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Smack Mellon

Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street
718-834-8761

Mission:

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

History:

Originally conceived as a multi-disciplinary exchange between visual artists and musicians, Smack Mellon was founded in 1995 by Andrea Reynosa and Kevin Vertrees. Since its founding, the organization has produced numerous exhibitions and presented the work of hundreds of artists in four different locations in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

In the early years, Andrea and Kevin presented exhibitions in their loft at 135 Plymouth Street. However, during Andrea's tenure as Executive Director from 1996 – 2000, Smack Mellon evolved to present exhibitions in dynamic spaces throughout the Dumbo neighborhood, thanks to generous space donations from the Walentas Family and Two Trees Management. Smack Mellon found homes in both a former rubber factory at 81 Washington Street and a former spice factory at 56 Water Street before its most recent move to the “Boiler Building” at 92 Plymouth Street.

David Baskin, James Hong and Tommy Bordonaro provided a wealth of creative and technical support that was instrumental in the early development of the organization. Kathleen Gilrain became the Executive Director in 2000 and launched the Artist Studio Program that year.

In October 2005, Smack Mellon moved into its current home at 92 Plymouth Street, across from the Brooklyn Bridge Park and next to the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. The 12,000 sq ft space, generously donated to us by Two Trees Management, is a converted boiler building that originally provided heat and power to the other buildings in the neighborhood. We completed a full renovation of this building, which had been sitting dormant for decades, turning a raw industrial space into a 5,000 sq ft exhibition space, seven artists’ studios, shared workspace including a workshop for wood and metal fabrication and a state-of-the-art digital production lab, and a kitchen/lounge area. Ms. Gilrain then initiated our two education programs in 2007-2008.

Since its inception, Smack Mellon has evolved into an organization that supports many artists through a highly respected exhibition program and artist studio program, and also benefits young people and the larger community through quality education programs. Accordingly, our organization's vision has been critically and artistically acclaimed.


Recent News

Exhibition - Tammy Nguyen, Freehold at Smack Mellon

The works that comprise Tammy Nguyen’s solo exhibition Freehold are inspired by the artist’s research and writing about Forest City, a tax free, man-made island in Johor, Malaysia, located along the Singapore Strait and adjacent to the…

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Exhibition - Reade Bryan, Geomorphic Agents at Smack Mellon

Geomorphic Agents includes five painted and sculptural installations by interdisciplinary artist Reade Bryan, focused on regions that have been dramatically altered by man-made irrigation systems. In this new body of work, the artist combines…

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Exhibition - Shayok Mukhopadhyay, Waiting for Water at Smack Mellon

Waiting for Water is a solo presentation by artist Shayok Mukhopadhyay spanning the entrance, stairway, and interior of Smack Mellon’s main gallery space. Employing two different styles of water-carrying vessels, this bifurcated installation…

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Exhibition - An Unofficial Gathering at Smack Mellon

Smack Mellon presents An Unofficial Gathering, an exhibition of selected works by the 2020/2021 MFA Graduates from Brooklyn College that address a wide range of issues and sensibilities. Working across painting, sculpture, textiles, video,…

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Exhibition - Katya Grokhovsky, Fantasyland at Smack Mellon

Katya Grokhovsky works in installation, performance, sculpture, video, painting and drawing, exploring ideas of gender, identity construction, alienation, labor, history, and the self. Through research and autobiographical experience, Grokhovsky…

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Exhibition - Jc Lenochan, Undoing White Mess at Smack Mellon

Drawing from his experience as a longtime public school teacher, jc lenochan’s work scrutinizes the way that history is taught, which narratives are given voice, and which ones are suppressed. In UNDOING WHITE MESS, lenochan employs a process…

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Exhibition - Land Akin

Artists: Tatiana Arocha, Kevin Quiles Bonilla, Esteban Cabeza de Baca, Rachelle Dang, Athena LaTocha, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Allison Maria Rodriguez, Christine Howard Sandoval, and Kiyan Williams. Land Akin features BIPOC artists who are making work…

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Exhibition - Bound up Together: On The 100th Anniversary of The 19th Amendment at Smack Mellon

Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment was organized in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and as Black Lives Matter protests erupted around the world. The…

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Exhibition - Metamorphosis of Failure at Smack Mellon

Rachelle Mozman Solano: Metamorphosis of Failure Starting often from her biography and family history, Rachelle Mozman Solano explores the ways in which culture shapes individuals and how environment conditions behavior. She works between New York…

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Exhibition - Uproot: Gabriel de Guzman at Smack Mellon

Curated by Gabriel de Guzman UPROOT presents the work of artists who are urgently engaging with the current state of affairs since the 2016 presidential election. Over the past year, artists have been motivated to use their creative practice as a…

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Exhibition - Race and Revolution at Smack Mellon Gallery

Race and Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal Curated by Kathryn Fuller and Larry Ossei-Mensah Since the inception of Black Lives Matter in 2013, the American population has been reflecting on what exactly has happened after the Civil Rights…

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Exhibition - Star Fish Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze At Smack Mellon

Star Fish ruby onyinyechi amanze Smack Mellon is pleased to present STAR FISH: new large-scale, dimensional drawings by ruby onyinyechi amanze. The work is part of an ongoing, non-linear narrative where aliens, hybrids, and ghosts reside in a…

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Exhibition - Grease Rust Soot Sweat At Smack Mellon

Grease Rust Soot Sweat Linda Herritt Smack Mellon is pleased to present Linda Herritt’s site-specific installation, Grease Rust Soot Sweat. Based on a portion of Buckminster Fuller’s list of impactful inventions, the large-scale, text-based…

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Exhibition - Zeroing At Smack Mellon

Zeroing Shanti Grumbine Smack Mellon is pleased to present Shanti Grumbine’s intricate cut-paper works, silkscreens, and sculptures. The chosen works coalesce around the theme of Zeroing, which refers to the recalibration of value as well as the…

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Exhibition - The Moon Jarrod Beck At Smack Mellon

The Moon Jarrod Beck Smack Mellon is pleased to present Jarrod Beck’s text, collaborative performances, and astounding site-specific installation, The Moon. For the duration of the exhibition, a 60-foot-diameter, handmade paper moon will…

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Exhibition - Star Fish Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze At Smack Mellon

Star Fish ruby onyinyechi amanze Smack Mellon is pleased to present STAR FISH: new large-scale, dimensional drawings by ruby onyinyechi amanze. The work is part of an ongoing, non-linear narrative where aliens, hybrids, and ghosts reside in a…

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Exhibition - Ghost of a Dream, Bobby Neel Adams At Smack Mellon

Ghost of a Dream When the Smoke Clears: The Fair Housing Project Bobby Neel Adams Memento Mori Panelists: Lisa Kim - Cultural Affairs Director at Two Trees Management; Magdalena Sawon - Co-Founder and Co-Director of Postmasters Gallery; Tim…

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Exhibition - Erica Bailey

Smack Mellon is pleased to present Erica Bailey’s multimedia installation Its memory, the memory of its ribs, its knees, its shoulders, and Yumi Janairo Roth and Nadine Wasserman’s collaborative project ArtSourced: Call Center. Detailed 1/12…

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Exhibition - Yumi Janairo Roth And Nadine Wasserman

ArtSourced: Call Center is a collaborative art project that will function as an exhibition and performance space where creative blocks and artistic difficulties are explored and resolved. Working with 98B COLLABoratory in Manila, the Philippines,…

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