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The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has announced the 20 artists whose work will be included in the 2019 Atlanta Biennial exhibition opening January 17. The exhibition — co-curated by Phillip March Jones, curator at Lexington, Kentucky’s Institute 193, and Daniel Fuller, curator at Atlanta Contemporary — is intended to give a broad view of contemporary art being created in the Southeast. The show will present works by contemporary artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Between 1984 and 2007, the Atlanta Biennial showcased hundreds of artists from Atlanta and across the Southeast, including: Tom Ferguson, EK Huckaby, Elizabeth Lide, Susan Loftin, Philip Carpenter, Genevieve Arnold, Mario Petrirena, Constance Thalken, Julia Fenton, Joe Peragine and William Downs.

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center brought back the idea of holding a biennial in 2016 after a nine-year hiatus. In her review of the 2016 biennial exhibition, ArtsATL critic Rebecca Brantley called the show “ambitious but problematic,” but declared its overall presence as very “optimistic.”

The full list of 2019 artists is as follows:

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Work by Birmingham-based artist Amy Pleasant will be included in the upcoming Atlanta Biennial. (Untitled (Arms) from 2018, courtesy the artist)

Beverly Baker
Born Lexington, KY
Lives Lexington, KY

Robert Beatty
Born Lexington, KY
Lives Lexington, KY

Mary Ann Carroll
Born Sandersville, GA
Lives Fort Pierce, FL

Kevin Cole
Born Pine Bluff, AR
Lives Atlanta, GA

Jessie Dunahoo
Born St. Helen’s, KY
Lived St. Helen’s, KY

Joy Drury Cox
Born Atlanta, GA
Lives Chapel Hill, NC

Jill Frank
Born Louisville, KY
Lives Atlanta, GA

Mike Goodlett
Born Wilmore, KY
Lives Wilmore, KY

Alicia Henry
Born Illinois
Lives Nashville, TN

John Isiah Walton
Born New Orleans, LA
Lives New Orleans, LA

Carol John
Born Camden, NJ
Lives Athens, GA

Work by Atlanta photographer Jill Frank will be included in the upcoming Atlanta Biennial. (© Jill Frank)

Joni Mabe
Born Cornelia, GA
Lives Athens, GA

Jiha Moon
Born Daegu, South Korea
Lives Atlanta, GA

Alina Perez
Born Miami, FL
Lives Miami, FL

Amy Pleasant
Born Birmingham, AL
Lives Birmingham, AL

Jim Roche
Born Jackson County, FL
Lives Tallahassee, FL

Tom Scicluna
Born London, England
Lives Miami, FL

Matthew Shain
Born San Francisco, CA
Lives New Orleans, LA

Aaron Skolnick
Born Burlington, KY
Lives Lexington, KY

Melvin Way
Born Ruffin, SC
Lives Ruffin, SC

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