Fired Works Brings 60 Master Potters to Central City Park

The 13th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale is scheduled for April 14-22, 2018 in Macon’s historic Central City Park. The 2018 show will feature North Georgia’s Ester Lipscomb and 60 master potters from Georgia and the Southeast, with thousands of original works. Fired Works began as a local pottery show and has grown to become the largest exhibit of functional and sculptural pottery in the state of Georgia, and this year, more new events will be added to the agenda.

A Preview Party will be held Friday, April 13 with food, fun, and an exclusive meet and greet with the artists. Attendees also receive the first chance to purchase work before the exhibit opens to the public on Saturday. The nine-day exhibit and sale will again include free clay workshops for kids, adult classes and artist talks.

The mission of Fired Works is to help Southeastern ceramic artists and potters show and sell their work. Fired Works promotes the rich history of pottery in Georgia and its connection to the history of the Ocmulgee River Region. People have made pottery along the banks of the Ocmulgee River for thousands of years and local potters continue this tradition today. In fact, the oldest piece of stamped pottery ever found in North America was found at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon.


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Mill Hill Welcomes New Resident Artists

Jeni Hansen-Gard and Forrest Sincoff Gard
Macon Arts Alliance Welcomes Resident Artists for
Mill Hill Community Arts Center in Fort Hawkins
Macon Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the selection of a new resident artist team who will lead and program the new community arts asset in Macon’s first neighborhood. The Mill Hill Community Arts Center Kick-Start Residency is a 6-month residency program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and John S. & James L. Knight Foundation.  Forrest Sincoff Gard and his wife, Jeni Hansen-Gard, bring their combined artistic talents to launch new programming and provide management support for the Mill Hill Community Arts Center in Ft. Hawkins. The residents will also coordinate event rentals to ensure that the 7,000-square foot center can maximize community engagement to become a working neighborhood asset soon after opening. The facility features a large performance stage with sound and lighting, an auditorium (that once housed a full size basketball court), a small gallery, a professional kitchen, a technology toolshed and a large outdoor area, ideal for hosting festivals and artist markets.
Macon Arts Alliance is fortunate to engage two professional artists who applied as a team. The couple will reside in one of the newly renovated artist cottages located on Schell Avenue, just behind the arts center. Forrest and Jeni met at the University of Florida in the ceramics studio in 2010. In 2014, they helped found the Socially Engaged Craft Collective, a craft and social practice organization. Forrest is a ceramic artist and the associate Editor of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated magazines. ­Jeni is a potter and a community-based artist. The artists currently live in Macon, with recent projects at Wesleyan College.
“We are really excited to join the Mill Hill community and bring new life to the Community Arts Center. As current residents of Macon, we love this town, and this residency will allow us the opportunity to contribute to the development of a city we call home. We are eager to work collaboratively with the community as we work towards building a sustainable future. As community-oriented ceramic artists we are eager to begin our residency where engaging with the community is part of our job! ” – Forrest Sincoff Gard and Jeni Hansen Gard

Visual Experiences Shared:Paintings by Carol Griffin & Maureen Persons



Join Macon Arts Alliance for an Opening Reception on April 6 from 5-8 PM to celebrate two artists for a juried exhibit and sale of natural themed arts. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display through April 27.


Maureen Persons Artist Statement

Life as an artist is amazing and for me diverse. I think of the toddler learning to walk and soon to run and then to ride a bike. The baby cautiously steps forward to the beckoning yet retreating parent. The goal, the finish line awaits, almost there! Art for me feels just like this! I study, paint, create,and just about the time I think that I am having a ” ta da” moment it is time to kick up the game level. There is much to learn and often I am lured down an unexpected path.

Currently I am working to paint more rapidly and in a more direct and fresh decisive “alla prima” fashion. It is challenging with live models and particularly difficult outdoors with the elements and rapidly changing light. I love the outdoors, but I am not a real camper type! These outdoor paintings called “plein air” are a great resource for studio paintings. These studies are small and direct and finished on sight. I generally like to have time to refine and study a work, not to mention I really enjoy a big canvas! The direct outdoor painting and the alla prima painting I am currently doing with live models is exciting and enriching to my studio work. Just as the curious, determined child reaches for the next challenge, I am always chasing the next quiver in my art experience pack.


