Thursday, August 18, 2011

MOCA GA Receives $24,000 grant from the NEA to support The MOCA GA Working Artist Project


Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has announced that The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) has been awarded a grant of $24,000 to support the Working Artist Project, a one year artist-in-residency program that provides established Georgia artists with a stipend, a studio assistant, an exhibition and a full-color catalogue. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) is one of 1,145 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency’s second round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute more than $88 million to support projects nationwide.


The NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “NEA research shows that three out of four Americans participate in the arts. The diverse, innovative, and exceptional projects funded in this round will ensure that Americans around the country continue to have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts.” To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at


The Working Artist Project is a year-long program that supports metropolitan Atlanta visual artists, expands the museum’s mission, and strengthens the arts and cultural component of Atlanta. Each funded year, MOCA GA holds a metro-wide competition to select three working artists based on their talent, professionalism, and their proven ability to complete the project. Representing our city’s best and brightest; these artists are supported with a solo exhibition, promotion, a studio assistant, catalogue, and a major stipend to create work over the course of the year. The Project encourages artists from Atlanta and other cities to see our city as a viable destination in which their careers can thrive. At the same time, the Project will help raise the recognition of metropolitan Atlanta as a major center for contemporary art. This program is supported by a major grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation with additional support provided by the NEA in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 project years.

Annette Cone-Skelton, Director of MOCA GA, states, “The continued support of the National Endowment for the Arts is allowing the museum to further its mission of supporting our local arts community. Now in its fourth year of funding, the Working Artists Project was developed in response to the great loss of some of Atlanta’s most talented artists to cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. As a museum that is dedicated first and foremost to supporting Georgia’s contemporary artists, it is our goal to encourage these artists to remain in our city, establishing Atlanta as one of the best cities for launching a viable career in the arts.”

The 2011/2012 Working Artist Project winners are: Brian Dettmer, Gregor Turk and Martha Whittington. Dettmer originally from Chicago, lives and works in Atlanta. His work has gained international acclaim through internet bloggers, and traditional media. Dettmer’s work is shown and collected throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe and can be found in several museum exhibitions, public and private collections. Turk, an Atlanta native, utilizes a variety of media, typically incorporating mapping imagery. He has completed several public art commissions including permanent installations at two international airports and a series of outdoor sculptures at a fire station. Whittington is an Atlanta-based sculptor and educator born in Gainesville, Florida. Much of her work involves small objects, multiplied many times in controlled, site-specific arrangements. Whittington’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is also a professor of foundations studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. This year, Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art served as the guest juror for the 2011/2012 awards.


The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) collects and archives significant, contemporary works by the artists of the state of Georgia. To place its artists in a broader context, the Museum's exhibitions include Georgia artists and artists from around the world. MOCA GA’s programs promote the visual arts by creating a forum for active interchange between artists and the community. MOCA GA is located at 75 Bennett Street in the TULA Art Center. Admission is free to members, $5 for non-members and $1 for students. Admission to MOCA GA is free 10am – 5pm every Thursday. On the First Thursday of each month, MOCA GA stays open until 9 p.m. and admission is free all day. For more information, call 404-367-8700, visit or email Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.

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