Atlanta is an art lover’s paradise. From unbeatable street art on the BeltLine to touring exhibitions at our High Museum of Art, you won’t want to miss out on this art. There’s always something worth checking out and as always, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some of our recommendations for all the incredible art exhibitions in Atlanta.
The largest and most well-known art museum in the Southeast, The High Museum of Art, always has a spectacular display of art! Their permanent pieces include thousands of works of art that fall into the categories of: African Art, American Art, Decorative Arts and Design, European Art, Folk & Self-Taught Art, Modern & Contemporary Art, and Photography. Along with their permanent residents, they also have rotating art collections from all over the world. There’s always something new to see at the High.
Right now, guests can enjoy the Beatrix Potter: Drawn To Nature exhibit until January 7th. This art exhibit will take you right back to your childhood!
The High’s current photography exhibit: “A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845” also exhibits incredible photography art that you can view until January 14th. Take a peek into the past… and the present at this breathtaking display.
Of course, there’s so much to see at the High, that you should make a whole day of it! Check out their website for all the details on exhibitions, times, prices and more!
2. Underground Atlanta’s Art Scene
Possibly the coolest art scene in Atlanta takes place at Underground Atlanta. Home to tons of local artists of all types, Underground brings new flavor and experience to Atlanta.
You can also book out some of the incredible studios for events, including EMMCDEE Gallery, the art studio of Atlanta-local artist, Maria McDowell, a photographer, curator, and philanthropist. McDowell’s beautiful art gallery is the perfect place for artists to host their events, from comedy to performance art to music to… anything you can dream of!
EMMCDEE Gallery also features the incredible artwork of some of Atlanta’s most talented artists: Lulu Amar and Izzy Romano.
Their abstract and sculpture art can be found in galleries all over town, and have a permanent home in EMMCDEE Gallery.
Lulu Amar is on Instagram @lulu.amar.art and Izzy Romano is on instagram as @izzyroma_
And check out EMMCDEE Gallery @emmcdee_gallery too!
For more information, check out Underground Atlanta’s Artist page!
3. Atlanta Contemporary
It’s the last month to see several beautiful pieces at Atlanta Contemporary. Two stand-out artists who are represented at Atlanta Contemporary are Greg Climer and Hasani Sahlehe.
Climer’s animated quilts consist of 36 quilts, all depicting a moment of queer love, then animated on loop. Climer says, “Quilts are so often used as metaphors for relationships, family, and love. A patchwork of memories, moments, and emotions that come together to create something greater than their parts. Quilts are heirlooms, a powerful talisman which implies the existence of heirs. By quilting portraits of queer men, I am manifesting a future which did not exist when I was a young man. A future in which queer men do have heirs.”
Hasani’s ‘You Really Gotta See It Live’ uses paint to explore spirituality and the subsequent connection of the body, mind, and spirit. Hasani’s paintings have soft edges that intermingle, resonate and reverberate.
These two exhibits, along with many other beautiful works, will be on display until December 23rd.
Entrance to Atlanta Contemporary is always free to make contemporary art accessible to all.
For all the details, check out Atlanta Contemporary’s website!
Step right into a Van Gogh painting at the truly iconic Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. You’ll see his incredible paintings dancing all around you, and enjoy what millions of Americans have already deemed one of the most incredible art exhibits!
Explore Van Gogh’s life, his work, and his secrets as never before seen, through cutting-edge 360-degree digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR experience, and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show. Become completely immersed in the works of art around you, and feel the shift in reality as you dive deep into the world created by Van Gogh’s brush strokes.
For all the details and to grab tickets, check out Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience!
5. Arts & Entertainment Atlanta
Arts & Entertainment Atlanta is the leading neighborhood activation and economic development project for Downtown Atlanta, and they’ve got two brand new initiatives you don’t want to miss out on: “Downtown Windows” & “Celebrate Downtown Atlanta.”
‘Downtown Windows’ is an incredible initiative to transform vacant storefronts in Downtown ATL into gorgeous artistic displays. With this exhibition, people walking down the street will get to see the ingenuity and creativity of Atlanta’s local artists and internationally acclaimed cultural partners alike!
The heart of the city will come to life with tons of beautiful art! Feel free to take as many pictures as you want, and check out all of the other artists while you’re downtown!
Celebrate Downtown Atlanta
‘Celebrate Downtown Atlanta’ is a brand new, creative art campaign that is meant to showcase the rich tapestry of the city’s culture through the eyes of three local Atlanta artists: George F. Baker, III, India Nabarro, and Adam Crawford.
All of this original art will be featured on A&E Atlanta digital signs throughout Downtown Atlanta.
This public art initiative infuses the heart of Atlanta with vibrant outdoor media that combines local artistry and advertising. This new art content is meant to celebrate the city’s essence, and give a platform for artists to directly narrate the city’s stories. Celebrate Downtown is an open invitation for all to “Be Downtown” and revel in the city’s unique charm.
Art is around every corner in Atlanta! And if you get a great photo to post of Atlanta’s iconic art, make sure to tag us in it @secret_atlanta on instagram for the chance to be featured!