The prestigious annual exhibit, Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition, kicks off the new year with its seventh installment at the Aviation Community Cultural Center starting on January 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The exhibition is in partnership with Fulton County and is curated by Okeeba Jubalo and co-curated by Tisha Smith. Both curators have extensive backgrounds in the art and business sector.
multi-disciplinary artist and gallery owner, he recognizes why exhibits of this magnitude can galvanize people to respect and pay attention to artists.
"As a multidisciplinary artist, I understand every side of this Black art equation. Everything is about math and engineering,” said Jubalo. “The Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition is part of the math equation needed to solve the problem of a highly dysfunctional Black arts scene. The issue isn’t just in Atlanta or Charleston; this is a national equation of dysfunction I am solving for."
Tisha Smith is a mixed media artist and business owner of Art You Better, providing art consulting services to private and public organizations. She is committed to exposing others to the humanity of art and the beauty it can provide. Her career is centered around artistry as she is employed by Fulton County Arts and Culture and a member of the Public Arts Commission for the City of South Fulton.
"Working with Tisha Smith is always a pleasure. She deserves more recognition for what she is doing in Fulton County and the City of Atlanta. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s Black art scene is about selfies and crews,” said Jubalo. “There is a lot of art created and displayed in Atlanta, but very little happens in terms of changing the business mechanics. She brings a higher level of curatorial thinking that most could actually learn from. We are a great combination."
The Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition is the most culturally explosive event to support Atlanta's artists consistently. Always known to bring an elite crowd, the attendees can expect the crème de la crème of guests from politicians, community leaders, and business owners.
The primary hosting location is Atlanta, Georgia, but the exhibition has traveled nationwide to showcase artwork for prospective buyers and art lovers. Since the first installment in 2009, the Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition has traveled to cities like Las Vegas and Washington, DC. In addition, last year’s exhibit was hosted in Charleston, South Carolina.
Art is a multi-dimensional industry that can be hard to grasp for an individual that isn’t privy to the art world. The Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition is the true guide for many artists, art collectors, and art enthusiasts.
"Artists trust me because they know I am one of them and have a number of different features and skills that most do not have,” said Jubalo. “When I am within these spaces, I have a dozen different executive-level skill sets that I can apply to our movement."
The Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition has helped artists become household names and allowed art collectors to have first dibs on purchasing the hottest artworks on the market. Many art connoisseurs anticipate the annually-held Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition so they can soak in all the beauty the art world has to offer.
The collection includes 44 incredibly talented artists. Some featured artists include Miya Bailey, Jerushia Graham, Michael Johnson, Sandy Teepen, Dane Brown, Hopeton Hibbert, and many others.
“My experience with the Okeeba Jubalo Fine Art Gallery and Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition has been incredible. His dedication to uplifting the artist as he restructures the art world shows and is something I cherish as an artist.” Dane Brown said about working with Okeeba Jubalo and being a featured artist in this year’s exhibit.
“It's exciting being part of an event that highlights "our" art. Far too often, we seek a seat at the table instead of creating our own table." Michael Johnson said regarding the Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition featuring numerous talented Black artists.
Art galleries and exhibits are the heartbeats of the art industry. For many Black artists, it's critical to work with a gallery where they are being seen and heard—especially by a gallery with a track record for propelling an artist's career. The Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition continues to be the bridge for artists to gain visibility and sell their artwork for profit.
“This business of Black fine art is complicated, and it was important for me to create a premium platform for our artists. It is a very complicated cycle between Black artists, Black gallerists, and Black art collectors,” said Jubalo. “All three are in a constant state of working against each other. My goal is to create a space where we can work together as a unit that raises the experience and profits for all parties.”
The attendees of this exclusive, RSVP-only event will have the opportunity to see
up-close-and-personal the evolution of art and its impact on modern culture. This exhibit will also allow contemporary audiences to access relevant and contextualized art.
To learn more about the Atlanta Fine Art Exhibition, visit theatlantaexhibition.com.