See Exhibits at the National Arts Club

A place steeped in both culture and history makes the perfect excursion. And, located in Gramercy, at 15 Gramercy Park South, set in the historic Samuel Tilden Mansion, the National Arts Club is just such a place.

Its mission is:

“To stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts, as well as educate the American people in the fine arts.”

Photo from nationalartsclub.org

(Photo from nationalartsclub.org )

It was founded in 1898 by New York Times, literary and art critic Charles De Kay, himself an author and poet.

“He together with a group of distinguished artists and patrons conceived of a gathering place to welcome artists of all genres as well as art lovers and patrons.”

While it is a club in the traditional sense – private and comprised of members – the National Arts Club also offers public events.

All galleries are open to the public, Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and there is no admission fee.

On view now are three very different shows: Photos of old New York, works from emerging student artists – and underwater photography.

“Early Magnum: On & in New York” (on until April 29th) showcases photographs of the city from 1947 to 60,¬† “The Will Barnet Annual Student Show” (until April 27th) has the fresh and original works of “undergraduate students from nine prestigious New York area schools, and “Keith Ellenbogen: Underwater Wildlife New York (until April 29) “is a visual journey into salty waters – from Montauk Point, NY to Cape May, NJ – to discover and explore an extraordinary world that is teeming with life.”

 Take a look at their Instagram for more intriguing photos from the exhibits.