Art show to premier at the American Atheists conference.

I got a press release from American Atheists in my inbox the other day that made me smile (which is good, because so far my day has been filled with insipid commenters who think lending tacit support to high-ranking Catholic criminals makes them better than me).  At their 50th anniversary conference in Austin later this month they will be having an atheist art show.

“We’re positively thrilled to offer what we believe is the first art show at an atheist convention,” said Dave Muscato, Public Relations Director. “There are so many wonderful artists in the atheist community, and we’re proud to give them a chance to show off, and help a good cause at the same time.”

“This is an idea that’s long overdue,” said President David Silverman. “In the past we’ve had many exhibitors and attendees who are artists, and an art show was simply the next logical step. We couldn’t be happier about it.”

This is spectacular.  You can have all the facts and be 100% right, but if nobody wants to hear your message those things won’t do you a lot of good in changing minds.  Music, art, performance art, they all help us show other people that atheism and giving a shit about what is true is very, very beautiful.  We need more Keith Lowell Jensens and Shelley Segals.  We need more Ellen Lundgrens, and we need to give them a prominent seat at the table.

I could not be more excited about this.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Dave Muscato

    Woohoo! Me neither :) It’s going to be fantastic.

  • John Horstman


    Music, art, performance art, the all help us show other people that atheism and giving a shit about what is true is very, very beautiful.

    That is very cool! While I’m certainly biased by my love of theater, art is clearly important to our (humans’) sense of well-being, given that many of us devote massive amounts to time and other resources to its production (frequently without any expectation of being paid; structurally, it’s also an important vector for the propagation of cultural memes that, especially in the case of social norms and conventions, allow us to have societies at all). I don’t know if this will generate cries of “mission drift” from the dictionary-atheist crowd, but I think it’s a fine pursuit for American Atheists!

  • Ellen Lundgren

    I wish I could have been in this show, but I have my own senior exhibition happening soon already! I hope they do this again though, because I’ll definitely enter then!! :D

    • Dave Muscato

      If this goes well, I don’t see why we can’t do it every year. Everyone we’ve talked to has loved the idea.

      • baal

        I’m not able to go to the conference but can’t help but think art shows dismantle the trope that we’re all a bunch of dour nihilists.