Nexus Contemporary Art CenterAtlanta, Georgia
Twenty Years and Counting. Nexus Contemporary Art Center was founded in 1973 as a storefront cooperative gallery by a group of Atlanta photographers seeking the freedom to experiment and exhibit their work on their own terms. The group published an exhibition catalogue, leading to the establishment of Nexus Press in 1977. That same year Nexus moved to the former Forest Elementary School and the visual arts program was expanded to include a mediums - photography, painting and sculpture as well as experimental new forms. Working artists and artist groups were invited to rent space in the building, thus beginning the Nexus Studio Artist Program. And, in 1982, a performing arts component began operation in the old school auditorium.
A Completed Master Plan, A Center of Change. In March of 1989, Nexus purchased a historic warehouse complex on Means Street in downtown Atlanta near Georgia Tech, the Coca-Cola Company, the Atlanta University Center, within the ring of sports and cultural activities for the 1996 Olympics. The 35,000 square foot complex features 6,000 square feet of Gallery space, a fully-outfitted printing facility, 12 artist studios, and 1,800 square foot Performance Cafe, a graded and landscaped public courtyard, and ample administrative space. The new center has significantly enhanced Nexus' operations and profile, enabling the center to broaden its mission and richly expand its following.
Nexus Press. Nexus Press is an experimental visual artist press that publishes artist's books - unique, original works of art utilizing the intrinsic characteristics of the book form. Using the offset printing process, Nexus Press provides printing facilities for artists to collaborate with the professional book artists on staff. An international book artist residency program enables Nexus to invite artists on an annual basis to work at the Press. Nexus Press books are distributed world-wide and are represented in many important book arts collections.
Nexus Gallery. Nexus Gallery presents six exhibition periods as well as special projects throughout the year. These programs explore current ideas, attitudes, and new directions in the visual arts. The schedule is a diverse mixture of solo and group exhibitions that include work in all mediums and present a broad range of philosophical positions of artists working in regional, national, and international forms.
Nexus Performance. Nexus Performance complements the visual arts program with presentations of contemporary work in dance, music, performance art, and drama. The Performance Cafe in the Nexus facility is an intimate environment in which new work by regional artists is presented. Nexus collaborates with other presenters and theaters in Atlanta to mount a diverse line-up throughout the year of experimental, innovative artists drawn nationally and internationally, using a number of venues throughout Atlanta.
Nexus Education Programs. Nexus' educational mission fosters dialogue between artists and the general public, supports exchange among artists working in locales throughout the world, provides forums for new ideas, and promotes outreach through art education into culturally diverse communities. The underlying philosophy of all Nexus' education programs is to emphasize the importance of artists and the art-making process in the advancement of our society. An array of workshops, lectures, public forums, and courses are designed for school children, teenagers, art students, and adults.
Nexus Artist Studios. The Nexus Artist Services and Studio Program provides the practicing, professional artist with studio space and informational services. With 12 studios available, the program fosters the collaborative environment that supports the creative process. Benefiting the entire artist community, Nexus also serves as a source of information concerning the local and national arts scene and publishes a quarterly newsletter of opportunities in the arts.
Funding. Nexus receives annual support from the following public agencies: National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Museum Services, Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council - Fulton County Commission, and the City of Atlanta - Bureau of Cultural Affairs.
LOCATION: 535 Means St, Atlanta 30318. Phone 404-688-1970, fax 404-577-5856, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web site http://www.nexusart.org
HOURS: Gallery: 11 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday.
ADMISSION: $3 non-members, $1 students, seniors and children, free for members.
DIRECTIONS: From 75/85, exit west on North Ave. Turn right onto Marietta St. Turn left onto Means St.
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