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Past Event November 30, 2017 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Studio Artist Program
Open Studios spotlights the artists in our Studio Artist Program. This event is one of three nights where we invite you to join us and meet the artists, see their work firsthand, and perhaps add some art to your collection.
Who Will Be In Attendance
Open Studios supports our vision to build a community that offers ever-expanding support for the creation and appreciation of contemporary art. All are welcome to attend including artists, creatives, professionals, students, as well as anyone who is simply interested in art, cocktails, and connections.
What’s It All For
All ticket sales directly support the subsidization of each studio space. Sponsorships underwrite Atlanta Contemporary’s efforts to provide honoraria to many of the artists who exhibit in the galleries and project spaces within our campus.
This event works in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails, featuring freshly mixed cocktails by one of our Mixologist-in-Residence, as well as bites for sale from a local food truck, Southern Routes. Cash/Credit
The Southern Routes Catering and Truck is serving the Atlanta area some of the best flavors of the South featuring New Orleans Soul Food and Carolina Style BBQ.
General Admission - $10
Students - $5
Members - FREE admission
All money raised supports the Studio Artist Program.
Masud Ashley Olufani (MAO) is an Atlanta based actor and mixed media artist whose studio practice is rooted in the discipline of sculpture. He is a graduate of Arts High School in Newark, N.J., Morehouse College and The Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned an M.F.A. in sculpture in 2012. Masud has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans; Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Richmond, Virginia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong, China. The artist has completed residencies at The Vermont Studio Center; SCAD Alumni Artist in Residence in Savannah; The Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun, GA.; and Creative Currents in Portobello, Panama. He is a recipient of a 2015 Idea Capital Grant; a Southwest Airlines Art and Social Engagement grant; a recipient of 2015-16’ MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant, and is a member of the 2014-15’ class of the Walthall Fellows. He has appeared in numerous television shows including Being Mary Jane, Devious Maids, Satisfaction, and, Nashville, and will be a featured actor in the feature film All Eyez on Me: The Tupac Shakur Story.
Kojo Griffin was born in Farmville, VA, in 1971; raised in Boston, MA; and currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and three sons. Griffin has had several solo exhibitions in the US, including two with his former New York gallery Mitchell-Innes & Nash and has shown his work extensively in group shows both domestically and worldwide. He has been a visiting artist at several universities, including The Massachusetts College of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, SUNY-New Paltz, and, most recently, Hong Kong Baptist University. He was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial of Art, the 2002 Corcoran Biennial of Art, The Freestyle show at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the 2006 Seville Biennial in Seville, Spain.
In 1995, he received a BA in psychology from Morehouse College. Griffin recently received his MFA in painting and drawing at Georgia State University.
Jaime Bull makes fabric sculptures, costumes and paintings- creating glittering creatures and strange florescent environments; re-imagining the world, inspired by past experiences but designing for future or fantastical possibilities. Bull creates work like an inventor liberally taking creative license, a mad scientist in her crazy research lab.
Feminized monsters, mermen drinking scotch and smoking cigars, fabric rockets disguised as circus tents, camouflaged space chairs, sea monkeys in underwater worlds: Bull uses humor and play to create a razzle-dazzle cast of characters, costumes and paintings that reflect on and examine feminism, femininity, fertility and environmental concerns.
Bull received her MFA from the University of Georgia, Athens in 2013. She is a recipient of the Willson Center for the Arts research grant for her thesis work Lady Beasts: An Investigation of Womanliness. She has exhibited with the Doppler Project, the Mint Gallery, the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Hotel Indigo and the Hudgens Center. She is a Vermont Studio School Fellow and recently attended a residency at the Bernheim Arboretum in Louisville, KY. She was featured in the 219th edition of Ambit Magazine, London. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Georgia teaching Color and Composition.
