Atlanta Biennial Announces Participating Artists

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

After a nine-year hiatus, the Atlanta Biennial is returning this year. Set to take place from August 27 to December 18, 2016, the exhibition will feature 33 artists from 8 different states across the southeast United States. The full list of participating artists was announced today (see below).

The event will focus on returning to its roots and regaining its regional identity, showcasing new and emerging artists from around the area.

“While the participants represent 8 states from across the Southeast, they do not relegate themselves to any specific sense of geography or space,” said Veronica Kessenich, the executive director of Atlanta Contemporary, the hosting institution. “Together, their work examines the current state of contemporary art and contemporary issues.”

This year’s exhibition is co-curated by four people: Victoria Camblin, Editor + Artistic Director of the Atlanta-based art magazine, “ART PAPERS”; Daniel Fuller, the main Curator at the Atlanta Contemporary; Aaron Levi Garvey, an independent curator and co-founder of Long Road Projects; and Gia Hamilton, the Director of the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.The Atlanta biennial was founded in 1984 Alan Sondheim, then-curator of Atlanta’s Nexus Contemporary, as a reaction to that year’s , in which there were no southern artists represented. The exhibition ran strong from then until 2007 when it was indefinitely suspended.

Here’s the full list of artists participating in this year’s exhibition:

Aint Bad
Katrina Andry
Jason Benson
Guy Church
Tommy Coleman
Stephen Collier
Darius Hill
Skylar Fein
Ke Francis
Coulter Fussell
Coco Fusco
Adler Guerrier
Virginia Griswold
Ridley Howard
Horton Humble
Harmony Korine
Phillip Andrew Lewis
Kalup Linzy
Abigail Lucien
Jillian Mayer
Erin Jane Nelson
Daniel Newman
Sharon Norwood
Gina Phillips
Mary Proctor
Zack Rafuls
Andrew Scott Ross
Southern Food Ways Alliance
Stacy Lynn Waddell
Christina West
Cosmo Whyte

—Taylor Dafoe (@tddafoe)


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