We want to stay connected and creative with our community during these unprecedented times. 

Our first opportunity we are sharing is our Virtual Pop-Up. For the next few weeks, arts instructor Elisabeth Herrera is sharing virtual activities to keep you inspired. Follow along with each activity and share your creations with us on Instagram (@atlantacontemporary) with the hashtag #ACMAKES

We look forward to seeing everyone’s creations and continuing the excellent conversations we usually have in person in a digital space.

Food as Art: Food for Thought

What is it?

Food has been a universal theme in many forms of art throughout history. From prehistoric cave paintings, to classical still life paintings, pop artists’ savory sculptures, and your favorite food Insta account. Humans have been documenting our food from the very beginning. As we spend so much time apart, it can be comforting to focus attention on things that bring us together; like great food! Or rather, great documentations of food.

This week we encourage you to think about the creative possibilities of your favorite foods.

Food as Art at Atlanta Contemporary

Our AC archives showcase varying examples of how contemporary artists use food in their works. Take a trip through our digital archive to explore past exhibitions. Access the archive through the index tab.

Here are just a few of our favorite food related highlights from the archives:
Marlos E'van | Holly Coulis | Vivid Memories of a Blurred Past

Fallen Fruit is the Los Angeles-based collaborative team of David Burns and Austin Young, whose various projects use fruit as a filter to examine distinct places and histories, issues of representation and ownership, and address questions of public versus private space. ACAC commissioned the artists to develop their first exhibition addressing a Southern context.

Find more info about this exhibition on our website at: https://atlantacontemporary.org/exhibitions/fallen-fruit-of-atlanta

Food-related art in Art History

Project Ideas

Edible Jewelry

I thought up this edible jewelry activity for myself to help me be mindful when snacking but to also take time in appreciating the interesting visual aspects of my snacks.

Food Mandala

Follow this link to watch a video on making a food mandala!


Want more inspiration? Check out these great resources:

Google Arts and Culture: A Brief History of Food in Art

New York Times: These Artists Are Creating Work That’s About, and Made From, Food


Elisabeth Herrera-Very

Elisabeth Herrera-Very is a teaching artist and art educator working in Atlanta. A former public school visual arts teacher she now focuses on community engagement and museum education. As a teaching artist she develops programming that provides inclusive, thoughtful, and relevant art experiences for participants of all ages and skill levels. Her programming at Atlanta Contemporary encourages patrons to explore their own creative process through contemporary art making practices and exploratory art making.


Share your creations with us! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram @atlantacontemporary and use the hashtag #ACMAKES.

Upcoming Events

October 8 / 12:00pm
Contemporary Talks

BLDGS Talk + Tour

Presented by Atlanta Design Festival

Grab a coffee and explore the historical Atlanta Contemporary building with the BLDGS, the architecture group behind the 2013 renovation of the galleries. This tour is part of the Atlanta Design Festival tour series with MA! Architecture Tours.

October 12 / 10:00am
Contemporary Off-Site

Callanwolde Gallery Tour

Members Only


Members will tour the fine art gallery located at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

October 13 / 6:00pm
Contemporary Talks

Andres Serrano’s Insurrection


Atlanta Contemporary hosts a screening of Insurrection, followed by a Q+A with the filmmaker, Andres Serrano.

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We encourage you to share your images using #atlantacontemporary. Read our full photography policy.