Sonya Yong James is a sculptor and multi-media artist whose work for the past several years has focused on the exploration of the idea of physical devotion and ritual experienced through the process of repetitive labor intensive making. The sculptures utilize animal hair, including sheep wool and horse hair. Her current work is focused on the duality of form representing opposing sensations and active emotional tensions. This is shown by contrasting visual textures such as gentleness and violence, animal and human, and beauty and the abject. She is influenced by the landscapes of the South, personal narrative, and the history of mourning in America.
James was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2000 where she focused on etching and sculpture. James has exhibited nationally for the past twenty years and has been the recipient of several grants, awards, and residencies. In 2013, she curated an exhibition for the Hudgens Center for the Arts entitled Repetition and Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber that travelled to the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She is currently in a traveling exhibit originating at the Muskegon Museum of Art that is considered an international survey of innovators in the field entitled Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge.
While often starting with the camera, Kelly Kristin Jones’ work utilizes various methods and materials to survey new concepts. Primarily interested in our relationship to environment, Jones explores how we are implicated and reflected in something so familiar it has become nearly invisible. Shifting perspective, renegotiating space, and recording sights, Jones studies the utter strangeness of space and movement in urban areas.
Kelly Kristin Jones earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) and currently teaches at Georgia State University. Jones is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2015), the Southwest Airlines Arts and Social Engagement Prize (2013), the MINT Gallery Leap Year Artist Award (2013), the James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship (2012), The Union League and Civic Arts Foundation Prize (2011, 2012) and the Municipal Art League Fellowship (2012).
Tyler Beard (b. 1982, Olathe, KS) holds an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a BFA from the University of Kansas. In the summer of 2008, Tyler traveled to Germany where he was an Artist in Residence at the Ceramic Center Berlin. Beard has participated in numerous exhibitions at institutions including the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Central Utah Arts Center, and the Biennial of the Americas in Denver. Recently he had his first solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. He is represented by Robischon Gallery and currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
Joe Camoosa makes drawings and paintings that focus on complexity, order, and the uncertainty of meaning. Working within abstraction, he searches and strives for what doesn’t exist and hasn’t been seen before: the un-nameable. Mystery and ambiguity loom large; his work contains a number of things that might look familiar yet can’t quite be named—a map, a glimpse under a microscope, a scientific model containing arteries or clusters of organs and bodily shapes, or something in bloom, coming alive. His work is informed by many ingredients: maps, aerial landscapes, music, trains, graffiti, architecture, the sensation of rhythm and movement, the grid of New York City, and the tattered subway map from his childhood.
Camoosa was born in Asbury Park, NJ, and lives and works in Atlanta. He received an MFA in painting and drawing from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and graduated from Florida State University, where he studied mass communication and anthropology. Camoosa has exhibited throughout the Southeast, and his work is held in numerous corporate and private collections.
Known for incorporating the “glitch” aesthetic into the ceramic vernacular, A-Johnson’s work addresses thoughts of memory, technological integration, mark making, and perceptual consciousness. While his original draw to the ceramic medium was the physical nature in which it is manipulated, during Graduate school at Arizona State University, He found clay to be a relevant medium to explore the relationship of illusion and form, thought and physicality. A-Johnson has continued the exploration of these ideas and processes through multiple relocations, including time spent as a visiting artist at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, and an Assistant Professor at Buffalo State College. He most recently transitioned from being a full time studio artist in Copenhagen, Denmark to join Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA as an Assistant Professor. A-Johnson’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally through awarded grants, exhibitions, and residencies. In 2012 he was awarded the Emerging Artist Award through NCECA, and most recently received an exhibition grant from the Danish Cultural Ministry to complete a residency and exhibition opportunity through C.R.E.T.A. Rome. For this opportunity he continued to integrate digital processes with traditional forming and surface treatments. This act reflects the current state of human experience, as we navigate between actuality and the illusions presented by our screens.
