Discover ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Inc.
Area writers, performance artists, musicians and other creative people are invited to bring events of an experimental nature to the space. Work may be formally adventurous, such as conceptual objects and installations, or politically or socially engaged, or both!
Visual artists are encouraged to create for the space specifically. Conceived as an alternative art space, the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art is dedicated to exhibiting challenging, provocative and innovative contemporary art in a non-commercial setting, solely for the cultural enrichment of the Northeast Georgia community.
Work may be formally adventurous, such as conceptual objects and installations, or politically or socially engaged, or both! Visual artists are encouraged to create for the space specifically. Area writers, performance artists, musicians and other creative people are invited to bring events of an experimental nature to the space. As a non-profit, 501(c)(3)
But even more importantly, there is no need to censor content, as there is at our government-funded institutions. We believe that Northeast Georgia residents greatly value the kind of cultural enrichment ATHICA provides (one similarly fostered at ICA's around the southeast, such as The Contemporary in Atlanta, the Southeast Contemporary Art Center in Winston-Salem, The Temporary Contemporary in Nashville and PBICA in Palm Beach).
The presence of The University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art and the thriving music scene ensure that there is plenty of creative energy in Athens -- ATHICA provides a place for it to test its wings.
A Brief History - Through a gleam in our Director's eye for years, and thanks to the generosity and vision of FiveArt, Inc., a group of local developers and arts boosters, in 2001 we were provided a 2,200 square foot space.
The space is in a warehouse district that has quickly emerged as a new urban arts district, with recording studos, internet businesses and numerous artists' studios, all just a little over a mile from our thriving downtown. It also houses the Canopy dance and trapeze studio and most recently, the commercial gallery, Mercury Fine Arts and Eo Studios, an internet and digital film company.
ATHICA registered as a non-profit organization in the state of Georgia in November 2001. We achieved our advance ruling of Federal tax-exempt status, that is our status as a 501 (c)(3) organization in July 2002 and our permanent confirmation after the 5-year period in 2006. Our board, made up of local artists, arts professionals, graduate art history students and arts supporters, all helped to achieve our founding and continuance.
Amenities: Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired, Party Facilities.
Gallery Hours - Thursday at 1-9 pm, Friday through Sunday at 1-6 pm.