Culture notes: Honors for Bankoff, Cremin; Burnaway’s progress; Pace student crafts a prize
By Howard Pousner
- Woodruff Arts Center president and CEO Joe Bankoff will be honored in a private reception and program Wednesday evening at the Midtown center. Bankoff will be recognized by city and state politicians as well as Woodruff board leaders and division heads. Though he’s officially retiring from the Woodruff, the former senior partner with the law firm King & Spalding will lead Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs starting in September.
- Co-founders Jeremy Abernathy and Susannah Darrow have gone full-time with the Atlanta-based online visual arts magazine Burnaway (www.burnaway.org). The move has come after Burnaway raised $20,000 to match a challenge grant from the Atlanta arts foundation Possible Futures. Abernathy, who serves as editor-in-chief, and executive director Darrow promise to present a series of public arts programs over the next year and to raise the pay of its freelance contributors. Burnaway also has moved its headquarters from the Arts Exchange in East Atlanta to the Goat Farm in Midtown.
The changes “will allow Burnaway to grow into new initiatives this year while continuing to provide dynamic dialogue for the arts in our city,” said Stephanie Dowda, the nonprofit’s board president.
- Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund director Lisa Cremin will receive the third annual Nexus Award, bestowed by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in acknowledgment of individuals who have made a significant contribution to contemporary visual art in Atlanta and beyond, during a Contemporary reception at 6 p.m. May 24. Woodruff Arts Center president and CEO Joe Bankoff will speak, and Cremin will make remarks. The music group Bent Frequency will perform.
General admission for this Contemporary fund-raiser is $60 (artists, $35). To reserve: 404-688-1970, ext. 211. More about Cremin and the award: www.thecontemporary.org/nexusaward.
- Pace Academy rising senior Robert Brooks, a ceramics artist, has won a silver medal in the 2012 National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Brooks, who won a gold medal in the Georgia regional competition on the strength of one of his vessels, will accept his national silver medal in a Carnegie Hall ceremony on June 1 in New York.