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Best art exhibit in a gallery

In Significance

Atlanta artist Pandra Williams presented a complex and meditative study in the biology of technology (and vice versa) with her moody installation "Radicis," one of »more

Best black box theater

Dad's Garage Top Shelf

An intimate venue even by the minuscule standards of black box spaces, DAD'S GARAGE TOP SHELF offers an incubator of raw local talent, notably Griefers, »more

Best blockbuster theater

Cobb Energy Performance Arts Centre

The corporate name may not be inspirational, but every other aspect of the COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE never fails to impress, from its sleek »more

Best collective artistic "Oh, hell naw!"

March on the Capitol

When artists, arts organizations and their supporters first learned last April that the Georgia House of Representative's proposed state budget for 2011 eliminated funds for »more

Best dance company

gloATL

The emergence of dancemaker Lauri Stallings' GLOATL over the past year has been the artistic equivalent of a fire alarm going off in the middle »more

Best emerging visual artist

Lucha Rodriguez

LUCHA RODRIGUEZ's examination of the body as a web of thoughts and organs manifests itself in the ethereal delicacy of her voluminous hand-cut paper installations »more

Best fiction author

Blake Butler

Scorch Atlas author BLAKE BUTLER doesn't just write fiction, he creates interlocking worlds, apocalyptic visions raining gravel or glass or glitter. His thin volumes swell »more

Best gallery

Whitespace

With its exposed brick walls and airy, modern layout, Susan Bridges' Inman Park carriage-house-turned-gallery WHITESPACE is at once nostalgic and modern. The same can be »more

Best gallery spotlighting local artists

Throughout its nearly five-year existence, Poncey-Highland hole-in-the-wall BEEP BEEP GALLERY has been a major factor in transforming Atlanta's underground and emerging art scenes, from shows »more

Best graf writer

Hense

Casting a critical eye at graf writers is a little counterintuitive. We're not about to impose a set of rules where they clearly don't belong, »more

Best graphic novelist

Andy Runton

Terms like "subtlety," "innocence," and "whimsy" seldom describe contemporary graphic novels, but of all the creators in our lively, local comic book scene, Lilburn's ANDY »more

Best guest actor to throw his money around

Mike Daisey

Powerhouse monologist MIKE DAISEY took the Alliance Theatre by storm last spring. Marrying the verbal and thematic ingenuity of the late Spalding Gray with the »more

Best local comedian

Andy Sandford

It's been said that the best comedy comes from pain. If that's really the case, then somebody must have kicked the shit out of ANDY »more

Best local female actor

Shelby Hofer

In recent years, Atlantans have been short-changed the charms of PushPush Theater co-founder SHELBY HOFER, primarily due to her having a child. Hofer renewed her »more

Best local male actor

E. Roger Mitchell

A mainstay of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, E. ROGER MITCHELL proves the best kind of utility player by putting fresh spins on vivid »more

Best movie theater

Plaza Theater

None of Atlanta's slick corporate cinema chains feels as much like a picture show by and for the community as the 71-year-old PLAZA THEATRE. The »more

Best neighborhood for artists

West End

There's a fairly reliable life cycle applicable to artists' neighborhoods: In the beginning, no one gives a shit about them, not even the artists. The »more

Best nonfiction author

Mara Shalhoup

After reading MARA SHALHOUP's vivid and kaleidoscopic exploration of the Black Mafia Family, BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia »more

Best photo finish

Julian Cox

It's safe to say that the last five years JULIAN COX has spent as the curator of photography at the High have been some of »more

Best play

Fair Use

Ironically, Alliance Theatre Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist FAIR USE proved to be more felicitous and satisfying than any of the Kendeda's storied winners to »more

Best playwright

Peter Hardy

As artistic director of Essential Theatre, PETER HARDY has been Atlanta's de facto midwife of new local plays. In the summer of 2010, however, Hardy »more

Best poet

Paul Guest

Using his own experiences as a quadriplegic, PAUL GUEST explores the way any of us — all of us — can or can't move and »more

Best public art event

Living Walls: The City Speaks

In August, more than a dozen of the world's most prolific and noted street artists descended on Atlanta for LIVING WALLS: THE CITY SPEAKS, a »more

Best public art performance

John Q's Memory Flash

Working with an old house in the historic Old Fourth Ward, a softball field, a vacant lot, and a growth of kudzu behind a strip »more

Best reason to navigate the urban jungle

Art on the Beltline

Forget gallery walls, this year artists have been vying for representation in public spaces, most significantly as part of the sprawling, multidisciplinary project ART ON »more

Best sign that Atlanta's a new mini-Hollywood

"The Walking Dead"

Between Tyler Perry's Atlanta-based media empire, Georgia's financial incentives for film production, and Screen Gems' new deal to convert Lakewood Fairgrounds into a soundstage, the »more

Best stage director

Freddie Ashley

Actor's Express artistic director FREDDIE ASHLEY benefits from the law of averages in this category: He's such a prolific director that if you've seen a »more

Best theater company

Aurora Theatre

Perhaps something's in the water in Lawrenceville. Since AURORA THEATRE debuted its new playhouse there in 2007, the once-tame suburban theater has seen increasing creative »more

Best trend in the arts

Art parties

Atlanta's art scene has experienced a changing of the guard over the past couple of years: The collective has become king. And while the twenty- »more

Best underground art space

Mint Gallery

Tucked away in the nether regions of the Sampson Street Lofts, MINT GALLERY makes itself known with an unassuming orange door. The artist-run nonprofit gallery »more

Best use of Krog Street tunnel

FU BP Time-Lapse Video

As BP's busted well continued to gush oil into the Gulf of Mexico nearly two months after the Deep Water Horizon's "blowout preventer" failed to »more

Best art exhibit in a gallery

In Significance

Atlanta artist Pandra Williams presented a complex and meditative study in the biology of technology (and vice versa) with her moody installation "Radicis," one of »more

Best black box theater

Dad's Garage Top Shelf

An intimate venue even by the minuscule standards of black box spaces, DAD'S GARAGE TOP SHELF offers an incubator of raw local talent, notably Griefers, »more

Best blockbuster theater

Cobb Energy Performance Arts Centre

The corporate name may not be inspirational, but every other aspect of the COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE never fails to impress, from its sleek »more

Best collective artistic "Oh, hell naw!"

