Bowery Gallery




Photo: Ralph Gabriner

On October 31, 1969, a group of independent artists joined to form the Bowery Gallery. The gallery has been in continuous operation ever since, and is one of the oldest in New York City. The gallery is incorporated as a non-profit organization of representational and non-representational artists. 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: