Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Price of admission: $5 General, $3 Students/Seniors, Free Children under 12 years old, Free on Thursdays
Website - 404-688-1970
Hours of Operations: Tue.-Sat. 11AM-5PM; Thu. 11AM-8PM; Sun. noon-5PM
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (the Contemporary) has been a defining force in Atlanta’s cultural life since 1973; having been formed initially as Nexus Contemporary Art Center. What began as an artists’-run cooperative has evolved into an organizational model for contemporary art centers throughout the nation. The Contemporary is a multidisciplinary arts center that contributes to Atlanta’s arts scene by exposing the work of local, regional, national, and international artists to the Greater Atlanta community. Through our programming areas and educational outreach, the Contemporary strives to provide a service that is unique in Atlanta and the Southeast.
With five exhibitions and a number of other presentations throughout the year, the Contemporary’s gallery is one of the South’s most dynamic spaces for artistic exchange and experimental thinking. Exhibitions explore current ideas, attitudes and new directions in contemporary artistic expression. The exhibition schedule offers a diverse mix of solo and group exhibitions presenting a broad range of local, national and international works. Esteemed by the international arts community, the Contemporary has earned a pivotal role in Atlanta’s cultural landscape by making contemporary art accessible and by encouraging its creation.
A cornerstone of the Contemporary’s mission is to inform diverse audiences that contemporary art encompasses multi-sensory forms of expression in which aesthetic, cultural and social meanings are exposed and debated. The Contemporary’s Education and Outreach Program promotes public understanding through the appreciation of contemporary art and its relationship to our everyday lives. Symposia, workshops, lectures, panel discussions and exchanges of ideas and opinions accompany each exhibition. Artist's talks and performances incorporate audience participation and employ interactive strategies to stimulate critical thinking and cultural activism.
The Contemporary serves as a catalyst, sparking the imaginations of emerging, mid-career, and established professional artists, as well as critics and curators, by providing them with a setting in which they can explore individual visions. Since 1973, the Contemporary has juried work and awarded studio workspaces at a subsidized rate to artists working in a variety of media. In addition to fostering a collaborative environment and providing space for working artists, the program also serves as a source for information concerning the local and national exhibition scene.
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