On any given day, Robert Greco, Director and Curator of Gallery U —an artspace located in Montclair, NJ—is evaluating art submissions from around the world. “I have a sense of what kind of art our audience would like,” says Greco. Gallery U is a modest artspace with broad purpose: to cut across boundaries of ability and disability, showcasing original, contemporary artwork at affordable prices. This vision is alive on a multitude of levels.
Gallery U and its sister venue, the U Consignment Boutique, have been created by Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurological impairments. The Institute takes a unique approach to recovery, synthesizing vocational training with the arts.
All aspects of the gallery, from the daily upkeep, to maintaining media content, to interacting with artists, are coordinated by members of Universal Institute, also survivors of traumatic brain injury. Gallery U presents artwork by people with disabilities as well as emerging artists in a variety of media including paintings, photography, and mixed media pieces. Price ranges vary from $100-500. “We’re about accessibility,” explains Greco, and what results is a distinctive arts community constantly evolving in their mission. If
you are interested in visiting, Gallery U is located at 179 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043. Phone: 973-707-7159.
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