Arts, Culture, and Humanities

ATHICA Athens Institute for Contemporary Art Inc.

  • Athens, GA
  • www.athica.org

Mission Statement

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) federally
tax-exempt art space, there is no pressure on artists for work to be
saleable.

Main Programs

  1. Running on Empty: The Fossil Fuel Addiction
  2. Crafting Romance
  3. ATHICA Emerges III: Journeys
  4. Free Press in Free Fall

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Service Areas

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International

Located in Athens, Georgia, ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art serves the art-viewing public of the Southeastern US region.  ATHICA exhibits work by local, regional, national and international artists.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer

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Ms Lizzie Z. Saltz

Keywords

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challenging, innovative, social, contemporary art, visual art, installation, multi media, new media

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EIN

91-2171315

 Number

3502298892

Physical Address

160 Tracy Street, Unit 4

Athens, GA 30601

Also Known As

ATHICA

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Overview

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We provide high-quality cultural programming responsive to the current
moment. By exhibiting challenging, provocative and innovative
contemporary art from around the nation and occasionally from abroad, in
a non-commercial setting, we provide a setting for community discourse
on important issues of mutual interest. In addition, we mount affiliated
events such as films, lectures, readings, performances and panel
discussions, contributing to the stimulating and enjoyable aspects of
the exhibitions themselves. These programs are created for the cultural
enrichment of the Northeast Georgia residents (though visitors from
farther afield travel to attend).
 As a non-profit institution without
state or federal support we are under no pressure to censor content. We
hear often how much that aspect of our Mission means to both exhibitors
and audience, both of whom who greatly value the freedom of expression
for which ATHICA is a forum. 
We believe that Northeast Georgia residents greatly value
the kind of cultural enrichment ATHICA provides. 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.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Running on Empty: The Fossil Fuel Addiction

This exhibit was designed to raise awareness of the critical issue of global warming. From apocalyptic images of a drowned planet to the promise of future energy sources, these 17 artists address this pressing issue with passion, humor and urgency.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 2

Crafting Romance

Taking on the age old theme of love, Crafting Romance focuses on expressions of love, especially on their association with domestic and decorative arts. realms traditionally thought of as seperate and lesser enterprises than the fine arts- despite the legacy of over 30 years of feminist art practice. While this colorful collection of international and national works was produced in a wide variety of media- jewelry, video, drawing, installation, photography, sculpture and sticker art and more-it is bound together by its wit and relationship to craft.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Gays/Lesbians

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 3

ATHICA Emerges III: Journeys

ATHICA Emerges III introduces new works by three young local artists and one artist team. The curators selected these artists from over two dozen entries. Excitingly, this year's exhibit veers away from the painting and sculpture work of the first two years of ATHICA's local emerging artists showcase, with new media, photo-based works and conceptual practices predominating. The four projects include two that explore personal journeys, both virtual and actual, and two that use inventive ways of recording and representing personal experiences.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 4

Free Press in Free Fall

Almost daily we hear of another round of newspaper layoffs, another venerated publication on the brink of bankruptcy or another small town newspaper ceasing production altogether. In the digital age, while newspapers and incapable of competing with the web's low cost and efficency, fears of the death of print run rampant-despite boomers' clinging nostalgia for their morning paper over cereal.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Located in Athens, Georgia, ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art serves the art-viewing public of the Southeastern US region.  ATHICA exhibits work by local, regional, national and international artists.

Funding Needs

ATHICA is in need of contributions to cover overhead, additional personnel and technology upgrades to continue to mount culturally significant exhibits. Contributions may also be directed to specific exhibition programming. Please see our upcoming exhibition page for details at www.athica.org.

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ATHICA Athens Institute for Contemporary Art Inc.

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Principal Officer

Ms Lizzie Z. Saltz

BIO

Lizzie Zucker Saltz is an artist, curator and critic who has published and exhibited nationally.

She is the Director of the grass-roots gallery she founded in 2001, ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Inc.

She started ATHICA after familiarizing herself with the local scene while writing art reviews for Flagpole Magazine (www.flagpole.com)from 1998 to 2000.

She has written for the international, non-profit Art Papers Magazine (www.artpapers.org), publishing numerous reviews and articles most intensively from 1998 to 2003, with two feature articles published in 2005.

She has disseminated word of Athens' artists to a broader audience, as well as covering shows in cities such as New York, Detroit and Chicago. As a freelance curator she has developed exhibits for the Athens area since 2000, such as Rock Art: An Exhibit Of Visual Art by Athens Musicians and Eclectic Electric: An Exhibit Of Electronic And Digital Art, both held at the Lyndon House Art Center. She has curated many of the exhibits at ATHICA (see Past Exhibitions Page).

She exhibited her own sculpture and installation work nationally for ten years, receiving her MFA from San Jose State University in 1993. She was a resident at SculptureSpace (www.sculpturespace.org) in 1997, shortly afterwards she moved to Athens. New Media collaborations with spouse and UGA Dept. of Theatre & Film Head David Z. Saltz were exhibited at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens in 2000, The Sweeney Gallery in Riverside in CA in 2002 (http://sweeney.ucr.edu, past exhibits: Animate Objects), Presbyterian College in SC and the Detroit MONA in 2003.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Lizzie Zucker Saltz

ATHICA

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