Our History

It was the mid 90s in New York City. A group of friends were starting out after college – a mix of young artists and newly minted professionals. The artists needed a way to show their work, and the corporate kids wanted to buy art. They all loved a great party, and so they had one in a Lower East Side loft. Friends invited friends. Word spread. A capacity crowd of 500 people, including many boldfaced names, showed up, bought art, and danced the night away. The New York Times said “it was perhaps the most professionally run event for a fledgling organization in the history of civilization.”

In 1995, this magic became a mission: Launch generations of filmmakers, fashion designers and artists. For twenty years, Gen Art has curated the hottest fresh faces and showcased them at incredible events, welcoming a coveted mix of members, industry elite, celebrities, and press.

This is the Gen Art community that comes together to celebrate young promise.

“Sponsors love Gen Art because the audiences they court – young, urban, hipsters… is an advertiser’s dream.”