|A.I.R. (Artist's in Residence, Inc.) was the first women's cooperative gallery in the country, founded in 1972 as a response to the resistance of the art world to art made by women. It is a non-profit organization supported and run by its membership: twenty NYC artist-mambers and fifteen affiliate members from around the country. A.I.R. is an alternative to commercial galleries.
A.I.R.'s mission is to advance the status of women artists by exhibiting work of the highest quality and by providing leadership and a sense of community to women. This mission is fulfilled through exhibitions of work by members and in non-member invitational, curated and juried shows.
A.I.R. also functions as a service organization by presenting cultural events. Programming includes lectures, critiques, group discussions, literary readings and musical and theatrical performances. A.I.R.'s internship program offers students insight into the operation of a non-profit gallery and the opportunity to interact with the artist-members. A.I.R. is also a resource to students of contemporary art and women's studies, as its archives document many of the influential exhibitions, meetings, events and women artists, of recent history.
For more information, contact: Dena Muller, director.