Juried Shows

Since its inception in 1969, FIRST STREET GALLERY has held juried exhibitions for nonmember artists, both U.S. and foreign based. These shows provide emerging, mid-career and established talent with exposure to the New York City art community. In presenting their work, artists are afforded an opportunity to receive critical review and foster public understanding and appreciation of art.

9 for 19

First Street Gallery is very pleased to announce a unique exhibition opportunity, “9 for 19” opening January 6th, 2021. Following last season’s extremely well received inaugural exhibit we are excited to again provide, to a select group of nine artists, a generous 12’ x 12’ of wall space to show their work (not necessarily contiguous). Artists with 3 D pieces will be given the equivalent amount of floor space. Selected artists may, within reason, use their space in whatever manner they feel shows their work to its best advantage.

First Street Gallery is looking forward to celebrate the “9 for 19” exhibit on the walls of our Chelsea gallery. Given the current challenges that have shuttered all our vibrant arts venues we can’t wait to celebrate the visual arts in person! If, due to unavoidable circumstances that might prevent a physical installation, we will hold the exhibit online and will fully support the participating artists in promoting and showing their work through a variety of social media platforms where their individual work will be featured.

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National Juried Exhibition

Initiated decades ago, the annual National Juried Exhibition is open to nonmember U.S. resident artists, working in a diverse range of two and three dimensional media. Recent past jurors include nationally prominent art critics (Jed Perl, Lance Esplund); artists (Paul Resika, Ronnie Landfield); art historians (Dore Ashton, Donald Kuspit); curators and gallerists specializing in contemporary works (Steven Harvey, Lori Bookstein, Peter Colon of DC Moore, Nancy Margolis, Andrew Arnot).

Our juror for 2021 is Thomas Erben, Founder and Director of the Thomas Erben Gallery. Over the years, the gallery has organized numerous, often first US exhibitions – now considered historical – with artists like Adrian Piper (1997, ’98, ’00), Helena Almeida (2001), Fang Lijun (2004), Jutta Koether (2005), Dona Nelson (2006, ’08, ’14, ’15, ’17), Sheela Gowda (2009), Rose Wylie (2010), Gauri Gill, Mike Cloud (both 2014) or Harriet Korman (2019). He has also organized group shows focused on art from various geographic areas including India, Pakistan, Iran and Germany or centered around specific subjects such as the widely reviewed ecofeminism(s), 2020. Conceptually minded, the gallery strives to either re-contextualize or expose work that contributes to contemporary discourse and has been successful in placing works with major national, and international institutions such as MoMA, the Whitney, Guggenheim New York, Walker Art Center, MoCA Los Angeles, SF MoMA, the Art Galleries of Queensland and New South Wales, Lehnbachhaus Munich, Museu Serralves, and the Centre Pompidou. In addition, the gallery has also been accepted into global fairs, including Art Basel Hong Kong and Miami, Frieze London as well as New York, The Armory Show, and Art Cologne.

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MFA National Competition

Realizing in 2010 that MFA candidates and recent graduates from across the nation had little opportunity to show their work or access the New York art world, FIRST STREET GALLERY took action. We created an exciting new venue, the MFA National Competition, juried each year by a prominent member of the art world. The Juror selects the country’s most talented young artists to exhibit their work in a three week exhibition, which attracts critics, collectors and the art community. Past Jurors are: Susanna Coffey, John Yau, Phong Bui, Asya Geisberg, David A. Ross and Dorothea Rockburne.

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PopUp Series

In January 2014, FIRST STREET GALLERY launched its first PopUp Series held over three consecutive weekends for three contiguous days. The Gallery curates up to eight nonmember artists for each event giving participants an opportunity to showcase a substantial number of works. The next PopUp Series will be TBA.

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