Atlanta College of Art

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Atlanta College of Art
Active 1905 (1905)–2006 (2006)
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Atlanta College of Art Sign at the Woodruff Arts Center
Atlanta College of Art Print Making Studio Spring of 2006.
Logo of the Atlanta College of Art

The Atlanta College of Art (ACA) was an art school in Atlanta, Georgia. It was founded in 1905 and merged with Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006.


The college was established in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1905. It was the first non-profit college of visual art in the Southeastern United States.

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 in Midtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street, a business district and home of the arts and culture in metropolitan Atlanta.

Organization and administration[edit]

As an original and founding member of Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center, the Atlanta College of Art was adjoined with the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre.

Academic profile[edit]

The college offered studies in the mediums of drawing, painting, printmaking, photograghy, sculpture, digital art, video and graphic design.

Student life[edit]

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.

Noted people[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Atlanta College of Art alumni.

Notable alumni of the Atlanta College of Art include Kara Walker, Radcliffe Bailey, Jack Daws, Roe Ethridge, Courtney Adams, JJ Conn and Ty Pennington.


Coordinates: 33°47′21.97″N 84°23′10.28″W / 33.7894361°N 84.3861889°W / 33.7894361; -84.3861889