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 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).  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.

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.

To view previous exhibitions, please visit Past Events.


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.

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 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.

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

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