ACAC to Host “Summit” of Regional Art Presenters

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For three days this month, June 20-22, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is hosting the inaugural 9/50 A Southeastern Arts Presenters Summit, co-organized with Seed Space in Nashville and Elsewhere in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The event will provide a snapshot of what artists and organizations are up to in major Southeastern cities because, goes the sound bite, “proximity does not always yield closeness.”

Best of all, 9/50 is free! The event is largely funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York. Each presenter will receive a stipend for their participation (The ACAC declined to say how much.)

Artists are strongly encouraged to attend but not to view the Summit as a self-promotional tool. Stuart Horodner, outgoing director of the ACAC, and communications manager Rachel Reese led an “On Professionalism” talk last week to advise artists how to attend the event, with tips like: check out the links to all presenters; have a business card or something to hand out; update your own website; talk with presenters about what they do, not what you do.

“You are there to gather info, make contact, learn about new people and places. You are not there to sell yourself shamelessly—be professional,” says the workshop handout.

9/50 will bring 18 art presenters from nine states, who were invited to participate after being selected by advisory committees. The presenters will show artists they’ve exhibited or worked with in the ACAC galleries. And they are not necessarily regional or local artists.

Some interesting turns include Miami’s Dimensions Variable, which is presenting Atlanta artist Audrey Hynes, and Charleston’s Halsey Institute is showing Alabama-born, Atlanta-based Lonnie Holley, who will be a resident artist at the institute next year. The Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga will feature work by past participants of the Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series, which has included such artists as Matthew Deleget, Danielle Tegeder, and Wendy White (no word yet on whether their work will be shown). Miami’s Locust Projects will show an ongoing collaborative tabloid project by Gean Moreno & Ernesto Oroza, and Parse in New Orleans will have two projects by Jane Cassidy and Duane Pitre.

The keynote address will be given by Barry Blinderman, director since 1987 of the University Galleries at the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University, a widely recognized curator whose exhibitions have traveled to major institutions. His talk “will address the challenges and pleasures of presenting consequential exhibitions and projects in off-center locales. “

On Sunday, June 22 at 2:00PM, a panel discussion titled “Does Regionalism Exist?
” will be moderated by BURNAWAY’s executive director Susannah Darrow, and will include Chad Alligood, assistant curator at  Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AK; James McAnally, editor of  Temporary Art Review, based in St. Louis; Victoria Camblin, editor of Atlanta’s Art Papers; and Bob Snead, director of Press Street and of the Hand-in-Glove conference in New Orleans.

Tickets for the June 20 opening night party cost $25 and will include a performance by Tiger Moon (featuring BURNAWAY’s events editor Chanel Kim).

During public hours, Metrotainment Bakery will provide morning bites, and the Good Food Truck and King of Pops will be on site during the day.

The ACAC reopens in July with “Be Here Now: Mike Black, Andrew Boatright, Sandra Erbacher,” running July 11-August 30.

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