Larry Walker, Professor Emeritus and former Director of Art and Design at Georgia State University and solo artist has been named The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s 2016 Nexus Award Recipient. The public reception for the award will take place on Saturday, August 27, at the Atlanta Contemporary, in conjunction with ART PARTY, the organization’s annual fundraiser. This announcement comes just two days after Atlanta Contemporary’s announcement of the revival of the Atlanta Biennial, which will also open that weekend.
“By uniting the Nexus Award under the umbrella of ART PARTY, we aspire to introduce our increasing and diversified audiences to individuals like Mr. Walker who have and will continue to shape the landscape of contemporary art here in Atlanta,” says Executive Director Veronica Kessenich. “Larry Walker’s impact on the lives and careers of artists is significant. It is a privilege to honor him as the 2016 Nexus Award recipient.”
Walker’s career as an artist spans over 50 years — a highlight to date is the solo exhibition currently on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (New York) curated by his daughter and gallery artist, Kara Walker. Walker began his long career as an educator at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he was a professor and later chair of the Department of Art. In 1983 he accepted a position in Atlanta as a professor and director of the art program at Georgia State University. He retired from the University in 2000.
Walker was also one of the inaugural recipients of MOCA GA’s working artist project in 2007-2008. He has been the subject of more than 40 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 200 group exhibitions since 1971. His work is in the collection of the High Museum in Atlanta, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.
“There are very, very few people that have meant more to the Atlanta art scene than Larry,” says Daniel Fuller, curator at Atlanta Contemporary. “Over 50 years he has documented the contemporary social landscape. He is an Atlanta treasure.”
A private reception for supporters including sponsors, host committee, and individuals will be held at a soon to be determined date and time.