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Mark West Center for the Arts / House of Mark West Inc.

Art Gallery and Creative Hub based in the South Bronx
Opening at 6:00 PM on Saturday
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Updates

Quarantine Zoom Art Show

Jun 12, 2020 – Jun 12, 2020

The Mark West Center for the Arts is hosting our very first Quarantine Zoom Art Show

Over 20 NYC Artists!

Featuring Live Music, Art, and Poetry.

Friday, June 12, at 7PM

100% of our proceeds will go towards our artist relief fund supporting artists and creatives in NYC.

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Mark West Center for the Arts Gives Back to the Community Amid COVID-19

Thank you Bronxnet TV for covering The Mark West Center for the Arts and sharing what we are doing in the Bronx.

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“The Last Stop” (a short film)

The Last Stop is a short film about a man struggling with vulnerability and depression. Please watch and share our video.
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Produced by House of Mark West Inc. X KB Productions

This May for mental health month we wanted to raise awareness about mental illness and ...

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Let's Talk About Mental Health - Zoom Edition

May 28, 2020 – May 28, 2020

Hosted by QED Astoria

Let's Talk About Mental Health was a monthly event at QED until recently. It consists of performances and dialogue about mental health. Your level of participation is completely up to you. We enthusiastically welcome all folks, regardless of what side of the mic you're on! ...

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Lend a helping hand! Help support artists and creatives in NYC. Donate today!

During the covid-19 quarantine, Mark West Center for the Arts will be providing cash grants and materials to support artists and creatives. If you would like to support our Artist Relief Fund, you may donate to our cas...

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The Mark West Center for the Arts will start offering Yoga and Movement Workshops led by our Artistic Director and Movement Specialist, Brandon Smith.

Our first session is provided free of charge.
Wed. June 10, 4-5 PM
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Artist Masterclass

Jun 4, 2020 – Jun 4, 2020

Artist Masterclass: Intensive Discussion with NYC Artist & Gallery Owner Mark West. We will discuss artwork pricing, finding exhibition opportunities, gallery etiquette, marketing/promotion and quality control.

This is a class meant for professional visual artists. Come prepared with questions

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Hosted by Mark West Center for the Arts, 347 Rider Ave, Bronx, NYC, Houseofmarkwest.com

Date of Exhibition: Friday June 12, 7-10PM
Deadline to submit: Friday June 5 at 11:59 PM

Visual Artist, Poets, and Musicians are all welcome to sign up. 100% of the proceeds will go towards artists and creat...

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LB Projext X Rian Wyld X Mark West Center for the Arts

In Honor of Mother's Day, LB Projext, Rian Wyld, and Mark West Center for the Arts are partnering to provide food and materials for mothers based in NYC.

Please fill out this form if you would like to request food or supplies in NYC.
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Testimonials

4 weeks ago
Mark the gallery owner has been able to create a space that is safe and welcoming for anyone in the creative scene. The space has been used to showcase films, celebrate community and showcase talent all over NYC. I highly recommend this place as it not only works as a gallery but as a center giving back to the bronx community.
- Rosa F
3 months ago
No place like Hose Of Mark West!
- Aleksandre T
2 weeks ago
A great place to show your artwork among other talented Black and Brown artists in NYC! The sense of community at this gallery is unmatched, and the vibe is always right.
- Sofeia E

Mark West Center for the Arts

ABOUT US

The Mark West Center for the Arts (MWCA), also known as House of Mark West is a non-profit community organization, gallery and creative hub for artists in the South Bronx. We are black-owned and cater primarily to Black, Brown, LGBTQ, disabled, and young (k-12) artists and creatives. We are a gallery and artist collective that hosts monthly art exhibitions, free grant-writing workshops, open mic competitions, art classes, and town hall meetings. 

As one of the only black-owned and queer-owned galleries in NYC, and one of only 5 galleries in the entire Bronx, our mission is providing exposure and advocacy for underrepresented artists from all backgrounds. 

To learn more about the owner, Mark Anthony West Jr, click HERE

House of Mark West Inc. works jointly with Mark West Center for the Arts and operates in the same facility.

THE MARK WEST SHOW

We also serve as a production studio for "The Mark West Show". On our tv show, we interview politicians, artists and creatives, and businesses helping to build up the community. Through the tv show, we provide marketing and advertising services for local businesses and organizations. We are currently in between production and post-production stages. The TV Show will air on Bronxnet TV this summer.

You can view some of The Mark West Show Promotional on our Youtube or Instagram. We are currently looking for sponsors and sketch comedy writers.

Produced by House of Mark West Inc. at the Mark West Center for the Arts.

To submit proposals for The Mark West Show email mark.west@nyu.edu

MEDIA & PRESS

Bronxnet TV: Mark West Center for the Arts Gives Back to the Community Amid COVID-19

ABC NEWS: Lack of representation prompts African American artist to open Bronx gallery

Bronxnet TV: House of Mark West Gallery Grand Opening

Bronxnet TV: House of Mark West Art Night

The LDM Show: Mark West discusses art and the House of Mark West Gallery

The Bronx Times: Artist Opens Gallery in the Borough

This Is The Bronx: Bronx Artist Opens Gallery for LGBT and People of Color

NY Talent Uncovered: Part 1 & Part 2 Featuring Mark West

Blk AGN: Mark West Reimagines Shiva & Eve as Black Goddesses

Blk AGN: Art Gallery Owner, Mark West, on his travels around the world

Join our email list to stay updated on upcoming events by clicking HERE 

Or call to schedule a viewing or to inquire about a painting or booking our space. 

MARK WEST ARTIST STATEMENT

Mark West's work takes a subversive approach to the reclamation of the Black Man. West uses negro caricatures (blackface) to depict Black people in incredibly artistic, humanist, empowering scenes throughout history. When West studied African art and culture in University-of-Ghana, he learned that the history of Blackface and minstrelsy (or people depicted as jet-black skin and red lips) predated it's usage by Whites in the 18th and 19th century. In fact, Blackface was directly inspired by African Art that extended back to Ancient Khemet. When West paints these images, as a black painter and narrator, he considers his work a reclamation of ancient African Art. He then uses his love of history to paint these Black people as powerful figures throughout time and across cultures. He uses subversion to craft an alternative to the traditional interpretation of Blackface to his version where "Black faces" are in empowering scenes. 

As a Black man and a historian with experience in the motherland, West has the duty to create entirely-new narratives of Black People. To West, "when a Black child sees paintings of Black Jesus or Black people in scenes from the Bible or in World-History, it cements us a place in time that is rarely shown. It forces the viewer to see Black-skin on the wall, taking up space unapologetically. Blacks have historically and continue to be forced to reduce oneself. And in light of the rampant police-brutality across our country, to be Black and take-up space is an act of protest. West implores the viewers both Black and non-Black to come in direct confrontation with the Blackness of his images, forcing one to see the beauty of his people and their portraiture; finding beauty in the Blackness.

To learn more about the owner, Mark Anthony West Jr, click HERE

You can also stay updated by adding us on instagram pages House of Mark West & The Mark West Show, our facebook, and our youtube channel.

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  • (212) 470-1834

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347 Rider Ave
STE 401
Bronx, NY 10451
United States

Business Hours

Mon:Closed
Tue:Closed
Wed:Closed
Thu:Closed
Fri:Closed
Sat:6:00 – 9:00 PM
Sun:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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