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Emerging artist is an elastic term. It can mean young practitioners at the beginning of their careers, artists of any age just getting recognition and even an existential condition: As Atlanta artist Lisa Tuttle famously said, “In Atlanta, artists emerge until they die.”

Spruill Gallery’s “Emerging Artists 2009” includes the first two and, like all of Spruill’s programs, intends to help artists avoid the last. Here follows some observations on a few of the participants:

P.S. Kofke and Golden received awards last year from Idea Capital, a grass-roots granting organization founded to encourage area artists emerge.



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