Education and awards:
- Master of Arts, Religion, University of Georgia
- Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Georgia
Notable roles/performance experience:
- 40+ years of playing guitar and singing
- Georgia Theatre, Athens, Georgia, opening for John Prine and The Kentucky Headhunters
- Eddie’s Attic (solo gigs); won Eddie’s Attic “Open Mic Shootout”
- Multiple performances in venues across Atlanta and Athens, Georgia
- Multiple recording experiences in both home and professional studios
- Private lesson teacher for acoustic and electric guitar
- Adjunct faculty instructor of undergraduate World Religion classes, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2017 to present
- Instructor at Georgia Perimeter College, 2004-2007
- Graduate teaching assistant, University of Georgia
Art has been playing guitar and singing for over 40 years, and over the years, he has given private lessons for acoustic and electric guitar. He teaches beginning and intermediate folk, rock, pop, country and finger-style blues guitar, and he also has extensive audio recording and production experience he can share with his students.
Art wants to encourage his students to develop a “good ear” for playing music. “The secret of being a good musician is in learning to listen and in using your ears well,” he explains. “Learning to hear and feel the music you are working with is the goal. Your ears are your best and most important instrument.”
Art believes that progress for his students is a combination of loving music, setting realistic goals, and then putting in the work to get there. “My aim is to encourage my students to always do the best that they can do,” he says. “I want to help them challenge themselves by always stretching to their next level of ability and using their imaginations to see themselves becoming better and better players and performers.”
Art is a songwriter member of ASCAP and a member of Georgia Music Partners (GMP), a music industry advocacy group. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgia Gwinnett College, where he teaches undergraduate World Religion classes. He worked as a staff member at Emory University for over 18 years and at CNN Headline News as a writer and associate producer for four years.
Art owns at least 15 guitars, a number of amps and has a home recording studio. He plays harmonica and lap dulcimer as well. He loves all kinds of music, but his favorite styles are hard and alternative rock, rock and roll and folk rock. “I’m kind of stuck in the 60s I suppose, which is okay with me,” he laughs.
Outside of playing, teaching, writing and recording music, Art spends time with his wife, Branka, who is from former Yugoslavia, and their young daughter. He also enjoys working on old cars, reading, computers, gourmet coffee drinking and wine tasting, and he admits, “I’m also a bit of a foodie, thanks to my wife.”
Check out some of Art’s music: