Studio Artist Program


About the Studio Artist Program

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s Studio Artist Program supports 14 local working artists by providing subsidized studio space, and by fostering a collaborative environment supportive of the creative process. This is a unique program that fills a critical need in the Atlanta arts community – providing local artists the opportunity to create in a setting that will support their artistic development and offering them the resources necessary to advance their careers. The Contemporary offers opportunities for education, networking, and access to numerous arts professionals. Open Studios events are held annually, affording participants additional ways of sharing their work with other artists, dealers, collectors, patrons, critics, educators, and the general public.

Emerging, mid-career, and established Atlanta-based artists are invited to apply through an open call when it is announced that there is available space; selection is made by a panel of current board members, studio artists, staff, and representatives from the Atlanta art community. Selection criteria includes consistency with the institutional focus on contemporary art, level of activity as a working artist, and history of community involvement.

Studios range in size from 225 to 755 square feet and include utilities, parking, and Wi-Fi; each space is unique. Studio entrances are located within a secure courtyard with an adjacent dedicated parking lot. Rental rates are significantly below market value and are based on the square footage of each studio. Artists are expected to work in their studios on a consistent and ongoing basis. Studios are workspaces, not living spaces or salesrooms or offices. Standard studio-practice safety procedures are required, including a no smoking policy. The Contemporary neither undertakes nor implies any formal obligation to exhibit or publish studio artist work, as the studio program does not take the position of representation of individual artists.