530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm

Agora Art Gallery - History


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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Agora Gallery
530 West 25th Street New York 10001 NY.
(+1) 212-226-4151 (+1)212-966-4380 Miki Stiles 1984