Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
at the High Museum of Art

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015
6pm Hosts + VIP
7pm Open to the Public
8pm Award Presentation

The Nexus Award is a public acknowledgment of individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape and celebrates local leaders who are instrumental in making Atlanta an exceptionally vibrant arts community. The award was established in 2010 and named in recognition of the bold and pioneering spirit of the original founders of Nexus, Inc., a grassroots artist cooperative founded in 1973. Nexus Award winners are recognized for being forward thinking, brave, visionary, generous, and committed to advancing and supporting artists and their creative practice.

“It is humbling and incredibly meaningful to join this esteemed group of Nexus Award honorees, and become part of The Contemporary’s tradition of fostering contemporary art and dialogue in our city,” says Michael Rooks. “Connecting the High Museum of Art with artists and the people who nurture them in Atlanta has been a priority to me since my first conversation about the position. That responsibility has since become a joy for me personally, an inspiration, and a critically important aspect of what I do. Through its recognition of a High Museum of Art curator, The Contemporary demonstrates a commitment to collaboration which is fundamental to the success we all share and, I believe, is a life source for the arts and culture in Atlanta.”
More information on the Nexus Award and Host Committee HERE.


Michael Rooks

Michael Rooks joined the High Museum as Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in January 2010. Besides his responsibilities at the High, Rooks was appointed Commissioner and co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2010 and is a member of ActArt, the President’s committee for contemporary art and social action.

Honorary Chair

  • Susan & Ron Antinori
  • Nancy & Gene Hooff
  • Louise Sams & Jerome Grilhot
  • Elizabeth & Chris Willett

Host Committee

  • Alan K Avery & Michael Newton
  • Susan Bridges
  • Lucinda Bunnen
  • Debbie & Jeff Chapman
  • Catherine & Byron Cocke
  • Susan & Carl Cofer
  • Stan Cohen
  • Annette Cone-Skelton & Robert Hipps
  • Louis Corrigan
  • Susan Crawley & John Murrill
  • John Eckel
  • Howard Elkins
  • Randy Gue
  • Nena Griffith
  • Debbie & Paul Hudson
  • Ann & Ben Johnson
  • Jiong & Baxter Jones
  • Julie Jones Boulée
  • Emily Kolbinsky
  • Judy & Scott Lampert
  • Marianne Lambert
  • Anne Lambert Tracht
  • Liz Lapidus & Jeff Levy
  • Brenda Locke
  • Bill Lowe Gallery
  • Jordan & Mandy Mayers
  • Birgit & David McQueen
  • Vicki & John Palmer
  • Beth & David Park
  • Donna & Jim Philips
  • Sangeetha Ramkumar
  • Jay & Arthur Richardson
  • Judy & Arnie Rubenstein
  • Jack Sawyer & Bill Torres
  • Robin Sandler
  • Sara & John Schlesinger
  • Lauren & Tim Schrager
  • Jonathan Shils
  • Greg Smith
  • Cindi Fetch & Preston Snyder
  • Mary Stanley
  • Sara & Paul Steinfeld
  • Judith & Mark Taylor
  • Jen Waters & Jesse Dunn
  • Sue & John Wieland
  • Marcia Wood
  • Jessica & Matthew White
  • Zoe & David Zelby

Upcoming Events

April 13 / 2:00pm
Special Event

MuSEA Slow Reads

April 14 / 12:30pm
Contemporary Talks

Villa Albertine Resident Artist Talk

Lydia Amarouche


Lydia Amarouche will discuss her practices of editorial and literary resistance, in New York, Atlanta, and LA.

April 18 / 7:00pm

Chit Chat Club

Presented by The Bakery

Chit Chat Club is a monthly networking series featuring talks from cool creative people, activities, and a rotating food pop-up! This event is hosted at different spaces throughout the city each month. Join The Bakery Atlanta in meeting a cool person and learning something new.

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