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WHERE TO SEE (AND BUY) CONTEMPORARY ART IN PUERTO RICO

1 - Main museums and art institutions in Puerto Rico
2 - Commercial galleries in San Juan (metropolitan area)
3 - Commercial galleries around the island
4 - Off and alternative spaces in Puerto Rico
5 - University and art school museums and galleries in Puerto Rico
6 - Other museums and non-commercial galleries in PR, Vieques and USVI
7 - Additional exhibition spaces in Puerto Rico


1- Main museums and art institutions in Puerto Rico
(not only focussing on contemporary art, but also on the history of Puerto Rican art)

Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP) / Institute of Puerto Rican Culture
The ICP exhibits at the Arsenal de la Puntilla, at the Cuartel de Ballajá, at the Galería Nacional and in other spaces. Founded in 1955.
www.icp.gobierno.pr

Galería Nacional / National Gallery
Convento de los Dominicos, between calle Norzagaray and the San José church, Old San Juan, Puerto Rican paintings (collection of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña) from XVIII (i.e. José Campeche) until 1960. Run by the ICP.
www.icp.gobierno.pr
currently closed

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MAC) / Puerto Rican Museum of Contemporary Art
Ave. Ponce de León/Ave. R. H. Todd, Parada 18, Santurce, San Juan (Labra building); Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art from the 1940s to the present, founded in 1984 (1988 at Barat Building of Universidad del Sagrado Corazón - today's Salas de las Artes -, since 2002 at current location)
www.mac-pr.org

Muso de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) / Museum of Puerto Rican Art or: Art Museum of Puerto Rico
Ave. de Diego 299, Santurce, Puerto Rican art from the 17th century to the present, founded in 2000
www.mapr.org

Muso de Arte y Diseño de Miramar (MADMi) / Museum for Art and Design
607 Calle Cuevillas, San Juan, openes in December 2018
www.madmi.org

Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) / Art Museum of Ponce
Ave. Las Américas 2325, Ponce; European pre-raphaelian art (El Greco, Goya, Rubens), international and local masters (Campeche, Oller, Myrna Baez, Martorell, Hernandez Cruz); temporary exhibitions may include contemporary art; founded in 1959 by Luis A. Ferré.
www.museoarteponce.org

Museo de Las Américas / Museum of the Americas
Cuartel de Ballajá, 2nd floor, Old San Juan; founded in 1992 by Ricardo E. Alegría (1921-2011); dedicated to the history and culture of the Americas; exhibits works from pre-colombian era to present (contemporary art - solo and group shows), indian and african heritage included.
www.museolasamericas.org

Museo de Arte de Bayamón (MAB)
Parque de las Ciencias Luis A. Ferré, Bayamón, opened in February 2008; local masters Augusto Marín, Alfonso Arana, Carmelo Sobrino, Epifanio Irizarry, Oscar Colón Delgado, Félix Rodríguez Báez, Andy Bueso, Rafael Tufiño, Arnaldo Maas, Miguel Pou and others; works on paper by european masters Chagall, Miró, Picasso, Dalí, Matisse, Klée, Moore, Lam, Calder, Leger and Rembrandt
www.museodeartedebayamon.com

Museo de Arte de Caguas (MUAC)
City center, corner Ruiz Belvis and Padial Streets; permanent show with works from the collection (focused on artists from the Turabo valley) and changing exhibitions (traditional to contemporary art)
https://caguas.gov.pr/arte-y-cultura/

2- Commercial galleries in San Juan (metropolitan area)

Embajada
382 Calle CÚsar Gonzalez, Hato Rey, San Juan
www.embajadada.com

Galeria Espacio 304 - closed since late 2016?
304 Eleanor Roosevelt, San Juan
galeriaespacio304.com - not updated
www.facebook.com/pages/Galer%C3%ADa-Espacio-304/396273057054883 - last entry 2016

Galeria 778 (sietesieteocho) - closed in 2012?
778 Ave. San Patricio, Urb. Las Lomas, San Juan
galeria778.com - last update from 2012
www.facebook.com/Galeria778 - last post 2012

