The Painting Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of painting in all its possibilities; it does not champion one school or tradition, but welcomes and encourages diverse viewpoints regardless of their market appeal. The Painting Center is a gathering place for painters and those who love painting; it is a democratic arena that fosters dialogue, experimentation, and community among artists.

Over the past twenty four years, The Painting Center has mounted over 400 exhibitions organized by guest curators and its curatorial program is central to its mission. These innovative exhibitions have displayed the work of diverse artists and have received continuous support that could only be recognized in the community as presenting an alternative voice. James Little, Josef Brescher, Phong Bui, Matthew Deleget, Catherine Amidon, Ross Neher, Joanne Freeman, Jane Farver, Stephen Maine, Karen Wilkin and David Sharpe have all served as guest curators for The Painting Center. Reviews of some of the exhibitions have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, The New Yorker, The New Art Examiner, Artcritical, Hyperallergic, Painter’s Table, The Partisan Review, Art News, Art Forum, and Cover Magazine, among others. In 1998, the center was included in Modern Painters Magazine’s: 100 Gallery Guide 1998, featuring 100 galleries in New York.

In addition to mounting a year round schedule of exhibitions, The Painting Center regularly hosts lectures, educational events, panel discussions, poetry readings and performances. These public events have drawn in audiences of over 100 people furthering our goal of engaging artists and visitors as participants. The Painting Center maintains an online curated art file and a larger open artist registry, which is available to the public at the gallery. 


The Painting Center is a non-profit artist-run organization in New York with strong roots in the artists’ community and a reputation for integrity in its programming. Our mission is to provide exhibition opportunities for emerging, mid-career and under-recognized artists and also provide a space for curators to present contemporary thesis exhibitions on visual arts, artists, and art making practices. The Painting Center has continually built upon its purpose of offering an alternative space dedicated to the exhibition of painting and various media regardless of market appeal.


    The Painting Center was founded in 1993 by a group of artists who felt there was an urgent need for a space devoted entirely to the exhibition of paintings. After locating a space on 52 Greene Street in Soho, they worked to prepare it as a gallery space. In September of that year, they launched an inaugural show featuring forty-nine artists including Jake Berthot, Louise Fishman, Bill Jensen, and Milton Resnick. This exhibition celebrated the first season of The Painting Center and brought attention to it as a new exhibition space.

    Now located at 547 West 27th Street, The Painting Center has a larger Main Gallery space measuring over 1,200 square feet and a second space known as The Project Room, which measures 400 square feet. Now in its 24th year, The Painting Center has shown thousands of artists in a variety of formats: solo and group exhibitions, exhibitions curated both by outside curators and exhibitions organized by members.