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2023 Dancing Stars of Atlanta


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Mission-driven, innovative, and experienced Executive Director with extensive experience in arts administration, board development & recruitment, curatorial expertise, and donor acquisition & stewardship with additional skills in facilities maintenance, operations management and strategic planning.


As Executive Director, Veronica Kessenich stewards the mission and strategic plan of Atlanta Contemporary, guiding the artistic programming with an array of independent curators and program partners, and successfully leads the organization through the unprecedented years of COVID-19. Kessenich joined Atlanta Contemporary in June 2013 and was appointed as Executive Director in July 2015. Kessenich authored and executed the Capitalization Fund grant that underwrote Atlanta Contemporary’s transition to free admission which since implementation has seen a radical transformation in annual attendance.


Born and raised in Atlanta, Kessenich received her Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Mary’s College (IN) and her Masters of Philosophy in Art History from St. Andrews University (Scotland). She has been active in the field of art as an art administrator, art historian, curator and consultant for over fifteen years. Beginning her career as Gallery Director at Atlanta’s prestigious Fay Gold Gallery, Kessenich has worked as a lecturer at Agnes Scott College, the Savannah College of Art & Design – Atlanta, and the Art Institute of Atlanta. In recognition of her contributions to the arts, Kessenich was named one of Atlanta’s 500 Most Powerful People (Atlanta Magazine, 2019), received the CCA Community Impact Award (Emory University, 2016) and was named one of Atlanta’s Women of Power (The Atlantan, 2015). 


Over the course of her life, Kessenich has been inspired by women – from her own family to peers in the community. Many of these individuals’ lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease. Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers suffered from dementia. Given the complexity of these diseases, and how deeply these women have been to her life, Kessenich has decided to participate in the upcoming Dancing With The Stars event on May 6.


With your help we can eradicate this terrible disease and ensure that all dance well into the golden years of life. Thank you for your support! 


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