Our mission is to be a cultural gateway that educates and connects the community with exotic works of art from talented, but unknown artist living in developing countries across the globe.
Art Village Gallery started as a small art studio space in a back room on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1991, after graduating from the University of Memphis, Art Village Gallery artist and owner, Ephraim Urevbu saw an opportunity to bring his vision of the Art Village Gallery to life in a large enough space to display his work and the work of others. This was the birth of Art Village Gallery. Urevbu’s passion to bring a village-style gallery to the Memphis community was fueled by a vision of artists working and playing together just like it was in his village growing up as a young boy in Nigeria.
The Art Village Gallery, one of the oldest galleries in the district, is a sight in itself to behold. Ephraim purchased the building as a restoration project and carefully crafted it into what it is today…and it is something special. One part gallery, one part interior design studio, one part framing shop and one part photography studio; one might think that it gets a little crowded. However, its inviting interior gives no hint to the amount of activity that takes place.
Today, the Art Village Gallery is a fine art gallery and event space located in downtown Memphis on South Main Street. The gallery was a pioneer in establishing the art district of the historic South Main area. Art Village Gallery has 4,000 square feet of event space on two floors. The gallery specializes in exhibitions, events and services such as interior design consultations, and corporate and private art leasing.
In addition, the gallery also includes a wine tasting room, hosts both small and large group events, and also houses the permanent collection of artist and owner, Ephraim Urevbu’s artwork. Art Village Gallery also showcases the work of other artists from exotic lands such as Columbia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Thailand, Zimbabwe and Namibia, to mention a few.
We invite you to stop by to take a tour of the gallery and have a glass of wine with us. Everyone has a story, we invite you into our creative space to share yours.