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BURNAWAY is an Atlanta-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing critical coverage and dialogue about arts in Atlanta and the Southeast since 2008.

BURNAWAY’s mission is to provide critical coverage and dialogue about the arts in and from Atlanta and the Southeast to champion and support the vibrant creative communities in our region. We fulfill this mission through our online arts publication, critics-in-residency program, writing workshops, annual print publication, and public programs. BURNAWAY promotes, develops and connects the arts in Atlanta and the Southeast to create a more thriving and recognized arts community.

Since its inception BURNAWAY has been dedicated to fostering a culture of critical dialogue surrounding the visual arts in Atlanta. BURNAWAY recognizes the importance that writers and thinkers play in supporting artist communities to promote, challenge, and propel them forward. The editorial and programmatic content of the organization strives to provide coverage that reflects the geographic, demographic, and artistic diversity of the region. BURNAWAY exists to continue the established tradition of art criticism and uphold its highest ethical and professional standards while also exploring the potential of new media and providing a fresh identity and perspective for the arts conversation today.

Through weekly reviews, columns, interviews, and podcasts, BURNAWAY attempts to respond to the famous challenge issued by William Faulkner:

So vast, so limitless in capacity is man’s imagination to disperse and burn away the rubble-dross of fact and probability, leaving only truth and dream. (Requiem for a Nun, 1951)

To “disperse and burn away”—a statement about the nature of creativity that compels us to look beyond what merely is and envision what could be.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of BURNAWAY or its board of directors.


Because of the inherent professional overlaps in cities with intimate art scenes, and in keeping with established industry guidelines, BURNAWAY’s policy is one of disclosure not exclusion.

Contributors are advised to steer clear of writing about artists, shows, books, or projects with which they have a professional connection or personal relationship. If you are not certain, please ask us about possible conflicts of interest or the appearance of one.

Contributors should not share their text with the artist, the gallery, or others related to the piece before publication.

The text submitted should be wholly original and not contain significant amounts of previously published material, even that by the same contributor.

Writers are not to receive remuneration from artists, galleries, or other parties for their contributions to BURNAWAY.


Chris McClure, Chair
McClure & Kornheiser, LLC

Liz Wheeler, Vice Chair
Turner Broadcasting
Savannah College of Art and Design

Emilee Weaver, Treasurer
Alternative Apparel

Carolyn Milner, Secretary
Art Institute of Atlanta

Christina Garcia

Nancy Hooff
Carter Kay Interiors

Karyn Lu
Turner Broadcasting

Oronike Odeleye
Creative Currents

Meghan Pietrantonio
SunTrust Bank

Preston Snyder
Braden Fellman Group, LTD
Kibbee Gallery

Katherine Taylor

Press about BURNAWAY:

National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grants for Arts Journalism Projects

Steve Murray. “Young Arts Journalists Get Tips from the Pros.” GPB News: October 23, 2013.

James McAnally. “No Gate to Keep: Art Writing’s Continual Crisis.” Temporary Art Review: September 24, 2013.

Myke Johns. “‘This Book Is Not a Book’ – BURNAWAY Goes To Print.” October 9, 2013.

Henry Samuels. “BURNAWAY’s got a crush on Atlanta art.” Creative Loafing: February 22, 2012.

MEET Jeremy and Susannah: Entrepreneurial Journalists and Arts Enthusiasts.” The FEED Atlanta.

Felicia Feaster. Art and Power IssueThe Atlantan: December 2010.

Best of Atlanta awards two years in a rowCreative Loafing: September 27, 2010.

Possible Futures grants $90,000 to local arts criticism.” Art in America: September 14, 2010.

Interview with cofounders Susannah Darrow and Jeremy Abernathy. Creative Loafing: February 24, 2010.



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