Uptown Art Gallery


Uptown Gallery, one of Richmond, Virginia's first artist co-op galleries, was created to showcase the local vibrant arts community. The doors to the Gallery opened in September 1992, with the purpose of providing local artists a place to exhibit and grow in their capacity as artists, while giving them the opportunity to learn from others and immerse themselves in a community of artists. For a location, the founding artists turned to Ed Eck, a local real estate developer, and the gallery took up residence in the now well-known "Uptown" neighborhood bordering VCU's Monroe Campus.  Set off by its high ceiling, grand staircase and beautiful etched glass windows, the gallery's nineteenth-century French salon-style of display is unique to Richmond, and has multiple display spaces.

As an artist's co-op, Uptown Gallery allows each visitor to experience the artwork and the artists who created it at the same time. The gallery is run entirely by the artists, each of whose work went through a review process prior to acceptance into the gallery. Since Uptown Gallery opened on Main Street, other galleries have come to the area, creating the Main Art Corridor. On the first Friday of each month, Main Street becomes a well-trafficked strip populated by artisans and art lovers. At Uptown Gallery, visitors enjoy new exhibits monthly, featured artists, guest artists and lively discussions. Art lovers can enjoy the work at their leisure while experiencing a large variety of styles, mediums, and techniques.


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