I became the director of Pasaquan in 2014. Pasaquan is a 7-acre nationally recognized visionary art environment nestled in the pines of rural Marion County, roughly six miles northeast of Buena Vista, Georgia.The late Eddie Owens Martin, who introduced himself as St. EOM - pronounced Ohm - began creating Pasaquan in 1957 and continued to work on the site for 30 years. The art environment features six major structures, mandala murals and more than 900 feet of painted masonry walls. St. EOM, drew inspiration from many different cultures. Pasaquan fuses African, pre-Columbian and Native American cultural and religious symbols and designs, along with motifs inspired by Edward Churchward’s books about “The Lost Continent of MU.”
In 2014 the Kohler Foundation began a complete multi-million dollar restoration of the site. This was the largest project the Kohler Foundation has ever undertaken. During the restoration, CSU had over 90 students doing research and working with the conservation teams. Pasaquan has now been reopened to the public for a year and a half and invites writers, poets, visual artists, dancers, composers, and musicians to respond to the work of Eddie Owens Martin. We have CSU students and students from several other universities in the region completing research at Pasaquan or in the Pasaquan Archives.