Jeff Mather

Jeff MatherAbout the Artist:
Jeff Mather is a community-based public artist; an environmental sculptor & site artist & teaching artist based in Decatur, GA. Jeff has worked extensively in the Atlanta metro area and throughout the southeast as an independent artist and educator, designing and executing numerous works of art in public spaces, and conducting hundreds of workshops and residencies in schools and other community venues. He has been a member of Alternate ROOTS since 1990.  Three of his community-based public art partnerships have been supported by ROOTS’ C/APP Program. He is also on the teaching artist banks with Young Audiences at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta and the Georgia Council for the Arts, and he is the Board President for the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning. Jeff has also been a member of the Community Built Association and a presenter at CBA conferences since 2004. Jeff has coached many collaborative community-based public art projects throughout Georgia and elsewhere. He conducts research with community partners to excavate and understand layers of history and meaning embedded in a place. This research is the core of the collaborative design process. Issues of inclusion and environmental justice are often front and center. These art projects expand to reach out to youth and elders and everybody in between. They also involve the local business community, as they can provide tools and materials in support of their community. Most often Jeff is engaged by communities to direct outdoor environmental sculpture projects. Sometimes these site art projects are indoors and the sculptures are suspended overhead or are wall-mounted relief sculptures. Jeff frequently collaborates with dance companies and uses body movement concepts in coaching environmental sculpture design. He is also a director of Object Theater (puppetry without puppets) and directs community-based multi-generational performance projects.

Current Projects:

  • Hidden Streams, a collaborative environmental sculpture project for West Baltimore which involved students from two schools and a culminating event at RootsFest 2011.
  • Also: directing a public art project for the Clarkston Community Center, Clarkston, GA, collaborating with the refugee community youth.

Contact Info:
Tour Contact: Jeff Mather
2845 Orion Drive
Decatur, GA  30033
Facebook/Twitter: Mather Site Art

Fee Structure:**


  • $100/session (per hour)
  • Half-day: $200 (two sessions/workshops)
  • Full-day: $400 (four sessions/workshops)
  • Five days: $2,000
  • Ten days: $4,000
  • Fifteen days: $6,000 (etc.)

Professional learning workshops:

  • $150/hour

**These fees do not include materials or housing and transportation.

Artistic Discipline:

  • theater
  • visual arts
  • new media
  • multidisciplinary
  • Digital Storytelling; and Object Theater

Special programs available for:

  • Colleges and universities
  • K-12
  • Senior Centers
  • Immigrant populations
  • Hospitals
  • Differently abled populations
  • Pre-school age children
  • Elderhostel groups
  • Multi-school collaborations
  • Business groups
Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.