A.I.R. GALLERY - Celebrating 40 years of advocating for women in the visual arts.
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Mission Statement

In 1972, a group of women artists founded A.I.R. (Artists in Residence) Gallery, the first artists-run gallery for women in the United States. A.I.R.'s goal is to provide a professional and permanent exhibition space for women artists to present work of quality and diversity. A.I.R. is an artist directed and maintained gallery, providing a sense of community for women and serving as a model for other alternative galleries and organizations. Through lectures, symposia and a Fellowship Program for emerging women artists, A.I.R. Gallery sustains a political awareness and voice, and brings new understanding to old attitudes about women in the arts.

A.I.R.Gallery Celebrates Our 40th Anniversary

As we celebrate four decades of promoting women artists, A.I.R. Gallery proudly recognizes those who over the past forty years have contributed so much to the richness and diversity of the New York art world, and honors current members who continue the mission of A.I.R. by providing under-represented women artists with exhibition and curatorial opportunities. A.I.R. Gallery celebrates with a 40th birthday benefit gala and a series of signature events to be announced.

During our 40th season, A.I.R. Gallery plans three major group exhibitions:

  • A.I.R. 40th Anniversary Exhibition curated by Lilly Wei
  • 10th A.I.R. Biennial Exhibition curated by Ingrid Schaffner, ICA, Philadelphia
  • National / International Gallery Artists Exhibition curated by Catherine Morris

The strong feminist spirit that thrives at A.I.R. Gallery has attracted artists, curators, collectors, and supporters since the gallery’s founding. Imagine what we will achieve in our next 40 years! Watch for further details of our up-coming anniversary celebrations and join us in honoring our history and envisioning our future.

“The women who have contributed to A.I.R. Gallery for forty years do not constitute a particular movement or school. Instead, the women are a cohesive, vitally important social force with a commitment to A.I.R. Gallery, and, by extension, a dedication to the social, cultural and political priorities that A.I.R. Gallery represents.”
–Catherine J. Morris, Curator, Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum

A.I.R. Gallery is a Not-for-Profit Organization

The A.I.R Gallery Fellowship Program is made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts, as well as generous support from The Bernheim Foundation, The Gifford Foundation, Elizabeth A. Sackler, The Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, The Theo Westenberger Estate, and many generous individual donors to the Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship. A.I.R. Gallery receives additional funding from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation and JP Morgan Chase through a re-grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council.

A.I.R. Gallery - 40 years of advocating for women in the visual arts.