Mission and History


The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC, pronounced bee-wack) is a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation. Organized in 1978 by 16 artists looking for a place to exhibit, BWAC has grown to become Brooklyn’s largest artist-run organization with over 250┬ámembers. Our artist/members are the management, leadership, board and staff.

We have two synergistic missions:

* to assist emerging artists in advancing their artistic careers;
* to present the art-of-today in an easily accessible format.

For 30 years, BWAC has been exhibiting the artwork of local Brooklyn artists. Our three seasonal mega-exhibits, which include juried and member shows, present a wide variety of contemporary visual arts from the traditional to the experimental cutting edge.

BWAC’s 25,000 square foot gallery is in a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront. The vista of New York Harbor, spanning the Statue of Liberty to the Verrazano Bridge is one of the best in the city. Our 10,000 annual visitors also enjoy the nearby restaurants, bars, IKEA and Fairway Market. With every medium and style of artwork represented, as well as the free BWAC Red Hook Waterfront Performance Series, our shows are as spectacular as the setting.

Video by BWAC member Ydania Ogando.