Established in 1998, Eyedrum is a non-profit organization developing an interdisciplinary
approach to the arts by incorporating a wide range of contemporary art, music
and new media in its gallery space.
The Mission of the organization is outlined below:
- Eyedrum supports innovative procedures and technologies of expression while
continuing to expand the parameters of presentation in conventional forms.
- Eyedrum supports the work of artists by actively seeking funding for shows
specific to Eyedrum.
- Eyedrum continues to expand its liaison efforts in Atlanta, through its
participation in community events such as the monthly art walk. Additionally,
film, lecture events, art and most music events are open to the public as
part of Eyedrum's outreach to diverse communities.
- Through frequent performances, Eyedrum promotes music of all genres. The
monthly "Improvisation Night" is dedicated to the exploration/experimentation
of music and sound.
- Eyedrum serves as a site for showing innovative film through the monthly
video night which promotes local video artist/production groups.
- The free lecture series promotes contemporary contextual discussions in
theories of art, music and technology.
- Eyedrum's non-profit educational media label makes its catalog accessible
to the community while providing a document of the galleries activities.
What is Eyedrum ART and MUSIC Gallery?
Eyedrum is centrally located downtown at 290 M.L.K Jr. Drive SE, walking
distance from the hottest new loft districts in Atlanta and historic Oakland
cemetary. Founded in 1998, this unique gallery continues to intrigue the
community here and abroad, remaining critics' choice for the best venue
for emerging artists in town. Jerry Cullum, Senior Editor of Art Papers
notes, "Eyedrum has consolidated its position as Atlanta's premiere alternative
art spaces; this artist-run venture has featured everyone from emerging
artists to some of the city's most distinguished experimentalists."
EYEDRUM is a collective organization whose mission is to provide a forum
which supports and encourages the development, exchange, and presentation
of creative ideas. The goal of Eyedrum is to create a forum that serves
and nourishes the multifaceted outgrowth in the contemporary cultural
EYEDRUM offers a diverse program:
- Visual Art: 3 galleries with major art exhibitions every 3-6 weeks,
with opening receptions on Saturday evenings. Most exhibition openings are accompanied
by live music/ sound performances.
- Music / Sound: Live music of all genres 2-3 times a week from local,
national and international musicians. Every "First Thursday" of the
month is "Improvisation Night" dedicated to the ongoing exploration/
experimentation of music and sound and is open to all.
- Lectures: Discussions intended to challenge, inform, and question
ideas and theories of art, music, and technology in contemporary contexts.
- Video/Film: Rare, underground and never before seen videos and films
sponsored by local video artist/ production groups.
- WWW Presence: www.eyedrum.org. Stay up to date with our diverse schedule,
gallery page, podcast, pictures, history and soon video streams and live
Eyedrum's programming is supported in part by the City of Atlanta
Office of Cultural Affairs and by the Fulton County Board of
Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.
| 1997||Silver Ceiling opens in the 2nd floor apartment of Woody Cornwell and Marshall Avett at 249F Trinity on the west side of downtown at the edge of the Castleberry Hill district|
| 1998||Renamed as "Eyedrum", the operation moves downstairs to a street level space at 253 Trinity|
| 1999||basement space expanded to provide for a better performance stage and more display space|
|Sep 2001||completes move to new 3,000 sq ft space at 290 MLK Drive on the other side of downtown|
|Jan 2005||expands lease of 290 MLK to 6,000 sq ft total; Shelter show inaugurates the rough space|
|Mar 2005||proper build out of new space starts; Bill Nixon show inaugurates new back gallery
|Sep 2005||construction of new stage completed, performances move to new back stage, opening up front gallery for larger shows|
Eyedrum's Board of Directors
Merica May Jensen
top row: Deisha Oliver, Senya Zaitsev, Sadie Upchurch
bottom row: Chante LaGon, Priscilla Smith, Allen Welty-Green, Devidyal Kalsa, Ed Hall, Susannah Darrow
not shown: Chris Appleton, Woody Cornwell, Merica May Jensen, Dana Young
photo credit: Joeff Davis / Creative Loafing