After 22 years of activity, NURTUREart, a beloved nonprofit art gallery in Brooklyn, New York that supports emerging artists and curators, announced today that its current season will be its last. The gallery cited a “confluence of resource challenges and a shifting environment for non-profits,” as the reason for its closing.
For emerging artists and curators in New York, NURTUREart is known as a welcoming noncommercial space where they can get their first shot at a gallery exhibition. Founded in 1997 by George J. Robinson, a former art dealer, NURTUREart started as a pop-up gallery hosted in various spaces across the city. In 2003, after gathering some resources, the gallery rented a small warehouse space on Keap Street in Williamsburg. Three years later, it moved to Grand Street in East Williamsburg and stayed there until 2011. Since then, the gallery has been operating in its current location on Bogart Street in Bushwick.
Throughout its years of activity, NURTUREart presented 17 full seasons of 6-8 exhibitions in addition to numerous curatorial projects at guest locations around New York City. Its online registry promoted the work of 2,100 emerging artists and curators. Its Education Outreach Program sent 161 artists and 11 curators to teach in 1,170 public school students in four schools in Brooklyn. The education programs provided exhibition opportunities for 80 artists in 35 exhibitions and events.
“I encourage all those who have contributed to and benefited from NURTUREart to please reach out to others you’ve met and worked with along the way and continue nurturing those emerging artists and curators such that by extension and the multiplier effect the nurturance will continue to enrich our communities well beyond the boundaries of atelier and gallery walls,” Robinson said in a statement.
A “farewell celebration” will be announced soon, the gallery said: “All of us at NURTUREart are saddened to find our time together drawing to a close, yet very happy and proud to celebrate a long and distinguished contribution to the art community. NURTUREart, our name is our mission.”