The main gallery at Collar Works exhibits provocative and spirited art works from emerging and underrepresented artists. Current and upcoming exhibitions are listed.

January 25 – March 16, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25 from 5–8pm

New York as an idea often conjures images of bustling city life and unparalleled opportunity. Yet, upon closer examination, New York state faces a variety of issues: highest total percentage tax burden, the highest total income inequality, political divide and rapid outbound population migration to other states. Despite the complexities facing New York, it remains a cultural epicenter of the country. The state has the second largest arts economy, the highest budget for the arts, the greatest percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees, and it features many of the country’s top MFA programs.

Ever Upward features the work of eight 2018 graduates of MFA programs from New York State. The artists selected to participate in Ever Upward have broad and varied backgrounds, but they have all spent their last few years living and working in the state, responding to their geographic and cultural surroundings while finishing their degrees.

Their work crosses diverse media and stems from complex motivations. Soft forms meet hard edges; playfulness pushes back against the macabre; glowing light promotes introspection; and graphic lines force political reckoning. The works of these artists serve as a pulse check, revealing the health and vibrancy of a generation of artists living and working today, and attempting to push the boundaries of their chosen mediums.

Ever Upward featured artists are Emily Furr, Aysha Hamouda, T. Eliott Mansa, Vanessa Mastronardi, Martian (Komikka Patton), Ann Moody, Gaku Tsutaja and Barrett White.

Curated by Sean Fuller and Monica Bill Hughes

Upcoming Exhibitions


March 29 – April 27, 2019

Guest Curators: Kathleen Vance and Daniel Aycock, Directors, Front Room Gallery NYC

Front Room Gallery, located in the Lower East Side NYC, is a contemporary gallery that focuses its strength in photography, with a balance of painting and installation.

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