Monya Rowe opened her first 200 square-foot space on the south side of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2003. Roberta Smith of The New York Times called it "possibly the smallest white cube in the New York art world". Looking to accommodate her expanding business, she moved to a larger space in Chelsea after just 8 months in Brooklyn. In 2013, the gallery moved to the Lower East Side. The gallery has had the pleasure to exhibit many up-and-coming artists, often giving them their first New York exhibition. The list includes Larissa Bates, Natasha Bowdoin, Angela Dufresne, Josephine Halvorson, Vera Iliatova, Jake Longstreth, Jacolby Satterwhite, Devin Troy Strother and Ann Toebbe, among many others. Guest curators have included Nayland Blake, Jose Lerma, Amy Sillman and the filmmaker Paul Schrader.
Over the years, a large, loyal community of supporters — artists, art-lovers, collectors and colleagues — has followed the gallery. After 12 years of operating in New York City, Monya Rowe Gallery will be relocating to Saint Augustine, Florida on July 1, 2015.
In the new location, the gallery will continue to exhibit the work of longstanding gallery artists, Larissa Bates, Natasha Bowdoin, Angela Dufresne, Vera Iliatova, Jake Longstreth and Ann Toebbe, while expanding the program.
Monya Rowe Gallery focuses on exhibiting emerging artists working in all mediums, and aims to build and foster the careers of a small group of artists who are making significant and unique contributions to contemporary art.