ArtsATL.com provides comprehensive coverage of the arts in metro Atlanta. Founded in 2009 as ArtsCriticATL.com, we publish reviews, news, commentary and other information about music, theater, visual art and design, dance, movies, books and the cross-disciplinary events that characterize our city’s vibrant arts scene. Our staff includes longtime critics and journalists as well as emerging voices.
Susannah Darrow is the executive director of ArtsATL. She was the founding executive director of BURNAWAY. Georgia Trend named her one of the top 40 leaders in Georgia under 40 years old in 2014, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits honored her among the top 30 nonprofit leaders in Atlanta under 30 in 2013. She was in the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta and is in the 2016 class of LEAD Atlanta. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Advisory Board for Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Darrow received a BA in Art History from the University of Georgia and MA in Art History from Georgia State
Laura Relyea is Executive Editor of ArtsATL. Her book, All Glitter, Everything, a collection of flash prose, was released by Deer Bear Wolf in March 2015. A portion of the book was included in the 2015 &Now Experimental Fiction Anthology, released biennially by the University of Notre Dame. Her essays, reviews, poems, and features have been published in The Bitter Southerner, Thought Catalog, Monkey Bicycle, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. Her book criticism has been published in PASTE, Fanzine, and Vouched Books. She was previously the Managing Editor of Scoutmob, and the Editor & Chief of Vouched Books. Relyea received a BA in Telecommunications and Creative Writing from Ball State University.
Catherine Fox is editor and chief art critic. She was art and architecture critic at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 27 years, during which time she was Cox Writer of the Year, twice winner of Cox awards in criticism, and received Green Eyeshade Awards and an award from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors. She holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Michigan. She was assistant curator of the Arts Festival of Atlanta’s 1981 Site Works Program, has written for ARTnews and other publications, and is a co-author of Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape. She received the 2013 Community Impact Administrator Arts Award from the Emory College Center for Creativity Arts for her work on ArtsATL.
Scott Freeman is deputy editor of ArtsATL. He has worked at Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing and has received three Green Eyeshade Awards and an award for feature writing from the Football Writers Association of America. His oral history of the Cabbagetown music scene in 2010 was recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. He is the author of four books, including biographies of the Allman Brothers Band and Otis Redding, and is at work on another.
Ivy Kronckemanages programming for ArtsATL to connect Atlantans with our diverse and unique arts and culture scene. Kroncke is a visual artist with a BFA in printmaking and book arts from the University of Georgia. Her extensive experience teaching adult art classes at Redux Contemporary Arts Center in Charleston, South Carolina inspired her passion for connecting communities with the arts. Having worked with fine art institutions throughout Atlanta, Kroncke develops energetic, thoughtful programming to reach the curious people of our city.
Stephanie Adrian writes about music and the art of singing. She holds a doctorate in vocal performance from Ohio State University and teaches voice at Emory University. She was a Young Artist at Opera North and has performed professionally with regional opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States. She also writes for Opera News, Classical Singer and Journal of Singing.
Andrew Alexander writes about theater, dance and art. Also an arts writer for other Atlanta-based publications, he lives with his longtime fiancé and loves art, travel, cooking, bourbon and old records. He was voted “Best Critic” in the 2013 and 2014 Creative Loafing readers’ polls. Voted “Best Critic” in the 2013 Creative Loafing readers’ poll, he was selected to participate in the 2013-14 Art Writing Workshop, a mentoring program supported by Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation.
Felipe Barral creates videos about the local arts scene exclusively for ArtsATL. The Chilean-born artist, filmmaker, musician, poet and journalist is the co-founder, executive producer and director of IGNI Productions and its online arts channel, the G channel . He is a senior features producer with the CNN International and CNN en Español Special Projects Unit.
Jerry Cullum writes about visual art. A pillar of the arts community for more than 25 years, he received the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s inaugural Nexus Award in 2010. Formerly the senior editor and editor at large of Art Papers magazine, he has written for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Art in America, Raw Vision and ARTnews, has composed numerous catalog essays and exhibition texts and has curated exhibitions in the U.S and abroad. He is a co-author of Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape, published by Atlanta Art Now. He blogs at joculum.livejournal.com and counterforces.blogspot.com.
