Mission & History

MISSION

To support the growth and development of the local artist community and expand the awareness of visual arts through education, exhibitions, and special programming.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Kudzu Gallery & Studios is a cultural leader.  As such, we serve both the local artists and surrounding community by promoting the importance of the visual arts with regard to cultural heritage, professional development, and economic growth.  We organize and present numerous exhibitions and programs throughout the year,  featuring talented artists who are renowned at the local, regional, national, and international levels, thus demonstrating proactive local leadership by educating artists of all ages; cultivating and growing audiences; and initiating and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities, and supporters.

VISION

Our vision is that the Kudzu Gallery and Studios in Norcros GA be a multi-disciplinary place of creativity and growth, regionally recognized as a leader in the presentation and support of artists and emerging visual art forms. In doing so, we encourage exploration and involvement across the diverse cultures of our communities.

HISTORY

Kudzu Art Zone, Inc. (d.b.a., “Kudzu Gallery & Studios”) became a 501(c)(3) corporation in June 2006 when a group of artists shared their vision for a thriving artist community in the heart of our historic downtown area.   In late 2006, the City of Norcross GA donated a 3,200 sq. ft. building – containing a spacious gallery and eight artist studios, along with ample space for meetings, workshops, and artist development opportunities – at 116 Carlyle Street, our current home. Since those early days, Kudzu has become a place of fellowship where member artists receive access to a supportive community, creative space, and professional development opportunities.