Art Events Calendar

This page includes several listings: upcoming and ongoing art events & calls for submission happening around Gowanus or featuring GOS artists.

Let us know about your Gowanus art events... Send us your newsletters, press releases, tips, calls for entry, etc.



ArtWorks: A Benefit for Arts Gowanus

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7 - 10 pm at Shapeshifter Lab 18 Whitwell Pl, Gowanus Brooklyn, NY 11215. 
More info and tickets here


Translucent Grey
Artsworks by Ai Campbell, curated by Jessica L. Porter

On exhibit through July 31, 2018

Porter Advisory at The Yard: Gowanus
157 13th Street, @3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

by Halsey Chait

On exhibit March 10 - April 22

The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Gallery Hours:
Thursday to Saturday, 1-7PM
Sunday, 1-5PM


Ecological City Pageant, Costume & Puppet Workshops

Ecological City is a cultural and climate action project engaging the Lower East Side community through creative strategies co-creating a theatrical pageant and environmental actions to develop and bring together climate resiliency and ecological sustainability plans, policies and solutions within the gardens, neighborhood and waterfront of the Lower East Side of New York City, and its contribution to city and global climate challenges. 

Collaborate with community groups to develop artistic projects of visual art, dance, theatre, music, and poetry — exploring climate resiliency and ecological sustainability plans, policies, and solutions for the Lower East Side of New York City.

Ecological Arts/Puppet & Costume Workshops:
Wednesday’s 6-9pm (Costume Workshop with artist Michele Brody)
Saturday’s 12-4pm (Puppet Workshop with artist Lucrecia Novoa)`
free – sign up to register!
@ Losaida Inc. Center- 710 East 9th St. (Btwn Aves C & D).

Pageant day: Saturday, May 12th (Rain date Sunday, May 13th) 12-6 PM. Volunteers are needed to participate in various roles. Sign up:

Wear a spectacular ecological costume
Carry a puppet
Join as a parade marshal directing puppets and volunteers
Help with security and crowd control
Hand out programs & help with mailing list
Among many other colorful and exciting tasks!
Earth Celebrations
11 Fifth Avenue, Apt 5M, New York City, New York 10003 United States


Sculpture in Thomas Greene Park during GOS 2018

Thomas Greene Park is offering outdoor exhibition space for sculpture during Gowanus Open Studios 2018. The park is bordered by Nevins Street, 3rd Avenue, Douglass Street, and DeGraw Street. The entrance is on 3rd Avenue and the sculptures could be located in the playground area, there are large trees and planted beds in this area. Because of our central location in the Gowanus area – we feel this is an ideal spot for sculptures during GOS 2018.
We would love to discuss the possibility of installing your sculptures in our park with you. 
Please contact Sue Wolf at



Abstraction at Large
International Juried Art Exhibition NYC

April 11, 2018 – May 6, 2018

Abstraction, one of the most radical innovations of art history, stripped away the recognizable, threw it to the winds, and laid bare the purely abstract. This show seeks to bring forward how abstraction shapes contemporary art practice, not simply as a part of art history but as a living visual language.

About the Juror:
Eleanor Heartney is a contributing Editor to Art in America and Artnews and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for such other publications as Artpress, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post and The New York Times. She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992. Her books include: Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads; Postmodernism; Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art; Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order; and Art and Today, a survey of contemporary art of the last 25 years from Phaidon. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art which won the Susan Koppelman Award. Heartney is a past President of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association. In 2008 she was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Call Announcement Date: January 19, 2018
Final Submission Deadline: March 1, 2018
Notification Letter Date: March 7, 2018
Gallery Exhibition Dates: April 12 – May 6, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday April 11, 2018 from 6-9PM

To apply:


DESIGN COMPETITION NOW OPEN for Stanton and Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument
#Monumental Women:  The Design Competition for the Elizabeth Cady Stanton And Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument is now open!  Any professional sculptor/artist over the age of 18 located in the United States can enter. Applicants must have previous work experience in creating figurative and contemporary sculpture.
Take a look at the RFQ/RFP on the sculptors page of our website:

Gowanus Darkroom   160 7th St. Suite #212, Brooklyn  
After school programs    
Art Critiques weekly: go to website
Teen Darkroom Workshops: Taught by: Galina Kurlat 
Ages: 13-18,  Time: Tuesdays 4-7pmSeptember 5th – November 28th

Spoke The Hub Stand Up and Dance
Open House and Free Sample Classes Sat & Sun Sept 9th and 10th
Fall Classes begin Sept. 11th

Trestle Gallery hosts open calls and residency opportunities for artists year round.  Residencies span both Gowanus and Sunset Park locations. Since they haveseveral different calls, be sure to read the open call descriptions.
Visiting Artist Residency  Upcoming cycle: January - June 2018  
Application deadline: Nov 1st, 2017,
$10 Application Fee

Trestle Art Classes  850 3rd Ave, Suite 411, Brooklyn, 11232
Experimental Monoprint         Myra Kooy
Art From Intuition: Using Non-Traditional Printing Techniques With An Etching Press    Thursdays from 11AM - 2PM, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, Nov. 2, 9, 16
A three-part printing class,
Painting Studio with Caitlin Hurd, 5-Session Class, 10AM - 1PM
If you want to have guidance with oil or acrylic paint but have your own project in mind Open Painting Studio is the class for you. This five-session starts on Monday, Sept. 11th.
Intuitive Color with Melissa Staiger       6 Hour Class, 11AM - 5PM  starts Sept 24
Always wanted to know more about color mixing and how to train your gut to trust your intuition? This class is for you! 
Staiger also teaches Abstract Painting on Wednesday nights.

Check out Urban Glass


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