Carol Griffin Artist Statement


One of the greatest things about being an artist is learning something new every day. Painting for me is an exciting process of trying to convey a part of myself and what I have taken from my surroundings. I love working with color, trying to control it, but at the same time giving it the freedom of bringing everything together in a painting. The most fun is to start a painting and get totally lost in it! It’s the greatest! I’m thankful for this creative vein that runs through me and connects me with artists all over the world and most of all connects me with the greatest Creator of all.
I always want to improve in my work. That is the biggest motivator of all.
I have been fortunate to take classes from Libby Tolley, Kevin Macpherson, Kim English, Dee Beard Dean, Larry Moore.and Perry Austin. I have also been in workshops with Robert Johnson and Dan Gerhertz.
I have a small studio in the woods behind my house. It is my place to commune with the outdoors, reflect and to get into the creative part of my personality. Painting requires lots of work. I am so thankful for a husband who supports my endeavors in the art world.

Macon Arts Alliance Hosts Open House of Blues

Macon Arts Alliance Hosts Open House of Blues in East Macon

Macon, GA—Macon Arts Alliance Executive Director, Jan Beeland, will welcome community partners, project funders, vendors, citizens and local stakeholders to the freshly painted front porch of the Mill Hill Community Arts Center on Monday, March 5th. Fort Hawkins, Macon’s historic first neighborhood, has a new neighborhood asset thanks to a collaboration of visionaries. The 7,000-sq. ft. 1920s building has been transformed into the Mill Hill Community Arts Center, a gathering place for learning, listening and sharing artistic experiences.


In October 2014, the Knight Foundation invited a group of interested community leaders to visit Bradenton, Florida. They saw firsthand how the small town was utilizing the arts as a catalyst to bring vibrancy back to a blighted neighborhood. The very next day, Mayor Robert Reichert suggested that the group consider East Macon. Soon after that tour, Macon Arts Alliance and the Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority formed a partnership.


The success of the project would depend on the acceptance of the neighborhood. So, public meetings were held in Fort Hawkins to get input, to engage participation and most importantly, to listen. After receiving a positive reception from the neighborhood, they agreed to move forward with plans to continue efforts to bring vibrancy back to the blighted neighborhood.

In 2015, the Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority purchased the Old Bibb Mill Manufacturing Auditorium with plans to develop the Mill Hill Community Arts Center.



The Community Foundation of Central Georgia received a challenge grant from an anonymous donor to leverage additional support to restore the 1920s facility. Six Macon-Bibb County Commissioners rallied to accept the challenge and allocated blight funds to the restoration effort. The Peyton Anderson Foundation and the Grassmann Trust joined the effort and completed the building fund.


Architect Robert Beeland visualized the plans and Piedmont Construction handled the renovation of the historic structure. Sam Kitchens and a team from Macon-Bibb Parks and Beautification are working on the green space. Mill Hill Project Director JR Olive stated, “It has been such a rewarding experience to see this transformation.  The neighborhood has a new place to connect, conspire and create.”


The public is invited to attend the Open House of Blues today at 5 PM at the Mill Hill Community Arts center located at 213 Clinton Street in East Macon. Following brief remarks and a ribbon cutting, guests will be invited inside for tours, barbecue and live blues from the Robert Lee Coleman Band, presented with support from Gallery West and volunteer hosts from AARP.


About Macon Arts Alliance

The mission of the Macon Arts Alliance is to foster and support the advancement of arts and culture in Central Georgia. We strive to be an innovative leader of a diverse and thriving arts community as well as a strategic partner in creating an open, inclusive, and vibrant place for artists, arts organizations, residents, businesses, and tourists. Macon Arts Alliance is the designated local arts agency of Macon-Bibb County. For more information about the Macon Arts Alliance, please visit or call 478-743-6940. The Macon Arts Alliance is located at 486 1st Street, Macon, Georgia 31201.







Knight Foundation Invests $537,000 in Macon






MACON, Ga. – Feb. 7, 2018 – Knight Foundation will invest $537,000 in nine Macon arts organizations to further strengthen the arts ecosystem, offering opportunities for local artists while supporting arts organizations in their efforts to provide accessible and engaging programming, frequently through the integration of technology.

To help individual artists grow, Knight support will provide them with tools they need, from 3-D printers and other high-tech tools to kilns for ceramic arts. In addition, emerging Southern artists will be included in more exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, and will be able to rent studio or performance space from Ampersand Guild downtown.

