MINT is proud to announce Live Amateurs, our 1st Annual Juried Exhibition to be hosted at MINT Gallery in Atlanta, GA in January 2014. Juried by artist Craig Drennen, Live Amateurs will showcase the work of more than 50 of the most exciting emerging artists currently living and working in the Southeast United States.

Over 200 artists from all over the Southeast responded to MINT’s call for artists. Says juror Craig Drennen, “When I was approached by MINT jury the Live Amateurs exhibition, I was hoping that we would get at least 30-40 applicants. As it turns out we received over 200 applicants from all over the Southeast…[the] volume of entries, as well as the physical limitations of the space, meant that some very strong artists had to be turned away.”

The final roster includes artists from all over the Southeast working in media ranging from drawing and painting to sculpture and installation to video and performance. A list of all participating artists can be found on the following page.  The exhibition will be hosted at MINT Gallery in Atlanta, GA from January 11-February 7, 2014. Artists traveling to Atlanta for the opening of the exhibition will be given discounted accommodation at, our
partner organization, the neighboring Highland Inn. One artist will be selected for a solo exhibition to take place at MINT Gallery for six weeks in July and August of 2014. The artist will receive an honorarium for supplies provided by Binders Art Supplies and Frames, free accommodation at the Highland Inn during the week of installation, as well as other financial and practical assistance provided by MINT. An opening reception for Live Amateurs be held at MINT Gallery on Saturday, January 11 from 7-11pm with many of the participating artists in attendance. A closing reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, February 7 from 7-11pm; the winning artist selected for the solo exhibition will be announced at the closing reception.

JUROR STATEMENT – The term “live amateurs” originated in the early days of adult entertainment, but lives on in the online environment. The terms “live” and “amateur” are presented as a sexier alternatives to recorded, scripted professionals. Within the art world it’s not uncommon for the unpolished directness of amateurs to be valorized as authenticity. There are also plentiful cases of professionals shamelessly plundering the traits of amateurs. But it may simply be that emerging artists are amateurs in the early stages of turning pro. This exhibition at MINT gallery is meant to showcase the very best artistic qualities that “live amateurs” can provide.

JUROR BIO – Craig Drennen is an artist based in Atlanta, GA. He is represented by Samsøn gallery in Boston and Saltworks in Atlanta. His most recent solo exhibition was at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, and he has shown at the Aqua, NADA, Volta, and MACO art fairs. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times. He teaches drawing and painting at Georgia State University, served as dean of the Skowhegan School.