Known for its rich culture—including great cuisine and music festivals—and history, Atlanta is also brimming with galleries and artistic institutions. Boasting work from world-renowned artists and local stars, this Southern metropolis’ art galleries are not to be missed. Check out these 10 galleries to get you started.
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Nestled in the historic Castleberry Hill neighborhood, the ZuCot Gallery is the largest African-American-owned fine art gallery in the Southeast. The striking 3,500-square-foot space is adorned with contemporary works of art from all over the world. On the mezzanine level, there is a rotating exhibition of local artists. The gallery also regularly showcases the latest in short film, video installation, and cinematography. Showcased artists include Atlanta native Charlotte Riley-Webb and Atlanta local Georgette Baker. ZuCot, along with many other galleries, participates in the monthly Castleberry Hill Art Stroll.
The Callanwolde Fine Art Center, constructed in 1920 by Charles Howard Candler, eldest son of The Coca-Cola Company founder Asa Griggs Candler, sits in the Druid Hills neighborhood. Included in the National Register of Historic Places, the 12-acre estate features an elegant mansion, sprawling green gardens, and multiple outer buildings. Located on the second floor of the Candler Mansion is the gallery, which features rotating artists’ exhibitions. Featured artists include Alli Royce Soble and Anthony Greco.
Located in the booming Midtown Atlanta neighborhood, Kai Lin Art is a contemporary art gallery that is a must-see. Founded by Yu-Kai Lin in 2008, the space is committed to promoting emerging and established artists from the Southeast and beyond. The gallery, which provokes conversation and creativity through art, has been featured in local publications and voted “Best Gallery” by Creative Loafing.
Just minutes away from the Buckhead neighborhood and near the up-and-coming Sweetwater Design District sits a new gallery, Mason Fine Art. The gallery features an evolving selection of contemporary works by regional, national, and international artists. Mason Fine Art includes three large exhibition spaces so that they can accommodate large format two- and three-dimensional works.
Seated Figure, Mbembe peoples, Ewayon River region, Cross River Province, Nigeria. 17th-18th century | Photograph courtesy of Hughes Dubois, Musée du Quai Branly/Scala/Art Resource, NY and the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Considered the leading art museum in the Southeast, the High Museum of Art is a major attraction in Atlanta. It features a permanent collection of 15,000 works of art, including European paintings, a growing collection of African American art, photography, collections of modern and contemporary art and African art. The High is devoted to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists. Alongside some of the most well-known artists, the museum houses Atlanta-based artists as well.
When the Alan Avery Art Company opened in 1981, it was housed in a downtown warehouse. Voted “Best Gallery” in 2017 by Jezebel Magazine, it now sits in the Lindbergh area of Atlanta. Now, the “oldest sustained art gallery in Atlanta” represents works by emerging, mid-career, and internationally established career artists. The gallery is not afraid of showcasing those who push boundaries and spotlights a diverse roster of artists. Notable talents include Kara Walker, Roy Lichtenstein, and Helen Frankenthaler.
Specializing in 20th-century photography, Jackson Fine Art boasts an extensive selection of artworks by leading artists. Concentrating on contemporary photography, Jackson Fine Art became a significant voice in the South. First opened by Jane Jackson in a quaint house in 1990, the art space is now owned by Anna Walker Skillman. The gallery has participated in various international art fairs, including The Photography Show (AIPAD) in New York and Miami, Paris Photo, and Art Chicago.
A renovated carriage house, the Whitespace Gallery is situated in historic Inman Park. Founded by Susan Bridges, the elegant space is not your classic art gallery. It is famous for its opening receptions that sometimes feature festive libations, drag performers, and themed food. Spotlighted artists are both emerging and international, with exhibitions ranging from sculptures, paintings, and video installations. Featured artists include Elizabeth Lide, Amy Pleasant, and Eric Mack.
A community-based studio and art gallery located in the West Midtown district of Atlanta, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center devotes itself to emerging and established artists. The non-profit institution showcases innovative and diverse works of art, paying special attention to artists who haven’t had significant exhibitions in the Southeast. Exhibits include paintings, sculptures, photography, and installations. In addition to art, the center holds diverse educational programs annually, including Contemporary Cocktails and Contemporary Talk.
Specializing in photography by African Americans and of African Americans, Arnika Dawkins Gallery features an eclectic group of photographers and artists. Started by Arnika Dawkins, who completed an internship at Buckhead photography gallery Jackson Fine Art, the gallery sits in a white house on Cascade Road. The art venue presents emerging artists and more established talent. The gallery has shown works from world-renowned photographer Gordon Parks and former fashion editor Aline Smithson.