A community that offers ever-expanding support for the creation and appreciation of contemporary art.

Founded in 1973 as Nexus, a grassroots artists’ cooperative, Atlanta Contemporary has since become one of the southeast’s leading contemporary art centers. We play a vital role in Atlanta’s cultural landscape by presenting over 80 exhibitions within four seasonal cycles each year, featuring over 100 consequential artists from the local, national, and international art scenes. We are one of the few local institutions that commissions new works by artists, paying particular attention to artists of note who have not had a significant exhibition in the Southeast. We organize 50+ diverse educational offerings annually, unrivaled by other local organizations of our size. We are the only local organization to provide on-site subsidized studio space to working artists through our Studio Artist Program, removing cost as a barrier to the creative process.

Our Studio Artist Program supports local working artists by providing subsidized studio space and by fostering a collaborative environment supportive of the creative process.

Learn more about the program.


Veronica Kessenich

Executive Director

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Daniel Fuller


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Tiffany Dover


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Abby Bullard

Development & Grants Coordinator

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Maggie Benoit

Event Manager

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Alex Christopher Williams

Preparator & Facility Controller

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Natalie Escobar

Graphic Designer

Makiko Maekawa

Contemporary Kids Instructor


Randy Gue

Board Chair

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University

Cheng Lee


VP, SunTrust

David Wender


Alston & Bird LLP

Tim Schrager

Chairman Emeritus

Perennial Properties

Von Du Bose

Dubose Miller, LLC

Jason "J" Carter

One Music Fest

Sangeetha Ramkumar

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Barbara Richardson

Interim Chief Development Officer, Families First

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