We are a nonprofit, non-collecting institution dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of contemporary art by emerging and established artists.

We create a diverse cultural landscape for artists, arts professionals, and the art-interested public through our exhibitions, educational programming, and Studio Artist Program.

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 six–10 exhibitions within four seasonal cycles each year, featuring 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.

Current Artists

About the Studios

Studios range in size from 225 to 755 square feet; each space is unique. Rental rates, which include utilities, parking, and Wi-Fi, are significantly below market value and are based on the square footage of each studio. Studio entrances are located within a secure courtyard next to a parking lot reserved for program participants.

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Program Policies

Artists are expected to work in their studios on a consistent and ongoing basis. Studios are work spaces, not living spaces, salesrooms, or offices. Standard studio-practice safety procedures apply, including a no smoking policy.

Atlanta Contemporary is under no formal obligation to exhibit or publish the work of program participants. We do not represent individual artists.

How to Join

A panel of current board members, Studio Artists, staff, and members of Atlanta's art community choose participants. Selection criteria include consistency with our institutional focus, level of activity as a working artist, and history of community involvement.

Emerging, mid-career, and established Atlanta-based artists may apply when space becomes available. Sign up for our newsletter to learn when we have openings.



Tim Schrager

Board President

Perennial Properties

Preston Snyder

Vice President

Braden Fellman Group

Greg Smith

Board Treasurer

SunTrust Bank

Randy Gue


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Von Du Bose

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John Eckel

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Nancy Griffith Hooff

Carter Kay Interiors

Herman H. Howard

KAI Design & Build

Sangeetha Ramkumar

Intercontinental Hotels Group

David Wender

Alston & Bird LLP

Matthew White

Artist, Entrepreneur

Chris Willett

The Willet Group, Janney Montgomery Scott

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