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'Works by Lois Curtis'

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September 20, 2012

Lois CurtisLois CurtisCivil rights activist and folk artist Lois Curtis uses pastels and acrylics to communicate her passion for painting, despite living with a disability.

The Atlanta, Ga., native will share her original artwork with the campus and local community through Saturday, Dec. 1.

“Works by Lois Curtis: A Celebration of a Life Lived Creatively” displays in the Georgia College Museum located on the corner of North Clarke and Montgomery streets.

The event is free and open to the public.

A reception will take place today at 5:30 p.m. in the museum.

Curtis spent her adolescent and adult life in state-run institutions. After repeated requests to live in her community were denied, she sued the state of Georgia.

During 1999 her case regarding discrimination against people with mental disabilities came before the U.S. Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C.

The case’s victorious landmark decision became a national mandate and freed tens of thousands of people with disabilities from unjust and unnecessary institutionalization.

During June 2011, Curtis met with President Barack Obama in the White House and presented him with one of her paintings.

The Georgia College exhibition is sponsored by the Institute on Human Development and Disability, College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia and Georgia College Foundation’s Patience Russell Peterson Endowed Fund.

For more information call 478-445-8274.             

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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