Fowler Arts Collective is a studio and gallery collective located in the Greenpoint Terminal warehouse complex located on the East River waterfront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Established by Lia Post (aka Cecelia) in the summer of 2010, Fowler houses 24 talented artists working in 18 studios. Fowler has a 900 square foot gallery/project space that is the site for original exhibitions, artist projects, readings, classes, and more. We are located on the second floor of the Greenpoint Terminal building at 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11222.
The gallery program at Fowler concentrates on exhibiting collaborative, self-directed shows between artists. Artists initially propose an exhibition for the project space, and once the proposal has been accepted, Fowler's director does not impose any outside curation. The gallery space at at Fowler represents an equal collaboration between artists and the uniquely raw gallery space itself. In order to benefit as many artists as possible, our gallery program is focused primarily on exhibiting emerging artists who do not have studios in our space. We are accepting proposals for our 2013 gallery programming. Contact us here to learn more about proposing an exhibition.
Fowler offers affordable working space to artists who are open to a collaborative environment. All of the studios are semi-private, meaning that they do not have doors and most walls are built to stop two feet below the 9-foot tall ceilings. Semi-private spaces encourage a communal, collaborative atmosphere between artists. Facilities in the space are shared by all artists with studios and they include a hang out area, a small woodshop, and the gallery. Artists who have studios at Fowler are able to participate in annual Open Studios events and in group exhibitions in the gallery. Learn more about renting a studio at Fowler here.
Over the past two years, this once empty and unrenovated building has been filled to capacity with artist studios and workshops. A wonderful community has taken root in North Brooklyn. Originally, the Greenpoint Terminal complex was home to the American Manufacturing Company, once the largest manufacturer of rope in the United States. The buildings, many dating back to 1890, remain as testaments to New York City's industrial ship building past. More recently, 67 West was used as storage for coffee, cocoa, diamonds, and gold. Coffee beans can still be found in many nooks and crannies (unfortunately no diamonds or gold have been found, but we keep looking.)
The name Fowler comes from an ancestor of Lia's, Moses Fowler, who established a small farm town in Indiana after moving away from his family in Ohio and Virginia. His pioneering spirit has long been a family inspiration, and Lia wanted to honor his memory by naming her artist collective after him. Thank you, Moses Fowler!
See an album of images of the studios and work spaces at Fowler: click here
See an album of images of the Fowler spaces being built in the summer of 2010: click here