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Best Art Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Whitespace Gallery (Featured)

Best Art Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Whitespace Gallery (Featured)

Best Gallery to Beat the System BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
The Mammal Gallery (Permanently Closed)
With rapid gentrification eating up Atlanta many of Atlanta's mainstays, Mammal Gallery could've easily died after they lost their space in March. However, if we know anything about the city's creative scene, it's that life finds a way even in the darkest hour. Since relocating to their temporary locationmore...
With rapid gentrification eating up Atlanta many of Atlanta's mainstays, Mammal Gallery could've easily died after they lost their space in March. However, if we know anything about the city's creative scene, it's that life finds a way even in the darkest hour. Since relocating to their temporary location on Mitchell Street, the Mammal crew have kept the dream alive with innovative and thought-provoking exhibitions that highlight the idiosyncrasy that lives under the Gold Dome. less...

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Notch 8 Gallery

Best gallery for otherground art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Guest Critic
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
KAI LIN ART (Featured)
Attend an opening at KAI LIN ART and you’ll be struck by the diversity of the folks in attendance: a congregation of all races, ages and levels of artistic expertise. That audience diversity is undoubtedly due to the divergent range of art that hangs on the gallery’s walls — which this past yearmore...

Attend an opening at KAI LIN ART and you’ll be struck by the diversity of the folks in attendance: a congregation of all races, ages and levels of artistic expertise. That audience diversity is undoubtedly due to the divergent range of art that hangs on the gallery’s walls — which this past year displayed the surreal paintings of Thomas Turner, the pop art of Chris Hobé, the patterned portraits of Lela Brunet and many more. Founded in 2008 by owner/director Yu-Kai Lin, Kai Lin Art’s mission to promote “emerging and established artists in the Southeast and beyond” is one that adds to the richness of Atlanta, on a cultural and a social level. 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Suite 7. 404-408-4248. www.kailinart.com.

(art by Tim Kent)

photo by: Joeff Davis

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Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Whitespace Gallery (Featured)

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Arnika Dawkins Photographic Fine Art Gallery

Best gallery for otherground art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Notch 8 Gallery
In the last year NOTCH 8 has quietly emerged as one of the guaranteed spots to find the artists defining ATL’s otherground arts scene. From Paper Frank and Corey Davis to Artemus Jenkins and Dubelyoo, the artists embody an innovative, left-leaning aesthetic and Notch 8’s shows draw crowds well intomore...
In the last year NOTCH 8 has quietly emerged as one of the guaranteed spots to find the artists defining ATL’s otherground arts scene. From Paper Frank and Corey Davis to Artemus Jenkins and Dubelyoo, the artists embody an innovative, left-leaning aesthetic and Notch 8’s shows draw crowds well into the hundreds on opening nights. Co-founded by City of Ink’s Miya Bailey and Sharon Dennehy, Notch 8 is a place not only to view dope art, but to buy it. At least that’s the goal for Bailey, who has said his focus includes making collectors out of casual appreciators. At his March show, Before I’m Gone Vol. 1: The Art of Miya Bailey, works started at $100. With its vision and the cool to back it up, Notch 8 has surpassed gallery status to become ground zero for many of the city’s creatives. less...

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
The Mammal Gallery (Permanently Closed)

Best new gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Gallery 72

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
""""{Poem 88}"""" (Featured)
Tucked behind a burger chain in a high-end shopping center, Poem 88 is easy to miss. The gallery doesn't exhibit the biggest names in Atlanta or have the highest profile, but it has cultivated a core audience that keeps returning. And for good reasons that go beyond the typical exhibition: There is headymore...
Tucked behind a burger chain in a high-end shopping center, Poem 88 is easy to miss. The gallery doesn't exhibit the biggest names in Atlanta or have the highest profile, but it has cultivated a core audience that keeps returning. And for good reasons that go beyond the typical exhibition: There is heady experimental music by groups such as Chamber Cartel, soulful folk performances, small-press books in the shop, and film screenings of art house favorites. When the programming coincides - as it did with the exhibition Blow-Up and a Michelangelo Antonioni film series - it creates an opportunity for the audience to look at the work on the walls in a new light, to see the connections between inspiration and action. less...

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Alan Avery Art Company AND Whitespace Gallery

Alan Avery Art Company


315 E. Paces Ferry Road. 404-237-0370. www.alanaveryartcompany.com


AND


Whitespace Gallery


814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892. www.whitespace814.com

Best gallery spotlighting local artists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Beep Beep Gallery (Permanently Closed)

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Alan Avery Art Company (Featured)

Gallery spotlighting local artists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Young Blood Boutique

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Get This! Gallery (Permanently Closed)
There's something wonderfully raw and unpretentious about self-taught artist Lloyd Benjamin's Westside art space Get This! Gallery. Benjamin tools casually around the gallery in jeans and a T-shirt, the band-aids on his fingers alluding to the manual labor taking place in the frame shop he runs out ofmore...
There's something wonderfully raw and unpretentious about self-taught artist Lloyd Benjamin's Westside art space Get This! Gallery. Benjamin tools casually around the gallery in jeans and a T-shirt, the band-aids on his fingers alluding to the manual labor taking place in the frame shop he runs out of the back of the building. In the same way that Benjamin creates a laid-back feel in his immaculate space, he lends a sense of polish to emerging local artists, such as street art duo Paper Twins, when their works find a place on his walls. Jill Storthz's time-trippy Woodcuts and the Jiha Moon-curated printmaking survey Life Iconic rounded out a year of compelling exhibits. 662 11th St. 678-596-4451. getthisgallery.com. less...

Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Young Blood Boutique

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Young Blood Boutique

Runner-up: Beep Beep Gallery


696 Charles Allen Drive, 404-429-3320, www.beepbeepgallery.com

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Whitespace Gallery (Featured)
With its exposed brick walls and airy, modern layout, Susan Bridges' Inman Park carriage-house-turned-gallery WHITESPACE is at once nostalgic and modern. The same can be said for the art Bridges welcomes into the space: Standout shows of the past year include local husband-and-wife team Whitney and Micahmore...
With its exposed brick walls and airy, modern layout, Susan Bridges' Inman Park carriage-house-turned-gallery WHITESPACE is at once nostalgic and modern. The same can be said for the art Bridges welcomes into the space: Standout shows of the past year include local husband-and-wife team Whitney and Micah Stansell's multimedia collaboration Past. Perfect. Continuous., and the Caroline Lathan-Stiefel-curated adventure in color and texture Seepages. 814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892. www.whitespace814.com. less...

Best gallery spotlighting local artists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Beep Beep Gallery (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Young Blood Gallery & Boutique


636 N. Highland Ave. N.E., 404-254-4127, youngbloodgallery.com

Best gallery spotlighting local artists BOA Award Winner

Beep Beep Gallery
Throughout its nearly five-year existence, Poncey-Highland hole-in-the-wall BEEP BEEP GALLERY has been a major factor in transforming Atlanta's underground and emerging art scenes, from shows featuring local talent such as the Plastic Aztecs' Matt Relkin to founding the subterranean arts fest ARTlantismore...
Throughout its nearly five-year existence, Poncey-Highland hole-in-the-wall BEEP BEEP GALLERY has been a major factor in transforming Atlanta's underground and emerging art scenes, from shows featuring local talent such as the Plastic Aztecs' Matt Relkin to founding the subterranean arts fest ARTlantis to partnering with local java joint Aurora Coffee on any number of art/music extravaganzas. less...

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Beep Beep Gallery

Best gallery spotlighting local artists BOA Award Winner

Beep Beep Gallery

Best gallery spotlighting local artists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Spruill Gallery & Gift Shop
Now that the price of gas has come down, there’s no excuse for ITP-centric Atlantans not to make the trek out to Dunwoody’s SPRUILL GALLERY....

