By Howard Pousner
Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund director Lisa Cremin has been named recipient of the third annual Nexus Award, created by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in 2010 to acknowledge individuals who have made a significant contribution to contemporary visual art in Atlanta and beyond.
In response to the recession, Cremin led the arts fund, part the the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, to launch the Atlanta Arts Recovery Initiative, a series of grants totaling $2.5 million to mid-sized metro cultural groups.
“She is a tireless advocate who cultivates connections inside and outside of Atlanta,” said Stuart Horodner, the Contemporary’s artistic director, “and she raises the bar for individuals and agencies trying to bring new ideas and experiences to a diverse public.”
Cremin said she was “fortunate” to work with metro arts leaders and artists “who can’t imagine life without the profound joy of art in everyone’s lives.”
She will receive the award during a Contemporary reception at 6 p.m. May 24.
Previous winners of the award are, in 2010, Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and Jerry Cullum, editor at large of Art Papers magazine; and Louis Corrigan, founder of Flux Projects and Possible Futures, in 2011.