Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis honored former Morris Eminent Scholar Philip Morsberger for his contributions to the local art community by proclaiming Friday, June 19, Philip Morsberger Day.
“It is not just his gifts as a great painter and fine teacher that have benefited Augusta so greatly, it was his decision to remain here after his term as the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University (now Georgia Regents University) ended, working among us and representing Augusta brilliantly elsewhere, that has really identified him as a favorite son,” Davis said. “Whether adopted or not, he is a great Augustan and a wonderful ambassador for our city. We take great pride in his continuing presence here.”
Morsberger was named the Morris Eminent Scholar in 1996, holding the endowed professorship until 2001. Since then, he’s remained in Augusta, exhibiting both nationally and internationally.
According to Morris Museum director Kevin Grogan, the museum celebrated Philip Morsberger Day by offering free admission.
“No public institution anywhere has enjoyed the support of such a staunch and abiding friend as the Morris Museum has had in Philip Morsberger,” Grogan said. “We share the mayor’s salute and wish him all the best.”