Carolyn Carr is a multi-media artist based in Atlanta, Georgia whose work addresses the battle and attendant healing inherent in the struggle to establish personal identity within a cultural landscape. This exploration evolves through research, and a slow making process, whether that be paintings, digital photography, pinhole cameras, short films, artist books, or clay sculptures--hand built or on the wheel; Carr deliberately creates through reenacting traditions of her native south. Through this meditative process, and embedded in her culture, she reconsiders this rich history to illustrate how cultural histories profoundly influence narratives enacted in daily, ordinary domestic life and the stories we tell.
(b. 1966) Carr received her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. Her work, exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Asia and Europe including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; BIG POND Artworks, Munich, Germany; Artists Space, New York, NY; 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong; Marisa Newman Projects, New York; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the High Museum of Art and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA. has been critically received and reviewed in numerous publications. Exhibition Bio
2016 Savannah College of Art, Photography, Studio lecture for Michael James O'Brien (Associate Chair of photography) students from Professor The Fabricated Image class at for Savannah College of Art and Designs.
2015 The Georgia Institute of Technology, Visiting Critic for Design Studio with Herman Howard working on a case study- for Andalusia, the family home of Flannery O'Conner.
2010 Fine Art Department, Studio lecture for drawing students of William Downs Georgia State University Art Class.
A User's Guide to Modern and Contemporary Art, Studio Talk led by Lisa Kurzner, with Craig Drennen, organized by The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia.
2005 Art Paths: Alternative Careers in the Visual Arts, ArtTable, College Art Association Conference Atlanta, Georgia.
2004 Transitions II, The Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA
In addition to the studio practice, she works on the boards of the Forward Arts Foundation and the Cherokee Garden Library--at the Atlanta History Center, advocating for fellow artists. Previous board work includes the Fulton County Arts Council (2014-2018), and the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association.
1996 For studio space, Carr and husband Michael Gibson purchased (from brothers Wynn and Ty Pennington) a forgotten old barn Stable 1897 in Snake Nation a.k.a. Castleberry Hill. "The name Snake Nation is of unknown derivation that was used by the public press during the late-1840s and early 1850s to identify a settlement along Peters Street from the railroad crossing South Fair Street (that was) devoted almost entirely to the criminal and immoral element." Franklin Garrett confirms in his Atlanta and Environs. "Snake Nation was the tenderloin district of the young town for many years." He also commented that law and order were perilously close to extension by 1851. The Atlanta City Council was in deep distress about the faro dens, cockfighting, drinking, prostitution, thievery, and murderous environments. When the 'Orderly' party won the election for mayor, a large body of disguised Atlantans raided Snake Nation and tried to burn it down." The building-Stable 1897, home to the studio, escaped the fire. Over the years they have rented studios to fellow creative Atlantans; Herman Howard, Marcia Wood, William Downs, Patrick Brennan, JD Walsh, John Otte, Paul Pendergrass, and Spencer Sloan.
In 2003 fellow artist, Michael Gibson and Carr started GarageProjects.org In a garage in an old building in downtown Atlanta. It is large exhibition space when the cars are moved out. They invite artist friends and curator to have shows, sometimes helping with production, hanging, and free promotion. Shows happen as often as possible.