Atlanta Contemporary (AC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) contemporary art center dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of contemporary art.
Founded in 1973 as Nexus, a grassroots artists’ cooperative, Atlanta Contemporary has since become one of the southeast’s leading contemporary art centers. We play a vital role in Atlanta’s cultural landscape by presenting over 20 exhibitions within four seasonal cycles each year, featuring over 100 consequential artists from the local, national, and international art scenes. We are one of the few local institutions that commissions new works by artists, paying particular attention to artists of note who have not had a significant exhibition in the Southeast. We organize 80+ diverse educational offerings annually, unrivaled by other local organizations of our size. We are the only local organization to provide on-site subsidized studio space to working artists through our Studio Artist Program, removing cost as a barrier to the creative process.
We present 80+ educational programs and events each year, including Contemporary Cocktails, Contemporary Kids, Contemporary Talks, Curator tours, film screenings, panel discussions, performances, donor excursions, and workshops.Our Studio Artist Program supports local working artists by providing subsidized studio space and by fostering a collaborative environment supportive of the creative process.
Supporters of Atlanta Contemporary enjoy an array of benefits ranging from free admission and discounts on select events, discounts at our SHOP & COVER Books, behind-the-scenes previews of exhibitions with artists, curator-led trips and excursions, and much more. Whatever your interest, there is a level for you. At Atlanta Contemporary, we strive to create unique experiences that are engaging, memorable, and thought-provoking.