Changing the way we all see art

About the Project

Project Spaces at Atlanta Contemporary
Atlanta Contemporary identifies four project spaces within our galleries Contemporary On-Site, Sliver Space, Chute Space, and the Lecture Hall that shine a light on exceptional artist-run spaces and galleries, collectives, curators, and emerging artists in and around the Southeast. We encourage autonomy with each artist and curator, allowing them to activate our project spaces free of institutional boundaries in a way that hearkens back to our former days. Founded in 1973 by artists for artists, Atlanta Contemporary was built upon the principles of engaging in experimentation and risk-taking through exhibitions, programming, and support of working artists.

Fundraising for Curatorial Honorariums
We recognize the value in artist-run galleries and the concept of artist-as-curator to the contemporary art landscape. In an effort to elevate their work to a larger community, as well as compensate them for their time and talent - we are fundraising to support curatorial honorariums that are given to select artist-run spaces and galleries, collectives, and curators who are exhibiting in our space or presenting through educational programming such as Contemporary Talks.

Your donation to our campaign today directly supports our artists and curators in their ability to pay for these types of expenses associated with their exhibition or presentation:

  • Compensation of artists, curators, professionals, and other individuals invited to participate in the project
  • Food and travel expenses for artists, curators, or professionals participating in the project
  • Freight, shipping, and handling of artwork to and from Atlanta Contemporary
  • Insurance and other legal paperwork for the project
  • Digital marketing and print-collateral for the project
  • For artist talks or lectures, hiring an audio/visual technician to support project media

$10,000 from YOU + $10,000 from the Office of Cultural Affairs = $20,000 for our artists and curators

  • $5,000 | Contemporary On-Site | Honorarium supports exhibition installation and curator-led talks & tours
  • $5,000 | Chute Space | Underwrites site-specific installation costs, artist travel, and artist lodging
  • $5,000 | Silver Space | Underwrites costs of materials and site-specific honorarium to Atlanta-based emerging artists
  • $5,000 | Contemporary Talks | Honorarium for program-specific partners such as Discrit, Movement Love, ColorATL, and others

Artist-run spaces and galleries, collectives, and curators that we have worked with in the past include: 

106 Green | Brooklyn, NY (Mitchell Wright, Ridley Howard and Holly Coulis)
COCO HUNDAY | Tampa, Florida (Jason Lazarus)
Creative Time Flags | NYC
Discrit | Atlanta, Georgia (Chris Fernald and Joey Molina)
Good Children Gallery | New Orleans, Louisiana (Ashley Teamer)
Good Enough | Atlanta, Georgia (Steffen Sornpao)
Good Weather | Little Rock, Arkansas
Howard’s Gallery | Athens, GA (Ridley Howard)
Institute 193 | Lexington, Kentucky and NYC (Phillip March Jones)
Leo Gabin | (Lieven Deconinck, Gaëtan Begerem, and Robin De Vooght)
Long Road Projects | Jacksonville, Floria (Aaron Levi Garvey)
mild climate | Nashville, Tennessee (Mika Agari, David Onri Anderson and Zack Rafuls)
Pasaquan | Columbus, Georgia
Species | Atlanta, Georgia (Erin Jane Nelson and Jason Benson)
The Fuel & Lumber Company | Birmingham, Alabama (Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte)
The Sunroom | Richmond, Virginia (Ellie Hunter and McKeever Donovan)
TN Contemporary
TOPS Gallery | Memphis, Tennessee

Atlanta Contemporary History & Mission
Founded in 1973 as Nexus, a grassroots artists’ cooperative, Atlanta Contemporary has since become one of the southeast’s leading contemporary art centers. In 1976, the organization opened Nexus Press, a program dedicated to the creation and publication of unique artists books as well as providing studio spaces for working artists. In 1989, the organization moved to its current location on Means Street in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhood. Nexus was soon after renamed to Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, beginning a new chapter for the organization. In 2003, Nexus Press closed, leaving an internationally known legacy of more than 150 titles. After a decade on Means Street (2013), the board and staff launched a Capital Campaign and renovation of the main galleries and interior spaces with the help of Atlanta architectural firm BLDGS. On September 1, 2015 with funding from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Atlanta Contemporary underwent a major institutional rebranding and eliminated admission fees resulting in a now over 109% increase in annual attendance. In the last three years, the demographic makeup of audience served significantly shifted and the organization’s artistic planning process now works to ensure that the exhibitions and educational programming remain relevant to visitors each year. Atlanta Contemporary continues to engage the public through the creation, presentation, and advancement of contemporary art – free admission, every day. 


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $10,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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  • Donate $10 or more

    Receive a complimentary AC Swag Pack including 1 sticker, 1 magnet, and 1 koozie
    (96 of 100 remaining)
    Amount over $5 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $25 or more

    Receive one advanced General Admission ticket to Open Studios on November 14, 2019 from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Open Studios spotlights the artists working in our Studio Artist Program and takes you behind the scenes so you can meet the artists, see their work first hand, and maybe even add some art to your personal collection! Please list your name so we can add you to the guest list!
    Amount over $10 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    Receive one VIP ticket to Open Studios on November 14, 2019. Your VIP admission gives you access to the VIP hour from 6:00pm-7:00pm featuring an open bar!
    Amount over $35 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Receive a personalized Thank You card signed by our Executive Director + VIP admission to Open Studios on November 14, 2019 for YOU and a friend. VIP status gives you access to the VIP hour from 6:00pm-7:00pm featuring an open bar!
    Amount over $70 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Receive a personalized Thank You card signed by our Executive Director + VIP admission to Open Studios on November 14, 2019 for YOU and a friend + one year-long Contemporary Creative level membership. VIP status gives you access to the VIP hour from 6:00pm-7:00pm featuring an open bar!
    Amount over $105 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    Receive a personalized Thank You card signed by our Executive Director + VIP admission to Open Studios on November 14, 2019 for YOU and a friend + one year-long Friend level membership. VIP status gives you access to the VIP hour from 6:00pm-7:00pm featuring an open bar!
    Amount over $170 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    Receive a personalized Thank You card signed by our Executive Director + VIP admission to Open Studios on November 14, 2019 for YOU and 2 friends (3 total tickets) + one year-long Advocate level membership. VIP status gives you access to the VIP hour from 6:00pm-7:00pm featuring an open bar!
    Amount over $605 is tax-deductible
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