Abby Bullard (1994, Raleigh, North Carolina) received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Savannah College of Art & Design in June 2016. She has exhibited in group shows in her hometown, Georgia, Nebraska, California, and Lacoste, France. In 2014, she received "Best in Printmaking" for her work in the Nebraska National Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Her work is also in the SGC International permanent collection at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Georgia. As both an artist and nonprofit professional, Bullard's multifaceted perspective allows her to break down barriers and connect communities in and around contemporary artistic expression.
In September 2016, she became the Visitor Services Associate at Atlanta Contemporary (AC) working to build deeper audience engagement, increase donations and membership activity, and successfully end AC's fiscal year in the black. Bullard played an instrumental role in the increase in donations at the Welcome Desk by 800% and subsequently became the Development and Grants Coordinator in July 2017 to identify and implement key fundraising strategies in support of donor and member cultivation and retention at the $1000 giving level and below, the annual campaign, as well as management of government and foundation grants. She was promoted to Development Manager in July 2018 in an effort to elevate her profile as an emerging nonprofit leader within the arts and culture community in Atlanta, as well as streamline operational efficiencies related to development processes and ensure long-term financial stability for the organization.
The human skin is not just a protective layer of the body, but a vehicle of memory. For every wrinkle, scar, or mark there is a story to tell. In order to deal with the inevitability of age, Abby Bullard’s work has become a means to preserve and revere the beauty and delicacy of the skin. Senescence is the condition or process of deterioration that comes with age or the biological aging process. This transformation happens to every living being from birth to death. In its organic timeline, senescence leaves behind remnants of one’s experiences throughout life. Each work represents a fragment of a larger body, and in the context of this series, the beauty in accumulation of experience works to overcome the realities of age.