Gallery 72 is a municipally owned art gallery located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The Gallery is located in the lobby of City owned 72 Marietta street building. It is free and open to the public to access. The gallery was opened in 2014, and has since focused on serving local talent including individual artists, local galleries, arts organizations, and curators. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to host a contemporary art gallery which adds to the growing and progressive arts scene of Atlanta.
Address: 72 Marietta Street, Atlanta GA 30303
Hours: 10am- 5pm, M-F
Gallery Tours: GALLERY 72 tours take place from 1pm to 1:45pm every Tuesday and Thursday. To schedule a tour, please contact the Gallery 72 office: 404-546-3220// [email protected].
History of Gallery 72
Atlanta has historically provided municipal exhibition spaces presenting the work of local, national, and internally acclaimed artists. Previous to Gallery 72’s inception, works were exhibited at City Gallery East (at now Ponce City Market) and and New Visions Gallery. In 2014, the City opened Gallery 72, a fresh new addition to the lineage of Atlanta municipal galleries. Located in downtown Atlanta on the first floor of 72 Marietta Street, Gallery 72 exhibits cutting edge exhibitions and programming relevant to the arts, culture, and people of the City of Atlanta. The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to continue the commitment of presenting artwork in public spaces, free to the public, with the newest municipal gallery space, Gallery 72. Since its opening in 2014, Gallery 72 has hosted a variety of riveting exhibitions addressing relevant topics such as human trafficking, civil and human rights, memory and ritual,the growth of local arts organizations (including Wonderroot, the Creatives Project, etc), and the rise of hip-hop. For more information about past exhibitions, please visit the “past exhibitions” page.
On View Now
Michelle Laxalt received her BFA from the University of Nevada, Reno and is currently earned her MFA in Ceramics as a Welch Fellow at Georgia State University. She uses ceramics, textiles, and other materials to create figurative sculptures that serve as reminders of the body. Learn more about the artist by visiting her website.
Larkin Ford spent his formative years in rural North Carolina and earned his BFA degree at the University of North Carolina, Asheville before relocating to Atlanta. He weaves personal experience into enigmatic narratives through drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Learn more about the artist by visiting his website.
Upcoming Exhibitions and Programs
2017: February 16th/ March 24th – Southern Graphics Council International Conference exhibition Featuring UGA Alumni will run through the SGC International conference in Atlanta March 15 – 18, 2017 and feature many of the South’s premier printmakers. Show opens Feb. 16th 2017 / Conference Reception March 17th 2017.
2017: March 27th / April 13th: GSU MFA Student Exhibitions featuring Award winning students Larkin Ford and Michelle Laxalt.
2017: April 20th /June 2nd: Atlanta Jazz Festival Exhibition “Call and Response: 40 YEARS OF JAZZ FESTIVAL POSTER ART. An exhibition celebrating the artwork of the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the artist who created the distinctive works used to promote the festival over the past 40 years. The exhibition will include a commemorative catalogue.
2017 –June 8th /July 28th: “Steffen Thomas: A Legacy in Atlanta”, will be a celebration of the decades of contribution artist Steffen Thomas made to the Atlanta and regional art scene. A collaboration with the Steffen Thomas Museum, the celebration will encompass a Plein Air ( paint out ) around the Trillion sculpture at Colony Square (DATE TBA) with an opening event at Gallery 72 featuring the best of the juried art from the paint out session at Colony Square. Selected works of Steffen Thomas will be integrated into this celebratory exhibition. The exhibition will incorporate a panel on the legacy of Steffen Thomas’s public art in Atlanta.
Past Exhibitions & Programs
Click the images or links below to learn more about each past exhibition:
The Atlanta Collage Society‘s exhibition: “Mash-up!”
Nov 17- Jan 20, 2016
In the music industry, the term mash-up refers to a recording created by combining tracks from several different songs. The Atlanta Collage Society has adopted “Mash-Up!” as the title of this special exhibit. Approximately 60 works of original art, by members of the Collage Society, will represent the mash-up of diverse factors that create personal histories. Although self-portraits usually refer to physical likeness, they can also be rendered as a collage of imagery and design to form visual biographies of family heritage and personal experience.
For more information regarding the exhibitions, events, or the Gallery 72 space, please contact Gallery Coordinator Kevin Sipp: