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.
Annette Cone-Skelton and Kevin Cole will be recognized as Honorary Chairpersons the night of Atlanta Contemporary’s annual fundraiser, ART PARTY, Saturday, August 24th (ticketed) with the public Nexus Award ceremony being held on Thursday, October 3rd (free admission, cash/credit bar).
“Annette Cone Skelton founded The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) in 2000 to highlight, exhibit, and acquire Georgia artists. Her unique skills – combined with her talent as an artist – are evidenced in her abilities as an arts administrator, fundraiser and curator of exhibitions and programming. Additionally, her conception of the annual Working Artist Project which supports established visual artists of merit residing in the metro Atlanta area, provides unparalleled support for individual artists,” states Lucinda Bunnen, 2013 Nexus Award recipient. “Annette’s legacy and 20-year tenure is further affirmed by MOCA GA’s announcement to relocate to the Goat Farm where a new, gorgeous building designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects will further promote its mission to archive, collect, and exhibit important works by Georgia artists.”
Larry Walker, 2016 Nexus Award recipient, states “Kevin Cole’s artistic works as well as his teaching profile are equally outstanding. His studio productivity, his commitment to nurturing the development of young artists as well as collectors, and his overall involvement in the creative life of the community place him among the most artistically productive individuals I have ever encountered. His work is in numerous public and private collections in the Atlanta area as well as in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Arkansas and elsewhere throughout the U.S.A.”
“Both Annette and Kevin are deserving of the Nexus Award due to their profound contributions to the Atlanta arts community,” says Veronica Kessenich, executive director of Atlanta Contemporary. “By honoring these two remarkable individuals, we acknowledge the significant role that education plays in contemporary art. Annette’s role as Director of MOCA GA, advocates for the artists who live and work in Georgia. Kevin, and a respected artists and instructor propelled the careers of so many young artists. Their work ensures Atlanta is recognized as a city that champions contemporary art.”
To date, the Nexus Award has recognized ten outstanding awardees:
2018 – Kenny Blank, Executive Director of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
2017 – MailChimp, a marketing automation platform and an email marketing service based in Atlanta, GA
2016 – Larry Walker, Professor Emeritus and Former Director of Art and Design at Georgia State University
2015 – Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art
2014 – Susan Bridges, Founder and Director of Whitespace Gallery
2013 – Lucinda Bunnen, Photographer, collector, and arts patron
2012 – Lisa Cremin, Director of Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
2011 – Louis Corrigan, Founder of Flux Projects and Possible Futures
2010 – Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art; and Dr. Jerry Cullum, Writer, critic, and poet