Atlanta’s Alternative Art Scene Is First-Rate!


Huge surprise to find so many great art destinations in ATL. You have to be willing to do a little digging around to figure out hours, locations, schedules for special events but totally worth it.

Here are my top recommendations:

Goat Farm Arts Center (1200 Foster St. NW)

My absolute favorite find of the weekend. Which is strange, because being greeted by a slew of signs warning us NOT to take photos or video, is normally not my thing. However, despite that less than warm welcome, the buildings and the art installations are sensational. And yes, there are real goats on premise, as well as llamas.

Highly recommend doing some research on open studios or available tours before you come. We just wandered in and it felt a bit like we were trespassing. Nevertheless, we saw amazing outdoor art installations including a file cabinet piece (upper left) by David Baerwalde.

The Goat Farm may look familiar to some of you. It has been used in the filming of The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The history of the buildings is fascinating. Link (here) for details on background and current status.


See below for Art On The Beltline and Hambidge Creative Hive.

Art On The Atlanta Beltline


  • This is Atlanta’s largest temporary public art exhibition showcasing the work of visual artists, performers, and musicians along several miles of the BeltLine corridor. The first exhibition was in 2010.
  • It can be accessed from various points but we started at Ponce City Market and biked approximately two miles – both to the left and right of the market.
  • It’s a very creative vibe with lots of video and photo shoots underway.
  • Also see how many #TinyDoorsATL installations you can find.


Artist: William Massey


Hambidge Creative Hive (Colony Square @ 1197 Peachtree St NE)


Jason Hackenwerth’s balloon installation underway – this will be a highlight of the show (see below)

  • If you’re in ATL on Saturday April 29th come to the Arts Auction being held at Colony Square Mall in Midtown. Everyone in Atlanta’s art world will be there and it sounds like an amazing party.
  • But even if you can’t make the auction, come by sometime before June 3 to check out this creative enclave of working studios, installations and experimental projects.
  • We were there this past Saturday while they were still setting up installations – it was impressive!
  • Kudos to Colony Square for partnering with the Hambidge Center and providing creative space for these 12 artists

Setting up Scenes by Dorothy O’Conner

Hope Cohn talking art with Rodrigo Padilla and Elliott Trice



The High Museum (1280 Peachtree Street, NE)


Daniel Arsham

  • Not an “alternative” space but highly recommend the Daniel Arsham exhibit which is up thru May 21st.
  • The High’s contemporary collection is stellar and includes great pieces by Judy Pfaff, Gerhard Richter, Alex Katz (very atypical work for this artist), Fred Wilson, Petah Coyne, Roy Lichtenstein, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Puryear and many more.
  • I’m also a big fan of Howard Finster’s work. This exhibit of his “outsider art” is in celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday.

Judy Pfaff

Alex Katz

Fred Wilson

Anselm Kiefer (painting on right)

Gerhard Richter

Howard Finster

Roy Lichtenstein

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