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NYA gallery | Grand Opening March 7 2019 PRESS RELEASE


Shane Townley’s NYA Gallery:  A Bold Vision Realized in Tribeca 

On March 7, 2019, Shane Townley and his team open the doors to NYA Gallery / at 

7 Franklin Place, a multi-use arts center and residency program in the heart of Tribeca’s burgeoning art scene.  

Coinciding with the opening day of The Armory Show, NYA Gallery welcomes artists, collectors, and patrons to experience this exciting new space.

NYA Gallery Opening, Group Exhibition, and Reception:  Thursday, March 7, 6–9 PM at 7 Franklin Place

Townley, gallery owner, and art director got his start managing independent galleries in the early 2000s before opening Townley Gallery in Laguna Beach. While in California, he launched a fund-raising auction series through his Townley Arts Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing arts education programs and art supplies for children's hospitals. An artist himself, Townley is driven to help artists forge important relationships within the often-elusive art market.  In this spirit, he launched in 2011, an innovative iPhone app designed to connect artists with collectors.  

Townley expanded to New York City in 2015, opening Gallery104 at 373 Broadway to showcase the work of emerging artists in painting, sculpture, and photography.  Since then, the search was on to find the optimal location for his newest venture, NYA Gallery /  

After scouting spaces in Jersey City, Greenpoint, Soho, the Lower East Side, and Chelsea, he was ultimately drawn to Tribeca’s flourishing art scene. ‘Tribeca is attracting a thriving arts community,’ says Townley. ‘We’re excited to be in the company of some of the most innovative galleries on one of Manhattan’s few privately owned streets––it’s perfect for discrete VIP access and delivery of oversized artworks.’

Given its status as a landmarked district, Tribeca offered Townley a unique gallery opportunity, unencumbered by Chelsea’s potential for flooding, and over-development.  Tribeca also appealed because of its renowned restaurants and ties to the independent film industry. 

In recent years, many prominent galleries have migrated from Chelsea’s artistic hub to the charming, cobblestoned streets of Tribeca. With its compact geography and multiple transport options, the area offers easy access to prominent dealers, advisors, and gallerists, including Postmasters; James Cohan; Andrew Kreps; Bortolami; Alexander & Bonin; The Journal Gallery; and Canada, among others. 

NYA Gallery encompasses 9,000 square feet of space on three floors designed for optimum artistic production, collaboration, and exhibition. The new location includes 1,000 square feet of exhibition space on the ground level, 22 individual studios, and a state-of-the-art 1,500-square-foot fine art storage facility in partnership with Frames and Stretchers; the leading experts in framing, installation, and shipping.   

NYA Gallery Representation, Studio Rentals, and International Residency Programs:   

NYA Gallery’s artist-in-residence program will be open to applicants internationally.  It will provide critical, ongoing support and the optimal environment for emerging artists, giving them access to top curators, critics, collectors, and the broader cultural community in Tribeca. 

‘Our ongoing exhibition program will feature both established and emerging artists,’ says Townley, ‘and our monthly open studio tours led by gallery guides are a great way to showcase artists within the Townley Arts Foundation residency program.’

Each year, NYA Gallery will selectively offer 3 individual studio spaces funded by the Townley Arts Foundation. In addition, thanks to the generous support of the Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF), each artist selected will receive a stipend for supplies.

NYA Gallery studio rentals include promotion on multiple digital platforms; the gallery’s website:, iPhone App; (, and 1stdibs; plus the opportunity to exhibit at 1stdibs Design Center and select art fairs and the potential to be featured in a solo show at 7 Franklin Place in Tribeca or the gallery’s sister location in Laguna Beach, California:  

To inquire about representation or to apply to NYA Gallery’s jury selection:  Artist Submit

To apply for the artist residency program or inquire about studio space:  Artist Submit 

Shane Townley, NYA Gallery Director

917-856-7624 | 

Cathy Condon, NYA Gallery Studio & Residency Director

646-961-1796 |