Founded in in 1977 by Doris Leeper, an internationally known sculptor and painter, as well as a visionary environmentalist, Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) is a non-profit multidisciplinary artist residency facility located in New Smyrna Beach...
The Atlantic Center for the Arts was first conceived by Doris Leeper in 1977 as a Florida artist-in-residence program in which artists of all disciplines could work with current prominent artists in a supportive and creative environment. Leeper, a painter, sculptor, and environmentalist, saw the potential for an artist’s residency as a place for ideas to be created, shared, and come into fruition.
Atlantic Center for the Arts is located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and consists of three facilities. ACA’s main campus is located at the north end of town, while ACA’s Community Artist In-Residence facility, and ACA’s Yurick Studios and Alt Space are located in historic downtown.
Atlantic Center for the Art’s Mark and Margery Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery, designed by ACA’s original architect, Will Miller, was dedicated in 2007. Constructed with cast-in-place concrete, glass, wood beams, and a galvanized aluminum roof, the 5,000 sq. ft. structure is responsive to the site and to Atlantic Center’s legacy of environmental conservation and ecological preservation. It includes three interconnecting galleries: the Master Artist Gallery, the History Gallery, and the Jack Mitchell Portrait Gallery.
The original buildings, including the Administration Building and Gallery, Whatmore Commons, and Thompson Fieldhouse were built in 1982, and designed by architect Will Miller. Phase One of the $3.1 million Leeper Studio Complex began in September 1994, and included the construction of the black-box theater, the painting and music studios, and the renovation of the Whatmore Commons...
We are eager to answer your questions and provide you with the information you are seeking. In many cases the information may be found on our website. The preferred method of communication with ACA staff is via email. You may also telephone us and leave a call back name and number, and we will return the call as soon as possible.
The Atlantic Center for the Arts Board of Trustees helps maintain the fiscal health and stability of the organization. The Board consists of local representative s from Central Florida as well as national members bringing a broad depth of experience to help ACA flourish. In addition to guidance and governance, Board members engage in fundraising activities that help support ACA’s mission related activities.
Atlantic Center’s National Council guides the artistic direction of Atlantic Center. It is comprised of up to 20 artists and arts administrators representing the various disciplines. The members serve an unpaid three-year renewable term, and are selected by recommendations from current and past members, former Master Artists, and staff.
“My internship at Atlantic Center for the Arts was a valuable and enjoyable experience. I looked forward to interning every day at ACA because of the welcoming and friendly staff, the beautiful surroundings, and the many interesting projects I was immersed in.” Abby Olson, SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY - Winter 2010-11