Southern Fried Queer Pride/SFQP Artist Talks are a new series of talks and workshops featuring local Atlanta artists sharing their work, experiences, and insight!

This talk features Jacob O’Kelley, co-owner and curator of the Showerhaus Gallery located in Atlanta, Georgia. O’Kelley will be talking about his practice and experience running an experimental art gallery. 

This event is held in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails, with drinks by our Mixologist in Residence. Admission is free. Credit bar.

Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means Street. You can access the lot via Bankhead Avenue and proceed past the parking attendant booth.


Southern Fried Queer Pride

Southern Fried Queer Pride is a QTPoC-led queer and trans, arts & advocacy organization and festival based in Atlanta, GA. Built on the backbones of the Stonewall Riots, MondoHomo, queer liberation, and the radical celebration of Southern queers, SFQP offers a platform for community artists, activists, and anyone and everyone to hold space!

Jacob O'Kelley

Jacob O’Kelley is an Atlanta-based arts administrator and independent curator. He received his BFA in Drawing and Painting from Georgia State University in 2016. In 2018, he co-founded ShowerHaus, a curatorial team and former gallery space at The Goat Farm. ShowerHaus was most notable for the High Rise Show, a four-floor exhibition consisting of 200 artists in Downtown Atlanta. From 2021-2022, Jacob managed MINT Gallery, a local arts non-profit focused on emerging artists in Atlanta. Currently, he serves as the Artistic Director at Swan Coach House Gallery. He is also a contributor to Burnaway and Art Papers.

His interests and ambitions lie in uplifting artists, primarily in the Southern United States. He focuses on the development of artists by dedicating time and energy - providing space for experimental work and exploratory research at the same time being adaptable and understanding of artists’ needs. Most recently, he curated Local Stories 2023-24 for A&E Atlanta, a local billboard project focused on the history of Downtown Atlanta, Offerings, also in Downtown Atlanta, and Interconnect at Echo Contemporary in Atlanta.

Upcoming Events

April 27 / 2:00pm
Special Event

MuSEA Slow Reads


Folks get to activate MuSEA’s mobile library by relaxing at the Atlanta Contemporary and reading selected texts out loud to each other.

April 28 / 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.

May 2 / 6:30pm
Contemporary Cocktails

Crafts + Cocktails


Join artist and educator Sherrice Adams for our adult craft night, Crafts + Cocktails.

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