Snyderman-Works Galleries is thrilled to announce 50 YEARS OF WORKS, an exhibition in celebration of their 50th anniversary and the beginning of the next professional chapter for principals Rick and Ruth Snyderman.
Curated by the principals’ son Evan Snyderman of R & Company Gallery in New York, the exhibition looks back on the extraordinary history of this hugely influential American craft gallery.
Founded as the Works Gallery by Ruth Snyderman in 1965—with Rick Snyderman joining the operation in 1972—it is one of the oldest exhibiting galleries in the field of contemporary studio crafts, representing artists working in figurative, narrative and functional ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber and wood. In 1983, the Snydermans co-founded a second operation, Snyderman Gallery, to introduce a specifically focused exhibition space for the rapidly developing areas of studio furniture and sculptural glass, while Works Gallery concentrated on artists in ceramics, jewelry and fiber. In 1996, the two galleries combined their operations in the Old City area of Philadelphia, incorporating painters into their stable of artists. They also began developing commissions and site-specific cultural projects for the artists they represent, while continuing to present solo and group exhibitions and organizing exhibitions at art institutions throughout the United States and abroad.
At the time of the gallery’s founding, few American studio artists had a venue to exhibit their work. The Works Gallery offered this opportunity. Drawing from some of the most important and exceptional objects exhibited at Snyderman-Works, curator Evan Snyderman offers a rare insider’s look at the works that inspired his career as a gallerist while articulating the immense influence the gallery’s history and the movement it championed has had on the field of contemporary art and design.