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Katherine de Vos Devine to Head Black Mountain College Museum

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) has appointed Katherine de Vos Devine as its first executive director, effective July 1. A New York City native, Devine is completing her PhD in art history at Duke University, where she has been involved in research and curatorial projects at Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art….

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Nick Cave Chats with Lauri Stallings About “Up Right,” Premiering Tomorrow

  Chicago-based artist Nick Cave has been in Atlanta this week preparing for his performance Up Right, taking place at Ponce City Market this Friday through Sunday. Commissioned by Flux Projects, Up Right will feature male “practitioners” and “initiates” wearing Cave’s signature Soundsuits, colorful, elaborate ceremonial-looking costumes. Cave has collaborated with Spelman College dance professor T….

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Jared Dawson Channels Lavonia Elberton

As his alter ego Lavonia Elberton, Jared Dawson has been at the forefront of Atlanta’s drag scene. A yoga teacher, poet, writer, and performer, he’s a member of Legendary Children, a performance collective celebrating Southern drag and queer culture. Dawson spoke with scholar and performance artist Meredith Kooi about his Idea Capital project; their conversation…

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Civil Rights Documentarian Jack Willis—Film Screening This Friday!

You might not recognize the name Jack Willis, but you have probably seen and experienced his work in some form. In a career that has spanned almost half a century, Willis has been a journalist, filmmaker, television executive, and award-winning producer. During his early years in New York City, he worked for both CBS and…

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Privileged Access: Tina Barney at the Frist Center, Nashville

In Tina Barney: Social Studies, the documentary about photographer Tina Barney, the artist recalls having a realization in the mid-1970s that “the American family was going to become extinct … I realized that everything was so good I didn’t want it to end.” Most everything was good for Barney, who was born into old East Coast…

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What If I Never Get Into Grad School?

Dear BURNAWAY, I finally applied to grad school this year—as in, applied to eight different schools—to get my MFA in sculpture, and yesterday I got the last notice in the mail. It’s official: I got rejected from every school. I’m feeling really down right now, low down. I feel like I’ll never be able to…

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Katherine de Vos Devine to Head Black Mountain College Museum

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) has appointed Katherine de Vos Devine as its first executive director, effective July 1. A New York City native, Devine is completing her PhD in art history at Duke University, where she has been involved in research and curatorial projects at Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art….

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Critic-in-Residence Erin Dziedzic To Give Talk on April 21

BURNAWAY is excited to welcome critic-in-residence Erin Dziedzic to Atlanta. As part of her residency with BURNAWAY, Kansas City-based critic Erin Dziedzic’s public talk with focus on her curatorial projects, her publication artcore journal, and her interest in artists who explore issues of immigration and exile. The talk is free and open to the public. It…

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Kelly Kristin Jones Wins Award from Forward Arts Foundation

Kelly Kristin Jones is the winner of this year’s Emerging Artist Award, given by the Forward Arts Foundation. Jones receives $10,000 and a solo exhibition at the Swan Coach House Gallery in 2016. The finalists, whose works will be on view concurrently, are Dustin Chambers, Antonio Darden, Pastiche Lumumba, and Vanessa Williams. They each receive…

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The High’s David Brenneman Leaving For Indiana University Art Museum

David A. Brenneman, director of collections and exhibitions at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, has been appointed director of the Indiana University Art Museum, reports ArtsATL. Brenneman, who has been on the High staff for 20 years, assumes his new post on July 1. He joined the High in 1995 as curator of European art; he was promoted to…

Interviews

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Danielle Deadwyler on Strippers and Autonomy

Actress, writer, and producer Danielle Deadwyler had a deep appreciation for the art of exotic dancing long before pole dance classes made it hip. Growing up on Stuart Avenue (now Metropolitan Parkway) in Southwest Atlanta, she frequented strip clubs in her teens and found inspiration in the stage performers who explored black female sexuality, work,…

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Comedian Tara Ochs Assesses “Pratfall Tramps” at the ACAC

“Pratfall Tramps,” a group show about women, comedy, and performance, closes at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Saturday, April 11. Matthew Terrell asked his improv instructor, local comedic actress Tara Ochs, to weigh in on the exhibition. They visited the show with curator Rachel Reese; their conversation delves into the finer points of comedy from the…

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Filmmaker Alex Lukens Makes Art From Soda Suicides

In January 2015, Idea Capital announced the 10 recipients of its annual art grant competition and, as usual, the selected winners represent a diverse cross-section of the Atlanta creative community, with experimental projects ranging from 3D printing (Ann Stewart) to performance art (Jared Dawson) to photography (Stephanie Dowda) and other categories such as sculpture and…

Features

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Did We Hit the Thrift Store Jackpot?

