Our vision is to create dynamic and powerful artful experiences by working with the artists to create prolific contemporary work. We then work to curate exhibitions that showcase and tell provocative and strong stories and empower people through art education. We build a platform to connect artists to the top 1% of collectors, culture and taste makers, and international opportunities.
Before the being converted into the contemporary art gallery it is today, 170 E 80th Street was home to Leslie and D.D. Tillett, two of the most influential textile designers of the postwar era. Their prints were associated with the likes of Claire McCardell and Jacqueline Kennedy. For two generations, the Tillett family artisans and craftsmen used the carriage house as a residence and studio since the 40's.
In honor of the heritage of the property, Kate Shin designed the facade directly from a painting of the original building. The home was redesigned to be a state of the art modern gallery.
At the heart of the gallery, the indoor waterfall for which the mansion was named, stands 22 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Founder Kate Shin added this feature as a personal note as each of her childhood homes in Korea prior to immigrating to the United States included a waterfall. The waterfall serves as a symbol of home and the flow of life as well as a serene focal point for any event.
Waterfall Gallery was established in 2012 and has since featured a wide range of emerging international artists. Installations and furniture are cycled through seasonally, an example of the Waterfall's mantra of "artful living", a lifestyle that places value upon the curation of engaging art experiences and the cultivation of influential networks for international contemporary artists.