Arts organizations also are making their programming accessible to residents and visitors alike – including the Tubman Museum’s Pan African Festival, which will expand in a new location and invite another Macon tradition, Praisefest, to become part of the event. Bragg Jam will continue to expand by offering more year-round programming of national and local musical acts.

<p>Bragg Jam brings local and national acts like Charles Davis, pictured here, to Macon year-round, and will be expanding their programming through Knight funding. Photo by Tyler Shores.</p>

“The arts bring us together like little else, helping to form those shared experiences that build community,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation. “To create vibrancy, cities need a healthy cultural system with organizations that provide a high-level of programming that is accessible, and spaces for individual artists – potters, jazz musicians, painters and writers – to grow and experiment.”

Bragg Jam brings local and national acts like Charles Davis, pictured here, to Macon year-round, and will be expanding their programming through Knight funding. Photo by Tyler Shores.

The recipients of this new Knight support include:

Mercer University ($7,000) – To help the acclaimed Nutcracker of Middle Georgia grow by partnering with the Grand Opera House on marketing and administration

567 Center for Renewal ($20,000) – To develop the careers of Macon artists by building a ceramics and pottery studio where professional artists can rent fully-equipped studio space, take workshops and exhibit their work

Jazz Association of Macon ($10,000) – To increase community access to live jazz performances by bringing in an artist-in-residence and having him or her perform at the association’s Riverdale Festival and at local schools

Macon Arts Alliance ($75,000) –  To help artists develop their skills by creating a “Tech Toolshed,” a space providing access to an array of tools, from saws to software, designed to inspire and strengthen Macon’s creative class

Tubman African American Museum ($75,000) – To expand African Diaspora arts programming in Macon by helping the 2018 Pan African Festival grow into a new larger location in Central City Park, and join with another signature Macon event, PraiseFest.

The acclaimed Nutcracker of Middle Georgia will get a boost from Mercer University and the Grand Opera House who will partner to provide improved marketing and administration for the ballet. Photo courtesy of Nutcracker of Middle Georgia.

In addition, four arts organizations will receive multiple-year funding to help expand their capacity to provide high-quality programming:

Otis Redding Foundation ($75,000) – To expand access to music education for Macon’s youth through support for the foundation’s year-round classes

Ampersand Guild ($50,000) – To support the work of individual artists in Macon through the guild, which provides studio, performance space and professional development in downtown Macon

Museum of Art and Sciences ($150,000) – To provide more professional development opportunities for emerging Southern artists by providing funding for exhibitions and for acquiring their work

Bragg Jam ($75,000) – To increase community access to year-round musical performances by local and national acts by helping Bragg Jam expand programming and grow from a volunteer-led organization to one run by professional staff

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit


<p>Ampersand Guild offers artists&#39; studios, performance space and professional development for artists in downtown Macon. Photo courtesy of Ampersand Guild.</p>
Ampersand Guild offers artists’ studios, performance space and professional development for artists in downtown Macon. Photo courtesy of Ampersand Guild.

Connections Arts & Culture Festival Call for Artists

The Connections Arts and Culture Festival will take place April 21, 2018 at the Mill Hill Community Arts Center and seeks a featured artist.

Connections is putting out a call for artists beginning January 23 and closing February 23, 2018.  The selected artist will receive $1000 to serve as featured artist at the festival.

The 2nd Connections art festival is partially supported by a seed grant by the Downtown Challenge, and primarily serves residents of the East Macon neighborhood adjacent to downtown. The all-day arts festival will be free and open to the public, and will include: tables for artists, arts groups, and community organizations; performances by community arts groups as well as headliners; arts activities; food vendors; and other entertainment, demonstrations and activities. Our goal is to have over 2,000 people participate in this community event. Our belief is that a process of healing long-standing divisions in Macon can be brought about through inclusive arts and cultural activities. We have confidence that the arts can bring people together and creative community building is a key aspect of our mission. The arts community benefits by having an arts festival to showcase their work, and to show their work to communities not typically included in the downtown art gallery scene. Mill Hill/Fort Hawkins are neighborhoods fractured by long standing economic problems. Part of neighborhood revitalization is community building, and this event will literally bring the community together. It will also provide a venue for entertainment and creative expression in a neighborhood that has scarce opportunities for either.


Join our Team.


 Executive Director Position Description

The Executive Director is the key management leader of Macon Arts Alliance. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.


 Board Governance: Work with Board of Directors to fulfill the mission of Macon Arts Alliance

  • Leading Macon Arts Alliance in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors
  • Communicate effectively with the Board of Directors and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions
  • Identification and recruitment of new members for the Board of Directors

Financial Performance and Viability: Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial stability of the organization

  • Fiscal integrity of Macon Arts Alliance, to include submission to the Board of Directors of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial stability of the organization
  • Fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position
  • Generation of revenue for the operations of the organization in order to fulfill the mission of Macon Arts Alliance – such as securing corporate sponsorships, direct fundraising from individuals, and public and private grant programs
  • Ability to sustain present donors and cultivate new donors for financial support
  • Execute all necessary grant fulfillment requirements

Organization Mission and Strategy: Work with Board of Directors and Staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach

  • Implementation of programs that carry out the Macon Arts Alliance mission
  • Strategic planning to ensure that Macon Arts Alliance can successfully fulfill its mission
  • Sustainment of a positive and visible role for Macon Arts Alliance in the community through media, publications, web presence, speaking engagements, and active involvement in community activities by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations

Organization Operations: Overall organization direction by overseeing and implementing appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate

  • Administrative leadership in the development and management of staff of Macon Arts Alliance
  • Supervision of staff and development of policies that ensure an effective and efficient operation
  • Contract negotiations for all services needed


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Effectiveness in generating revenue through community support, corporate sponsorships, and grant programs
  • Grant writing experience
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience
  • Hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of Macon Arts Alliance’s strategic plan to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate Board of Directors and other volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • Strong public speaking ability
  • Working with governmental agencies will be preferred, but not required


  • Plan and execution of the Macon Arts Alliance annual budget
  • Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operations of Macon Arts Alliance
  • Serving as Macon Arts Alliance’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance the mission of Macon Arts Alliance
  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of Macon Arts Alliance throughout the State of Georgia
  • Supervise and collaborate with organization staff
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Oversee Organization, Board of Directors and committee meetings
  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts
  • Review and approve contracts for services
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors


  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Efficiency
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Continuous Learning
  • Openness and Inclusiveness
  • Community Spirit
  • Arts and Cultural Advocacy

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Quality benefits package includes health and earned paid time off.

Email resumes to by January 31,2018 for consideration.

Submissions will also be accepted by mail to:
Macon Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 972 Macon, GA 31202

Macon Arts Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Macon Arts Alliance

 The mission of the Macon Arts Alliance is to foster and support the advancement of arts and culture in Central Georgia. We strive to be an innovative leader of a diverse and thriving arts community as well as a strategic partner in creating an open, inclusive, and vibrant place for artists, arts organizations, residents, businesses, and tourists. Macon Arts Alliance is the designated local arts agency of Macon-Bibb County.

Macon Arts Alliance was founded in 1984 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Since then, the arts alliance has worked to support, promote and advocate for the multi-million arts and culture industry in Macon-Bibb County and throughout Central Georgia. We serve more than 50 arts and cultural organizations and the fine arts programs of five universities throughout the mid-state. Macon Arts Alliance is supported by public investments from Macon-Bibb County, Georgia Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and through generous private support from foundations, corporations and individual contributions.

Macon Arts Alliance fulfills its mission by offering programs and special events in the City of Macon. Programs include: Macon Arts Roundtable, Macon Arts Gallery, and Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village which include the Mill Hill Cultural Arts Center. Special events include: First Fridays at The Gallery at Macon Arts, Arts Advocacy Breakfast, The Cultural Awards, Fired Works – a regional ceramics exhibition and sale, and other fundraising events throughout the fiscal year.

Works on Paper

Join Macon Arts Alliance for Dennis Applebee’s opening reception of Works on Paper in First Friday. The collages will be on exhibit in the gallery January 5-26.

Dennis Applebee Artist Statement

One encounters systems and structures in almost everything they do. From the natural order of the universe (illustrated by such patterns of organization as the periodic table of elements and the mathematically proportioned progression of the nautilus shell), to the human order of the world (artificially imposed systems by which one is able to understand the relationship of the elements found in the periodic table or the golden mean, or allows one to replicate the proportions created by the nautilus shell).

