Con Artist Collective Relocates After 9 Years on Ludlow Street
At nine-years-old, the Con Artist Collective is on the move. And upsizing in a big way.
The community-based art workshop is trading Hell Square for 329 Broome Street, by the Bowery, in what was previously the White Box Gallery (the last seven years). This sudden relocation marks the first major undertaking for new owner, and longtime studio member, Bradley Chetcuti.
Inauguration of the gallery is set for July 4.
The new Broome Street spot boasts more than 3,000 square-feet of space that is “far more conducive to creating and exhibiting artwork.” According to the media advisory, the new digs will “feature a 2,000 square-foot exhibition hall with 17-foot ceilings, expanded studio space, on-site cafe and shop.”
Former owner Brian Shevlin founded the Con Artist back in 2010 as an ambitious basement workshop and thrift boutique at 119 Ludlow Street (formerly home to The Cast). The collective gradually built a membership base into the hundreds, and later expanded to a street-level space on Suffolk Street (closed) and, later, the ground floor of 119 Ludlow.