ArteFoundation
159 O'Donnell Street, Old San Juan; original editions on paper and multiples (local and international artists); library with material by and about Luigi Marrozzini
artefoundation.com (website down)
www.facebook.com/pages/ArteFoundation/338739895541 - last post from 2015

Galería Biaggi Fauré
Ave. Jesús T. Piñero 1035, Puerto Nuevo, San Juan
www.biaggifaure.com

Galería Botello
Calle Del Cristo 208, Old San Juan
www.botello.com

La Productora
moved in 2018 from 628 Calle Ernesto Cerra, Santurce to 155 Calle San Agustín, Puerta de Tierra, San Juan
Martin Albarrán López, founder, director www.facebook.com/laproductorapr

Recinto Cerra
619 Calle Cerra, Santurce, San Juan
www.facebook.com/pages/Recinto-Cerra-Santurce/1414465012103657

Galería Casa Jefferson
106 Calle Jefferson, Santurce, San Juan
www.facebook.com/pages/Galer%C3%ADa-Casa-Jefferson/314356178647914

Mondo Bizarro (art and comics)
1063 Ave. Ponce de León, Río Piedras, San Juan
www.facebook.com/mondobizvrro

Pamil Fine Arts
1897 Ave. Glasgow, San Juan
www.pamil.com
www.facebook.com/mildredascar/

A. Cueto Gallery
Ave. Escorial 531, Caparra Heights, San Juan
www.acuetogallery.com

Galeria Éxodo
152 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan
www.galeriaexodo.com

Gómez Fine Art
Ave. Andalucia 404, Puerto Nuevo, San Juan
not sure if still open

OBRA Galería Alegría
José Alegría moved his space from 301 Calle Cruz, Old San Juan to 1758 Calle McLeary, Condado
www.obragaleria.com

Roberto Paradise
805 R. H. Todd, Santurce, San Juan
www.robertoparadise.com

Galería Petrus
Calle Hoare 726 corner Calle Las Palmas, Puerto Nuevo, San Juan
www.petrusgallery.com

arte @ Plaza
Exhibition space inside the Plaza Las Américas shopping center, 2nd floor between JCPenney and Macy's; run by Sylvia Villafañe (Galería Petrus)
www.facebook.com/GaleriaPetrus

San Patricio Art Center (SPACE)
Galería San Patricio (entrada Pizzeria Uno), Calle Tabunuco B-5, Guaynabo
manuel@spacepr.com / www.spacepr.com (website not active)

The Art Room
53 Calle Navarro, Hato Rey, San Juan
theartroompr.com (website not working)
www.facebook.com/artroompr

Ana Mas Project
started in 2015
www.anamasprojects.com/

Hidrante
454 Calle Saldaña, 2nd floor, Santurce
www.hidranteee.com/

Diagonal
Next to La Respuesta, 1600 Ave. Fernández Juncos, Santurce
run by Carola Cintrón Moscoso and Migdalia Luz Barens Vera
www.facebook.com/diagonalpr/

El Bastión
1 Calle San Sebastiaán, attached to Casa Blanca, Old San Juan
www.elbastion.org/

km 0.2
619 Calle Cerra (Parada 15), Santurce
Founded in 2015 by Karlo Andrei Ibarra and Yiyo Tirado Rivera
www.kilometroceropuntodos.com/

Pública
opened in 2018 in the Alto del Cabro community of Santurce (1057 Ave. Ponce de León, close to the Conservatory of Music, former space of Espacio Minerva)
www.facebook.com/publicaespaciocultural/

National
started in 2016
www.facebook.com/nationalpuertoricoart/

HIELO Artist Residency
700 Ave. Miramar, San Juan
www.hieloair .com/

Souvenir 154
154 Calle Fortaleza, Old San Juan
www.facebook.com/souvenir154

Instituto de Subcultura
734 Calle Cerra (former C787 space), Santurce
www.facebook.com/institutodesubcultura/

C787 (Clandestino 787) - no longer open, space now hosts Instituto de Subcultura
existed approx. 2009-2016 as exhibition space and office of "Santurce es ley"
www.facebook.com/c787studios

