Upstream is a cooperative gallery with a defined and limited artist membership. New applicants' work will be reviewed by the existing membership and acceptance is by majority vote of the group. A vote to accept a new member is valid for one year, after which, if the artist in question has not joined, a new application will be required.
Membership includes a one person show in one of the two gallery spaces; rotating between the large and small rooms, usually every 18 to 24 months. In addition all members should participate in 2-3 group exhibitions every year. Work sold is subject to a modest 20% commission to the gallery.
Each member is responsible for curating and hanging their own show, and shall obtain any required assistance on their own.
The gallery provides public relations and promotion for all group shows, and a monthly newsletter helps promote each of the solo exhibitions as well. Beyond that, the costs and promotion of all solo shows are the responsibility of the exhibiting artists. The gallery membership can provide guidance and information to exhibiting artists as requested.
Each member will assume a portion of the shared responsibility toward maintaining the business of the gallery. This includes, but is not limited to,
attendance and participation in the monthly meetings of the full membership, attending to the gallery during opening hours a minimum of 10 times a year and undertaking additional aspects of the administrative and curatorial duties of the gallery.
Membership meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, at 5:30 pm, at the gallery. If that date is a holiday, an adjusted date will be announced in advance. There are no meetings during July or August.
The gallery has liability insurance, but is not responsible for loss to artwork due to accident, vandalism, fire theft, etc…
All members are responsible for their own opening receptions, including providing refreshments, cleaning up and vacuuming afterwards. Following shows, each member is also responsible for removing their work in a timely manner, as well as patching and touching up the walls.
Members are free to join any other art group, gallery or exhibition in which they wish to participate.
If accepted as a member of the cooperative, annual dues are $1,200 per year, payable in two installments. There is an initiation fee of $100 for all new members.
To apply for membership:
Use the email form on this page to enter your own website address and other pertinent information.
Applications will be reviewed at our monthly meeting. Once you have submitted an application, you may also drop off a portfolio of work, a thumb drive or a CD, at the gallery prior to our meeting, which usually takes place on the second Thursday of the month @ 5:30 pm.
Open Thursday through Sunday, 12:30 - 5:30 pm. (914) 674-8548 Copyright 2015, Upstream Gallery and respective artists, all rights reserved