Welcome to Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery was established by the late Miki Stiles, MFA, to provide opportunities to artists entering the global art market. Ms. Stiles was a visionary who founded the gallery on the principle that all artists benefit from having their artwork promoted by a professional gallery. Located in the heart of the famous Chelsea art district, Agora Gallery occupies the ground floor of 530 West 25th Street. The gallery is frequented by art lovers looking to find and buy original artwork.

Meet Our Experts

Need an expert opinion? Get to know our staff of art experts who make Agora Gallery the friendly, professional place that it is. Our dedicated team works to ensure that all the details of an artist’s representation are handled efficiently, from shipping artwork to the many kinds of artist promotion in which the gallery is involved. Drawing on both theoretical and practical knowledge of art, and on their considerable experience of the contemporary art world, each team member strives to combine their skills to ensure that artists and collectors always experience the gallery at its best.

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Agora Art Gallery - History

Agora Gallery represents a diverse body of artists whose work is relates to the contemporary landscape of the 21st century’s international art world. The gallery strives to provide opportunities for artists to engage with the New York art world. Agora has been working to cultivate the careers of exceptional artists for over 35 years, guided by the artist-forward spirit upon which it was founded.

Miki Stiles – Founder, 1984 - 2000

Miki was a passionate artist, actress, entrepreneur and an all-around creative individual with a goal of making an impression on the New York art world. She moved to the city in 1981 and after completing her MFA degree at the School of Visual Arts she continued to pursue her passion for the arts and worked as a teacher while continuing to paint. It was during this period that artists with a common goal of showing their work in a gallery setting joined forces and opened co-op galleries. The co-op gallery that Miki and a number of fellow artists opened in SoHo enjoyed moderate success;

however, Miki realized that a more professional business model was needed in order to adequately promote artists and their work. What followed was Miki’s innovative concept for a promotional gallery, a model that many other galleries adopted since its inception.

Ms. Stiles continued her mission to provide artists with the opportunity to connect and exhibit their artwork in New York City for many years while battling cancer until her untimely passing in 2001. After a brief period of transition, Agora Gallery continued to grow under ownership by Miki’s eldest son and director Angela Di Bello who continued her legacy.

For more than 35 years Agora Gallery continues to function with the same passion and drive that Miki Stiles had so many years ago. With a large street level gallery and exhibition space, in the heart of the Chelsea art district, Agora Gallery provides artists from all over the world a broad range of promotional services including career development and advice by professionals in the arts.

From SoHo to Chelsea

Agora's first and second exhibition spaces were located in Soho, NYC. At the time SoHo was the center of the art world, but as galleries made the area more desirable, space became, paradoxically, less available for galleries. The art scene there stopped growing, and eventually moved to Chelsea, which opened up a whole new world of opportunities. In 2002, Agora Gallery moved to 530 West 25th Street, in Chelsea, which had become the new center of the art world.

Angela Di Bello / Director 2001-2018

In 2001, Angela Di Bello became the director of the gallery and played an instrumental role in furthering the development of Agora for the next seventeen years. Born and raised in Italy, Ms. Di Bello was surrounded by a rich artistic and art historic culture, which was where her passion for the arts began. Her formal involvement in the fine art was born out of developments that contributed to the 1960’s art movement. Prior to joining Agora Gallery, Di Bello was an entrepreneur in the arts, among other endeavors.

Notably, she developed art programs for Fortune 500 companies in NYC, Connecticut and New Jersey, followed by a five-year tenure as director of The Gallery at Lincoln Center.

Always working closely with artists, providing one on one guidance and support, she discovered that building relationships with artists was her greatest fulfillment.

With her educated and visceral understanding of art, compassion for artists, and keen business acumen, Di Bello developed and implemented a crucial platform for Agora Gallery. This platform provides artists with a community of support, and allows for inclusiveness based on genuine need, talent, innovation, resolve and passion.

"Agora"?

Agora is a Greek word which means “open marketplace,” a place where people came not only to buy and sell goods but also to meet and exchange news and ideas – a place where everyone is welcome. The gallery takes its name seriously and is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner as well as providing quality original art to a discerning collector base. Agora Gallery is also famous for our exciting receptions, which offer a unique opportunity for art collectors and artists to engage in a productive dialogue.

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