Taller Malaquita
161 Calle Condado/corner of Calle Ribot, Santurce, founded in 2017
female artists' collective close to MAC
www.facebook.com/tallermalaquita/

Coco d'Oro
moved to new location in its 20th year of existence: 1016 Calle Lealtad, El Gandul, Santurce
Facebook: Coco de Oro

URI Art Gallery
Puerto Nuevo, San Juan
www.uriartgallery.com (website not up to date but gallery is open)

Viota Gallery
Ave. San Patricio 793, Puerto Nuevo, San Juan
www.viotagallery.com

Walter Otero
402 Ave. Constitucion, Puerta de Tierra, San Juan
www.walterotero.com

Galería Yemáya
Ave. Andalucía 520, Puerto Nuevo, San Juan
former Galería Yemayá is now a music space
www.facebook.com/GaleriaYemaya/

REM Project
204 Calle Canals, 1st floor, Santurce, San Juan
www.remproject.gallery
www.facebook.com/remproject.gallery/

Agustina Ferreyra
Santurce, San Juan
www.agustinaferreyra.com

Artífice - closed in 2017/2018
257 Calle San Justo, Old San Juan
www.facebook.com/artificeartecontemporaneo

El cuadro gris / The Gray Square
455 Calle Tito Rodríguez, Monteflores, Santurce, San Juan
www.facebook.com/elcuadradogris

Art Lab
closed 306 Calle Condado, Santurce in May 2017
www.facebook.com/artlab306/

Matadero
www.mataderoart.com
www.facebook.com/mataderoart

3 - Commercial galleries around the island

Noche de galerías de Ponce
www.facebook.com/pages/Noche-de-Galer%C3%ADas/363335363743674

Galeria Trinitaria
2980 Avenida Emilio Fagot, Ponce
www.galeriatrinitaria.com

Prinardi of the Americas
Carr. # 2, km 85.7, Hatillo
https://www.facebook.com/prinardiofamerica
https://sites.google.com/site/prinardioftheamericas/

West Gallery
24 West Calle McKinley, Mayagüez
www.facebook.com/pages/West-Gallery/125604102199 - last entry from 2010

4 - Off and alternative spaces in Puerto Rico

2BLEÓ
formerly located at 1400 Calle Américo Salas, corner Calle Hipódromo, Santurce, San Juan, founded in 2013 by artist Omar Obdulio Peña Forty who uses the space also as his workshop. Together with his artist friends Raquel Quijano and Jason Mena, Peña Forty previously ran =DESTO in the same building. =DESTO was an experimental space founded in December 2005.
www.facebook.com/pages/2BLE%C3%93/190770397713266

Espacio 20/20 - not sure if active as a gallery
Calle Cerra 624, Santurce, San Juan
www.facebook.com/galeria2020/

El Local en Santurce
1425 Ave. Fernandez Juncos, Santurce, San Juan; since 2008
www.facebook.com/ellocal.santurce
alternative cultural space, not a traditional gallery

Casa de los Contrafuertes
Plaza San José/101 Calle San Sebastián, Old San Juan
Contemporary art space, focussing on the Caribbean, ran by Charles Júhasz Alvarado
www.facebook.com/LosContrafuertes/

Beta-Local
208 Calle Luna/corner San Justo, Old San Juan
www.betalocal.org

Casa del Sargento
Calle Sol/corner Barbosa, Old San Juan; run by Beta-Local
www.betalocal.org

Laboratorio de artes binarios
1206 Ave. Ponce de León, Santurce, San Juan
http://labartesbinarios.com/studiolab/

Taller Secreto
15 Calle José de Diego (Paseo de Diego), Río Piedras, San Juan
www.tallersecreto.com

LA15 Contemporary Art Space/Centro Curatorial
703 Calle Ernesto Cerra, Santurce, San Juan
run by Jose Jorge Roman, not sure if still active as a gallery www.la15pr.org - no longer active

La Respuesta
1600 Ave. Fernandez Juncos, Santurce, San Juan; a club that also hosts exhbitions. The first Puerto Rican Sound Art Fair (FAS 08) took place here.
www.facebook.com/la.respuesta.9

