Galleries in Downtown Brooklyn’s College Town
May 11, 2016
Art aficionados know there is plenty of art to be found in Brooklyn these days, but we’re going to let you in on a little-known secret: one of the perks of living in Downtown Brooklyn is the number of galleries tucked inside our college town walls. We have eleven colleges and universities in Downtown Brooklyn, and here’s a look at four great galleries you need to know about for your next cultural excursion:
Callahan Center, St. Francis College
Up until 1992, the Lee & Peter Callahan Center, commonly known as the Callahan Center, was a study lounge. Today it houses the school’s art gallery, which is open and free to the public year-round. This includes the artists themselves, both local and regional, who use the space to showcase their latest pieces and multimedia presentations. While it’s a relatively modest area - St. Francis’ motto is “small college, big dreams” - Callahan Center is ideal for budding artists and patrons interested in seeing the next Van Gogh or Lee Krasner.
180 Remsen Street
Berkeley College, Brooklyn Gallery
If you crave art with an attitude, or prefer the simplistic conversational piece through a multitude of mediums like prints, pastels and photographs, then the Brooklyn Gallery in Berkeley College is worth a visit. With exhibits that could rival, on a smaller scale, MOMA or the Brooklyn Museum, first-time visitors are often surprised at the versatility of the gallery. The space’s vibe is a true reflection of the school’s diverse student population and surrounding community.
255 Duffield Street
Pratt Sculpture Park, Pratt Institute
Richard Serra, Donald Lipski and Mark di Suvero have left their footprint, or rather their sculptures around Pratt Sculpture Park at one point of their careers. Breaking from the conventional four-wall gallery space, curator Professor David Weinrib has taken the museum spotlight art form out into everyday life. The legendary Pratt Institute’s outdoor space does not have a permanent collection, which has allowed this exhibition to become a living and breathing scavenger hunt inspired by art, architecture and design.
200 Willoughby Ave
Art Galleries, LIU Brooklyn
LIU Brooklyn’s art galleries — the Humanities Gallery, Salena Gallery, Resnick Gallery and the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition — are relatively unknown outside of campus. Under the guidance of Director Nancy Grove, the galleries and the annual outdoor sculpture exhibition all have their own feel and themes, ensuring that there is something for everyone to take in. So the next time you visit LIU Brooklyn’s campus, we urge you to check out at least one of the best-kept Downtown secrets.
1 University Plaza