Dear BURNAWAY, My mom found a painting at Goodwill over the weekend and she’s convinced it’s a masterpiece. She paid $7.99 for it. She thinks she’s hit the lottery and has been obsessively scouring the Internet searching for a  signature match  and similar images. I don’t have much expertise in this realm. I make installationy/sculpturey/video…

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Is It Okay To Say “No”?

Dear BURNAWAY, When I relocated to my current city, people suggested that I should “seize every opportunity” and “be a yes-man,” and that a can-do attitude will help propel me into the world of the professional artist. But lately, I’ve found myself spinning my wheels and doing a lot of free stuff, a lot of…

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How Do I Price My Work?

Dear BURNAWAY, How should I price my artwork? I have a BFA, but not an MFA. I’m selling some things in a group show: four paintings on panel and one clay sculpture. Thanks. Dollar Sighs Dear Dollar Sighs, There’s a lot that goes into finding the right price point for your work. Since I don’t…

Reviews

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Present Yet Not Present, at Tempus Projects in Tampa

To be sure, “Darkness Invisible,” a group exhibition on view at Tampa’s Tempus Projects through May 1, is squarely centered on the figure. However, proper portraits and straightforward physical depictions are noticeably absent. As a point of departure, artist curators Justin Bryan Nelson and Tracy Midulla Reller cite a Victorian photography technique known as the…

Audio & Video

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Nick Cave Chats with Lauri Stallings About “Up Right,” Premiering Tomorrow

  Chicago-based artist Nick Cave has been in Atlanta this week preparing for his performance Up Right, taking place at Ponce City Market this Friday through Sunday. Commissioned by Flux Projects, Up Right will feature male “practitioners” and “initiates” wearing Cave’s signature Soundsuits, colorful, elaborate ceremonial-looking costumes. Cave has collaborated with Spelman College dance professor T….

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Art On the Edge: Heather Greenway & Kevin Byrd

On an early Friday morning, I had the chance to catch up with Dashboard Co-op artists Heather Greenway and Kevin Byrd in advance of the opening of “Shifting Scapes,” a collaboration between Dashboard Co-op and the City of Duluth. Sitting in the Dash gallery on Spring Street across from the Varsity restaurant, Byrd and Greenway…

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Dancer Nicole Johnson on Duluth & Dashboard Co-op

Considering that 90% of metropolitan Atlanta’s population lives outside the City of Atlanta, Dashboard Co-op’s exhibition currently on view in Duluth, “Shifting Scapes,” is important because it has allowed Atlanta-centered artists, who normally work within a relatively small in-town cultural radius, a platform to reach portions of this larger population while leveraging the curatorial expertise…

Programs

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Emerging Art Writers Mentorship Program

The Emerging Art Writers Mentorship Program seeks to develop the voices of new art writers by providing them with the necessary tools, resources, and connections to significantly advance and define their careers as writers. Application and full program information can be found in our program brochure: EAWMP Application DEADLINE: May 29, 2015 CYCLE 2: JULY – DECEMBER 2015…

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High School Arts Writing Intensive

This spring, BURNAWAY partnered with Hammonds House Museum and the Wren’s Nest to produce a writing mentorship program for Atlanta-area high school students. Over the course of four consecutive Saturdays in April and May, the students met for the art writing intensive. Students learned about various ways to respond to and critique art, visited MOCA GA…

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Atlanta + New Orleans

2015 Critic-in-Residence Schedule Erin Dziedzic Public Talk: MOCA GA, April 21, 7pm Eva Díaz Public Talk: MODA, May 21, 7pm Noah Simblist Public Talk: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, June 4, 7pm   BURNAWAY continually seeks innovate new ways to bring national attention to local art communities. With the Critic-in-Residence program, BURNAWAY hosts arts writers in Atlanta for…

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Writing Workshops

  Artists often say that writing a statement is harder than creating their work. BURNAWAY Magazine proudly presents our Artist Statement Writing Workshop series, writing workshops for emerging and mid-career artists. While a statement will not make or break an artist’s career, having a well-written and succinct statement is a tool that they can sharpen and…