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The Largest Free, Temporary Outdoor Art Exhibition in the South
For more than eight years, this linear gallery has been free to the public, representing artists from across Atlanta, the nation, and the world in a variety of mediums: sculpture, murals, dance, music, theater, photography, and more.
In the Public Eye
Bridging the Gap between
Art and Audience
Lighting Up the
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine began in the summer and fall of 2010, with exhibitions of more than 40 unique works of visual and performance art. It was envisioned as a way to encourage people to get out and explore the Atlanta BeltLine in its interim hiking state – after rails were removed, but before concrete was poured. Seeing art along the way was intended to encourage visitors to keep walking and continue exploring. The artwork proved to be a very popular feature and, by 2017, the number of selected projects had grown to include more than 100 works. View our full roster of contributing artists.
Through the Years
In 2017, more than 1.87 million people visited the Eastside Trail, and Atlanta BeltLine trail users are at the forefront of this year’s exhibition. Art pieces seek to enhance the visitor’s sense of discovery and adventure through street-style performances, art-making along the trails, interactive art, and works that embody navigating urban space as an experience as well as a place.
We are thrilled to include four miles of added gallery space on the newly finished Westside Trail and Eastside Trail extension! Previously, these interim hiking trails featured Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibits. Now, several miles of paved, multi-use trails are complete and open, making Art on the Atlanta BeltLine more accessible to all.
Learn more about Art on the Atlanta BeltLine
What is Art on the Atlanta BeltLine?+-
In 2018, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. released the first comprehensive policy document for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Read the art program plan here.
The Continuing Collection+-
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine includes a year-round public art collection with works that are displayed throughout the corridor, and serve to engage the community in thoughtful expression.
The Lantern Parade+-
The Lantern Parade marks the beginning of the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition, the largest temporary art exhibition in the south. It has quickly become one of the most anticipated events on the Atlanta calendar.
- The Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade takes place in the fall, kicking off the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine temporary exhibition.
- The Lantern Parade is hosted annually by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons
- Check out our gallery of Lantern Parade photos from past parades!
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is an inspiring way to explore this emerging system of parks, trails, transit and development that reclaims a 22-mile loop of historic rail lines around the city’s core. The exhibition runs from September through November each year. Major support for this project is provided by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities,
Largest Free Outdoor Art Exhibition!
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is committed to showcasing a wide range of art talents through our temporary exhibition that runs from July through November each year.
The proposal period for the 2018 exhibition is NOW CLOSED
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. commissions over 100 artists in contribution to and support of the arts industry, which has a $2.2 billion impact in Georgia. Artists submit proposals every spring and undergo a juried process to determine selection for the annual exhibition. The proposal period for the 2018 exhibition is NOW CLOSED.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Arts and Culture Project Manager
Call for Artists and Exhibition Annual Timeline
Below is a general guide on the process for artist submission each year. Exact dates and milestones can change depending on calendar of events.
- January – February: Call for artists is released. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. hosts “Information Sessions” where you can have your questions answered and get more information about submitting a proposal and learn about the temporary exhibition.
- March: Proposals due & panel convened to evaluate selections. Accepted artists will be notified.
- June: Installations begin.
- July: Exhibition opens.
Interested in submitting a proposal to the largest outdoor public art exhibition in the southeast? Check out our resources below to get a better understanding of the call for artists submission process.
|Artist Proposal Submission Examples||Review examples of artists submission proposals.|
|Request for Proposal||Review an example of the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine artist request for proposals.|
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine began in the summer and fall of 2010, with exhibitions of more than 40 unique works of visual and performance art. It was envisioned as a way to encourage people to get out and explore the Atlanta BeltLine in its interim hiking state – after rails were removed, but before concrete was poured. Seeing art along the way was intended to encourage visitors to keep walking and continue exploring. The artwork proved to be a very popular feature and, by 2017, the number of selected projects had grown to include more than 100 works.
Check out the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibitions from 2010-2017 →