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Beep Beep Gallery (Permanently Closed)
Runner-up The Alcove 2852 E. College Ave., Decatur, 404-663-0159, www.alcovearts.com

Best gallery spotlighting local artists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Beep Beep Gallery (Permanently Closed)
Runner-up Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E., Suite 8, 404-522-0655, www.eyedrum.org

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Saltworks Gallery (Permanently Closed)

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

BEEP BEEP Gallery

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery (Permanently Closed)

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Whitespace Gallery (Featured)
Inside a converted carriage house on Edgewood, Susan Bridges' Inman Park gallery WHITESPACE has been supporting and showcasing local talent since its inception in October 2006, and we felt it was high time to make note. In the past 12 months, Mehmet Dogu's Gallery Light Rug, John Otte's Seen | Unseenmore...
Inside a converted carriage house on Edgewood, Susan Bridges' Inman Park gallery WHITESPACE has been supporting and showcasing local talent since its inception in October 2006, and we felt it was high time to make note. In the past 12 months, Mehmet Dogu's Gallery Light Rug, John Otte's Seen | Unseen and Fereydoon Family's Stepping Blind have been outstanding contributions to the local art scene. We love the gallery's thoughtful presentation and abundant respect for these lesser-known artists with big minds and big ambitions. less...

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery (Permanently Closed)

DARK HORSE: Best Gallery Best Poised for a Sneak Attack BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Kiang Gallery (Permanently Closed)
With or without the Beijing Olympics, all eyes in the post-American century are destined to turn to China. KIANG GALLERY, with its wide and deep commitment to art by Chinese artists, is bound to be where it's at in the next decade. While some of the names on the Kiang roster are likely to be unknownmore...
With or without the Beijing Olympics, all eyes in the post-American century are destined to turn to China. KIANG GALLERY, with its wide and deep commitment to art by Chinese artists, is bound to be where it's at in the next decade. While some of the names on the Kiang roster are likely to be unknown locally, many are beginning to register seismically on the international scene. We're paying special attention to Danwen Xing, Sze Tsung Leong and relative newcomer Fang Er. Kiang's smart installations and remarkable curatorial eye are just what the Dirty South needs to take a virtual trip to the Dirty East. So long, New York! Cheerio, London! Next stop for the art world: Beijing. less...

Best Changing of the Guard BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Spruill Gallery & Gift Shop
Though we'll miss former Spruill Art Center exhibitions director Julia Fenton, we're excited to ring in the reign HOPE COHN. We love that she pulled together last spring's Breaking New Ground in a matter of weeks, assembling artists and ideas at a moment's notice, even having a new room built onto themore...
Though we'll miss former Spruill Art Center exhibitions director Julia Fenton, we're excited to ring in the reign HOPE COHN. We love that she pulled together last spring's Breaking New Ground in a matter of weeks, assembling artists and ideas at a moment's notice, even having a new room built onto the facility to house some of the works. We're also looking forward to the construction due to begin on Cohn's watch, which will expand the organization's facilities by several thousand square feet. These are exciting times for the out-of-the-way space. And no, we didn't miss the apt symbolism of Sarah Emerson's new mural gracing the gallery grounds – a cresting wave in a bright sea. less...

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

BEEP BEEP Gallery

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Beep Beep Gallery (Permanently Closed)

Best Gallery for Kids BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Hudgens Center for Art and Learning

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Beep Beep Gallery (Permanently Closed)

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

Young Blood Boutique
636 N. Highland Ave. 404-627-0393 http://www.youngbloodgallery.com YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY has stepped it up on the national art front, mixing visiting artists with local talent that gives patrons a more comprehensive taste of what's going on in the lowbrow art scene. The gallery's well-curated boutiquemore...
636 N. Highland Ave. 404-627-0393 http://www.youngbloodgallery.com YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY has stepped it up on the national art front, mixing visiting artists with local talent that gives patrons a more comprehensive taste of what's going on in the lowbrow art scene. The gallery's well-curated boutique demonstrates its dedication to nurturing the local craft scene. It also hosts the Kraftwork event, where artists gather on the first Thursday of each month to sell their work. With a move to a new location in the works, we're dying to see what this little-gallery-that-could pulls out of its bag of tricks next. less...

