Biography

Co-Founder/President/CEO/Founding Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA). Ms. Cone-Skelton has over thirty years of experience as an exhibiting artist, fine arts instructor, curator, editor, owner of a fine arts advisory firm and visual arts museum director.  She holds a B.F.A. from the Atlanta College of Art, and is included in LaGrange College’s “2006-2007 Wall of Outstanding Alumni.”  On October 16th, Cone-Skelton will be honored as a recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts & Humanities. The Governor’s Awards pay tribute to the most distinguished citizens and organizations that have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to work in these fields. Cone-Skelton was named “2012 Museum Educator of the Year,” by the Georgia Arts Education Association. This award recognizes exemplary contributions, service and achievement in the field of art education. She also was recently awarded “Artist that Inspires” by the Fulton County Arts Council in Atlanta. Cone-Skelton’s work recently has been added to the permanent collection at the National Women’s Museum of Art in Washington, D.C. Her work was featured in the 2003 edition of New American Painting, and in 1998, she was awarded Creative Loafing’s “Critic’s Choice for Best Visual Artist in Atlanta.”  Cone-Skelton’s work is held in museum collections such as the High Museum of Art and the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, both in Atlanta; the J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University and MOCA GA.  She currently is the President Elect for the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Forum, Georgia. Previously she has served on the boards of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition (MAACC), Leadership Cabinet of the Arts Leadership League of Georgia (ALL-GA), Atlanta College of Art, Art Papers, The Contemporary, the Contemporary Art Society of the High Museum of Art, and the Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences.

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