It’s no secret that Atlanta, and the rest of Georgia, is home to a bevy of talented artists, and for the past 15 years MOCA GA has been providing a space to showcase their works and create a community. And there’s nothing we love more than a big ol’ community of artists, y’know.
It’s no secret that Atlanta, and the rest of Georgia, is home to a bevy of talented artists. But how many of us have known a talented artiste and lost them to the lure of New York or LA? We're betting a lot of Scouts out there know at least one person who thought they’d get better opportunities elsewhere, which is why we couldn’t be more excited to pair up with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA GA) for a two-for-one admission. Why so excited? Well, because the museum was founded as a way to keep Georgia’s artists working, living, and creating here in the state of Georgia. And there’s nothing we love more than a big ol’ community of artists, y’know. Founded in the year 2000 to fill a void in the Georgia art community, MOCA GA is raising awareness and opportunities for artists and creating connections to the community. Founders Annette Cone-Skelton and David S. Golden saw a need for a museum to showcase the works of contemporary Georgia artists, and 15 years later, the museum has put Georgia on the map as a place where artists can live, work, and thrive, and even be thrust into a global artistic spotlight. Not only do artists have a home to show their work, they also have a community space- in most museums, you won't see the artists pop by to check in or to give a talk (mostly because they’re from different eras.) “Contemporary” means they’re still living and creating right now.
Tucked away on Bennett Street in Buckhead, MOCA GA is bringing contemporary Georgia artists to the good people of ATL in three areas. Located in TULA, a collective art space full of galleries and studios, MOCA GA has on display a permanent collection of 1,137 works of contemporary art by more than 270 Georgia artists. These works span from the 1940s through today and include all media and styles, like paint, sculpture, digital works, folk, and minimalism, and some pieces are even part of the permanent collection of the State of Georgia. In addition to the permanent collection, they have a large rotating space, with new exhibitions opening regularly. Coming soon is the Unbearable Flatness of Being by Sarah Emerson (yep, you're two for one ticket gets you into this and anything event that charges for admission- like opening night receptions). MOCA GA’s Education/Research Center is where folks can go to learn about Georgia art history with more than 150,000 historical items in its archives, 1,137 pieces in its permanent collection and 2,500 volumes in its art library. Last, but certainly not least is the Working Artists Project, an awards program that gives working artists a stipend, studio assistant, and exhibition opportunities. All that art, plus events, artists talks, receptions and more? Be still our local art loving hearts. And just when you thought we were done- MOCA GA is one of the only museums to keep their archives on site. We bet if you ask nicely, you’ll be able to take a peek at all the works that have adorned their walls. And while you’re there, pat yourself on the back knowing so many brilliant artists keep Georgia on their minds.
Installation view of Georgia
, a permanent collection exhibition
Installation view of Georgia
, a permanent collection exhibition (features sculpture by Mario Petrirena)
Installation view of 1960Now
by Sheila Pree Bright