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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.

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’s mission is to champion Atlanta as a vibrant creative community, to inspire and educate the public, to interpret the contemporary significance of art regionally, nationally, and internationally, and to elevate discourse about the arts while opening the conversation to new audiences. BURNAWAY exists to continue the established tradition of art criticism and uphold its highest ethical and professional standards while also exploring the potential new media and providing a fresh identity and perspective for the arts conversation today.

We fulfill this mission through our online arts publication, critics-in-residency program, writing workshops, annual print publication, and public programs.

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.


Chris McClure, Chair
McClure & Kornheiser, LLC

Liz Wheeler, Vice Chair
The Moore Firm, LLC
Savannah College of Art and Design

Emilee Heath, Treasurer
Alternative Apparel

Nikita Gale, Secretary

Christina Garcia
Sklar & Associates, LLC

Nancy Hooff
Carter Kay Interiors

Karyn Lu
Turner Broadcasting

Carolyn Milner
Art Institute of Atlanta

Lily Siegel
Contemporary Jewish Museum

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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