Photo by Cassie Wright, www.shotbycassie.com

photo by Cassie Wright, www.shotbycassie.com



ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art is an independent, non-profit gallery promoting and supporting innovative contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, education, and events. ATHICA is committed to the local art community and to bringing in national and international contemporary artists of all media. The programming features rotating exhibitions of various themes and affiliated events (such as performances, lectures, workshops, children’s events, curated tours, and more). Over the past decade ATHICA has presented over 1200 regional, national, and international artists in over 60 exhibitions and hundreds of affiliated events.

ATHICA features four distinct exhibitions yearly, including an annual juried exhibition which has featured jurors such as Michael Rooks of Atlanta’s High Musuem and Harry DeLorme of Savannah’s Telfair Museum.


ATHICA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage or ethnic background,national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, or disability. ATHICA welcomes diversity of all types and seeks out and celebrates that diversity through the content of its programming.


ATHICA has a unique role and mission in the Athens and Northeast Georgia community. No other similar venue offers an independent focus solely on contemporary art. As an independent and non-profit entity, support from our community and beyond has enabled us to fulfill our mission since our founding in 2001-2002. Thanks to the generosity and vision of FiveArt, Inc., a group of local developers and arts boosters, a 2,200 square foot space in a warehouse that is jointly owned by the Chase Street Park Condominium Association, was renovated in winter of 2001 to serve as an alternative, non-commercial art space dedicated to exhibiting challenging and innovative contemporary art. The board, made up of local artists, arts professionals and arts supporters, works to ensure the continuation of the organization as originally conceived through the efforts of Emeritus Director and founder Lizzie Zucker Saltz.

ATHICA registered as a non-profit organization in the state of Georgia in November 2001. ATHICA achieved advance ruling of Federal tax-exempt status (501 (c)(3)) in July 2002 and permanent confirmation after the 5-year period in 2006. ATHICA opened in March 2002 with its first exhibit, Raw Womyn. Since then, Chase Street Park Warehouses have emerged as a new urban arts district, with recording studios, internet businesses and numerous artists’ studios, all just a little over a mile from our thriving downtown in Athens, Georgia.

For over 16 years, ATHICA has been supported by numerous local businesses, individuals, and above all, artists, while continuing to seek new funding from foundations and grants. In summer 2008, ATHICA was awarded a prestigious three-year grant of $45,000 from The Andy Warhol Foundation for Contemporary Art, which allowed the organization to provide stipends for artists, curators, and a director who served as senior curator on all exhibits during that time. In 2010, ATHICA was awarded an equally prestigious one-year grant from The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation in support of the production of color catalogs. In 2015, ATHICA received the Favorite Place to See Local Art award from Flagpole Magazine’s annual poll for the fifth consecutive year and was awarded the Merit Award for Excellence in Public Art by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission. In 2017, ATHICA found a new strategic partner with and generous support from The James E. and Betty J. Huffer Foundation.

L-R:  Jim Moneyhun, Laura Straehla, Rick Herzog, Camille Hayes,
Jon Vogt, Meagan Bens, Madeline Bates, Lauren Fancher.  Not Pictured:  John English, Joni Younkins-Herzog, Vickie Suplee, Sylvan Cown

President: Lauren Fancher
Vice-President: Laura Straehla
Treasurer: Jim Moneyhun
Secretary: Vickie Suplee

Operations Coordinator:  Lauren Fancher
Financials Coordinator:  Jim Moneyhun

Board Standing Committees and Chairs
Exhibitions: Rebecca Brantley (Chair), Camille Hayes (Co-Chair)
Fundraising:  Vickie Suplee
Educational Programming:  Madeline Bates
Artist-In-Residence Review Committee: John English (Chair), Meagan Bens (Co-Chair)

Board Ad Hoc Committees and Chairs
Board Development:  John English
Location:  Lauren Fancher

Operations Working Groups and Chairs
PR:  Lauren Fancher
Membership: Jon Vogt
Hospitality: Vickie Suplee

All Members  | Roles | Terms

Meagan Bens | Co-Chair, Artist-In-Residence Review / Educational Programming / Location  | Term: 2018-2020

Sylvan Olson Cown |  Educational Programming / Fundraising / Location PR Working Group / Hospitality / Membership | Term: 2018-2020 

John English | Chair, Artist-In-Residence Review/ Chair, Board Development / Exhibitions / Location / PR / Organizational History | Term:  2016-2018

Lauren Fancher | President / Operations Coordinator / Chair, Location / Chair, PR / Fundraising / Hospitality / Membership Working Group | Term:  2017-2019

Camille Hayes | Co-Chair, Exhibitions / PR / Hospitality | Term: 2018-2020

Joni Younkins-Herzog | Educational Programming / Artist-In-Residence Review / Location / PR / Hospitality | Term: 2018-2020

Richard Herzog | Exhibitions / Location / PR Working Group | Term: 2018-2020 

Jim Moneyhun | Treasurer / Financials Coordinator / Location / Fundraising / Artist-In-Residence Review / PR / Hospitality | Term: 2018-2020

Laura Straehla | Vice President / Sponsorships Coordinator / Fundraising / Membership Working / Hospitality | Term: 2017-2019

Vickie Suplee | Secretary / Chair, Fundraising / Chair, Hospitality / Location / Artist-In-Residence Review | Term:  2017-2019

Jon Vogt | Chair, Membership / Exhibitions / Hospitality | Term: 2017-2019


Non-Board Committee Members
Rebecca Brantley | Chair, Exhibitions / Past President


In Memorium

We appreciate and remember Donald Keyes, who passed away on May 19, 2007. He was a founding member of FiveArt, Inc., the group who spearheaded the development of the ATHICA space. We are grateful that he named ATHICA and Nuci’s Space as local beneficiaries.