La Beckett
1008 Ave. Ponce de León, 2nd floor, Río Piedras, San Juan; performances, theater and more
www.facebook.com/beckettcafeteatroycine

ÁREA - lugar de proyectos
Calle E, sites 4 and 5, Villa Blanca Industrial Park, Caguas; Since 2005 a space for artists in residence, contemporary art exhibitions, curatorial experiments and talks. Entrepreneur and collector José Hernandez Castrodad owns the 2'500-square-foot art space in Caguas; from July 2011 to May 2012 he also facilitated "METRO - plataforma organizada", an off-space in San Juan.
www.proyectosarea.com

5 - University and art school museums and galleries in Puerto Rico

Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico / Puerto Rican School of Plastic Arts
Antiguo Hospital La Concepción, Calle Baneficencia, Campo del Morro, Old San Juan; the EAP also runs a small gallery
www.eap.edu

Galería Delta de Pico at the Liga de Arte
Calle Beneficencia 1, Old San Juan; non-profit art school for children and adults; changing exhibitions featuring local artists and students
www.facebook.com/ligadeartesj

Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte (MHAA) / UPR Museum of History, Antropology and Art
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto Río Piedras, Ave. Ponce de León; besides archeological and historic objects the museum hosts a collection of Puerto Rican works on paper (posters and prints) and paintings by old local masters (Campeche, Oller) - from pre-colombian era to present; contemporary art exhibited in connection with the Trienal Poli/Gráfica and in retrospectives (Lorenzo Homar, Carlos Marichal), founded in 1949
www.upr.edu

Galería de Arte de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (GAUSC) / Art Gallery of the USC
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Edificio Barat Sur, Santurce, San Juan; the university formerly hosted the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo at the Salas de las Artes in the 1st floor; since 1995 the university runs a gallery in the patio with historic and contemporary shows
www.sagrado.edu

Museo de Arte Carribean University (MACU)
Urb. Forest Hills, Bayamón, Carr. 167, km 21.2; founded in 2005
www.caribbean.edu

Galería de Arte Francisco Oller
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, between Ave. Barbosa and Ave. Ponce de León, San Juan
www.galeriafranciscooller.net

BA 209
Departamento de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Department), Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, between Ave. Barbosa and Ave. Ponce de León, San Juan; art gallery for (former) students
website/Facebook in preparation

Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos, Dra. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez (MCEH)
Universidad del Turabo, via PR 189, Gurabo
http://museo.ut.pr

Museo de Arte RUM - MUSA
Museum on the Mayagüez campus of the University of Puerto Rico, will host the legacy of the late local artist Marcos Irizarry as well as acuarels by Dr. Agustín Stahl and a collection of contemporary works by Puerto Rican artists; the museum was designed by the architect Jaime Cobas
www.facebook.com/pages/Museo-de-Arte-RUM-MUSA/385132481629639
www.uprm.edu/musa/ (is supposed to open in September 2015)

Galería de Arte "Chardón" UPRM
Gallery on the Mayagüez campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPRM), Chardón Building
www.uprm.edu/gallery (not maintained since 2007)

Galería José "Pepín" Méndez USC
Student Gallery at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (USC), Santurce, San Juan
www.facebook.com/galeriajosepepin

Museo de Arte Dr. Pío López Martínez
Museum on the Cayey campus of the University of Puerto Rico, 205 Ave. Antonio R. Barceló, Cayey; dedicated to the legacy of Ramón Frade León (1875-1954); historic and contemporary art
www.cayey.upr.edu/main/unidades/museo

6 - Other museums and non-commercial galleries in PR, Vieques and the USVI

Museo de Arte e Historia de San Juan (Museo de San Juan)
Calle Norzagoray 150, Old San Juan; former marketplace; hosts cultural events, historic time line and changing exhibitions (not focused on arts/contemporary art)
www.facebook.com/pages/MUSEO-DE-SAN-JUAN/246524208814156