My work explores the relationships between music, language and mathematics. I am interested in how we seamlessly move between these varied systems with little effort. There seems to be some underlying pattern that ties these (and possibly all systems) together.

I work within self-made constraints. I collage old bookend pages to create platonic solids.  I mark letters within a text that look like musical notes (o, p, d, q), to reveal hidden rhythms in language.  I take sheet music and collage it in ways that use harmonic relations and reference art history, such as Soviet Constructivism or Greek decorative art.  I take images out of context and integrate geometric shapes or patterns that reference architectural and mathematical schematics and maps. By building bridges between music, language, and math, I attempt to create something new while providing an air of familiarity, in an attempt to reveal their connecting patterns.


Dennis Applebee

Macon, GA




Dennis Applebee is a Professor of Art at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA where he teaches drawing, printmaking, and graphic design. He received his Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from The Ohio State University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Illinois State University. He works primarily in collage, printmaking, and drawing. (


Macon Arts Alliance presents “KOMMA” exhibit for April

Macon Arts Alliance will debut its new exhibit, “KOMMA,” on April 7. The show features paintings by local Macon artist and Wesleyan College Comer Professor of Painting, Frances De La Rosa. Join Macon Arts Alliance on opening night with a reception from 5-8 p.m. The show will be on display through Friday, April 28th. Admission is always free and open to the public.

In the Exhibition “Komma”, De La Rosa shows a series of paintings that move from representing “tangibles of the landscape, the parts to the whole” to the negative space.

“The silence between the notes became my primary subject as references to a sensual memory of light and shade, of texture, of color, merging background with foreground, in with out – an anticipation of nothing finite. “—Frances De La Rosa

“I am not yet certain by what word I must now refer to my paintings, but landscape has lost its firmament. It has been sucked into the black abyss of the comma to be re-born as a shattered, liquid lens containing particles of experience – vibrating in between the here and there in space and time – wonderfully adrift when punctuation has mutinied.”–Frances De La Rossa


by Frances De La Rosa


Frances De La Rosa has been a Macon resident since 1998. She received her MFA from Tulane University in 1984. Presently, she is the Comer Professor of Painting at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Through her work she has traveled extensively, completing an artist residency in the Dominican Republic, researching colonial art and architecture in Mexico, and has been awarded many grants from Art Councils in the Southeastern United States. Her paintings have been influenced by her travels, and by her study of Pre-Columbian and contemporary art from Latin America and the Caribbean.

De La Rosa’s work as an artist has been the subject of three documentary films. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in collections at various museums and institutions.

Macon Arts Alliance Continues Installations on East to West Art Walk

The “East to West Art Walk” is activating the sidewalks along Coliseum Drive and MLK Jr. Drive between Clinton Street and Mulberry using temporary public art and sidewalk improvements.  Commissioned artists are creating temporary sidewalk murals, temporary painted arrows, and other visual connections to the newly painted crosswalks.

Jessi Queen and Zachary Herndon created the first chalk art installation for the East to West Art Walk last Saturday and Sunday. The team painted a Macon music-themed large format project that measures 10′ x 20′ in the rear parking lot behind The Telegraph Building that faces MLK Jr Drive. The artwork features larger than life images Macon musicians of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman and Otis Redding.

Andrew Patrick Henry of Burnsville, GA icompleted the installation of his 6′ x 90′ chalk, pastel and tempera art project today which covers a major portion of the sidewalk in front of The Macon Centreplex and the Macon City Center Marriott on MLK Jr Blvd. Henry is collaborating with Colorado artist Bart McCune and Ohio artist Kelly Bell. The Henry project also depicts Macon Music legends Little Richard, Otis Redding and Duane Allman along with colorful music notes and directional references.Henry will be available at the installation site at 2 PM for interviews.

This temporary public art project is funded by the Downtown Challenge Grant of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. All funds are allocated to assist in the implementation of the Macon Action Plan through a series of grants to local businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and government entities. The “East to West Art Walk” was selected for its focus on connectivity – “cultivating and improving multi-modal transportation options, enhance safety, manage downtown’s parking system in a comprehensive manner,” as stated by the Macon Action Plan. A public opening is scheduled for the East to West Art Walk on Saturday, April 22,2017.