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Get This! Gallery
322 Peters St. 678-596-4451 http://www.getthisgallery.com GET THIS! GALLERY is a small but smartly curated space run by artist and musician Lloyd Benjamin, whose own artwork focuses on train yards. The gallery's edgy artwork by musician Rick Froberg and train-jumping photographer Mike Brodie also keepsmore...
322 Peters St. 678-596-4451 http://www.getthisgallery.com GET THIS! GALLERY is a small but smartly curated space run by artist and musician Lloyd Benjamin, whose own artwork focuses on train yards. The gallery's edgy artwork by musician Rick Froberg and train-jumping photographer Mike Brodie also keeps the Castleberry Hill neighborhood's gentrifying, upscale tendencies in check. Benjamin's eye for under-the-radar artists makes Get This! a noteworthy space with true vision. less...

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Get This! Gallery (Permanently Closed)
GET THIS! GALLERY is a small but smartly curated space run by artist and musician Lloyd Benjamin, whose own artwork focuses on train yards. The gallery’s edgy artwork by musician Rick Froberg and train-jumping photographer Mike Brodie also keeps the Castleberry Hill neighborhood’s gentrifying,more...
GET THIS! GALLERY is a small but smartly curated space run by artist and musician Lloyd Benjamin, whose own artwork focuses on train yards. The gallery’s edgy artwork by musician Rick Froberg and train-jumping photographer Mike Brodie also keeps the Castleberry Hill neighborhood’s gentrifying, upscale tendencies in check. Benjamin’s eye for under-the-radar artists makes Get This! a noteworthy space with true vision. less...

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery (Permanently Closed)

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Beep Beep Gallery (Permanently Closed)
696 Charles Allen Drive 404-429-3320 http://www.beepbeepgallery.com The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue's dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existencemore...
696 Charles Allen Drive 404-429-3320 http://www.beepbeepgallery.com The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue's dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existence and has made its mark with affordable art by often very emerging artists. The vibe is shaggy-cool for the YouTube and MySpace generation. Fans of the gallery's unique countercultural groove can look forward to shows spotlighting Atlanta graffiti artists Born and Hense and a photography show to coincide with October's Atlanta Celebrates Photography. less...

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Young Blood Boutique
YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY has stepped it up on the national art front, mixing visiting artists with local talent that gives patrons a more comprehensive taste of what’s going on in the lowbrow art scene. The gallery’s well-curated boutique demonstrates its dedication to nurturing the localmore...
YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY has stepped it up on the national art front, mixing visiting artists with local talent that gives patrons a more comprehensive taste of what’s going on in the lowbrow art scene. The gallery’s well-curated boutique demonstrates its dedication to nurturing the local craft scene. It also hosts the Kraftwork event, where artists gather on the first Thursday of each month to sell their work. With a move to a new location in the works, we’re dying to see what this little-gallery-that-could pulls out of its bag of tricks next. less...

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Beep Beep Gallery (Permanently Closed)
The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue’s dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existence and has made its mark with affordable art by often very emergingmore...
The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue’s dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existence and has made its mark with affordable art by often very emerging artists. The vibe is shaggy-cool for the YouTube and MySpace generation. Fans of the gallery’s unique countercultural groove can look forward to shows spotlighting Atlanta graffiti artists Born and Hense and a photography show to coincide with October’s Atlanta Celebrates Photography. less...

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery (Permanently Closed)

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Composition Gallery
COMPOSITION GALLERY, a labor of love undertaken by Movies Worth Seeing staff member Ron Hughes, has brought contemporary photography — at an affordable price point in an increasingly expensive genre — to an art-needy strip of Candler Park.

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Romo Gallery (Permanently Closed)
The tiny, adventurous ROMO GALLERY in Castleberry Hill consistently surprises — and sometimes confounds — visitors with its mix of emerging and established artists, and local and national talent. Its exhibition of L.A.-based artist Jennifer Celio was a standout this year.
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