High appoints board chair; September Gray moves; Contemporary celebrates

The High Museum of Art has appointed Dan Baldwin as the new chair of its board of directors. He succeeds Robin Howell, who has been in that role since 2019.

Baldwin has been on the museum’s board for more than a decade and during that time served on the executive and finance committees. He also served on the Woodruff Arts Center’s governing board and investment committee.

“Dan has long demonstrated his dedication to our mission,” said High director Rand Suffolk in a press release. “We are delighted to work with him . . . as we strive to become the museum that Atlanta and our region deserves.”

Baldwin is CEO and managing partner of Baldwin Capital LLC, a family investment management firm, and is also an independent director and head of the Compensation Committee at MAXEX, a digital mortgage exchange.


Shirley Woodson (Courtesy of September Gray Art Gallery)

The September Gray Fine Art Gallery, which has shared space with Mason Fine Art and Marcia Wood Gallery in Miami Circle since 2021, is moving to a property it owns on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue this summer.

Gray told ArtsATL that she was disappointed in Miami Circle’s lack of foot traffic. The gallery will now be in the Old Fourth Ward where, she said, there is more activity.

Mark Kerelson, director of Mason Fine Art, and Wood both say they plan to stay in the Miami Circle space and will share the section September Gray is vacating.

September Gray’s first show in the new space will be a solo exhibit of work by Shirley Woodson that will open on September 22. The 87-year-old painter’s work can be found in 31 collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Studio Museum Harlem. She has been featured in more than 30 solo exhibitions.


Atlanta Contemporary, the city’s noncollecting museum, will mark its 50th anniversary with two major solo exhibitions that showcase legacy artist Sam Gilliam in dialogue with emerging artist Hasani Sahlehe. Both exhibits will open August 24.

Sam Gilliam, curated by Contemporary Executive Director Veronica L. Hogan, will be the first major institutional exhibit of the artist following his death in 2022. It will bring together a selection of Gilliam’s artwork spanning different periods of his career, including works on paper, sculptural assemblages and painted tapestry.

Gilliam, a giant in African American art, was an innovator in postwar American painting. Working in Washington, D.C., at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, he helped define art’s role during a time of dramatic societal change. His work has been exhibited in numerous major museums and is included in more than 50 public collections in the United States and Europe.

Nzinga Simmons-curated "Unbound" at Zuckerman, spring 2020
The Nzinga Simmons-curated exhibit “Unbound” at Kennesaw State University in 2020 included Gilliam’s “Untitled” from the 1970s.

In a press release, Hogan thanked artist Kevin Cole and the regional collectors who are loaning Gilliam artwork from their collections. Gilliam was an informal mentor for Cole.

The second exhibit, You Really Gotta See it Live, will feature work by Atlanta-based painter Sahlehe, curated by Y. Malik Jalal. This is the artist’s first major solo exhibition at the Contemporary and will bring together multiple paintings ranging in scale from the minute to the monumental and upon varied surfaces, all created within the last year.

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