Art Galleries at NYU: A Network of Creativity

Great art is only steps away thanks to NYU’s gallery network

Creativity and expression are two irreplaceable cornerstones of NYU. And both can be experienced in all their glory at the myriad art and exhibition galleries across the University’s campuses. From small, intimate spaces to larger museums, art galleries at NYU give you the opportunity to take in great art on and around campus. Members of the University community operate these galleries, so you will have many chances to engage with NYU artists.

Galleries at NYU in New York City

A collage of images from NYU gallery spaces in New York (clockwise): 1) Student work being presented on a wall, a student stands nearby with their back turned to the camera. 2) A student looking at work hanging on a wall. 3) Three students observing art work with their backs turned from the camera.

More than 15 gallery and exhibition spaces dot the areas in and around NYU’s campus in New York City, including:

  • The Kimmel Windows are part of the Kimmel Galleries at the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life. The Kimmel Windows is an outdoor gallery stretching along LaGuardia Place and West Third Street. Each window displays works of public art that aim to engage the University’s diverse community and promote thoughtful discourse.
  • The Gallatin Galleries are located throughout the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. These galleries exhibit work by NYU students, faculty, and alumni and are home to the annual Gallatin Arts Festival.
  • The Grey Art Gallery. NYU’s fine arts museum that exhibits the full range of visual art: painting, sculpture, photography, film, performance, and more. In addition to showcasing objects of human culture, the Grey Art Gallery is also a laboratory that allows for a broader view of objects’ environments and a better understanding of their contributions to civilization.
  • The A/P/A Institute Gallery, operated by NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute. This space exhibits work by emerging and established artists of Asian and Pacific descent. It gives the NYU community a chance to engage in cross-cultural dialogue and gain a deeper understanding of cultural expression among A/P/A communities.

Discover even more galleries that call NYU’s campus in New York City home.

Exhibition Spaces at Abu Dhabi

A collage of images from NYU galleries in Abu Dhabi (clockwise): 1) Two student workers showing off a gallery exhibit, they are standing in a room that is filled with pink sand. 2) A hand holding pink sand. 3) A student looking at an art installation. 4) A student with their back turned to the camera looking at artwork on the wall.

In addition to outdoor spaces that exhibit sculptural and installation art, the NYU Abu Dhabi campus is home to the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and its auxiliary venue, the Project Space.

The Art Gallery, which exhibits work by established international artists, scholars, and curators, is the Arabian Gulf’s only university gallery with a program dedicated to scholarly and experimental exhibitions. It offers free programming to the public, produces its own scholarly publications, and opens its intimate spaces to artistic opportunity as well as regional and international dialogue.

The Project Space serves as NYU Abu Dhabi’s exhibition laboratory. From its location inside The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, the Project Space showcases the experimental projects of emerging artists and curators from within the University community and the Middle East region.

A Dedicated Institute at NYU Shanghai

A collage of Images from NYU Shanghai's gallery space (clockwise): 1) The entrance to the ICA gallery, people are seated inside listening to a presentation. 2) A installation set up in the gallery, it is seen through the window of the gallery space at night. 3) Student seated on cushions on the ground of the gallery space, listening intently to a speaker.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) at NYU Shanghai is one part kunsthalle (a German term that roughly translates to “art gallery” in English) and one part research center. Located on the ground floor of NYU Shanghai’s academic building, the ICA provides the University community with a dedicated space for developing, presenting, and exchanging ideas through contemporary art.

The ICA at NYU Shanghai’s programming focuses on transdisciplinary, research-oriented art, showcasing work by artists who live and work in the present day and who strive to innovative new modes of exploring the past and imagining the future.

NYU Shanghai’s academic building is also home to Gallery 1250. This inclusive and active student gallery provides the University community with space to explore new avenues of artistic interaction.