Join us at A.I.R. for Under the Influence, a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 15th from 6-8pm. Organized and moderated by Fellow Manal Abu-Shaheen, the panel will focus on the work of Caroline Wells Chandler, Jennifer Coates, and Rachel Schmidhofer, as well as the influences of their practice. An informal Q&A and discussion will follow.

This event is being held in conjunction with Abu-Shaheen's first solo show in NYC. Familiar Stranger is on view at A.I.R. through March 12th.

Rachel Schmidhofer, Farro Salad, 2014, vintage jigsaw puzzle assemblage, 20 inch-diameter

Rachel Schmidhofer, Farro Salad, 2014, vintage jigsaw puzzle assemblage, 20 inch-diameter



Caroline Wells Chandler's brightly colored hand-crocheted works explore notions of queerness and sexuality as well as the art historical canon. His characters are radically queer, and his representations of gender declare queerness as the normative state.

Jennifer Coates is an artist, writer and musician living in NYC. Her upcoming show "All U Can Eat" will open at Freight & Volume in March. She has written for Modern Painters, Time Out and Art in America. She recorded an album with the band Heroes of Toolik called "Like Night" for which she contributed vocals, violin, and original songs.

Rachel Schmidhofer is a Brooklyn-based painter. Her vibrant still-lifes of natural objects and domestic interiors evoke wonderment, while simultaneously seeking the hidden meaning within - and connections between - unlikely collections of objects. Using pared-down building blocks - color and line, light and shadow - the wet-into-wet paintings allow the brain to complete a circuit of recognition, while leaving space for the eye to roam.

A.IR. National Artist Erin Wiersma & Alumnae Artist Nancy Morrow in "Infrastructure:

We're excited to see the work of A.I.R. artists Erin Wiersma and Nancy Morrow featured at our neighbor SEMINAR Gallery here in DUMBO! The exhibition, Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country showcases the work of the first artists of the residency program Two Coats of Paint, a program which joins artists working across the United States. This timely exhibition curated by Sharon Butler and Rachel Farber seeks to collectively investigate "our nation, illuminating the structural relationships among three elements – Land, Mind, and Country."

The opening reception is Thursday, February 2nd, at neighboring SEMINAR Gallery from 6-9pm. The exhibition runs through February 26, 2017. 

Erin Wiersma, Examen, 6/13/2016, 2017, Acrylic on paper, 12 x 12 inches


Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country will be on view at SEMINAR Gallery, AICAD, 20 Jay Street, suite M10, Brooklyn NY through February 26th. Be sure to check it out!


Nancy Morrow, Dive, 2010


Bailey Scieszka / Performance

Join us at A.I.R. for The Soft Side of Hardcore starring Old Put the Clown, a performance by Bailey Scieszka on Friday, February 3rd at 7pm. This program is organized as part of the 12th A.I.R. Biennial: Sinister Feminism, curated by Piper Marshall with Lola Kramer. For more information on the exhibition, click here.

Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Photo by Nicholas Calcott


Screening of "Little Deaths" at A.I.R.

Join us on Thursday, January 12th at 7 pm for the first New York screening of "Little Deaths" at A.I.R. Gallery. "Little Deaths" by Shanti Grumbine and Julia Oldham is a collaborative video project created during a residency at Opossum House in Eugene, Oregon.


About "Little Deaths"
"Little Deaths" is a short series of performative video vignettes in which artists Shanti Grumbine and Julia Oldham repeatedly attack, maim and murder each other in good humor. Referencing cinematic tropes from sources ranging from Twin Peaks to Charlie Chaplin's slapstick comedies, the two women explore Freud's ideas about the Death Drive and the Repetition Compulsion where traumatic events become ritualized and repeated in hopes of finding relief in the peaceful inorganic state before birth. The title "Little Deaths" also borrows from the French term "petite morte" meaning "orgasm" as a way of highlighting the accumulation of our daily losses and expenditures of life force. Together, Grumbine and Oldham reframe and exorcise the cultural representations of death that are subconsciously internalized in the body, using humor, repetition, and ritual.

About Opossum House: 
Named for the opossums who peer into the studio windows at night, Opossum House is a place for art, science, and experiments of all kinds. The Opossum House studio, lodge, and screening parlor is in Eugene, Oregon. We host yearly artist residents and seasonal art and music events. Founded by Julia Oldham (video artist) and Eric Corwin (physicist) on December 1, 2012.

About the Artists:
Julia Oldham's work has been screened/exhibited at Art in General in New York, NY; MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY; the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; the San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA; PPOW in New York, NY; The Drawing Center in New York, NY; The Bronx Museum of Art in the Bronx, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; Espaço3 in Lisbon, Portugal; the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA; the Dia Foundation at the Hispanic Society in New York, NY; the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC; and Nunnery Gallery in London, UK; and she was included in the 2016 Portland Biennial curated by Michelle Grabner. Her work has been supported by Artadia, the Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York, NY; Artist in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY; Art in General, New York, NY; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York, NY; Outpost Artist Resources in Ridgewood, NY; Artists in Residence in the Everglades, Miami, FL; Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY; the Oregon Arts Commission in Portland, OR; and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL. Julia Oldham also works in collaboration with New York-based artist Chad Stayrook. Together they are known as Really Large Numbers. She has a solo show opening on January 13 at ThisFridayor NextFriday in DUMBO, Brooklyn and a two person show opening on January 15 at the Art Gym in Oregon. 

