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As Executive Director, Veronica Kessenich stewards the mission and strategic plan of Atlanta Contemporary, guiding the artistic programming with an array of independent curators and program partners. Kessenich joined Atlanta Contemporary in June 2013 as Development Director and was appointed to the role of Executive Director in July 2015. Kessenich authored and executed the Capitalization Fund grant that underwrote Atlanta Contemporary’s transition to free admission which since implementation has seen a radical transformation in annual attendance – an over 109% increase. She is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) where she earned an M.Phil in Art History and received her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana. Kessenich also teaches at Agnes Scott College in the Art Department as an adjunct instructor in Art History.