Tiny Doors ATL has created art again. The Atlanta company’s latest addition to the street scene is found at the Shepard Center on Peachtree Road in Buckhead, complete with a tiny button for handicapped access. The Shepard Center, which opened in 1975, specializes in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation along with medical research.
To date, Atlanta is home to more than 20 doors, from Inman Park Pet Works and Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories to 7 Stages theater and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Check them out HERE.
Each seven-inch door is a sculpture created by artist Karen Anderson Singer at the invitation of the neighborhood or institution. They’re designed to reflect the spirit, architecture and other unique elements of the area in which they live.
Artadia Awards recognizes Deadwyler, James
Performance/video artist Danielle Deadwyler and installation artist Sonya Yong James are the Atlanta winners of the 2019 Artadia Awards. Brooklyn-based Artadia is a national nonprofit that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards followed by a lifetime of program opportunities. This is the seventh year it has recognized Atlanta artists. Deadwyler and James each receive $10,000.
The Artadia application process is open to any visual artist living in the greater Atlanta area, including Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties, and working in all media and at any stage of their career.
James’ installations, the committee said, “emphasize the deeply contemplative potential of craft, elevating humble materials to spiritual planes.” Deadwyler’s performances and videos, it said, “connect personal narratives with larger issues of social justice and the lived experience of African American women.”
Since 1999, Artadia has awarded more than $5 million to more than 330 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
High Museum gains two Mellon undergrad fellows
The High Museum of Art has named its 2019–21 class of fellows as part of the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program. They are as follows:
Destinee Filmore, a third-year Spelman College student from Tampa, Florida, who’s studying art history and international studies. She’ll be mentored by Katherine Jentleson, the High’s curator of folk and self-taught art.
Adeja Sterling, a third-year Emory University student from New Orleans who’s studying art history and planning to become a curator, art writer and museum director. She’ll be mentored by Stephanie Heydt, the Margaret and Terry Stent curator of American art.
The two-year fellowship gives students hands-on museum experience assisting curators and staff on exhibitions, collections and programs. The fellowships are a partnership between the High Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Filmore and Sterling began working at the High this fall.
Redeveloping Underground adds arts and culture tenants
Two new arts and culture tenants have taken up residence at Downtown’s Underground Atlanta — FreeMarket Gallery, a pop-up gallery that showcases contemporary work, and a short-term immersive experience from The Bakery, a multifaceted arts complex with roots in Atlanta’s DIY arts scene.
FreeMarket operates as an online gallery alongside its brick-and-mortar spot at Underground’s corner of Pryor and Alabama streets. Its inaugural exhibition, In This Moment, is on view through December 13. The Bakery’s outpost will turn a 10,000-square-foot former retail space into a “progressive and immersive art experience,” according to WRS, the company leading the retail district’s redevelopment. Look for The Bakery sometime in February.