Sarah Sacha Dollacker writes about books. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and history from Duke University and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Her writing has appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and BookBrowse, among others. She is also the creator and moderator of redroomlibrary.com, a books blog that was named one of the “101 Book Blogs You Need to Read” by OnlineUniversities.com and one of the “100 Best Blogs for School Librarians” by OnlineCollege.org.
Anjali Enjeti writes about the Atlanta literary scene. A former lawyer, she is now an MFA candidate in creative writing at Queens University in Charlotte. Her essays have appeared in two anthologies and in numerous print and online publications. A Hambidge Center fellow, she is vice president of publicity for the Atlanta Writers Club and a member of Georgia Romance Writers. Her first novel, Secrets of the Sari Chest, is awaiting publication. Her website is anjalienjeti.com.
Jim Farmer writes about theater. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he has written about the arts for more than 20 years. Besides writing and occasional public relations work, he coordinates Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival. He lives in Avondale Estates with his partner, Craig.
Mark Gresham writes about classical and post-classical music. A composer and conductor as well as a journalist, he co-founded the monthly publication Chorus! in 1989 and edited it through 1995. A selection of his interviews from the magazine was published in 1997 as a book Choral Conversations. He has written for NewMusicBox, Where Atlanta and Creative Loafing, among others, and in 2003 won an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for music journalism. His website is markgresham.com.
Michael Kahn writes about architecture and urban design. Born and raised in Atlanta, he completed his master of architecture and bachelor degrees in history and architecture at Tulane University. In addition to working toward professional architectural licensure at a local firm, he writes and lectures on issues at the confluence of urban planning and architectural history. He has completed research throughout Western Europe and lectured in Australia and the United States.
Soniah Kamal writes about books. Her debut novel, An Isolated Incident, will come out in 2014 and her short stories, essays and book reviews have been published in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Pakistan, India and Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with honors from St. John’s College and was awarded the Susan B. Irene Award. She is earning an MFA at Georgia State University and is the recipient of the Paul Bowles Fellowship in Fiction. She is an editorial assistant for Five Points- A Journal of Literature and Arts. Her website is www.soniahkamal.com.
Faith McClure writes about visual arts. An artist, writer, educator and musician, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the Atlanta College of Art and an MFA from the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University. She has participated in artist residencies such as Yale University's Summer School of Art & Music and the New York Studio Program of the Parsons School of Design, and she works in the Visual Arts Department and Gallery at Emory University. Her website is www.faithmcclure.com.
Donna Mintz writes about visual arts. She is a visual artist whose painting and installation are meditations on time, memory and place and the abiding lure of the stories inherent in the land. Her work can be viewed at www.donnamintz.com. She is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery. She is a current MFA candidate at the Sewanee School of Letters, University of the South.
Christine Moore writes about film and television. She has worked in editorial, production, creative direction and strategy for Cartoon Network Digital and co-wrote an episode of the “Adult Swim” show "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law," for which she was also a series creative consultant. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she recently started performing stand-up comedy and writes about television and pop culture on her blog, TV Kitchen.tv-kitchen.tumblr.com
Steve Murray writes about movies and theater. He is an award-winning arts journalist and playwright, and his plays, including “Hungry to Bed,” “Rescue & Recovery,” “Mileage” and “This Passion Thing,” have been produced internationally. “This Wonderful Life,” his take on the Frank Capra film, has been one of the most frequently produced scripts in the country since its premiere at Portland Center Stage in 2005. He received a 2010 Tanne Foundation Arts Award. Murray is critic-in-residence for Art Matters, an arts journalism project organized by the Macon Arts Alliance and Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism.
Gail O'Neill writes about arts and culture. The native New Yorker earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University and spent 10 years circling the globe as a model before finding her voice in front of the camera as a writer and features reporter for CBS News in New York. She relocated to Atlanta in 2000 to host a weekly travel show for CNN, and subsequently hosted series and specials on HGTV. She is style editor for Southern Seasons magazine and writes about film, politics, sports and fashion on her blog, The Gaily Planet.
