As an art curator and the director of Augusta University’s Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, Shannon Morris would probably be the last person you’d suspect of being immersed in a secret mission involving the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Center, yet she’s been operating in the shadows since October.
Quietly, covertly, Morris has been acquiring art for the new facility, even while the building itself was little more than a construction zone.
Thanks to the vision of the Georgia Technology Authority, which operates the building, Morris has assembled 89 works of art from 25 Georgia artists, including 11 from the Augusta area and several from a handful of University System of Georgia institutions. Built around the theme of “Connectivity,” the curated collection will spread across four floors, each with its own theme.
“We really feel like this museum-worthy collection is going to have a positive impact on the community as well as the state of Georgia,” Morris said. “I look forward to whatever lies ahead for the collection and to working with it interpretively.”