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Exhibition Programs

The NARS Foundation Exhibition Program presents compelling and innovative work being produced on a local, national, and international level by under-represented artists today. The Gallery is located in an industrial building amongst our residency studios and our partner J&M Studios,  which allows for the unique opportunity to present and experience contemporary artwork within a work-space environment. The presence of artists’ studios also allows for further dialogue and exchange between artists and curators.

NARS holds exhibitions year round. Every artist-in-residence has the opportunity to exhibit in the group show in the third month of their residency season (March, June, September, and December).  

In June 2017, we added a new gallery space on the second floor of our building. The NARS project space has been home to our Spotlight series, and will continue to host solo and small group exhibitions in conjunction with the programming in our main gallery.

From 2012-2017, we held an annual open call for a Juried Solo Exhibition and Emerging Curator Exhibition. These two shows provided a platform for emerging and underrepresented artists and curators to present innovative and compelling artwork and create a forum for exchanging ideas. NARS will no longer be accepting applications for its Juried Solo Exhibition and Emerging Curator Open Calls as these programs evolve into a new direction for the organization’s review and reflection of artistic and curatorial developments in its exhibition and public programming.

You can find more information about our past programs below, and you can learn about previous exhibitions by visiting: Past Events.

Past Programs


Juried Solo Exhibition Program

The aim of the Juried Solo Exhibition Program was to create a platform for artists to present their curated body of work to wider audience with staff support. The exhibitions provided the opportunity for one selected emerging and underrepresented national and international artist to present innovative and compelling artwork that creates new dialogue and a forum for exchanging ideas. The program provided one selected artist with gallery space and curatorial and administrative support for a solo show.

Previous Juried Solo winners and exhibitions:
Mira Dayal Material Metaphors
Khánh H. Lê Making Memories While We Wait
elizabeth hatke lateral drift
Reilly Sinanan Preventative Measures
Denis Beaubois Currency
Tori Purcell (Ex)Change


Emerging Curator Program

The Emerging Curator Program offered an opportunity for an individual or curatorial collective to organize a conceptually cohesive group show at the NARS Foundation Gallery. The aim of the program was to encourage new dialogue and to create a platform for emerging curators and artists to experiment and exchange ideas.

No prior curatorial experience was necessary. An experienced curator on staff was available to provide guidance and support during the program.

Previous Emerging Curator winners and exhibitions:
Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin Myth, Memory, Migration: Stories from the Asian Diaspora
Alvaro Luis Lima and Nicole Siegenthaler Low Res: Spatial Poltics in the Cloud
Katherine Gressel Artistic Developments
Allison Young Re-tracing the Land
Shlmoit Dror F_ll in the bl_nk
Tamara Johnson Show Me Your Glands


South-West Brooklyn Exhibition

The NARS Foundation held its inaugural South-West Brooklyn Exhibition in 2016. The NARS South-West Brooklyn Exhibition Program provides emerging and underrepresented artists with the opportunity to participate in a group exhibition in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The aim of the program is to engage artists of South-West Brooklyn in a dialogue through a curated group exhibition.

South-West Brooklyn has become a hub of artistic activity but is still largely under recognized in the art world. As part of NARS’ mission to engage with and promote the artists of South-West Brooklyn, the NARS South-West Exhibition Program strives to contribute to the recognition of the art world of South Brooklyn by highlighting the innovative work being produced today. For the purpose of this program, South-West Brooklyn is defined as living and/or with studio space in Sunset Park, Park Slope, Gowanus, Red Hook, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Borough Park, or Windsor Terrace. The program will curate a group exhibition from the art work submitted in the Open Call.

2016: Threaded Archetypes