DIY Index

DIY Index

Independent spaces are often on the cutting edge of emerging art communities. As in major art centers such as New York and Los Angeles, the South also hosts a number of alternative spaces for showing and creating artwork. Often artist-run and ephemeral, these spaces provide an essential site for experimentation in their communities.

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Mild Climate

mild climate is an artist-run space and curatorial collective with an interest in alternative programming as well as traditional gallery exhibitions. Website Address 507C Hagan St, Nashville, TN 37203 First floor, The Packing Plant Arts Building FEATURED IN Mild Climate in Nashville, TN

C for Courtside

Run by a collective of five artists, C for Courtside is based in Knoxville, TN Website Address 513 Cooper St, Knoxville, TN 37917 FEATURED IN C for Courtside in Knoxville, TN
Marcia Wood Gallery Atlanta

Versa Gallery

VERSA is an artist-run space located at Chattanooga’s Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center. Website Address 1918 Union Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 FEATURED IN VERSA in Chattanooga, TN

Bad Water

BAD WATER is an artist-run space opened in 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Website Address 320 E. Churchwell Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917 FEATURED IN BAD WATER in Knoxville, TN


Founded in 1996, Lump is a longstanding artist-run space located in Raleigh, NC. Website Address 505 S. Blount Street Raleigh, NC 27601 FEATURED IN Lump in Raleigh, NC

School of the Alternative

School of the Alternative is an experiment in education and community that holds sessions at Black Mountain College. Website Address P.O. Box 711 Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711 FEATURED IN School of the Alternative in Black Mountain, North Carolina

The Sunroom

Founded by recent graduates of the VCU Masters of Fine Arts Program, The Sunroom exhibits artists from throughout the US. Website Address 2801 E Marshall St Richmond, VA 23223 FEATURED IN The Sunroom in Richmond, VA
Marcia Wood Gallery Atlanta

Good Enough

Good Enough is an artist-run space run out of a basement in Atlanta, GA. Website Address 3517 Spring Cir, Decatur, GA 30032 FEATURED IN As Far As We Can Go, Happiness Is Always Just Over That Horizon Good Enough in Atlanta, GA

Hi-Lo Press

Print studio providing design services, plus an exhibition space for emerging and established artists. Website Address 696 Charles Allen Dr NE Atlanta, GA 30308 FEATURED IN Hi-Lo Press in Atlanta, Georgia

The Front

Fostering the work of emerging contemporary artists through innovative exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, arts programming and career building programs which are free and open to the public. Website Address 4100 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117 FEATURED IN The Front in New Orleans, LA

Vinegar Projects

Vinegar Projects is an artist-run non-profit space that focuses on emerging and experimental art forms, and art that pushes the boundaries of its medium Website Address 701 37th St S #12 Birmingham, AL 35222 FEATURED IN VINEGAR in Birmingham, Alabama

Good Weather

Good Weather has transformed a single-car garage into a participant-guided gallery in Little Rock, AR. Website Address 4400 Edgemere North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116 FEATURED IN Good Weather in North Little Rock, Arkansas Falling into the Abyss: Azikiwe Mohammed and Inga Danysz at Good Weather

Coco Hunday

Coco Hundray is an artist- run gallery whose programming is anchored by solo presentations of emerging and mid-career artists. Website Address 212 W. Thomas St. Tampa, Florida 33604 FEATURED IN Coco Hunday in Tampa, Florida

Bas Fisher Invitational

BFI creates a bridge between Miami and the international art world by curating programs featuring both local and global artists at sites throughout Miami-Dade County, and in collaboration with national and international partnering organizations. Website Address Miami, FL FEATURED IN Bas Fisher Invitational in Miami