Atlanta College of Art
|Location||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Affiliations||Woodruff Arts Center|
The Atlanta College of Art (ACA) was a private four-year art college located in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1905, it was the oldest art college in the Southeast when it was absorbed by Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006.
In 1905, the Atlanta Art Association helped establish an art college and museum that would later become the Atlanta College of Art and the High Museum of Art, respectively. ACA was the first non-profit college of visual art in the Southeastern United States. In 1963, the college was incorporated into the Woodruff Arts Center, a visual and performing arts center in Atlanta named for its primary benefactor Robert W. Woodruff.
In August 2005, the boards of trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) formally approved the merger of ACA and SCAD. In June 2006, the two institutions combined operations at SCAD's Atlanta location. The merger was widely contested by many ACA students, faculty and members of the Atlanta arts community.
The college was located on Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta, a business district and home of the arts and culture in metropolitan Atlanta. The college shared a building with two fellow Woodruff Arts Center members: the Alliance Theater and the Atlanta Symphony Hall. In 2002, the High Museum of Art announced an expansion plan for the museum that included a new dormitory for the college. Italian architect Renzo Piano was hired for the project. SCAD acquired this dormitory in its merger with ACA and named it "ACA Residence Hall" in honor of the college.
Organization and administration
The college offered studies in the mediums of drawing, painting, printmaking, photograghy, sculpture, digital art, video and graphic design.
The school also offered programming to the greater Atlanta community through the Georgia Artists Registry, ACA Gallery shows, community education classes for adults, and summer programs in the arts for children and teens.
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