Ugly Art Room is a roving curatorial art project which began in Brooklyn, New York. It seeks unusual and unique spaces to curate art exhibits in order to challenge the "white box" gallery tradition and present work in consideration of its relationship to its environment physically, conceptually and historically. This adds a challenge to the curatorial process where context is brought to the forefront and a story develops between the artwork and the space. Ultimately, a unique and inspiring viewing experience results.
Ugly Art Room is a 3 person team that consists of Jen G. Pywell, Julie Feldman and Martin Esteves.

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UAR has produced over 10 successful art shows since our October 2010 inception during the Greenpoint Open Studios when it produced A Cinderella Story: From a Bomb to a Bombshell at Paulie Gee's, and Boys and Girls: An Undidactic Probing at Brouwerij Lane and Dandelion Wine, respectively.

B is for Bear was presented at a nursery school during Arts in Bushwick's Beta Spaces in November 2010 and was a top pick in L Magazine.

In March 2011, UAR produced one day pop up show called Landing Jam, which took place in the third story skylit landing of a railroad walk-up apartment building in Greenpoint and received great press from the popular NYC art blog Hyperallergic.

Ugly Art Room produced 5 shows during the recent Northside Open Studios, which is part of the L Magazine's Northside Music and Art Festival, June 16-19th, 2011.

Ugly Art Room aims to continue building a growing network of local artists, businesses and community members who enjoy seeing local artwork exhibited in unique spaces. UAR produces exhibits in conjunction with larger community arts events and directly enhances their programming by working with area businesses to host exhibits. This directly fosters a relationship between businesses, artists and the community by giving artists the opportunity to show their work, businesses the opportunity to be supporters of the arts, and the community a greater chance to experience artwork in spaces where they normally may not.

Ugly Art Room, with a strong network of followers, gives local artists an opportunity to show their work outside of their studios as a way to gain more exposure.

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