Art Program

Ownership actively contributes to the cultural community as an expression of ongoing commitment to excellence in the visual arts and architecture.

Since 2005, 499 Park has underwritten contemporary art exhibitions in the building’s lobby gallery. Working with internationally renowned curators, galleries and artists, the building has sponsored over 25 rotating shows during that time, primarily focusing on work by mid- to late-career artists as well as work from artists’ estates. Representative shows have included painting, prints, photography, small scale sculpture, and installations.

Among the artists whose work have been exhibited are: Thomas Downing, Doug Ohlson, Ray Parker, Robert Swain, Tadasky, John Walker and Richard Anuskiewicz.

Artist Currently on Display (Exhibit opened on July 20, 2020)

James Little
Beyond Geometry

The 499 Park Lobby Gallery currently showcases works from James Little. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, James Little received a BFA from the Memphis Academy of Art and then an MFA from Syracuse University. Once labeled a “defiant abstractionist,” Little has mastered the application of oil paint and beeswax to create lush pictorial effects for his paintings, void of any sense of horizon or landscape. Painting in encaustic, Little applies up to twenty layers of paint over the course of three months. The artist’s affinity for the “alchemy” of his technique mirrors his formaliust interests in “flatness, the flat plane, and materials that keep illusions at bay."

Little’s paintings are included in many public and private collections, including the Newark Museum; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; Art in Embassies Program, N’Djamena Collection, Chad, Central Africa; Maatschappij Arti Et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Holland; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; and Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis.

Previous Gallery Features Click on the images to download a PDF brochure of the featured artists.

Melissa Meyer

Oct 2, 2019 -
April 3, 2020

Julian Stanczak

March 25 -
Sept 13, 2019

John Walker

Sept 15, 2018 -
Mar 30, 2019


Jan 27 -
July 28, 2019

Gabriele Evertz

July 17, 2017 -
Jan 5, 2018

Jiří Georg Dokoupil

Jan 24 -
July 7, 2017

Richard Anuszkiewicz

July 29, 2016 -
Jan 14, 2017

Robert Swain

Oct 5 -
June 17, 2016

Ray Parker

Feb 3 -
July 31, 2014

Doug Ohlson

June 29 -
Dec 20, 2013

Thomas Downing

Jan 5 -
June 28, 2013