High Museum of Art
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States. There are over 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection including an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American art; significant holdings of European paintings and decorative art; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is the only major general museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The Media Arts department is also known for producing an annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In recent years the Museum has focused on enhancing their modern, contemporary and photography collections.
The Museum’s building was designed by architect Richard Meier and opened to the public in 1983. Expansions to the building began in 2003 to enhance the galleries, interior spaces and make way for have a chronological installation of the permanent collection. In 2005 the High Museum of Art opened expanded facilities designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and it more than doubled the Museum’s size to 312, 000 square feet.