Craig Drennen of THE END! hosts a virtual panel discussion with select artists in THE END IS NEAR!, currently on view in Contemporary On-Site. Join for a conversation conversation lead by Craig on these artists’ practice, exhibitions, and upcoming projects, followed by an audience Q&A.

Craig Drennen, curator (Atlanta, GA)
Avantika Bawa (Portland, OR)
Cayse Cheatham (Atlanta, GA)
Namwon Choi (Savannah, GA)
Marissa Graziano (Brooklyn, NY)
Joe Hadden (Atlanta, GA)

Click here to watch the entire talk on YouTube. 



THE END is a non-profit exhibition project space committed to the presentation of new artwork by Atlanta artists, or artists associated with Atlanta. THE END is a 200 square foot space with an emphasis on solo exhibitions of new work unlikely to be shown at other Atlanta venues. The exhibition of new and challenging work is the primary goal of THE END.

Craig Drennen

Craig Drennen is a painter and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. He was a participant in Atlanta Contemporary’s studio program from 2010 through 2013 and was included in Painters Panting at Atlanta Contemporary in 2012. His MOCA GA Working Artist Project exhibition took place in 2017. His recent solo exhibitions include Old Athenian & at Stove Works in Chattanooga, TN, and Merchants, Bandits, and Certain Senators at Laney Contemporary in Savannah, GA. He has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, MacDowell, the Triangle Arts Fountation, and Skowhegan. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe. Drennen served as Dean at Skowhegan, teaches at Georgia State University, and manages THE END Project Space in Atlanta. Since 2008, he has organized his studio practice around Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens.

Avantika Bawa

Avantika Bawa is an artist, curator and educator based in Portland, OR, and often residences in her hometown, New Delhi, India. Bawa has an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. She has participated in the Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, Kochi Biennial Foundation and Djerassi residencies among others. Noteworthy solo exhibits include shows at; Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA, The Columbus Museum, GA; Saltworks Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Nature Morte and Gallery Maskara in India; White Box, Tilt Gallery & Project Space and Disjecta, Portland, OR. In April 2004 she was part of a team that launched Drain - Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture. In 2014 Avantika was appointed to the board of the Oregon Arts Commission. She is currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA.

Namwon Choi

Namwon Choi is an artist based in Savannah, GA. Choi acquired her BFA and MFA in Traditional Korean Painting from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea in 2002, and her MFA in Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University in Atlanta in 2014. Her work has been exhibited at the New York City Korean Culture Center,the Los Angeles Korean Culture Center, Aqua Art Miami, the National MFA Wet Paint Biennial Exhibition in Chicago, and at TheMuseum of Contemporary Art, Georgia in Atlanta. Her work in the “New Connections” exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. was reviewed in the Washington Post. Her recent solo exhibition In-Betweenness showed at Gallery 72 in Atlanta, Georgia; Open Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee; and Artist Homes Gallery in Berlin, Germany.Her upcoming solo exhibition, Blue Distant, opens in October 2019 at Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta. She is currently a professor of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Marissa Graziano

Marissa Graziano is an artist and curator raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2015 and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University in 2018. Her practice includes installation, painting, video, and performance. Graziano is the co-director of Greene House, a curatorial project space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Joe Hadden

Joe Hadden is a Drawer, Painter, and Printmaker who spent his formative years in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his BFA at Ball State University in Muncie, IN and his MFA at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he now lives and works. His hard work and dedication to his practice has, most recently, been acknowledged and rewarded with the Kathleen G. Williams Award of Excellence and with a residency at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts.

Cayse Cheatham

Cayse Cheatham, a graduate of Yale University who currently lives in Atlanta, GA. He divides his time between creating eerie landscaped-based paintings and working at the Zuckerman Museum.

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