An ATLiens by way of San Francisco, Austin Blue is a dynamic artist known for his hip, urban, and vibrate art. Falling in love with art at an early age, Austin juxtaposes geometric shapes and varying colors, gradients, and layers, usually in contrasting ways, to create his art. With each piece, he tries to explore new techniques or themes, such as space or depth, while striving to grow as an artist.
Austin’s goal is to make an impact on others lives with his work while at the same time learning and pulling inspiration from those that he meets along his journey.
Exposed to color and form at an early age by his grandmother and mother, Corey’s murals have graced numerous walls throughout metro Atlanta and Georgia. Through his art, Corey often depicts human figures, jazz icons, or abstract imagery that celebrate themes such as love, music, and the strength that exists within the African American community.
His artwork has been featured on multiple book covers, magazines, posters, and was even used in the 2018 motion picture Superfly Movie. Corey also designed the 35th anniversary poster for ELEVATE’s sister festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
Corey currently operates his own gallery, The Corey Barksdale Atlanta Art Gallery, where he exhibits his art and teaches community art classes.
Ceet is a self-taught artist who has been active in the street art graffiti scene for dedcades. He developed his unique style while in the French street art scene and developed his own playful and entertaining imaginary using bubble letters.
His trademark chickens, which appears in most of his art, developed purely by chance. While visiting China, with a taste for chicken and unable to speak the language, he drew a cartoon-ish looking chicken to order food. This funny anecdote helped determine the rest of his career. Since then, the chickens have become a recurring motif in his art.
Although he is known for his mural, Ceet also works with sculptures, installations, and design. His abstract graffiti is always painted with strong colors and give a powerful sense of movement.
A native of California and recent college graduate, Imani Christor uses her art and illustrations to expand the diversity of characters in media.
She enjoys placing marginalized protagonists into worlds, both real and imaginary, in hopes of creating a space where those who question their identity and potential are able to flourish through representation.
Charmaine works to explore African and African American ritual from a feminist perspective by pulling the past to the present and honoring the ancestors.
Through her community-based initiative, The New Freedom Project, she seeks to preserve black narratives by creating public art in transforming communities. Her community murals can be seen at numerous locations in Atlanta and beyond.
For nearly 20 years, Charmaine has also served the Atlanta area as an arts advocate, holding positions with arts organizations such as the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF), the High Museum of Art, and the Fulton County Arts & Culture.
In addition, she has produced projects around art and activism with such organizations as Alternate ROOTS, Points of Light and Flux Projects. She currently serves as faculty for the Department of Art and Visual Cultural at Spelman College.
To learn more about Charmaine, visit her site charmaineminniefield.com.
Alison Hamil is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts. She has a diverse body of work, which includes murals, graphic design, and paintings in watercolor and acrylic. Most of her work incorporates bold colors, graphic patterns, and symmetry while combining elements of painterly realism.
Alison has earned several awards for her art and was named "Best Emerging Visual Artist" by Creative Loafing’s “Best of Atlanta 2013”. Although she is based in Atlanta, Alison has murals in various places across the globe including Nicoya, Costa Rica, and Kefalonia, Greece, and in several towns throughout North Carolina.
She has also exhibited work in the Georgia State Capitol, Kibbee Gallery, Mason Murer Gallery, Eyedrum, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), and the MINT Gallery. Furthermore, she has been included in several art showcases in Atlanta, including the five of the last six Hambidge Art Auctions.
Julio Ceballos is an Atlanta-based artist who earned his Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts from Georgia State University.
Since then, Julio has worked for several Atlanta organizations including the Georgia Building Authority, The Georgia Department of Veteran Affairs, and The Atlanta Beltline. He has also exhibited work in galleries throughout the city.
His overall body of work is informed by nature, technology, and society. He uses these themes to create works that comment on contemporary social trends and society’s relationship with our surroundings.
A lover, a fighter, an alchemist, an artist. Andre Williams is considered to be one of metro Atlanta's friendly ATLien.
Presley began her professional career six years ago as a display artist for Anthropologie. Now with Urban Outfitters, she works full-time crafting furniture and creating 3-D displays with materials such as paint, acrylic sheeting, and found materials.
Presley finds joy in manipulating everyday objects giving them a new life. In her spare time, she hand-letters quotes onto canvas for home décor and pens calligraphy for wedding invitations.
Marquetta Johnson is a Teaching Artist and Quilter. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience and professional development in the areas of arts Integration, arts Infusion, and inclusive classrooms.
Marquetta has appeared on multiple radio and television shows discussing and demonstrating her art form, including HGTV’s “Crafters Coast to Coast”. Her artwork has been featured in several magazines such as “Quilt Magazine” and MARTA’s “MARTA on the Go Magazine”.
Marquetta’s artwork resides in many private and corporate collections such as the estate of the late B.B King, Faith Ringgold, The University of Maryland, Turner Broadcasting, and The Coca-Cola Company.
She is also a published author who wrote the book “Hand Dyed Quilts” now being sold on Amazon.com.
Marquetta has affiliations with VSA arts of Georgia, The Names Project-The Aids Memorial Quilt Foundation, the Atlanta Partnership for the Arts in Learning and the High Museum of Art.
Marquetta presently is a Teaching Artist at the High Museum of Art- Atlanta.
J.D. Scott specializes in imagery that captures the spirit of people, whether they are corporate CEOs, children in a daycare center, symphony musicians, or farmers in South Africa.
In the U.S. and internationally, J.D. has documented humanitarian and social projects, created evocative photographs for advertising campaigns, and pursued his own projects. Clients include a range of national and international organizations and businesses.
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A Georgia native, Sheila Pree Bright is an award-winning fine-art photographer nationally known for her photographic series, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia. Her national attention peaked shortly after Bright earned a Master of Arts in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography from Georgia State University.
In 2006, she received the Center Prize from the Santa Fe Center of Photography for Suburbia. In the art world, she is described as a “cultural anthropologist” portraying large-scale works that combine a wide range of contemporary culture.
Bright went viral on Huffington Post for her Plastic Bodies series, which also appeared in an important documentary, “Through the Lens Darkly,” which explores the important role of Black photographers in capturing identity and celebrating images that explore and pay tribute to the humanity of African Americans.
The indie art documentary premiered at Sundance film festival in January 2014.