Celebrating 30 years of Black Art Excellence

About ATA

Posted by Lauren Craig on

Art in the Atrium, Inc. (ATA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, Black-led arts organization that was founded in Morristown, New Jersey in 1991. Since its inception 30 years ago, ATA has annually exhibited four floors of African American fine art in the Atrium Gallery in Morristown, becoming the largest exhibit of its kind in the state. With a mission to celebrate Black excellence, support the careers and lives of Black fine artists, and create opportunities for emerging voices in Black art, ATA has done that and more.

A community and cultural touchstone, since its founding ATA has given over $30,000 in scholarships to promising BIPOC arts students and has spurred economic activity in the community by selling approximately $500,000 in fine art by rising and established Black artists at its annual and satellite art exhibits for corporate and government partners. Past exhibits have featured such masters as David Driskell, Willie Cole, Deborah Willis, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Bisa Butler, Janet Taylor Pickett and Faith Ringgold. 

Throughout the year, ATA hosts "Artists in the Schools" programming for students. In 2001 and again in 2016, the organization was named "Arts Organization of the Year" by Morris Arts. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, ATA had just mounted its 28th annual exhibit at the Atrium Gallery. It was our biggest exhibit yet, featuring over 60 artists and 350 pieces of work. Rather than holding a large Opening Reception as scheduled, ATA created this virtual gallery platform to continue to support our artist community.

Currently, ATA has partnerships with Mayo Performing Arts Center, the Morris Museum and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. In 2022, we will celebrate #30YearsofATA with a collaborative show at the Morris Museum and an exhibit on the 5th Floor of the Atrium Gallery in Morristown, where a permanent plaque will be dedicated for ATA Founder and artist, Viki Craig. Keep in touch with us on social and by joining our email list!