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Atlanta: Art Museums

by Margaret Price, Atlanta Visual Arts blogger

Amongst the once-worn warehouses, industrial buildings, polished museums and stylized galleries, the arts scene in Georgia’s capital city of Atlanta is, in fact, thriving. Imbued with a fresh, young energy that is intensely palpable and distinctly Atlantan, local artists adhere to a unique artistic aesthetic that sets them apart from those in other cities—while some may embrace their Southern roots, others violently reject the mold in favor of carving their own way through the scene.

Those looking to take advantage of the arts scene in Atlanta should know that the opportunities to explore this city’s creativity are varied and widespread, and just about anything goes. Start small, take baby steps, and begin your search in the up-and-coming Westside Art District, or take part in the monthly Castleberry Hill Art Stroll to get your creative juices flowing. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll eventually find yourself at the annual, one-night public art event FLUX. You might just find that the hospitality the South is known for is prevalent in the arts scene, too.

Atlanta Art Museums: Art Museums Around Atlanta

Below are our Atlanta Art Museum recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, museum history and other points of interest in Atlanta Art.

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Information

Public Transportation: Fair (a 2-minute walk from MARTA bus 1 at Marietta Street NW/Bankhead Avenue NW)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (open Thursdays until 8 p.m.); Sunday Noon–5 p.m. Closed Mondays, major holidays and between exhibitions
Admission: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3; Kids (under 12) and members Free. Admission is free every Thursday
Tour: Tours and programming vary depending on current exhibition
Membership: Individual membership is …more…

Georgia Museum of Art

The Georgia Museum of Art is both a university museum under the aegis of the University of Georgia and, since 1982, the official state museum of art. Located on the East Campus of UGA, in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex, it opened in 1948. ...more...

High Museum of Art

With more than 11,000 pieces in its permanent holdings, the High has a marvelous array of work, including a wide range of lesser-known pieces by international heavy-hitters, and a variety of worth-while special exhibitions. Some of its areas of strength are its 19th and 20th-century American art collection, European art, African American art, and modern/contemporary art holdings. Some specific artists with particularly strong pull include Chuck Close, Claude Monet, Rodin, …more…

Michael C. Carlos Museum

This museum at Emory University has been growing steadily since its founding in 1876. It has major holdings of Classical, Ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Native American, African, and Asian art, along with works on paper from the Renaissance to the present. Today, it is one of the Southeast’s premier museums, with one of the most comprehensive collections of art in the region.

The institution continues to add to its collection. Its …more…

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

This is the Southeast’s only museum dedicated to design. Its exhibition subjects include architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion, and more. An affiliate of the Smithsonian, it was formerly known as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design. It has presented exhibitions on the furniture of Eero Saarinen, design made in Georgia, and contemporary works by Ichiyo Ikebana. ...more...

Oglethorpe University Museum

Ogelthorpe University’s Museum of Art (OUMA) is the only small liberal arts university museum in the Southeast that regularly features exhibits of national and international significance. It also plays an important role in the school’s art curriculum, providing direct exposure to visual art of the highest caliber, and a valuable compliment to classroom and studio courses.

The permanent collection at OUMA includes paintings, sculpture, prints and photography. Its finest holdings …more…