Current & Upcoming


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 and long-term studio spaces 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.

The NARS Gallery hosts 6-8 exhibitions per year, including: four Residency exhibitions, a Juried Solo exhibition, an Emerging Curator exhibition, a J&M Studios exhibition, and two to three Guest or staff curated exhibitions


Juried Solo Exhibition Program

The aim of the Juried Solo Exhibition Program is to create a platform for artists to present their curated body of work to wider audience with staff support. The exhibition provides 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 provides one selected artist with gallery space and curatorial and administrative support for a solo show. The artist must present a strong cohesive body of work produced within the last five years.

Congratulations to Mira Dayal, the 2017 Juried Solo Exhibition recipient! Mira's show will open October 2017. Material Metaphors will open on October 6, with an Artist Reception on October 13 from 6-9 pm.

Previous Juried Solo winners and exhibitions:
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 offers 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 is to encourage new dialogue and to create a platform for emerging curators and artists to experiment and exchange ideas.

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

Congratulations to Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, the 2017 Emerging Curator Exhibition recipient! Tiffany's show will open in January 2018. The exhibition will showcase artists from the Asian diaspora and calls for a radical rethinking of Asian American identity. How can we address interconnections between race, sexuality, gender, class, and disability in relation to cultural myths, displacement, memory, and migration? What boundaries do we create or erasures do we participate in when we imagine the Asian diaspora? The exhibition seeks to deconstruct the legacy of orientalism in America and resist the violence of erasure by asserting the complexity of our transnational and layered identities.

Previous Emerging Curator winners and exhibitions:
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

The NARS Foundation Gallery is located on the fourth floor of an industrial building surrounded by artists’ studios. Please review photographs of previous exhibitions as well as the gallery floor plan, enclosed, before submitting your proposal.


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

The South-West Exhibition will be held biennially. Our next open call will be announced later this year for our 2018 exhibition.