George Robinson founded NURTUREart Non-Profit in 1997 to realize his vision of an organization dedicated to helping emerging artists. In the beginning, NURTUREart mounted guerilla exhibitions in donated spaces, working from a slide registry in a Washington Heights apartment. Today, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, NURTUREart has grown into an organization nurturing new contemporary art by providing exhibition opportunities and resources for both emerging artists and curators.
In 2003 NURTUREart moved into its first gallery, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to inaugurate its Emerging Curators Program. A full season of group exhibitions gives exposure to the artists in NURTUREart's registry and offers emerging curators the resources to hone their practice, resulting in vital sites for creative exchange.
NURTUREart’s continually expanding Artists’ Registry of over 1000 diverse portfolios provides the raw material for all of its exhibitions. Every year NURTUREart issues its open call for proposals for group exhibitions, a minimum of 50 percent of which must currently belong to the NURTUREart Artists’ Registry.
In addition to its gallery, NURTUREart has also presented exhibitions by emerging curators in public spaces around New York City including the United Nations, Columbia University, Citigroup Center, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Pfizer, Inc. and neighboring Williamsburg galleries.
The commitment to building community also includes a number of enrichment, dialogue and educational programs. NURTUREart’s monthly art salon, Muse Fuse, features a variety of notable guest speakers including artists, critics, curators, gallerists and other art world professionals talking about their work. Artists and curators alike enjoy the opportunity to meet the guests and one another for discussion and networking in a friendly, informal setting. NURTUREart also offers a rotating selection of panel discussions, gallery talks, studio tours, performances, readings and workshops.
The NURTUREart Education Outreach program is a successful new blueprint for fostering the next generation. Working with the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School, a neighboring public school, students in grade 9 are brought into contact with a variety of working artists and curators on field trips to studios, galleries and locales such as a recent visit to a glass blowing studio, where they witness artistic practice up close and participate in creative projects.