Biography

International art ambassador, curator and artist, Eddie Granderson (b. 1957 in Atlanta, GA) has earned an artistic legacy that can be felt throughout Atlanta.  As Public Arts Program Manager for the Office of Cultural Affairs, he forged artistic connections between city residents, public officials and visitors, alike. Granderson, a 27-year, veteran Art Administrator for the City of Atlanta, joined the Office of Cultural Affairs in 1993 to direct City Gallery East, Atlanta, GA, a municipal gallery located on the ground floor of the then City Hall (now Ponce City Market). He continued with the Office of Cultural Affairs as Arts Program Manager through 2015, subsequently leading the art effort for the Infrastructure Art Program for the City of Atlanta until he retired from the City in September, 2017.

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 Wadsworth Jarrell: A Shared Ideology, City Gallery East (Atlanta, GA) and The Pavilion Exhibition, The Language of Force, Arts Festival (Atlanta, GA).  Granderson is currently focusing on creating art and working as a free-lance arts consultant.

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