SURFACE | 2023 Juried Exhibition

SURFACE: 2023 Juried Exhibition
October 14, 2023 – November 19, 2023

Jurors Clay Aldridge and Josiah Golson
of Stove Works, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Saturday, October 14, 6-9 PM: Opening reception with DJ De La Luna (Sebastian Granados)

Sunday, November 19, 4-6 PM: Artists’ Roundtable Discussion

SURFACE, ATHICA’s 2023 Juried Exhibition, features contemporary art in all media that explores or references SURFACE, a term that can apply to the literal surface of an artwork, an environment, an individual, or reference the act of becoming evident, breaking up from the watery depths, applying concrete, or bring something to our attention. #SURFACE is a noun and a verb, both transitive and in-, and sometimes an adjective, such as when someone might be unkindly described as being “surface.” SURFACE was juried by Clay Aldridge and Josiah Golson of Stove Works in Chattanooga, Tennessee, an arts space that has a very similar mission to ATHICA and to which we look with admiration.

SURFACE is sponsored in part by The James E. and Betty J. Huffer Foundation, The Georgia Council for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Participating Artists

Name City / State / Country Artist’s Website or Other URL
CC Calloway Athens, GA
Nicholas Christian Athens, GA @nicholas.christian_photos
Jaci Davis Athens, GA @jacitheillusiveartist
Sam DeGennaro Athens, GA
Abby Edwards Savannah, GA
Broderick Flanigan Athens, GA @flanigans_portrait_studio
Sebastian Granados Athens, GA
Homer Athens, GA
Amberly Hui Hood

Winner, Director’s Award

Atlanta, GA
Ludmila Janda Athens, GA NA
Izzy Losskarn Athens, GA www.losskarn.Art
Reid McCallister

Winner, Audience Choice Award

Athens, GA NA
Chris Moss Savannah, GA
Okyoung Noh Ann Arbor, MI
Zoe Peterson Athens, GA
Claudi Piripippi IM, Italy
Noah Reyes Atlanta, GA
Paula Reynaldi Athens, GA
Angela Rio Philadelphia, PA
ArtGirl / Kristan Ryan Athens, GA @kristan_lee_ryan
Kayla Rymer Brooklyn, NY
Tom Schram Asheville, NC
Sofia Sonera Athens, GA
Manuel Vargas Athens, GA
Lindsay Swan

Winner, Donald Keyes Founder Award, Selected by Jurors

Watkinsville, GA
Kaitlin Thurlow Athens, GA
Jessica Valderrama Suwanee, GA
Rusty Wallace Athens, GA
Joshua Williams Lookout Mountain, GA
Rosemary Woodel Athens, GA NA


About the Jurors

Image: J. Adams | Courtesy of Black Lunch Table

Josiah Golson is an artist, lawyer, and the Programs Director of Stove Works in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is the founder of the 800 Collective, a diverse group of artists using art as a means of civic engagement and public discourse. Golson received his B.A. in Communication at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. Developing his artistic voice while studying law, Golson aspired to address civic needs through creative channels. Golson’s work includes creative workshops, public art projects, and community development throughout the United States. Golson is the author and illustrator of The Souls of Free Folk (Polyphemus Press, 2018), a genre-blending story inspired by the legacy of Black American art and activism. Golson’s current project, FESTIVAL, presents a narrative of the artist’s use of popular music iconography as a means of exploring identity and community.

Clay Aldridge, Projects Manager of Stove Works in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is an artist and curator born and raised in Oak Ridge, TN. He received his BFA in Photography and Media Arts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2019. He went on to work with the Songbirds Foundation as they designed and built their museum+venue which opened in 2021. In the same year Clay and his co-curator Jackson Case founded Dry Ice Gallery, an artist-run experimental space located in an old warehouse in Chattanooga. The gallery focuses on curating experiences that elevate and showcase local artists of all career levels. Clay has a fondness for birds.

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Gallery Guide: SURFACE

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Exhibition Images