On October 31, 1969, a group of independent artists joined to form the Bowery Gallery. The gallery has been in continuous operation ever since, and is one of the oldest in New York City. The gallery is incorporated as a non-profit organization of representational and non-representational artists. Exhibitions at the Bowery Gallery have received notice in The New York Times, Arts, Art in America, Modern Painters, ARTnews, Artcritical.com, Vogue, The New Criterion, The New York Sun, The Observer and The New Republic. A national competition, sponsored by the gallery in August, has been juried by such notable artists as Nell Blaine, Louis Finkelstein, Lois Dodd, Rosemary Beck, Natalie Charkow, Jane Freilicher, Gabriel Laderman, Art critic Lance Esplund, Janet Fish, Wilbur Niewald, William Bailey, Bill Jensen, John Walker, Paul Resika, Rackstraw Downes, art critic Jed Perl, Joan Snyder, art historian and critic Martica Sawin, and Kyle Staver.
The Bowery Gallery is a co-operative gallery, wholly run by its artist members. Our mission is to exhibit work of the highest quality from independent artists. Everyone participates fully in the business of running the gallery; each member has at least one job, must gallery sit (paid sitters are available) and attend a minimum of 2 meetings a year. All members have solo exhibitions every 2-1/2 to 3 years and participate in occasional group shows. While members are responsible for the printing and mailing of announcements as well as refreshments for receptions, there are no commissions on sales.