The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC, pronounced bee-wack) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation presenting and supporting the work of its artist/members in a magnificent warehouse gallery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Organized in 1978 by 16 artists looking for a place to exhibit, BWAC has grown to become Brooklyn’s largest artist-run organization. A cooperative-style group, our artist/members are the management, leadership, board, and staff.
We have two, synergistic missions: to assist emerging artists in advancing their artistic careers and to present the art of today in an easily accessible and affordable atmosphere. For more than 44 years, BWAC has been exhibiting the artwork of local Brooklyn artists. Our mega-exhibits, which include juried and member shows, present a wide variety of contemporary visual arts, from the traditional to the experimental cutting edge.
BWAC’s 25,000-square-foot gallery is in a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront. Our panoramic view of New York Harbor, sweeping from the Statue of Liberty to the Verrazzano Bridge, is one of the best in the city. Our 10,000 annual visitors also enjoy the many nearby restaurants and bars, as well as IKEA and Food Bazaar Market. With every medium and style of artwork represented, as well as the free BWAC Red Hook Waterfront Performance Series, our shows are as spectacular as the setting.