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 200 consequential artists and creatives from the local, national, and international art scenes through our various exhibition, project spaces, and programs each year. We commission new works, paying particular attention to artists who have not had a significant exhibition in the Southeast. We organize over 125 programs annually including Contemporary Kids, Contemporary Cocktails, Contemporary Talks, and more! Atlanta Contemporary provides 13 on-site subsidized studio space to working artists through the Studio Artist Program.

By The Numbers | Artists Demographics

Race & Ethnicity – 56% BIPOC: 44% Black/African American; 7% Asian American; 5% LatinX and 44% White/Caucasian

Gender – 76% Female; 20% Male; 4% Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary

'Tis the Season

To celebrate.
To break bread.
To be with loved ones.
And, to ring in the New Year.

As 2021 comes to a close and we celebrate all that has been accomplished, we look towards 2022 as a catalyst to learn, to uplift, and to challenge the expected. At the time of writing this letter, we are finalizing contracts and confirming exhibitions for over two years from now. These exhibitions, and our new staff Anna Carnes and Waduda Muhammad, will bring fresh perspective and give an unwavering voice to subjects not yet broached at Atlanta Contemporary.

For this, we express our gratitude to those who make all of this possible.

  • Thank you to the artists, curators, partners, and staff who put in this work
  • Thank you for trusting us to keep you safe as you enjoyed performances by Dance Canvas, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, and Full Radius Dance
  • Thank you for your donations - at the door, online, and by renewing your annual support - without you, none of this is possible

We - the board and staff - do this work for you. We open our doors free admission, every day because we fundamentally believe that Art Is Essential.

Please consider making a year-end gift. Your donation underwrites artist + partner honoraria, educational programming, and the Studio Artist Program. With your help, Atlanta Contemporary will remain a safe and thoughtful place to bring artists & audiences together.

Happy holidays to you and yours,

Sincerely,Veronica Kessenich

Executive Director

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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Waduda Muhammad

Development Manager

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Emma Blessing

Visitor Services Coordinator

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Ethan Cantrell

Events Manager

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Makiko Maekawa

Contemporary Kids Instructor


Nyssa Goodroe

Welcome Desk Associate

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Anna Carnes

Program Coordinator

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Lynne Tanzer

SHOP Curator



Katina Asbell

Board Chair

Associate Broker, The Asbell Golde Team | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty

Mace Aluia

Vice President, Corporate Partnership Sales at AMB Sports & Entertainment, Atlanta Falcons / Atlanta United

Odessa M. Archibald

Area Manager, Georgia Power

Stephen Boyd

Managing Director – Accenture Interactive | Products

Natalie Figuero

Business Planning & Operations Lead, Commerce at Facebook

Emily de Golian, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist and Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon at Dermatology Consultants, P.C.

Charles "Chip" Mann

Retired Partner - Deloitte Tax LLP

Andrew Rodbell

Co-founder Post Meridiem Spirit Company

Barbara Russell

Senior Director, Institutional Giving at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

Meghan Shakar

Leadership Coach & Startup Advisor Founder, Verandi LLC

Danielle Henry

Global Director, Integrated Marketing Instagram

Our Values

Our Core Values guide us in our work. Along with our Strategic Plan, our staff and board are committed to using our Core Values in the creation, presentation, and advancement of contemporary art.


We present experiences that are relevant to contemporary culture. We do this by inviting artists to create, introduce, and present artistic ideas.


We provide a community-focused environment that fosters inclusivity and respect.


We uphold the highest standards of artistic, programmatic, and organizational excellence in every interaction that we have.


We lead our field and receive peer recognition through flawless program execution and effective implementation of our plans. We are responsive to our audience and those who aspire to work in the field of contemporary art.


We embrace and work with a wide variety of organizations, neighbors, partners, and communities to reach common goals and provide access to contemporary art in a variety of forms.

Nexus Fund


Founded by artists for artists, Atlanta Contemporary was built upon the principles of engaging in experimentation and risk-taking through exhibitions, programming, and support of working artists. The Nexus Fund expands upon the ethos of these early days. By establishing the Nexus Fund, Atlanta Contemporary gives direct and necessary support to visual arts projects being done by Metro Atlanta’s ever-growing community of contemporary arts practitioners. By supporting new work or through the expansion of an existing project, the Nexus Fund sponsors dynamic and innovative individual artists or partnerships. The Nexus Fund: Emergency Relief in first year gave $1,000 to support 60 self-identifying visual artists.

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