He began by mounting guerilla exhibitions in donated spaces whenever and wherever possible, starting a slide registry in a filing cabinet in his Washington Heights apartment. As the registry grew, NURTUREart presented exhibitions in donated spaces as diverse as the United Nations, empty Lower East Side storefronts, Columbia University, and the corporate lobbies of Citibank and Pfizer. In 2002, the organization marked the launch of its Emerging Curators Program to nurture curators as well as artists. The following year, NURTUREart opened a gallery space of its own on Keap Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, creating the galvanizing opportunity for a full season of collaborative exhibitions between emerging curators and Registry Artists; and Board member Eliot Lable started an exciting education program creating teaching and learning opportunities for Registry Artists and neighborhood school children.
In 2006, after George Robinson’s retirement, long-time volunteer and trustee Karen Marston took the helm of the organization as President of the Board. NURTUREart moved to successive bigger and better new homes, first for a five year stint on Grand Street in East Williamsburg from 2006-2011, and then onto 56 Bogart Street in the heart of the new Bushwick art scene. In 2007 Benjamin Evans joined the staff as Gallery Director and ushered in an exciting, continuing growth period. After his move to Paris in 2011 the staff expanded further and currently includes Executive Director & Curator Marco Antonini, Development Director Eliza Stamps, Education Director Molly O’Brien and Gallery Manager Ivan Gilbert. With the collaboration of an energetic staff and board and many dedicated volunteers, all of its programs have flourished over the course of its short history, and NURTUREart has grown into the dynamic organization it is today, playing a vital role in the cutting-edge emerging art community.
Photo: Founder, George Robinson, at the first NURTUREart Gallery