March on the Capitol

When artists, arts organizations and their supporters first learned last April that the Georgia House of Representative's proposed state budget for 2011 eliminated funds for »more

Best dance company

gloATL

The emergence of dancemaker Lauri Stallings' GLOATL over the past year has been the artistic equivalent of a fire alarm going off in the middle »more

Best emerging visual artist

Lucha Rodriguez

LUCHA RODRIGUEZ's examination of the body as a web of thoughts and organs manifests itself in the ethereal delicacy of her voluminous hand-cut paper installations »more

Best fiction author

Blake Butler

Scorch Atlas author BLAKE BUTLER doesn't just write fiction, he creates interlocking worlds, apocalyptic visions raining gravel or glass or glitter. His thin volumes swell »more

Best gallery

Whitespace

With its exposed brick walls and airy, modern layout, Susan Bridges' Inman Park carriage-house-turned-gallery WHITESPACE is at once nostalgic and modern. The same can be »more

Best gallery spotlighting local artists

Throughout its nearly five-year existence, Poncey-Highland hole-in-the-wall BEEP BEEP GALLERY has been a major factor in transforming Atlanta's underground and emerging art scenes, from shows »more

Best graf writer

Hense

Casting a critical eye at graf writers is a little counterintuitive. We're not about to impose a set of rules where they clearly don't belong, »more

Best graphic novelist

Andy Runton

Terms like "subtlety," "innocence," and "whimsy" seldom describe contemporary graphic novels, but of all the creators in our lively, local comic book scene, Lilburn's ANDY »more

Best guest actor to throw his money around

Mike Daisey

Powerhouse monologist MIKE DAISEY took the Alliance Theatre by storm last spring. Marrying the verbal and thematic ingenuity of the late Spalding Gray with the »more

Best local comedian

Andy Sandford

It's been said that the best comedy comes from pain. If that's really the case, then somebody must have kicked the shit out of ANDY »more

Best local female actor

Shelby Hofer

In recent years, Atlantans have been short-changed the charms of PushPush Theater co-founder SHELBY HOFER, primarily due to her having a child. Hofer renewed her »more

Best local male actor

E. Roger Mitchell

A mainstay of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, E. ROGER MITCHELL proves the best kind of utility player by putting fresh spins on vivid »more

Best movie theater

Plaza Theater

None of Atlanta's slick corporate cinema chains feels as much like a picture show by and for the community as the 71-year-old PLAZA THEATRE. The »more

Best neighborhood for artists

West End

There's a fairly reliable life cycle applicable to artists' neighborhoods: In the beginning, no one gives a shit about them, not even the artists. The »more

Best nonfiction author

Mara Shalhoup

After reading MARA SHALHOUP's vivid and kaleidoscopic exploration of the Black Mafia Family, BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia »more

Best photo finish

Julian Cox

It's safe to say that the last five years JULIAN COX has spent as the curator of photography at the High have been some of »more

Best play

Fair Use

Ironically, Alliance Theatre Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist FAIR USE proved to be more felicitous and satisfying than any of the Kendeda's storied winners to »more

Best playwright

Peter Hardy

As artistic director of Essential Theatre, PETER HARDY has been Atlanta's de facto midwife of new local plays. In the summer of 2010, however, Hardy »more

Best poet

Paul Guest

Using his own experiences as a quadriplegic, PAUL GUEST explores the way any of us — all of us — can or can't move and »more

Best public art event

Living Walls: The City Speaks

In August, more than a dozen of the world's most prolific and noted street artists descended on Atlanta for LIVING WALLS: THE CITY SPEAKS, a »more

Best public art performance

John Q's Memory Flash

Working with an old house in the historic Old Fourth Ward, a softball field, a vacant lot, and a growth of kudzu behind a strip »more

Best reason to navigate the urban jungle

Art on the Beltline

Forget gallery walls, this year artists have been vying for representation in public spaces, most significantly as part of the sprawling, multidisciplinary project ART ON »more

Best sign that Atlanta's a new mini-Hollywood

"The Walking Dead"

Between Tyler Perry's Atlanta-based media empire, Georgia's financial incentives for film production, and Screen Gems' new deal to convert Lakewood Fairgrounds into a soundstage, the »more

Best stage director

Freddie Ashley

Actor's Express artistic director FREDDIE ASHLEY benefits from the law of averages in this category: He's such a prolific director that if you've seen a »more

Best theater company

Aurora Theatre

Perhaps something's in the water in Lawrenceville. Since AURORA THEATRE debuted its new playhouse there in 2007, the once-tame suburban theater has seen increasing creative »more

Best trend in the arts

Art parties

Atlanta's art scene has experienced a changing of the guard over the past couple of years: The collective has become king. And while the twenty- »more

Best underground art space

Mint Gallery

Tucked away in the nether regions of the Sampson Street Lofts, MINT GALLERY makes itself known with an unassuming orange door. The artist-run nonprofit gallery »more

Best use of Krog Street tunnel

FU BP Time-Lapse Video

As BP's busted well continued to gush oil into the Gulf of Mexico nearly two months after the Deep Water Horizon's "blowout preventer" failed to »more

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