Friday, September 28th, 2012-Friday, November 16th, 2012


Keliy Anderson-Staley

Pete Dugas

Nestor Armando Gil

Katie Hargrave

Jennifer Hartley

Justin Plakas

Kevin Sims

Vernon Thornsberry

Todd Upchurch


In collaboration with Citizen Advocacy Athens-Clarke (CAAC), ATHICA’s newest exhibition, Center, explores current ideas of community and place that are ever-present in contemporary art today. Each artist in the exhibition investigates different aspects of this focus from immigration, sovereignty, documentary, and festivity to utopian notions of togetherness.


Curated by ATHICA’s Board of Directors, Center is the first exhibition following the departure of founding Director Lizzie Zucker Saltz after ten years of supporting, inspiring, and challenging our community. When approached by CAAC to collaborate on an exhibition focusing on the topic of community, ATHICA’s board felt this would be the perfect partnership to share ATHICA’s story, its commitment to Athens, its people and environs, and the notion of bringing artists from all over the world to enrich our very own. The collaboration between ATHICA and CAAC came about, in part, to help CAAC get their mission out to a wider audience. Established in 1995, Citizen Advocacy Athens-Clarke is a local, private non-profit that is devoted to strengthening Athens-Clarke County through the inclusion and empowerment of local people who live with disabilities. The mission of CAAC is to foster relationships that offer protection and advocacy for people with disabilities who are at risk of neglect or abuse or are socially isolated from the community.


Participating Artists

Keliy Anderson-Staley (Russellville, AR), Pete Dugas (Athens, GA), Nestor Armando Gil (Easton, PA), Katie Hargrave(Chicago, IL), Jennifer Hartley (Athens, GA), Justin Plakas (Athens, GA), Kevin Sims (Athens, GA), Vernon Thornsberry(Athens, GA), Todd Upchurch (Athens, GA)