGUSTA, GA, (NOVEMBER 2013): The Morris Museum of Art and Symphony Orchestra Augusta (SOA) partnered with the Miller Theater on the smartphone photo contest and exhibition, Snapshots of Time: Images of the Historic Miller Theater, which documented the Downtown Augusta theater. More than sixty-three photos were submitted, and all submissions were displayed in the Morris Museum’s Education Gallery October 1—20. The public was able to vote on their favorite photographs, and the following individuals are being recognized for submitting the top photographs:

First Place: Stacy Sikes

Second Place: Stephen Smith

Tied for Third Place: Trey Keenan and Debby Ellis

Winners received prizes ranging from a membership to the Morris Museum of Art to SOA performance tickets.

The Morris Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection of five thousand works of art, dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present, represents every aspect of the region’s visual culture. The Morris is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit or call 706-724-7501.


Now entering its 59th season, SOA pursues its mission “to share the joy of great musical performance with our audience—together we are music” by offering annual symphonic, Pops, and chamber concerts that attract 15,000 people each year. SOA’s six-concert Symphony Series, held at First Baptist of Augusta, presents a range of traditional repertoire as well as contemporary orchestral music. The four-concert Pops! at the Bell Series, held at Bell Auditorium in downtown Augusta, annually showcases Grammy Award-winning stars, local favorites, and international performers. The three-concert Columbia County Music Series, held at Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans, features exceptional chamber ensembles from around the world. Via its education and community engagement programs, SOA additionally extends its reach to communities throughout a 75-mile radius from Augusta, serving approximately 23,000 youth and adults each year. The annual budget is $1.3 million. The SOA serves a population of 500,000 in the Central Savannah River Area encompassing 15 counties in two states (GA & SC).

In January 2012, SOA started a campaign to renovate the historic Miller Theater and its adjacent property, 710 Broad Street, into a new center for symphonic music, the performing arts, and arts education in downtown Augusta. To be completed in 2015, the new Miller will comprise a 1,300-seat concert hall; a Music Institute; and a full range of public amenities. By creating a new and exciting cultural destination in a currently underutilized area of the city, the Miller project will contribute to ongoing civic efforts to revitalize downtown Augusta, for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

*Top Image caption: Photograph by First Place Winner, Stacy Sikes





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