Kim-Huong Ruiz, Fulton County Arts & Culture Fellowship recipient

Year-End Update - 2019

Thank you for being a special part of our Hambidge community.

With your support we have become a leader in the creative residency field, welcoming a rotating community of artists, scientists, thinkers, and doers who come together to explore their work and find new inspiration for their paths forward.

“..residencies provide a haven, a harbor, a nursery, a diving board, a launch pad, a swing, a rest stop, a rodeo. There, people hunker down, anchor, plant, harvest, leap, soar, return. The fruits of these efforts belong to all of us."

—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Hambidge Fellow

We accomplished a great deal in 2019 and deepened our commitment to nurturing creativity, protecting precious habitats, and preserving historic sites! For an impressive roll of this year’s achievements, please look on the backside of this page.

Hambidge is continuously striving to enhance its programs and build exciting new initiatives to share its magic with the world in accessible and intimate ways. Our Hambidge 2.0 Capital Campaign launched this year with great momentum and will have tremendous impact shaping the future. We look forward to sharing more of the exciting details with you next year. 

In the meantime, we ask that you please support our year-end campaign, which is critical to continuing the work Hambidge is doing now to nurture our brightest talents. We are still a small grass-roots organization that relies heavily on the generosity of individuals like you. Program fees and grants only cover 14% of the cost of running our 600-acre creative sanctuary.

The Lubo Fund has generously pledged to match all year-end contributions up to $40,000. Make a tax-deductible donation today and your gift will be doubled!

Thank you in advance for your kind continued support. We wish you and yours happiness and prosperity now and throughout the coming year.

Respectfully yours,
Jamie Badoud, Executive Director        


Erica DeChicchis, Board Co-Chair                Elizabeth Feichter, Board Co-Chair   

& the Hambidge Center Board of Trustees
Cyndae Arrendale, Michael Bishop, Lucinda Chapman, George Cooke, Erica DeChicchis, Jesica Eames, Elizabeth Feichter, Rachel K. Garceau, Greg Head, Caroline Howell, Bari Love, Andres Navia, Kirk Rich, Karen Rolader, Anne Lambert Tracht, Gregor Turk, Marcia Weber, Lucinda Bunnen (Trustee Emerita), Helen Meadors (Trustee Emerita)

2019 Hambidge – By The Numbers

Home to 173 residents, from 24-88 years old, representing 31 states & 7 countries, plus 4 children joining their parents

Installed new HVAC units in all artist studios, made possible by a Hambidge Fellow’s generous contribution earmarked for deferred maintenance

A record-breaking sales Art Auction attracting over 1,000 attendees at The Works with 300 artworks, plus immersive sound and light installations, painting, musical and dance performances

Presented Andy Warhol’s film, Empire, in its rare 8-hour entirety in native format of 16mm film and in the slow-motion projection in Atlanta

Four gallery shows: EVERLASTING BLOOM: Inspired Rhythms curated by Lisa Alembik, organized by Bob Thomas which served as a sister exhibition to The Bascom Museum’s Ebb and Flow, Bloom and Fade: Dynamic Rhythms from Hambidge Fellows; Minding the Gap - Photographs of Rabun County at 200 Years in honor of Rabun County’s bicentennial, presenting work by Hambidge Fellows Amanda Greene and Forest McMullin. Invitational Show of Pottery & Handmade Objects curated by Christine Jason. Façades of Truth by Eley, an online exhibit in conjunction with ACP of photographed Hambidge Masquerade guests in ever-changing tableaux

Four Workshops: Collaborations with Nature with Australian artist Shona Wilson (one in Atlanta and one at Hambidge), a free Mask-Making workshop with Mike Stasny and George Long at The Atlanta Contemporary, and another free Mask-Making workshop with Julia Hill at the Works

Hambidge administered the Southern Prize awarding artists $80,000 from South Arts, plus received funding from the NEA, Georgia Council for the Arts, and Fulton County Arts & Culture

10 public Artist Talk Events including over 50 artists-in-residence

8 inspired Nature Hikes led by distinguished experts in their field that took advantage of the extensive improvements made this year to our trail system

2 Anagama Kiln Firings led by Vernon Smith with dozens of participants with thrilling results

Partnerships with PNC, Selig Enterprises, Broker-Fest, Mint, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Bascom Museum, Film Love, EcoAddendum, Beech Hollow Wildflower Farm, Gardens to Love, The Orianne Society, Rabun County Library, MailChimp, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Ballard Designs, Smith Hanes Studio, Dillard Bluegrass & BBQ Festival and History Museum, and the Forward Arts Foundation

Performed aquatic bio-monitoring to continue preservation of our eco-system, and reported outstanding progress in our Hemlock Preservation efforts

Made payments to 142 artists for art sales, stipends and performances totaling over $76,000

Awarded 25 Distinguished Fellowships supporting scientists, musicians, chefs, writers, dancers, ceramicists, arts & culture administrators, textile artists, U.S. Veterans, and minorities

This December, Hambidge is excited to launch our new website with greater functionality