Closing reception for Steve Morrison at Eyedrum this Saturday

Exhibition of Steve Morrison's show at Eyedrum is closing with a reception this Saturday. Steve is one of this year's Idea Capital Grant Winners. 

Closing: February 11, 8p-10pm
Gallery hours: Saturday 12-6pm and by appointment

Eyedrum Gallery 88 Forsyth Street SW Atlanta GA 30303

“Uneasiness In Culture is a new body of work from Atlanta artist Steve Morrison. Inspired by Freudian psychology, the ancient epic of Gilgamesh, puppetry and baking, this work explores natural cyclical processes of growth and decay and our collective need to interpret meaning. The multimedia show includes paintings, sculptures, and a series of animated video pieces. Steve’s surprising use of bread in various stages of development is unique and intriguing.

“The word ‘culture’ describes the yeast culture acting as a performance troupe as well as highlighting the uneasiness that some may be feeling in the present political situation.” — Steve Morrison


Society Superhero Art-Making Workshops with Joseph Bigley at The High


This coming Sunday, Feb 12th at the High Museum of Atlanta from 1-4 pm is a workshop with Joseph Bigley. He is one of this year's Idea Capital grant winners. 

Location: Greene Family Education Center, Lower Level, Stent Family Wing

Work with Spelman College students and High Museum teaching artist Joseph Bigley to create your own story for a superhero who helps the community. On the second Sunday of each month the museum offers free admission for all visitors and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m.

To help ensure your family has a great experience at the High Museum, check out Second Sunday Social Story (información en español). This will give you a sense of what to expect during your visit.

Please note: Admission is free from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Programming takes place from 1 to 4 p.m.

One of Idea Capital grant winners Joseph Bigley at Eyedrum

Atlanta, Georgia, January 24, 2017—Product Placement is a single immersive kinetic sculptural installation by Atlanta-based artist and educator Joseph Bigley at Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery. Consistent with Bigley’s use of his studio practice as a form of social commentary, this work is a response to consumerism and commercialism. Product Placement consists of evenly spaced rows of hanging and inverted Christmas trees. The choice of this specific object embodies a notion of commodification in its limited use, even though the trees take, on average, seven years to develop into market-worthy products.


            The trees are connected to a motion sensor triggered by viewers entering the space. Once activated, the trees begin to swing at random intervals, moved by motors that are controlled by microprocessors. The motion and placement of the commercial products are not typical of their normal mode of interaction or growth, and pine needles shake off of the trees and form circular patterns on the floor. Incorporating the passage of time, the work rewards return visits as the trees shed their needles, resulting in bare stems and trunks, skeletons of sorts, that continue to swing in hapless and vulnerable memory of what once were living organisms.


            For many years Bigley lived in western North Carolina, where the Christmas tree industry is prominent and thriving. The farms of the industry disturb the mountain landscape and result in surreal forests of perfect rows, a bizarre combination with the otherwise natural surroundings. The industry’s pesticides and fertilizers wash into water supplies of local residents, who have documented cases of cancer in children, as well as detrimental effects to the local river ecosystems. The time needed for these plants to grow versus the short amount of time that they are used has been a source of curiosity for the artist, and was the starting point for this project.


            The opening reception for Product Placement takes place February 18, 6-11 pm; the exhibition is on view through March 4. A closing reception and artist talk are scheduled for March 4, 6-11 pm, with the artist talk to begin at 7 pm.


            Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery is a nonprofit artist-run collective, based in Atlanta, that fosters the experimental and avant-garde across disciplines to create opportunities for dialogue, collaboration, and growth in the contemporary art community. For more information, please visit or the artist’s website,

Tori Tinsley at Twin Radius

Echolalia opens Saturday, February 4!
Please join for the opening reception this Saturday from 6 to 9 PM
Twin Radius at CenterForm
115 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. SW
Suite 3B/4B
Atlanta, GA 30303

For more information, click here.

Tori is an Idea Capital Grant Winner. Below she says,

 "My paintings explore my changing relationship with myself and with my mother as she succumbs to a brain disease called fronto-temporal degeneration. Through the interaction of two figures, I convey the challenging emotional experience of such an ambiguous loss; feelings that include despair, longing, disbelief, and even hope. This focus on myself is not meant to diminish the importance of my mother’s experience with this disease, but to add to the discussion and awareness of what happens to those left behind to pick up the pieces. These works not only serve as premature memorials to my mother, but they also stand as monuments to resilience and highlight how painting can serve as a proxy for reconnection."

Artist-funded grants seed creative ideas in 2017 by Andrew Alexander (AJC)



From a comic book about sports idolatry and a musical instrument carved from a wooden casket to an animated opera about rising bread dough and a dance duet focusing on the racial divisions inherent in the Southern country club tradition, a broad range of Atlanta artists’ most creative ideas will have an easier time coming to fruition this year thanks to the work of Idea Capital.

Since 2008, the nonprofit arts organization has sought to support the work of Atlanta artists by awarding small grants of about $500-1500 each to fund individual art projects. The recently announced list of Idea Capital’s 2017 grantees contains, as it does each year, a diverse lineup of artists working in many different disciplines.

“There’s a lot of creativity in Atlanta, and a lot of interesting ideas,” says co-founder Louise Shaw, who works as curator at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. Shaw and several other arts administrators and supporters were motivated to take action eight years ago during what she describes as a “low point” in the Atlanta arts scene.

“A lot of funding had gone away,” she recalls. “We were just in the doldrums and couldn’t get out of it. The idea was to gather a few people together to give money to give grants to artists to stimulate the arts.”

Led by arts entrepreneur Stuart Keeler, the five original members each gave $100 and ended up awarding their first grant to Atlanta performance artist Allison Rentz. Through the years, the fundraising efforts of Idea Capital have increased, and the organization has grown to become a nonprofit that has now awarded nearly 70 grants for projects by Atlanta artists.

The funding model draws on small donations from members of the arts community, often artists themselves, that is then redistributed to fund specific projects. In keeping with the organization’s “from the community, for the community” philosophy, there are no levels of giving as there are in many nonprofits; all donors receive the same recognition regardless of the size of their donation. And each year, a donor is chosen at random to sit on the selection committee that chooses the awarded artists from the pool of applicants.

“What’s really amazing is that since 2008 the arts landscape in Atlanta has really improved,” says Shaw. “We finally got out of that horrible time we were in, and things are more energetic. We like to think that Idea Capital was one of the catalysts because we were directly supporting artists. To this day, that’s what we do.”

A look at Idea Capital’s 2017 projects follows.

• Fashion designer Charity Harris will stage a conceptual fashion show called “Southernoids II” using textiles to create “wearable sculptures” intended to evoke the South’s difficult history with nature, race, gender and religion.

• For his piece “Sphere of Influence,” performer Joseph Bigley will use woodworking techniques to create a musical instrument crafted from a casket on which he’ll perform an array of hymns, anthems and commercial jingles.

• Artist Bella Dorado’s multimedia show and installation “Gallery de Latinidad” will examine the American Latino experience through performance, a salon, bookstore and gallery.

• Artist Chris Chambers will create a comic book, “Super Duper Sportsball Follies of Man,” based on the conventionalized narratives of aspiration, failure and celebration found in sports films.

• Animator Steve Morrison will create an animated short, “Air (Opera for Yeast in One Act),” in which rising bread dough will convey the rhythms of breath.

• Multimedia artist Adam Forrester’s work, “Devil Town,” will be part media archive, part traveling exhibition and part printed tabloid through which he’ll consider the history of his hometown, Phenix City, Ala., where a notorious criminal network of drugs, gambling and prostitution once flourished, leading to the city’s nickname as the “Wickedest City in America.”

