Atlantic Center for the Arts

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Atlantic Center for the Arts
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Atlantic Center for the Arts is located in Volusia County
Atlantic Center for the Arts
Volusia County, Florida
Location 1414 Art Center Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Coordinates 29°04′15″N 80°57′44″W / 29.070924°N 80.962295°W / 29.070924; -80.962295
Type Art
Director Nick Conroy, Program & Residency Manager
Public transit access VOTRAN
Website Atlantic Center for the Arts

Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary artists’ community and arts education facility providing artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with contemporary artists in the fields of composing, visual, literary, and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops, and exhibitions. The ACA is located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The complex was designed by the Boston based firm Thompson and Rose Architects.[1]


Doris Leeper was instrumental in the founding of the ACA in 1982.[2]


Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery[edit]

The Pabst Visitor Center is part of the ACA headquarters at 1414 Art Center Avenue, in New Smyrna Beach. The Visitor Center includes several public art galleries. The Jean G. Harris History Gallery features a permanent exhibit about the history and work of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. The Master Artist Gallery features changing exhibits by ACA Master Artists and other themed shows. The Jack Mitchell Portrait Gallery displays photographic portraits of ACA Master Artists since 1982. The Visitor Center also features a gift shop, and a 500-foot public art and nature trail.

Harris House Gallery[edit]

The ACA also operates the Harris House Gallery at the Community Arts Center at Harris House, 214 South Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.


Master Artists-in-Residence Program[edit]

Since 1982, Atlantic Center's residency program has provided three-week residencies. The pine and palmetto wooded environment includes a resource library, painting studio, sculpture studio, music studio, dance studio, black box theater, writer's studio, and digital computer lab.

Each residency session includes three master artists of different disciplines. The master artists each personally select a group of associates — talented, emerging artists — through an application process administered by ACA. During the residency, artists participate in informal sessions with their group, collaborate on projects, and work independently on their own projects. The relaxed atmosphere and unstructured program provide considerable time for artistic regeneration and creation. Atlantic Center for the Arts provides housing (private room/bath with work desk), weekday meals (provided by ACA chef), and 24-hour access to shared studio space. Past master artists include Edward Albee, Allen Ginsberg, and John Ashbery.

Community Art Programs[edit]

In 1991, Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House opened and the community arts program had its beginning. Located in the heart of a revitalized downtown, an historic home was converted to a cultural community center that since its inception has assumed a leadership role in providing arts education programs for children and cultural enrichment for adults. ACA at Harris House has exhibition space devoted solely to Florida artists.



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  2. ^ "Doris Leeper". Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 

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