AIR Serenbe, the nonprofit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines. We provide the time and space necessary for the development of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices. 

Who We Are


Michael Bettis Director of Operations

Board of Directors

Dawn Wilson Barnes Founder and President, Aurora Bay Capital
Janice Barton (PAST CHAIR) Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Performance Plus
Sally Bradley Artist, Sally Bradley Fine Art
Brian McGrath Davis Partner, Blackshear Capital Management
Lynn Eden Chair of Education Committee, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Katrina Erni Marketing and Sales Director, Mason Fine Art and Events
Shannon Green Co-Founder, Indie Craft Experience; Artist
Hugh Latta Vice President, Ferry-Latta Designers; Founder & Chairman, Design Continuum; Adjunct Professor of Design, Auburn University
Chiquita Lockley Producer, Author; Former Director of the Holyfield Foundation
Michelle Mason Global Corporate Payment Solutions Lead, Pfizer
Steve McKenzie Co-Owner, Steve McKenzie's
Lorrie Thomas Ross CEO, Web Marketing Therapy, Inc.
Paul Stockman (TREASURER) Partner, Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP
Sandra Storrar Associate Broker, Atlanta Fine Homes Realty
Tom Swanston Artist, StudioSwan LLC
Michael Taylor Director of Commercial Development, Serenbe
Lisa Thrower (SECRETARY) Director of Art Resources, Art Consultant, Amy Parry Projects
Joe Waters (CHAIR) Co-Founder & CEO, Capita; Senior Advisor, Openfields
Kristen Miller Zohn (VICE CHAIR) Executive Director, Costume Society of America; Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Laura Rogers Museum of Art

National Advisory Council

Alex Acosta Co-Founder and Executive Director, Soul Food Cypher / GA
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz Nonfiction Writer & Poet / TX
Diane Capriola Founder and Owner, Little Shop of Stories / GA
Jessica Derrick Executive Vice President: Brand Development, Lou Hammond Group / SC
Angela DiTerlizzi Children's Book Author / MA
George Dawes Green Founder, The Moth / NY
Ali Imad Fadlallah Singer/Songwriter; Founder/CEO, Rima Records / CA
Leslie King-Hammond Graduate Dean Emeritus & Founding Director, Center for Race and Culture / MD
Michael Kaufmann Founder & Owner, This Is Meru / IN
Akua F. Kouyate-Tate Senior Director: Education, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts / VA
Sarah Kay Spoken Word Poet; Founder/Co-Director, Project VOICE / NY
Jana La Sorte Founder/Creative Director, Ambassadora / NY
Michael Lucker Screenwriter; Professor of Screenwriting, Emory University / GA
Wiley Miller Cartoonist and Creator of Non Sequitur / GA
Judy Newman Executive Vice President, Scholastic / NY
Hunter O'Hanian Executive Director and CEO, College Art Association / NY
Virginia Prescott Host, GA Public Broadcasting's On Second Thought / GA
Rio Sakairi Artistic Director, The Jazz Gallery / NY
Robert Spano Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival & School / GA & CO
Anna Walker Skillman Owner, Jackson Fine Art / GA
Kristen Miller Zohn Executive Director, Costume Society of America; Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art / GA & MS

Where We Are


Artists stay in live/work cottages designed by Rural Studio, the award-winning program of Auburn University's School of Architecture.  Our two cottages, located at The Art Farm at Serenbe, are models from Rural Studio's 20K House line.  We are pleased to partner with Rural Studio in their work to design beautiful and affordable small homes.  Learn more about the vision and work of Rural Studio at  

Check out a 3D tour of the cottages, provided by Barnes Creative Studio in Atlanta. Click the image: 


Seasonally, we make a container studio available for use by artists who wish to work larger.  The container studio is a raw but light-filled space for exploration and installation in the scale of an 8ft x 40ft shipping container. Depending on the interests and projects of each artist, the studio can be opened to the public for open studio visits. 


The Serenbe Institute


AIR Serenbe is a division of The Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture & the Environment---a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. The Institute’s mission is to cultivate the community’s creative, intellectual and ecological qualities through programs promoting social, spiritual and aesthetic curiosity. It supports intellectual, social and artistic activities and the works produced by it, and is committed to serving Serenbe residents, neighbors of Chattahoochee Hills, artists and visitors.

Along with AIR Serenbe, The Serenbe Institute supports Serenbe Playhouse, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, the South Fulton Area Initiative, and Serenbe Fellows. Find out more about all the ways to get involved with The Serenbe Institute:

Serenbe Playhouse

Serenbe Playhouse

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre

South Fulton Area Initiative

South Fulton Area Initiative

Serenbe Fellows

Serenbe Fellows

The Serenbe Community


AIR Serenbe is located in the Serenbe community, a progressive hamlet nestled in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia — just outside of Atlanta.  A community focused on wellbeing, Serenbe is set among acres of preserved forests and working farms. Serenbe is home to a community of people who believe that art and the creative process are essential elements of our health and humanity. 


Chattahoochee Hills


In order to curb the impending sprawl of Atlanta, residents and farmers located in the bucolic rolling hills of the Chattahoochee River united and formed the city of Chattahoochee Hills. Together they established areas appropriate for hamlet-like development, while preserving expanses of rural landscape and preserved forests. Serenbe is one of those hamlets, attracting residents and visitors from across the world who long to experience both the restorative powers of natural landscapes and the communion of old-world style villages. 



We are a proud member of the Alliance of Artists Communities.