• Curator Kirstie Tepper’s organization Selvage will create an installation, “The Mystery of Stark Alley,” set in the alley behind author Carson McCullers’ childhood home in Columbus to convey the literal and figurative dividing lines of race, class and public and private in the South.

• Puppeteers Raymond Carr and Raymond Wade Tilton will create a multimedia performance, “Raymond Vs. Raymond: The Black and White Show,” to address the theme of race.

• In her project “Just Camping,” photographer Olga Sidilkovskaya will use black-and-white silver gelatin photographs to document the landscape and architecture of the Federal Emergency Management Agency camps used to house immigrants and others in Georgia.

• In “Manifesto,” her first foray into video work after working primarily as a photographer, Sarah Hobbs will take her interest in representing extreme psychological states into the new medium, with a performer acting out an intense psychological experience in a short film.

• Choreographer and dancer Melissa Word’s “Country Club,” a duet for white female dancers featuring an original composition, will be a meditation on race, power and privilege in the American South.

Idea Capital has been nominated for an ArtsATL Luminary Award!

Idea Capital is proud to announce we have been nominated for an inaugural ArtsATL Luminary Award!  

As a means for highlighting and celebrating contributors to the Atlanta arts community, ArtsATL has created the Luminary Awards.  Nominations for the four multidisciplinary prizes were open to the general public and a distinguished board of panelist will make the final decisions, to be announced on January 22, 2017 at Terminal West.  

“With so much happening and changing within Atlanta, we feel it’s crucial to step back and celebrate the individuals making thoughtful and important contributions to our arts community,” says ArtsATL Executive Editor Laura Relyea.

Extended Deadline

Lucky you! We’ve extended our Idea Capital deadline to October 25, 2016 so it’s not too late to apply for a 2016 Idea Capital grant.  


Are you a visual artist, filmmaker, writer, performance artist, musician or creative living in the Atlanta-area creating outside-the-box, experimental work? We invite you to apply for one of our annual grants ranging from $500 to $2,000.


Apply now! http://www.ideacapitalatlanta. org/apply

Idea Capital 2016 Grant Application is open

The 2016 Idea Capital Grant Application is open to Atlanta area artists.  Grant awards range from $500 to $2000 and special grants include the Margaret Kargbo Artist as Activist Grant and the Idea Capital Research & Development Travel Grant.  The deadline for applications is October 25th. 

Please help us share the news!

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3BQ: Burlesque, Barbeque & Bourbon

A little risqué, a little raucous, and a whole lot of fun.  Support southern activist artists working on the front lines of the most pressing issues of our times.  

Paris on Ponce's Le' Maison Rouge, October 24, 2015.

Featuring Atlanta's own Sadie Hawkins and introducing, straight from Texas, St. Shimi as The Black Orchid.

Space is limited.  Tickets can be purchased at

Please join us on for our Annual Fundraising Party on Sunday Sept 20th from 4-7pm

Join Idea Capital for a memorable afternoon of Art & Architecture featuring rousing entertainment, delicious food and bracing libations as we celebrate our 2015 fundraising cycle. Enjoy an inventive Art & Architecture-themed feast from the savory to the sweet prepared by the IdeaCapital Steering Committee, as you take in performances by 2015 grant winners including performances by the fabulous Jared Dawson and artist Masud Olufani, all in the modern surroundings of Oscar and Sylvia Harris’s beautiful Cascade Heights estate in the prestigious neighborhood that Shirley Franklin, former UN ambassador Andrew Young, Hank Aaron and congressman John Lewis call home.

Announcing the Margaret Kargbo Artist as Activist Grant

To honor the spirit of Margaret Kargbo, Idea Capital steering committee member who tragically died in May 2015, we are announcing the award of an annual grant in Margaret’s name.  Margaret was an art activist and social justice proponent, who believed in the power of art as a change agent.  On an annual basis, Idea Capital will select an artist among all the applicants whose project most embodies Margaret’s indomitable commitment to community-building.