This article is being re-published with permission from the Boston Voyager. We thank the Boston Voyager Editorial Staff and Edward Clark for the original feature and for supporting local art in Boston.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Moses.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennifer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story is the story of a group of talented artists who had the vision to start a gallery. The Kingston Gallery is a dynamic, contemporary exhibition space located in the heart of the most densely populated gallery district in Boston, SOWA.
Founded in 1982, this artist run cooperative gallery provides its member artists with the freedom to develop and curate their own exhibitions. It was conceived to be a space where the membership actively support and encourage experimentation and development within each member’s ongoing body of work. The membership is comprised of 24 artists working in a variety of media from painting to photography, installation art to the sculpted object.
Beyond solo exhibitions of member artists, we host national juried exhibitions, present group exhibitions by both member and non-member artists, introduce emerging artists, and sponsor other exciting cultural events and projects. The gallery remains committed to presenting a broad range of contemporary styles and media and to providing an alternative and complement to Boston’s museums and commercial galleries.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It is pretty amazing that the Kingston has remained a strong dynamic presence in the Boston Gallery scene since 1982. It is Boston’s second oldest such institution presently in operation. There have been over 60 artists who have cycled through the gallery since its inception and it can be challenging to uphold the mission of fostering experimentation and change (two qualities not usually associated with financial success) while remaining financially solvent. So far we have prevailed and we maintain a good balance but it can be tough in a city where rent continues to skyrocket.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We specialize in presenting diverse ideas and art idioms in our exhibitions. We are proud to be critically acclaimed artist run business.
What were “you” like growing up?
Kingston Gallery is an artist-run cooperative incorporated in 1982, Boston’s second oldest such institution presently in operation. It takes its name from its original location at 129 Kingston Street near Boston’s Chinatown. In 1997, the gallery relocated to the South End (now 450 Harrison Avenue #43), in Boston’s largest gallery district a short walk from the Boston Center for the Arts.