July 7, 2021

By July 07, 2021
Headshot of George Baker III, one of the inaugural artists for the Midtown Heart of the Arts Residency Program. Image courtesy of Midtown Alliance.
Christian Siriano on view at SCAD FASH in Atlanta through October 9

The Atlanta Photography Group will open a new gallery space at Ansley Mall

ATLANTA—The Atlanta Photography Group (APG) announced the opening of their new gallery space at Ansley Mall, which will host exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, art sales, and more starting in mid-July 2021. The new gallery space includes a main gallery, a smaller, secondary gallery for workshops and smaller exhibitions, and a loft space for viewing work and consulting with artists.

After more than 20 years in their Buckhead location, APG “went virtual” in January 2021, while beginning an expansive search for a new location that would better serve the needs of their members. After six-months of intensive canvasing throughout metro Atlanta, the board of directors secured the new location at the junction of Piedmont Road and Monroe Drive.

Ogden Museum announced the 39 artists selected for the 2021 edition of Louisiana Contemporary

NEW ORLEANS—The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is home to the annual Louisiana Contemporary, a juried exhibition featuring work by contemporary artists from across the state, presented by The Helis Foundation. This year’s guest juror, Hallie Ringle, Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, has selected 51 works by 39 artists from a total of 1,170 submissions. Louisiana Contemporary will be on view at Ogden Museum August 7, 2021 through October 10, 2021.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art first launched Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation in 2012, to establish a vehicle that would bring to the fore the work of artists living in Louisiana and highlight the dynamism of art practice throughout the state. Since its launch, Louisiana Contemporary has presented 729 works by 450 artists. This statewide, juried exhibition promotes the contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides an exhibition space for the exposition of living artists’ work and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual arts culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.

High Museum of Art Awarded $3.1 million grant from The Sara Giles Moore Foundation for collection conservation and care

ATLANTA—One of the largest foundation grants the High has ever received, the funding will be allocated over six years, allowing the Museum to develop a long-term collection care plan and to present expanded programming to foster greater public awareness of art conservation. This work will build on the High’s ongoing preservation plan, which has included renovations to its storage facilities and major renovations to its galleries in 2003 and 2018. The support will allow for complete assessment of the Museum’s collection care needs and to fund necessary treatment for its artworks.

“In her lifetime, Sara Moore was a dedicated supporter of the High Museum, where she served on the Board for many years,” said Sara Hehir, The Sara Giles Moore Foundation board chair. “The Foundation has always aimed to honor Mrs. Moore’s commitment to the Museum through grants for exhibition support, the acquisition of ‘A Reading (or Woman in Windsor Chair)’ by Thomas Wilmer Dewing, and conservation and treatment of the American art collection. The Sara Giles Moore Foundation is thrilled to celebrate Mrs. Moore’s generosity and commitment to the long-term success of the High Museum by supporting this comprehensive collections care, treatment and education effort.”

In the coming months, the High’s collections care team, led by Associate Collections Manager Paula Haymon, will work with the Museum’s curators and professional conservation specialists from the Atlanta Art Conservation Center (AACC) and Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC) to analyze the physical condition of the collection, identify immediate and long-term preservation concerns, and prioritize needs for future conservation treatments. The team will also give attention to the proper mounting and presentation of each object, including frames and pedestals, to ensure they are exhibited appropriately after treatment.

Re:Focus a photo exhibition on view at Swan Coach House in Atlanta through October 27

Artist Mike Goodlett, based in Lexington, Kentucky has passed

LEXINGTON—Mike Goodlett was born in 1958 in Lexington, Kentucky and earned a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1983. In 1990, he moved into a house in Wilmore that had belonged to his grandparents. Over time, the structure would become a major focus of his life’s work where he engaged in a decades-long visual call-and-response among the home’s elements and his own artistic production.

A few months prior to his death, Mike Goodlett generously donated his home and land to Institute 193. His intention was to start a residency program to welcome artists, writers, poets, journalists, curators, and others to spend time in the place that he loved. He suggested that they might feel like he did as a young man, like a character from Robinson Crusoe, or a castaway in landlocked Central Kentucky, surviving only on his wits. In the coming months, Institute 193 will honor his wish, creating such a place from his home.

Most recently, his work was featured in the 2019 Atlanta Biennial and later that year in a two-person exhibition at the University of Kentucky Art Museum. Today, his work remains on view at NADA Governors Island in New York City. Mike Goodlett passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at home in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Midtown Alliance Announces first cohort of Artists-in-Residence

ATLANTA—Midtown Alliance and founding partners have announced the inaugural class for the Midtown Heart of the Arts Residency Program. The goal of the program is to amplify the creative experience in Midtown and support the local arts economy. This phase will provide established visual artists with studio workspaces inside various commercial properties for one year, a $2,500 stipend and the opportunity to increase their audience.

Midtown Alliance held an open call for artist applications in March 2021 and received 94 submissions. The following six artists were chosen to receive studio space:

George F. Baker III, muralist and painter
Jamaal Barber, painter and printmaker
Lillian Blades, mixed media artist
Dr. Bojana Ginn, interdisciplinary science and technology-based artist
Patricia Hernandez, muralist and painter
Jasmine Nicole Williams, printmaker and muralist

“We are thrilled to welcome these artists into our community,” said Lauren Bohn, project manager of urban design and placemaking at Midtown Alliance. “In addition to their exceptional talent, these artists were chosen because we could really imagine them connecting with Midtown — engaging the community in their work and being an energizing presence in the district.”

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