© 2024 WUGA | University of Georgia
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations


The Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, or ATHICA, has been presenting contemporary art exhibitions and related programming since 2002. The non-profit, non-commercial art gallery began in a warehouse space on Tracy Street before moving closer to downtown in 2018. Over the past decade, ATHICA has presented over 1200 regional, national, and international artists and hundreds of affiliated events.

An all-volunteer organization, ATHICA has been kept going for over twenty years by a river of Athenians who give their time and creativity. ATHICA is by artists for artists and art lovers and seeks to provide artists in all disciplines with a platform for free expression. In addition to the main gallery in the Leathers Building, ATHICA curates the art gallery at Ciné, Athens’ independent art house cinema.

ATHICA presents up to 12 formal exhibitions yearly, including solo and small group shows, an annual juried show, and an annual member showcase, as well a wide variety of events, such as experimental music performances, meditation, pop-ups, and workshops. The Artist-in-ATHICA program provides several artists a year with residencies in visual, curatorial, musical, performing, written, experimental, cinematic, digital, and theatrical arts.

Visit ATHICA at 675 Pulaski Street, Suite 1200. Hours during exhibitions are 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and until 9 p.m. on the Third Thursday of each month as part of Athens’ Third Thursday program. The gallery at Ciné is open 5 to 9 p.m. daily. Admission to both is free. More information about current exhibitions and calls for entry is available at athica.org.