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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

Atlanta has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jerry Christian

Most of my life was spent as a consumer and not a creator and I never once thought of myself as a designer in any capacity until I turned 30 years old. I worked in corporate along with a young lady that always had ideas but never quite followed through with them, and one day she said they her and I should start a clothing line where she would design the women’s clothing, and I would handle the men’s side of things. Read more>>

Bruna Costa

I came to live with my parents and my sister in the city of São Paulo when I was only one year old. And like every child I always drew a lot, the difference between the others kids is that I grew up loving to express myself through art. In 2013 after finishing a free course of Theater that added a huge experience artistic in my career, I started studying Animation Design at Anhembi Morumbi for two years. Read more>>

Margaret Curtis

I remember pushing the red paint into the green and pushing that difficult color across the paper. The action and its results made complete sense to me in a way most things at that time didn’t. Like most artists, my childhood was fraught. But the “wounds that never heal” are the generative force of my work, and I have grown to embrace them as a vital part of who I am. Read more>>

Quintavius Oliver

I would lay on the floor admiring the Ektachrome, and Kodachrome slides in the light. She would let me use her cameras and carrying one with me became so commonplace people would ask if something was wrong when they’d see me without one. Even then, I didn’t know I was a “photographer” as my mind was focused on street racing and making my car faster. Read more>>

Devan Whitney

When I got my first professional camera, I decided to take it a few steps further and really learn about the art of photography. I studied hard, took pictures constantly, and was glued to my editing software for months. I have since perfected my art and the way I choose to capture moments and edit them. My goal as a photographer is to capture the essence of the people I’m taking pictures of. Read more>>

Nova Luxurious

Once the dust settled on those obstacles, I began exploring the city during my time off. Like most gay men who move to Atlanta, I became very familiar with the Midtown scene. I attempted to lay down roots there as an artist starting a pop/R&B duo with a friend and fellow artist but soon realized how very limiting midtown can be in access and support of anyone outside of the Drag community. Read more>>

Malik Khalid

We realized that there weren’t any spaces that highlighted what happens after you become an adult but still have lots of self-discovery to do. Queer kids spend most of their childhood being who their parents want them to be and forming themselves in images of a heteronormative society that doesn’t fully acknowledge them. Our show unpacks those images In a light-hearted informative fashion. Read more>>

Larry ”NUFACE”

I just wanted to showcase my drawing, and I actually won the election. All of high school, I took commercial art classes until moving to Atlanta attending CAU where I took fine arts and life drawing as well as printmaking. I think the unique thing was experiencing all these variations of art and the bridging of 2 cities, Detroit where I’m from and Atlanta who has embraced me since coming in 1995. Read more>>

Chevonne (Chevy) Harvey

This is a story all about how a Young girl from Boston Massachusetts came to Atlanta originally as a photographer and drifted into Modeling. I have always been shy so getting in front of the camera was a bit scary for me because no one ever took me seriously until I started working with two great friends of mine who pushed me to really be great. Read more>>


I started working really closely with my first artist, Chanogotit and ended up being the executive producer of his first project. I loved that whole process so much. Not only could I make the beats, but I could also be hands-on creating the song by using everything I learned as an artist and songwriter myself. I realized that was what separated me from being a simple beat maker to an actual producer and I became addicted to working that way. Read more>>

Jeremiah Purinton

Tattooing eventually came out of my love for drawing. I wanted to find a way to make a career out of something I genuinely enjoyed doing. Throughout the years that played music, I had met a lot of tattooers from shows, and it seemed like they really enjoyed their lives, and I wanted to enjoy my life too. Eventually, I made my way from California to Oregon and then I found my way to Georgia where I got an apprenticeship and was given the opportunity to be a tattooer. Read more>>

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