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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Gov. Nathan Deal presented the Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities to the Pasaquan Preservation Society Tuesday, Oct. 6 for outstanding contributions made to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through the preservation of Pasaquan, which will be gifted to Columbus State University upon completion of preservation activities.
Professors and students from Columbus State University have been working closely with the Pasaquan Preservation Society and preservationists employed by the Kohler Foundation to restore and preserve the colorful seven-acre art environment created by Eddie Owens Martin, known as St. EOM, near Buena Vista, Georgia.
The Society, which has maintained the site the since 1986, deeded Pasaquan last year to Kohler Foundation, who is leading the preservation of the site’s painted masonry fences, totem poles and other art artifacts.
“The Governor’s Award recognizes the hard work and perseverance of the Pasaquan Preservation Society for the last three decades,” said Mike McFalls, an associate professor of art at Columbus State University.
When preservation is complete, the site will be gifted to Columbus State University Foundation for use by the university under the direction of McFalls. The university will breathe life into the site with events, programming and educational activities, as well as tours.
“This award confirms our confidence that through its operation of Pasaquan, the stature of the Art Department will rise to a national and potentially international level,” said Richard Baxter, dean of CSU’s College of the Arts.
The Pasaquan Preservation Society joins twelve other recipients of this year’s Governor’s Award, presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.
Columbus State University is scheduled to assume ownership of Pasaquan in December, with programming to begin in late spring, when restoration is anticipated to be complete.