James L. Paulk writes about classical music, as he has done for more than 25 years, mainly for magazines such as Das Opernglas and American Record Guide. He has been associate editor of New Music Connoisseur and principal opera critic for 20th-Century Music. In the late 1970s he served two terms as a member of the Georgia Senate, where he helped create and co-chaired Georgia’s first legislative committee on the arts. In his day job, he owns two local insurance agencies.
Cynthia Bond Perry writes about dance and helps edit ArtsATL’s dance posts. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she has performed, taught and presented choreography in New York and elsewhere, and she taught dance history and technique at the University of Oklahoma for seven years. Her dance reviews and articles have appeared in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Matt Porter writes about design. He is a a long-time contributor to Communication Arts Magazine and is managing editor of Against the Grain, an online publication for graphic designers. He owns PorterWrite Design Consulting and is co-founder and president of Good Thinking Atlanta, a philanthropic creative service organization.
Gillian Anne Renault writes about dance. She was formerly dance critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and has also covered dance for The Herald Examiner, Ballet News, California magazine, KUSC-FM and NPR affiliate KCRW-FM, among others. In 1982 she received a National Endowment for the Arts scholarship to the Arts Journalism Institute of Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival. Born and raised in England, she studied ballet for 16 years and danced with the Chelmsford Ballet Company. After coming to the United States, she continued her dance studies, taught ballet and modern jazz and, after a detour into the corporate world, is back doing what she loves.
Leisa Rich writes about art. An artist and educator, she works in fiber and mixed media. She holds an MFA from The University of North Texas, a BFA from The University of Michigan and a B of Ed in Art from The University of Western Ontario. Rich exhibits internationally, and her work is in such collections as the Dallas Museum of Art and the Kamm Foundation. Her work has been featured in Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape, the PBS series Incontext and other print, online and broadcast outlets. Her writing has appeared in Fiber Art Now, Felt magazine and Burnaway. monaleisa.com
Jon Ross writes about jazz. A writer for a trade magazine by day, he holds degrees in music and journalism from the University of Idaho. He earned a master of arts degree in arts journalism with a concentration in music from Syracuse University, where he studied with author David Hajdu and New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. Jon is a long-time contributing writer for Downbeat, where he writes CD reviews and features.
Jeff Stafford writes about the local creative community. A University of Georgia graduate with a B.A. in journalism, he worked for Turner Broadcasting System for 22 years, first as a writer and producer for TNT and later as managing editor of the Turner Classic Movies website. He also writes about gardening-related subjects for HGTV.com and about film on his blog, Cinema Sojourns.cinemasojourns.com
Brenda Stepp writes about music. An Atlanta native, Stepp is a free-lance music journalist and food critic. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Oglethorpe University and has followed live music for 38 years. Stepp is active with The Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Dining for Women (supporting the empowerment of women in third world countries), Second Chance Animal Rescue and The Big House Museum (The Allman Brother’s Music Museum).
Matt Terrell loves describing artwork. With a background in writing and fine-art photography, Terrell has found his niche as a art critic. Terrell's interest include queer art, new media, and (of course) photography.
Lauren Watel writes about books, especially poetry. She is a fiction writer and poet whose stories, poems and translations have appeared in literary journals including Ploughshares, Five Points, TriQuarterly and Slate. Her work has received the 2012 Mississippi Review Prize in fiction and the 2005 Writers Exchange Award in fiction from Poets and Writers.
Kathleen Wessel writes about dance. She holds a degree in psychology from Emory University and a master’s degree in dance performance and choreography from Florida State University. In her more than 25-year dance career, she has studied under many well-known teachers and her choreography has been presented in various venues across the Southeast and in Italy. Currently a faculty member in the Department of Drama and Dance at Spelman College, she continues to choreograph and dance professionally. She has also written for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution and Dance Informa.
Chelsey Willis is a contributing writer and produces the ArtsATL e-newsletter. An arts enthusiast with extensive experience in theater, she holds degrees in political science and Italian and a master of arts degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Georgia. She has also written for The Augusta Chronicle, The Jackson Herald and Like the Dew.
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