About

Zephyr Gallery is a multidisciplinary exhibition space located in the East Market Street Business District of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The mission of Zephyr Gallery is to serve as a platform to incubate, advocate, and facilitate innovative ideas in art and artistic practices in the region. In 2014, Zephyr launched an ongoing Project series with curated proposal-based exhibitions as well as collaborations with universities, colleges, and cultural institutions.

Hours: Thu – Sat: 11:00 am -6:00 pm and by appointment
Open from 6-9 pm during Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hops

 

History

In 1987, before downtown Louisville re-emerged as an active business district, a small group of artists saw an entrepreneurial opportunity for a new kind of gallery and moved into an empty building on West Main Street in the middle of what was to become a re-vitalized commercial corridor of the city.

Zephyr Gallery began as an ever-changing artist-run cooperative intent on building both infrastructure and enthusiasm for local art through innovative exhibitions with the primary vision of providing individual artists control over the presentation of their work.

One can map the expansion of Louisville’s downtown with Zephyr Gallery’s relocation trail.   Zephyr became a catalyst for new retail enterprises moving into adjacent buildings forcing the gallery to move five times in response to rising rents.  In 1997 Zephyr relocated for the final time and purchased the building at 610 East Market Street where it currently operates.

The Louisville art scene has grown and changed dramatically since it was established.  Today Louisville boasts a thriving community of artists, curators, and collectors as well as galleries, museums and other non-profit organizations featuring work by artists from all over the globe.  Works by Louisville-based artists, in turn, have been exhibited in other cities often the result of efforts and talents being nurtured at Zephyr Gallery.

After 26 years as the second longest running artist cooperative in the country, Zephyr Gallery has a new mission and purpose.  It now serves as a platform to incubate, advocate, and facilitate innovative ideas in art and artistic practices in the region.

 

Corporate Art Program

Zephyr Gallery loans and installs Kentucky regional art for individual businesses through its Corporate Art Program, which has been active since 1997. This innovative program enables businesses to select original art for their office spaces while investing in the visual arts of the city by supporting the artists that live and work in the region. Interested businesses can contact chris@zephyrgallery.org for more information.

 Call for Artists

Zephyr Gallery is accepting new artists for the Corporate Art Program. Eligible applicants must reside in the state of Kentucky or within a 150 range of Louisville in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. To apply, please email chris@zephyrgallery.org a resume, a work statement with 350 words max, and 5-10 digital images with checklist (including title, date, materials, dimensions, and gallery price taking into account a 50/50 commission). Jpegs should be no larger than 1024 x 768. All accepted works are covered by insurance during the course of the loan.

Requirements:

  • 2D work in any medium and sculptural wall pieces are accepted.
  • Work must be ready to install.
  • Scale can range from 6”x6” to 6’x7’.
  • Artist is responsible for delivery/pick-up to/from Zephyr.
  • Works must be suitable for a corporate business setting, specifically refraining from political, nude, and religious imagery.
  • Works must be available for loan for up to two years.
  • Undergraduate work not accepted.