Biography

International art ambassador, curator and artist, Granderson’s artistic legacy in Atlanta can be felt throughout the metropolis. As Public Arts Program Manager for the Office of Cultural Affairs, he forged artistic connections between city residents, public officials and visitors, alike. Granderson is a 23-year, veteran Art Administrator for the City of Atlanta; he joined the OCA in 1993 to direct City Gallery East, Atlanta, GA, a municipal gallery located on the ground floor of City Hall, which is now Ponce City Market. He continued with the Office of Cultural Affairs as Arts Program Manager through 2015, but is currently leading the art effort for the Infrastructure Art Program for the City of Atlanta.

Born in 1957 in Atlanta, GA, Granderson has been instrumental in the Atlanta arts scene. After receiving his B.A. from Earlham College in Indiana with a degree in Studio Art/African American Studies, he returned to Atlanta and attended Georgia State University. His production of conceptual collages addressing socio-political ideology became his artistic statement; social ills affecting African-American males in contemporary society routinely dominated his work. The Dialogue Series: Disavowed exemplified Granderson’s primary theme. In addition, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions and lectured at various Colleges and Universities, including, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA; Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA; Spelman College, Atlanta, GA and Valdosta State College, Valdosta, GA. Granderson curated the 1996 Olympic Games/Cultural Olympiad Wadswoth Jarrell: A Shared Ideology, City Gallery East, Atlanta, GA and The Pavilion Exhibition, The Language of Force, Arts Festival Atlanta, GA.

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