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Regents appoint Georgia Southern professor to Capitol Art Standards Commission

At its last meeting, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents appointed Jonathan M. Bryant, associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University, to the Capitol Art Standards Commission. This new commission, established last year by Gov. Sonny Perdue, is responsible for developing policies and procedures for the acquisition, installation, preservation, maintenance, display, and storage of all museum-quality visual artwork owned by the State of Georgia, including portraits, paintings, sculptures, and plaques. The Commission is also responsible for acquiring new artwork, judging the relevance of the subject, the historical significance to the State of Georgia, and the quality of the artwork produced.

Bryant teaches U.S. Constitutional history, Georgia history, and the Destruction of Slavery. His research focuses on the second half of the 19th century, particularly in Georgia, constitutional history, and the American South. His first book, How Curious a Land: Conflict and Change in Greene County, Georgia, 1850-1885, followed the interaction of law with social and economic change in a plantation community. He is currently working on a new book, Old City, New South: Savannah after the Civil War, which will follow the changes that reshaped a southern city in the late nineteenth century. Bryant holds a doctorate from the University of Georgia and a J.D. from Mercer University.

Other members of the Capitol Art Standards Commission are:

Appointed by the Governor: Tommy Hills (Chairman); Steve Penley; Steve Smith

Appointed by the Georgia House Speaker: Tommy Benton; Earl Ehrhart; Calvin Hill

Appointed by the Georgia Senate: Seth Harp; Dan Weber; David Adelman

Appointed by the Georgia Capitol Museum: Dorothy Olson

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