2015 Fine Arts Exhibition
The Decatur Arts Alliance is now accepting entries for the Fine Arts Exhibition of the 2015 Decatur Arts Festival. Artist applications will be accepted through Callforentry.org Jan. 5 through Feb. 23. Jurors this year are Amanda Hellman, Molly Rose Freeman, and Ben Goldman.
The Alliance invites artists working in all media to apply for the juried exhibition that is a part of the 27th annual Decatur Arts Festival. This exhibition contributes a fresh and unique perspective to the festival and to an audience representing a broad spectrum of knowledge and appreciation of the arts, addressing this spectrum with a diversity of styles and media. Works selected for the show reflect a wide range of artists’ experiences and viewpoints, with excellence as a common thread. All works must be original and completed within the last two years.
The exhibition offers monetary prizes as well as purchase awards from the Decatur Business Association and the City of Decatur. The show takes place at the Dalton Gallery on the Agnes Scott College campus, May 19-June 7.
The public is invited to special events at the Dalton Gallery during the exhibition including the opening reception (in conjunction with the Decatur Business Association), May 19, 5-7 p.m.; and Last Call, a closing reception with artists’ commentaries, June 7, 4-6 p.m.
Amanda Hellman is the curator of African art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. She is the managing curator of African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, which runs from Jan. 31 to June 21, and she co-curated Southern Connections: Bearden in Atlanta, which was presented alongside Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey at the Carlos Museum. Her exhibitions include The Matter of Theology: A Conversation with the Collection and Kota Ezawa: Re-Animating History at the Williams College Museum of Art. In 2009 she was a young curator at the Gwangju Biennale Foundation in South Korea. Hellman has taught in the departments of art at Oglethorpe University and Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, and her most recent article, “Àsìkò in Dakar: A History-and a Future-for Alternative Arts Education in Africa,” was published in Art Papers in 2014. She earned a PhD from Emory University.
Molly Rose Freeman is an Atlanta-based artist whose paintings, drawings, murals and installations use geometric patterns to explore interconnectivity. She graduated from the N. Carolina School of the Arts and earned her BA in creative writing from UNC-Asheville. She is currently a resident with The Creatives Project and maintains a studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center. She is also a 2014-2015 Fellow in Wonderroot’s Walthall Fellowship Program. She has developed arts education programs for MOCA-GA, Emory University, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, One Love Generation and Turning Sun School. She has painted public murals in collaboration with Living Walls: The City Speaks, Fountain Art Fair, the Hollywood Mural Project, the Atlanta BeltLine and Forward Warrior.
Ben Goldman has shown his work in galleries in the Atlanta area since 2003. His work is often based on observations of the real world and is full of humor and satirical commentary. He often creates art about Human Life in the 21st century. He is an active gallery director at Kibbee Gallery, a curator of the Hambidge art auction and a very busy artist. He earned a BFA from Kennesaw State University and an MFA from Georgia State University.