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Artists and Exhibits

About the Artist: Marcus E. Bishop Bio

Marcus E. Bishop is native of Mississippi and currently resides in Atlanta Ga. He received his BFA in painting from Jackson State University in 1999, a BFA in Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing from American InterContinental University in 2001 and a Masters of Fine Arts from SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) 2013.

For eight years he worked as a Kindergarten educator for Atlanta Public Schools and three years as a Middle School Visual Arts Teacher for DeKalb County Schools. Bishop is constantly creating meaningful images by using multiple mediums such as; collage, photography, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and charcoal etc.

Additionally, he finds his inspiration reading books, watching documentaries, everyday surroundings, his students, people he may encounter on the streets of Atlanta, Ga. Bishop uses many techniques to enhance his artwork from its original state to a concept of historic meaning.

Finally, his ultimate goal encompasses tackling the sublime or insignificant and elevating the subjects to reflect dignity and substance.

About The Defoor Centre Visual & Performing Arts Program

The goal of the Defoor Centre’s Visual and Performing Arts Program is to support Atlanta’s artists and arts organizations. The Defoor Centre has four exhibition spaces, a stage for performances, a classroom for workshops and a full-service bar & café.  There are three types of exhibitions programs:

  • Exhibitions curated by the Defoor Centre
  • Exhibitions by local curators
  • Artists & arts organizations and exhibitions held in conjunction with the college program Artist Undiscovered.


The Forum Gallery hosts solo and group exhibitions (6 weeks) curated by the Defoor Centre or guest curators. The Forum Gallery Stage has seating for 300+ which is perfect for music, theatre, and dance performances. The Forum Gallery also hosts special events and the Artists Undiscovered program’s juried exhibition.

Gatsby Gallery hosts short-term exhibitions (2 - 4 weeks) featuring students currently enrolled in local college degreed art programs. Students develop professional skills through participation in the exhibition process. The Defoor Centre collaborates with local college professors, curators, and gallery owners to develop the Artist Undiscovered Program, which culminates in a juried exhibition.

Encore Gallery will host guest curators, artists and arts organizations for solo and group exhibitions (6 weeks).

Defoor Bar Gallery hosts primarily solo exhibitions (4-6weeks).

Defoor Classroom is available for an hourly rate. If classroom is rented for 4 times a month or more, a 10% discount is available. Rehearsal space for music, theatre and dance groups is available on a short-term basis.

If you are interested in exhibiting your work or curating an exhibit at The Defoor Centre, please contact the Arts Program Director.  You can download the "Artist Entry" form  below.  You will be asked to:

  • Complete and sign the contract.
  • Submit a bio.
  • Submit digital images of your work.
  • Submit an inventory sheet at the time of installation.
  • Submit art pieces prepared for hanging.


The Defoor Centre commission split is 60% of purchase price to artist, 40% to the Defoor Centre. All opening receptions for exhibitions occur on Thursday nights.