10/22/18 10:01am

Photoville returned for its seventh year, transforming the plaza beneath the Brooklyn Bridge into a myriad of temporary photo exhibitions stringed alongside the Brooklyn Promenade in DUMBO.

1. More than just photographs.

The free nine-day festival, by way of United Photo Industries, is known for its repurposed shipping containers that house the temporary photo exhibitions in a makeshift photo village. The year-round effort compiles the work of artists from all over, and curates this effort into thought-provoking exhibitions featured in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Photoville takes place under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Outdoor screenings, hands-on workshops, discussion panels, an education day for New York City students, and a Smorgasburg-sponsored beer garden were also thrown into the nine day mix. Featured programming included sessions hosted by the New York Times, New York Magazine, National Geographic, Getty Images, and PBS POV.

2. It may be free, but it should cost more.

Photoville is free for the public to attend, but the work invested into Photoville’s fruition arrives with a cost: this year’s price tag clocked in at $650,000.

And that’s actually not that much for what’s being offered, according to Laura Roumanos, executive producer at United Photo Industries and co-founder of Photoville.

“We had no money, no resources for Photoville,” Roumanos tells Brokelyn. “However, when someone offers you 80,000 square feet of space, you say yes and you figure it out.”

It’s a year-round effort to curate all of Photoville’s exhibits.

The grit of Roumanos and the rest of the United Photo Industries team is what feeds Photoville’s vitality — along with its 150+ sponsors and the donations that it receives. Each year, the photography festival witnesses generous growth. Around 40,000 visitors frequented the 40 exhibitions of Photoville in 2012. Photoville is dwarfing its own numbers six years later, with a record attendance of 90,000+ visitors that were ushered in to gaze upon over 80 exhibitions.

“We’re the definition of the hustle,” Roumanos commented.

3. You can see the exhibits across the country.

Though the show is grounded in Brooklyn, the festival has extended out into other locations including Boston, Atlanta, Durham, Denver, Santa Fe, Houston, Sacramento, and even into the Canadian terrain of Calgary.

4.“Photoville’s for everyone, and I mean everyone.”

In an ongoing effort to increase diversity, many of the exhibits from this year featured female subjects, female photographers, and people of color. Photographs highlighting the hardships of immigration and gentrification were also central in the seventh iteration of Photoville.

Photoville is “for everyone, and I mean everyone,” Roumanos said, who plans to continue her work in providing a platform for unheard voices. Down the road, she says that Photoville could see an influx of interactive exhibitions, an increase in family-oriented showcases, and further involvement with youth organizations.


by Melissa Angell

02/02/18 1:55pm

The crowd was captivated by the stunning visuals at the Made in NY Media Center

Last Night, Dumbo turned out for the first after-hours art crawl of the new year. Participating galleries stayed open til 8pm offering a visual feast as well as a little light fare. Artists and makers were on hand to discuss their work, and welcome viewers into their studio spaces. We got in on the fun and snapped a few pics of the exciting work on view. Check out photos below!  (more…)

02/01/18 3:01pm
First Thursday via Art in Dumbo

First Thursday via Art in Dumbo

It’s that time of the month again, DUMBO! Get psyched for tonight’s First Thursday Gallery Walk. On the first Thursday of every month, Dumbo’s galleries stay open late for openings, artists’ talks and live performances. We’ve got the rundown of highlights and participating spaces.  (more…)

10/05/17 4:19pm

(via Art in Dumbo)

Tonight, over 15 local galleries will stay open late tonight, hosting special events and receptions for October’s First Thursday Gallery Walk! It’s the perfect night to stroll around DUMBO and browse art. Plus neighborhood restaurants and bars have specials for art lovers and appreciators!

RSVP for more info but not before checking out a preview of what is showing.

Four Weeks and Forty-Five Years (via A.I.R. Gallery)

A.I.R. GALLERY (155 Plymouth Street) is showing Joan Snitzer: Chromophore , Four Weeks and Forty-Five Years , and On the Other Side: Collaborative works by Patty Smith and Claire Fouquet (more…)

01/17/17 3:00pm

If you’re in search of an evening to take in some cool art displays, check out the Dumbo First Thursday Gallery Walk.

Dumbo’s art galleries are open to the public later than usual on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. The galleries have special events and receptions for participants on the walk, and area restaurants and bars offer deals and discounts.

The event allows Dumbo to show off its arts community, an important part of Dumbo for decades. Artists began to move in after the deindustrialization of the area in the 1970s, and even after the neighborhood’s transformation in the past decade or so, many still continue to work or live in the area.


01/18/16 2:26pm


Dumbo Artists Workspaces

Clockwise from upper left: Details of works by grant winners Chitra Ganesh, Jeanine Oleson, Marc Dennis, Gabriele Evertz, Peter Drake, and Blane De St. Croix.

Dumbo has come a long way from its 1970s days, when its industrial lofts attracted artists looking for more space and cheaper rents. Now the neighborhood is a hub for tech and design firms, and its luxe apartments with their views of the New York skyline command rents that make much of Manhattan look inexpensive by comparison.

Rising rents have a tendency to send artists scurrying, and Two Trees Management, the real estate firm that helped make the neighborhood what it is today, knows that better than anyone. Two Trees was there at the beginning, and with their Cultural Space Subsidy Program, they are determined to make sure art still has a home in Dumbo.

According to an article in the Observer, Two Trees has selected nine artists to receive subsidy grants for below-market workspaces in Dumbo, as well as the pioneering New York nonprofit arts organization Art in General.   (more…)