Contemporary Talks presents a conversation series with our artists in the Studio Artist Program (SAP). 

Join us in welcoming Dana Haugaard this Thursday to talk about his process and current body of work. He is featured on the SAP Wall located beyond the atrium and will be on view through December 17, 2017.  

Our Studio Artist Program supports local working artists by providing subsidized studio space and by fostering a collaborative environment supportive of the creative process. The Studio Artist Wall is generously supported by Georgia State University, The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design.


Dana Haugaard

Dana Haugaard works with sensation and stimulation with the hopes of—even for a moment—enabling people to gain a heightened sense of self-awareness. He attempts to engineer moments in which people become more conscious of themselves and their environments and how each affects the other. Working with sound, he creates reactive environments with sensors and audio controllers that use both low and high frequency sine waves and vibration generators to physically affect people and spaces. These moments of unexpected physical stimulation are crucial moments as they remind us that we are aware—that we are indeed real physical beings. Haugaard is currently researching the mechanics of sound, trying to find ways to use and exploit the subtleties of sound to engineer a more affective experience.

Haugaard grew up in Decatur, GA, and has recently returned to Atlanta after living in Iowa City, where he received his MFA from the University of Iowa and taught sculpture at Kirkwood Community College.

Upcoming Events

September 26 / 7:00pm
Special Event

Creative Capital

Grant Information Session

Presented by Creative Capital

Learn how artists can apply for the Creative Capital Award valued at $100,000, all dedicated to supporting artists complete their innovative project ideas.

September 29 / 12:00pm
Contemporary Kids

Contemporary Kids


A free and interactive family-friendly program, Contemporary Kids introduces children to contemporary art and artists through approachable media and hands-on activities.

October 3 / 7:00pm
Nexus Award

Nexus Award 2019

Honoring Annette Cone-Skelton and Kevin Cole


Atlanta Contemporary honors Annette Cone-Skelton and Kevin Cole with the 2019 Nexus Award at a reception on Wednesday, October 3.

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