JD Walsh is a multimedia artist. He has exhibited at galleries internationally including Halsey McKay, Cleopatra’s, 106 Green, Brennan & Griffin, and Nicole Klagsbrun in New York, Galerie Steinek in Vienna, and Cooper Cole in Toronto. In 2012 his public art installation “Ensemble for Mixed Use” was commissioned by the City of Toronto for the 2012 Nuit Blanche festival. His work has been written about in Artforum, Flash Art, and Sculpture Magazine, among others. His ongoing music project Shy Layers has garnered critical acclaim and was listed as one of the top 20 electronic albums of 2016 by Pitchfork. Walsh is interested in tuning, perception, framing devices, context, serialism, thought-mirrors, rhythm, time signatures, appropriation, shapeshifters, random number generators, echoes, hallucinations, compresssion, phases, castoffs, generative art, John Cage, texture, thresholds, and visual crossfades.
Jaime Keiter is an artist working primarily in the medium of ceramics. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Georgia in 2001 and worked as a photo art director at various fashion and design magazines in New York City for 14 years before returning to Atlanta in 2016. Her ceramic sculptures are collaged from individually handcrafted and glazed porcelain tiles. Her process begins with cutting geometric and organic shapes from porcelain slabs, underglazing patterns and textures, and then finishing each tile with a variety of different mid-fire glazes including copper washes, turquoise, creamy pastels, and bold primaries. These elements are then collaged together to create the sculptures. The works are inspired by the Bauhaus art of 1920’s Pre-War Germany and the Postmodern Memphis design movement of the 1980’s. She is interested in the intersection both of these movements have between fine art and craft that combine to make functional and non-functional design objects. She has exhibited with Daily Operation in Brooklyn, New York as well as Swan Coach House in Atlanta. Her art has been featured in various publications including Sight Unseen, Design Milk, and Architectural Digest.
Greene uses a diverse photographic practice to explore representations of race. Greene is currently working on a new body of work that uses African textiles as a material and pattern to explore her own relationship to culture. She received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Photography and has completed residencies at Light Work in Syracuse New York and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work is in the permanent collection of Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and the Princeton University Art Museum. Myra Greene’s work has been featured in nationally exhibitions in galleries and museums including The New York Public Library, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Williams College Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and Sculpture Center in New York City. Myra Greene was born in New York City and received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico. She currently resides in Atlanta Georgia, where she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Spelman College.
Kirstin Mitchell is a multi-media artist living in Atlanta, Georgia. Mitchell creates experiential environments in various mediums including, painting, installation and performance. Her work has been shown throughout the East Coast and Internationally, in Austria and Italy. Mitchell is a recent MOCA GA Working Artist Project Fellow. She has performed with the support of the Franklin Furnace Fund in Manhattan, New York. Mitchell’s work has been featured in publications including Art in America, Art Papers and Flash Art magazines.
Sara Hornbacher is an Atlanta –based artist, who moved from NYC in 1994 to take a position as Video Dept. Chair at The Atlanta College of Art. She began her work in media as a Graduate Fellow at SUNY/AB and established her early career as a media artist, video curator, and video publisher, in NYC. She has been in numerous exhibitions in museums, festivals and private art galleries in the US and abroad; her work is in numerous private and corporate collections, including The Rose Goldsen Archive for New Media Art at Cornell, The Burchfield Penney Museum Legacy Artist Archive in Buffalo; The Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY; Chicago Art Institute, MOMA and The Whitney Museum, NYC, among others.
January 21 / 12:00pm
A free and interactive family-friendly program, Contemporary Kids introduces children to contemporary art and artists through approachable media and hands-on activities.
January 25 / 6:00pm
The Queer Sex Issue
Southern Queer Representation in Arts & Media
Presented by WUSSY Mag
Join us in welcoming WUSSY Mag for an issue release party of “The Queer Sex Issue”, a brand-new arts/literary zine featuring work from over 30 Queer artists.
February 1 / 7:00pm
Max Teicher of Gagosian
Presented by Gagosian
Contemporary Talks connects audiences with some of the most influential national thinkers and doers in art and culture working today. The series On Collecting will comprise of three lectures to be held over the course of the fiscal year.