WELCOME TO BWAC. We Are Artists Supporting Artists. Join Us.

Our Mission: Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that provides opportunities for artists and viewers to share and be transformed by the experience of art.

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, BWAC, is a 501c3 non-profit organization, founded in 1978 by artists looking for a place to exhibit. BWAC currently is comprised of more than 100 artist-members who volunteer and run BWAC in various management, board and staff functions.

Our gallery is open from Spring though December, and visitors can see, buy and experience a wide range of member art exhibits, juried shows, performances, and workshops. Additionally, BWAC artist-members are represented on Artsy. The BWAC Gallery is housed on Van Brunt Street in a magnificent 25,000-square-foot gallery space, a brick Civil War-era warehouse, on the Red Hook waterfront.

The Red Hook waterfront vista, spanning New York Harbor from the Statue of Liberty to the Verrazzano Bridge, is one of the best in the city. Gallery visitors can enjoy nearby restaurants, bars, shopping and the waterfront promenade—a wonderful day out in Brooklyn.


The Opening Reception for the BWAC Summer Exhibitions is Saturday,
June 18 from 1 to 6 pm:

Wide Open 12: a national juried exhibition
They/He/She: LGBTQ+ fundraising exhibition coinciding with Pride Month
Portals, BWAC member exhibition
Dreams Beyond Reason: a solo exhibition by Emily Legleitner
ª Good Neighbors Park Slope: an exhibition by members of our aging community_______________

ARTISTS: BWAC is looking for new members. Looking for a great place to exhibit your work? Find out what BWAC can do for you. Membership Benefits


Call for Entry: More Art of Coney Island

We are excited to announce our national juried art show, More Art of Coney Island will be opening on July 30, 2022. BWAC welcomes back Alicia Degener, Co-President of BWAC as curator. With her guidance and selections, we look forward to a spectacular show.
Coney Island, The Nickel Empire, Sodom by the Sea, and The Poor Man’s Riviera, boast both a community and amusement zone accessible for the price of a subway ride. The iconic location is the muse to poets, writers, filmmakers, and visual artists.
BWAC is seeking artworks that use Coney Island as a muse, individually or collectively. Be part of an exhibition encompassing it all.

Submission Deadline: July 17, 2022, at midnight. Gallery Exhibition Dates: Saturday, July 30 – Sunday, August 21, 2022, open weekends 1-6 P.M.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 30 from 1-6 P.M.

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This pride month, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) presents our first exhibition dedicated to queer and trans artists from across the country.

Exhibition Dates: June 18, 2022 – July 17, 2022

Wide Open

NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION in NYC, June 18 – July 17, 2022

As the world opens up, does your work reflect an altered reality?
Are you experimenting with new materials out of necessity or curiosity?
This juried show looks to explore the idea of being “wide open” to what excites and engages you now.
Gallery Exhibition Dates: Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, July 17, 2022
open weekends 1-6 P.M.