The Painting Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of painting in all its possibilities; it does not champion one school or tradition, but welcomes and encourages diverse viewpoints regardless of their market appeal. The Painting Center is a gathering place for painters and those who love painting; it is a democratic arena that fosters dialogue, experimentation, and community among artists.
Over the past twenty four years, The Painting Center has mounted over 400 exhibitions organized by guest curators and its curatorial program is central to its mission. These innovative exhibitions have displayed the work of diverse artists and have received continuous support that could only be recognized in the community as presenting an alternative voice. James Little, Josef Brescher, Phong Bui, Matthew Deleget, Catherine Amidon, Ross Neher, Joanne Freeman, Jane Farver, Stephen Maine, Karen Wilkin and David Sharpe have all served as guest curators for The Painting Center. Reviews of some of the exhibitions have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, The New Yorker, The New Art Examiner, Artcritical, Hyperallergic, Painter’s Table, The Partisan Review, Art News, Art Forum, and Cover Magazine, among others. In 1998, the center was included in Modern Painters Magazine’s: 100 Gallery Guide 1998, featuring 100 galleries in New York.
In addition to mounting a year round schedule of exhibitions, The Painting Center regularly hosts lectures, educational events, panel discussions, poetry readings and performances. These public events have drawn in audiences of over 100 people furthering our goal of engaging artists and visitors as participants. The Painting Center maintains an online curated art file and a larger open artist registry, which is available to the public at the gallery.