The majority of women artists in the late 1960's had few places to exhibit their art. In response to this problem, a group of women artists founded A.I.R. (Artists in Residence) in 1972. It was the first cooperative for women artists in the United States. The goal of the gallery has been to provide a professional and permanent exhibition space for women artists to show work of quality and diversity. The gallery's exhibiting artists are a core group of 22 New York based artists and 20 artists from around the United States. A.I.R. is an artist directed and maintained gallery that has provided a sense of community for women and served as a model for other alternative galleries and organizations. Through lectures, symposia and a Fellowship Program for emerging women artists, A.I.R. serves to maintain a political awareness and voice and to bring a new understanding to old attitudes about women in the arts.
A.I.R. Gallery is a non-profit Organization.
The A.I.R Gallery Fellowship Program is made possible through generous support from the Bernheim Foundation, The Damman Fund, The Department of Cultural Affairs, The Gifford Foundation, The Jane Timken Foundation, Louise McCagg, The New York Women's Agenda, Barbara Roux, LMCC Fund for Creative Communities, Bloomberg, The Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, The Department of Cultural Affairs, Materials for the Arts, and the A.I.R Gallery Artists.