Shanti Grumbine is a Brooklyn-based visual artist. She has been an artist in residence at the Millay Colony, Ucross, Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, Saltonstall Foundation, Wave Hill Winter Workspace Residency, Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency, Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), Women’s Studio Workshop and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Fellowships and grants include the Santo Foundation Individual Artist Grant, A.I.R Gallery Fellowship, and the LABA Fellowship at the 14th Street Y. Select exhibition venues include The Bronx Museum, CCA Sante Fe, A.I.R. Gallery, Magnan-Metz Gallery, Planthouse Gallery, and IPCNY. For the year of 2017, she is an artist in residence at the RAIR Fellowship Program in Roswell, New Mexico. Her work is currently included in the group show “Disarming Geometries” at the Dorsky Gallery, LIC, opening January 15, and will be on view at Smack Mellon for her solo show, “Zeroing”, opening March 11 as well as in the group show “History of the Present” at Concordia College, Bronxville, NY opening March 16. Shanti received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Release of the A.I.R. Community Cookbook!

A.I.R. Gallery Community Cookbook
Dina Kantor


In 2014 Dina Kantor was selected as an A.I.R. Gallery Fellow. As part of the program, fellows are asked to create a community project. At the time, Kantor had just begun a new body of work about community cookbooks and their relationship to identity (still in progress), so she took the opportunity to create a community cookbook for the gallery.

The resulting cookbook studies how the food we make and share with family, friends and our communities plays a large role in our identities.

Besides being a collection of recipes and tips that were contributed by members, staff, fellows and other artists affiliated with A.I.R., the book also includes photographs exploring the identities of the artists who shared them. Kantor photographed the artists in their studios, examining the links between creativity in the kitchen and in their art practice.

The cookbook is softcover, 8.5˝ x 11˝, with 152 pages, 82 recipes and 80 color photographs.
It is available for purchase through Blurb for $40 by clicking here.
In true community cookbook style, a portion of the sales will be donated directly back to A.I.R. Gallery's Fellowship program.

For more information on Dina Kantor, visit

Call for Submissions - It's Elementary

Founded in 1972, A.I.R. Gallery is the first artist-run, not-for-profit gallery for women artists in the United States. Each year we partner with a number of public schools in an effort to give students an opportunity to interact with artists in a gallery setting.

In addition, this year we are looking forward to our first open call for kindergarten through 5th grade students to share their most creative art works in an exhibition entitled "It's Elementary".

This exhibition will be on view from November 17, 2016 through December 18, 2016 with an opening reception on November 17th from 6-8pm at A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

October 29, 2016


“It’s Elementary” will be curated by Carolyn Martin and Sylvia Netzer. 
Since receiving an M.F.A. degree from Pratt Institute, Carolyn Martin has taught Art Education at CUNY and has been an examiner for the NYC Board of Education's Art Magnet Programs for junior and senior high schools in addition to teaching art to elementary students for many years. Learn more about Carolyn Martin here

Sylvia Netzer received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Columbia University School of the Arts. Netzer is a full professor of ceramics and program head at City College of New York. Netzer's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is held in several permanent collections including that of Sol LeWitt and Urusula Von Rydingsvard. Learn more about Sylvia Netzer here.

The work in the exhibition will not be for sale.

Art work may be completed in any two-dimensional media including painting, drawing, collage, mixed media and printmaking. 

Art work should be no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches

Presentation of work
All art work must be original
All art work must be mounted on matt board
Art work must be completed within the last two years

Deadline for submission
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:59pm

Response Notification
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dates for art work to be delivered to A.I.R. Gallery
November 5th, 6th and 9th from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM

A.I.R. Fellowship Welcome Party!

For over 40 years A.I.R. Gallery has been working to give visibility and celebrate the work of women artists locally and internationally, bringing forward the most pressing issues affecting women. Please join us in welcoming A.I.R. Gallery's 2016-17 Fellowship Artists on September 29th from 6-9pm.

Manal Abu-Shaheen
Elizabeth Hoy
Eleanor King
MaryKate Maher
Alison Owen
Naomi Elena Ramirez

RSVP by 09.25.16 here.

A.I.R. Gallery is a permanent exhibition space that supports an open exchange of ideas and risk–taking by women artists in order to provide support and visibility to women. Since 1972, when a group of visionary women artists opened the first gallery space at 97 Wooster Street in Soho, A.I.R. Gallery has been leading the way in championing women artists, increasing their visibility and the viability of their endeavors.

The A.I.R. Fellowship Program remains committed to providing support for women artists in New York City and to encouraging the growth of sustainable artistic practices.

A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201