Bowery Gallery




Photo: Ralph Gabriner

In 1969, a group of eighteen adventurous young male and female New York artists, looking around the contemporary art world and thinking back to the 10th Street days of the 1950s, founded a new coop gallery, located  on the Bowery which gave the space its name. In 1972 the gallery moved to Greene Street, in 1980 to Wooster Street, in 2000 we moved to 25th Street in Chelsea and now we are in our present space 547 West 27th St, Suite 508, NYC. From its beginnings, the gallery has been a force for the expansion of art's traditions in a venue unconstrained by commercial pressures. Exhibitions at the Bowery Gallery have received notice in The New York Times, Arts, Art in America, Modern Painters, ARTnews,, Vogue, The New Criterion, The New York Sun, The Observer and The New Republic. A national competition, sponsored by the gallery in August, has been juried by such notable artists as Nell Blaine, Louis Finkelstein, Lois Dodd, Rosemary Beck, Natalie Charkow, Jane Freilicher, Gabriel Laderman, Art critic Lance Esplund, Janet Fish, Wilbur Niewald, William Bailey, Bill Jensen, John Walker, Paul Resika, Rackstraw Downes, art critic Jed Perl, Joan Snyder, art historian and critic Martica Sawin, and Kyle Staver.

The Bowery Gallery is a co-operative gallery, wholly run by its artist members. Our mission is to exhibit work of the highest quality from independent artists. Everyone participates fully in the business of running the gallery; each member has at least one job, must gallery sit (paid sitters are available) and attend a minimum of 2 meetings a year. All members have solo exhibitions every 2-1/2 to 3 years and participate in occasional group shows. While members are responsible for the printing and mailing of announcements as well as refreshments for receptions, there are no commissions on sales.

New members are selected in periodic reviews of applicants' original work, however websites will be previewed at our regularly scheduled meetings (Sept.-May). The Bowery Gallery encourages artists living in and within 200 miles of NYC to apply for membership as a full working member. Artists applying who live outside of the 200 mile range of NYC will only be considered as non-working members. Invitational slots in June and July are offered to artists from outside the area who reside in the U.S. Please note the gallery does not exhibit photography or digital art. Contact the gallery for membership fee information: