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The Best Contemporary Art Galleries In Long Island

The Best Contemporary Art Galleries In Long Island

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Updated: 21 November 2016
Long Island is famed as a cultural hot-spot in the United States’ north east and, as the most populous island in the United States, the area is home to numerous art galleries. Catering to every art enthusiast, both quirky and traditional art spaces hold various events to help people get closer to the work on show. Here are our top ten places to see art in Long Island.

The Anthony Giordano Gallery

The Anthony Giordano Gallery exhibits work from both established and emerging artists. Situated on the grounds of Dowling College, the gallery is surrounded by beautiful historic buildings. The gallery is open to students and the public alike and is directed with the aim of enriching the local community in Oakdale. The gallery regularly showcases the work of students who study at the college, from a selection of courses including Fine Art studies. Exhibitions run during the day with special showings also available in the evening. This is a great place to take in some emerging talent set in a historical backdrop.

The Anthony Giordano Gallery, 96 Biltmore Avenue, Oakdale, NY, US, +1 631 244 3016

Main Street Petite Gallery

One of several galleries managed by the Huntington Arts Council, the Petite Gallery on Main Street offers free entry to guests, although there is a suggested donation. There are a number of exhibitions planned for the 2014 but visitors should check with the gallery team to find out which are open to the public or to members.

Main Street Petite Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington, NY, US, +1 631 271 8423

Steinburg Museum of Art

Located in the Hillwood Commons, the Steinberg Museum of Art is a fundamental part of Long Island University. The museum is deliberately set up to further the cultural mission of the university and encourages local people to come and explore a world of visual art. The museum is the permanent caretaker of a collection of art that it has been expanding since the 1970s. Gathered through a large number of gifts and donations, 650 works have passed through the museum over the last three decades. The next guest exhibition, running from June-July 2014, will feature work revolving around trees.

Steinberg Museum of Art, 720 Northern Boulevard, Long Island University, NY, US, +1 516 299 2900

BJ Spoke Gallery

BJ Spoke Gallery is a member-owned and run co-operative art gallery that focuses on the work of Long Island’s best artists. With a number of competitions and exhibitions throughout the year, art is available to be purchased through the gallery shop. The gallery first opened in 1976 at a Port Washington site; after a few years of moving, the gallery eventually settled in Huntington, where it has remained since the 1990s. It is important to know that the gallery is not solely dedicated to visual art; there are also regular poetry presentations, and art-based seminars often feature on the gallery’s calendar.

BJ Spoke Gallery, 299 Main St, Huntington, NY, US, +1 631 549 5106


Central Galleries

Central Galleries is unlike many of the other galleries featured in this list, in that many of the works of art are available for purchase. The gallery specialises in fine art and is one of Long Island’s preeminent art centres. The gallery has been running for well over 30 years, and the team there have worked hard to nurture special and enduring relationships with the artists that they feature. The gallery occasionally runs events from its new, modern base and encourages purveyors of fine art to come and experience the work on show. This gallery is really one for the art experts among us.

Central Galleries, 116 Spruce St, Cedarhurst, NY, US, +1 516 569 5686


FotoFoto Gallery

FotoFoto Gallery was established by three Long Island photographers in 2003. The gallery aims to promote both experimental and traditional photography techniques and styles. Work showcased at the gallery includes submissions from Patricia Beary, a local Long Island school teacher, and Barry Feuerstein, a professional photo artist. The gallery also exhibits the work of students in a number of photo shows that take place throughout the year. The cost of these events is free and the photos are subject to judging from a selection of photography experts, with prizes for the best entrants.

FotoFoto Gallery, 14 W Carver St, Huntington, NY, US, +1 631 549 0448

Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery

Open to the public and free of charge, the Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery is part of the Nassau Community College (of the State University of New York). As such, the gallery follows an academic calendar and is closed during the holiday seasons. Emmett Wigglesworth, a celebrated muralist, poet and painter, has previously been an artist-in-residence at the gallery. Wigglesworth, who has dominated the New York art scene, makes use of vibrant and saturated colour to explore and discuss issues of racism. The gallery also runs a competition each year for both its students and the public to take part in.

Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery, 1 Education Dr, Garden City, NY, US, +1 516 572 0619


Gallery North

Showcasing a wide variety of different arts and crafts, Gallery North is a non-profit art centre that was established in 1965. The gallery’s focus is on modern, contemporary art across a selection of different media. This includes painting, drawing, print-making and sculpting, to name but a few artistic methods on show. As well as exhibiting works, the gallery also allows visitors to study art; it runs a variety of classes for people to try their hand at new skills and techniques. Previous exhibitions have included The Poetry of Art and Eating, a collection that focused on the way that people think, speak and express themselves on the subject of food.

Gallery North, 90 N Country Rd, Setauket- East Setauket, NY, US, +1 631 751 2676


Heckscher Museum of Art

Located amidst an array of charming shops and award-winning restaurants in Heckscher Park in Huntington, New York, the Heckscher Museum of Art provides a dynamic schedule of changing exhibitions showcasing American art alongside public programs for adults, families, and children, including First Friday concert series, gallery talks, and workshops. Admission to the museum is free for active military personnel, veterans, and their families.

Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave, Huntington, NY, US, +1 631 351 3250