By establishing the Nexus Fund, Atlanta Contemporary will give direct and necessary support to visual arts projects being done by Metro Atlanta’s ever-growing community of contemporary arts practitioners.

The Nexus Fund: Emergency Relief, in this first year, will give $1,000 to support 60 self-identifying visual artists. In order to ensure that artists of every ethnicity, race, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability status, and socioeconomic class have access to this fund, Atlanta Contemporary will work with new and established partners to reach communities that have been historically underrepresented.

Applicants are not required to use funds for a project rather, the unrestricted $1,000 may be used to cover costs associated with living during these unprecedented times. Due to the overwhelming need for financial support, we ask that applicants self-monitor as the Nexus Fund will not be able to support everyone who applies. Applications open November 1, 2020 with funds disbursed December 9, 2020. The blind application process will be led and managed by Program Coordinator, Nisa Floyd and supported in part by Emma Blessing, Visitor Services Coordinator.

No final reporting will be necessary. An artist funded by the Nexus Fund may be asked for a testimonial statement though the list will not be shared publicly.

About the 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 supporting new work or through the expansion of an existing project, the Nexus Fund sponsors dynamic and innovative individual artists or partnerships.

How to Apply

Applications have now closed.

Questions? Email us at

Application Timeline

• November 1: Application Open
• November 1 – November 22: Applications accepted
• November 23 – December 13: Grantees determined
• December 14: Grantees notified
• December 16: Funds disbursed

FAQ | Nexus Fund :: Emergency Relief for Artists Download the FAQ Sheet for eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and more.


About The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, the mission of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the advancement of the visual arts. The foundation manages an innovative and flexible grants program while also preserving Warhol’s legacy through creative and responsible licensing policies and extensive scholarly research for ongoing catalogue raisonné projects. To date, the foundation has given over $200 million in cash grants to over 1,000 arts organizations in 49 states and abroad and has donated 52,786 works of art to 322 institutions worldwide. More information about the foundation is available at

About Atlanta Contemporary

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.


Applications have now closed.

Contact Info
Emma Blessing

Upcoming Events

September 24 / 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 5 / 6:00pm
Open Studios

Open Studios

Studio Artist Program


Join us as we spotlight our studio artists, see their work firsthand, and share a cocktail in support of local working artists in Atlanta.

October 7 / 2:00pm
Contemporary Talks

Drawn Together | Artist Talk


Join Soude Dadras (curator) and Jessica Caldas (artist) for a discussion about the exhibition Drawn Together currently on view in Contemporary On-Site.

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