Miki Stiles, MFA
Founder of Agora Gallery
Miki Stiles was not just the founder of Agora Gallery, but a passionate and dedicated
artist with a goal of making an impression on the New York art world. An actress,
artist, and all-around creative individual, Miki studied at the School of Visual
Arts to pursue her passion for art. She found in New York an art scene that was
inspiring, energizing, overwhelming, and unfortunately, very difficult to break
into without the proper connections.
Miki and a group of fellow artists joined their resources together to open the original
Agora Gallery – a space where emerging artists from all backgrounds could call home.
She poured her heart and soul into Agora Gallery, building it on the principle that
all artists deserve the chance to have their artwork promoted by a professional
gallery. This mission became her life, and her tremendous efforts turned just a
small team into the large family it is today.
Now, more than 30 years later, the Agora Gallery family functions with the same passion
and drive that Miki Stiles always had. With two large exhibition spaces and a wide
spectrum of printed and digital artist resources, the gallery offers a spectrum
of services to artists from all over the world of varying expertise and experience.
Located in the heart of the famous Chelsea art district and overlooked by the famous
High Line, Agora Gallery occupies the ground floor of 530 West 25th
Street. With over 30 years of experience and a prominent standing in the New York
art world, the gallery has working relationships with international collectors,
art consultants, and businesses, and is frequented by art lovers looking to find
and buy unique and original artwork.
In the Heart of the Art Galleries District
Agora's location has always been as much a part of the gallery's feel as the amazing
space inside the walls. According to Gallery Director, Angela Di Bello, “New York
is so famous for galleries and museums because of the sociopolitical culture of
New York. We have people from all over the world who live here and that brings to
New York a plethora of works, from other countries all over the world.”
From SoHo to Chelsea
Agora's first and second galleries were located in Soho, NYC. At the time SoHo was
the mecca of the art world, but as galleries made the area more desirable, space
became, paradoxically, less available for galleries—and 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.
Featuring the Best in Contemporary Art
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, and for providing quality original art to a discerning collector
base. Agora Gallery offers art collectors an extraordinary opportunity to acquire
some of the most carefully curated original art in the contemporary global art market.
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