Casa de Cultura Prof. Ruth Hernández Torres (Casa de cultura Ruth)
1151 Ave. Ponce de León/corner Georgetti, Río Piedras, San Juan; cultural center
https://es-es.facebook.com/pages/Casa-de-Cultura-RUTH-Hern%C3%A1ndez-Torres/440793816017127

Espacio 1414 (Berezdivin Collection)
Ave. Fernández Juncos 1414, Santurce, San Juan
www.espacio1414.org

Casa Cortés (Cortés Collection)
Calle San Francisco 210, Old San Juan; the Cortés family ownes the Chocolate Cortés company and has offered this venue in various occasions for alternativ art shows before transforming it into a permanent exhibition space featuring works from the Cortés collection.
www.casacortespr.com

El Fortin / Museo Fuerte Conde de Mirasol
Vieques
www.facebook.com/groups/1376345475938260
www.enchanted-isle.com/elfortin

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts)
10 Strand Street, Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; exhibitions, art residencies, workshops
www.cmcarts.org

7 - Additional exhibition spaces in Puerto Rico

IN SAN JUAN (METROPOLITAN AREA)

Galería San Juan Bautista
Alcaldía/City Hall, Calle San Francisco/Plaza de Armas, Old San Juan
http://sanjuanciudadpatria.com/servicios/arte-cultura-e-innovacion/galeria-san-juan-bautista/

Casa Aboy/Galería PL 900
900 Ave. Ponce de León, Miramar, Santurce, San Juan; cultural space for music, theatre, literature etc. with photographic exhibitions at the inlaying PL 900, and a library/bookstore. Galeria PL 900 was founded in 1975/76 as the first photo gallery in the Caribbean.
www.casaaboy.org

Arsenal de la Puntilla
Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina, Calle La Puntilla 3, Old San Juan; main exhibiting space of the ICP Artes Plásticas; no permanent exhibition; main space for the triennials; mainly contemporary art; main exhibition space of the Muestra Nacional
www.facebook.com/arsenaldelamarina

Cuartel de Ballajá
Antiguo Cuartel de Ballajá, Calles Beneficencia and Norzagaray, Old San Juan; exhibiting space of the ICP with permanent and changing exhibitions
www.ballaja.com

Espacio Arana/Fundación Arana
Calle San José 104, Old San Juan; former residence of late artist Alfonso (Meléndez) Arana, former location of Galería Corinne Timsit; now host of the Cooperativa Arana and of the Arana Foundation; workshops, exhibitions and other event.
www.facebook.com/groups/275687395900381

Pabellón de la Paz
Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera, Ave. Muñoz Rivera, Puerta de Tierra, San Juan; run by National Parks, large pavillion at the west end of the park; was used twice for El Pulguero de los Artistas
www.parquesnacionalespr.com

Casa Blanca
Old San Juan, art exhibitions during Trienal
www.icp.gobierno.pr

Popular Center
Lobby of the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Ave. Muñoz Rivera, Hato Rey; opened 2011 with Angel Botello retrospective. 2012: "The Way In", works by internationally reknown Puerto Rican artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat.
www.popular.com/cultura

AROUND THE ISLAND

Museo de Historia y Arte, Casa Escuté, Antigua Casa Alcaldía
Carolina
http://disfrutacarolina.com/explora-carolina/carolina-adentro/#distritocultural

Museo de Arte e Historia de Arecibo René Marqués (MAHA)
Since 1990 the cultural center of Arecibo, named after the town's famous writer René Marqués. Exhibition space for local artists.
website?

Museo Francisco Oller (MAFO)
18 Calle Rossy, corner Degetau, Bayamón
website?

Museo de História de San Sebastián
Sala Municipal de Exposiciones Pedro Tomas Labayen
PR 125, San Sebastián
www.facebook.com/pages/Museo-De-Historia-De-San-Sebastian/541461279244455

Museo de los Próceres
Cabo Rojo; founded in 1995
www.caborojopr.net/museoPro.htm

Antigua Casa de Aduana
Arroyo
www.lonelyplanet.com/puerto-rico/arroyo/sights/architecture/antigua-casa-de-aduana

Museo Histórico Ramón Rivera Bermúdez
Callé José I. Quintón, Coamo; founded in 1979
http://surbienal.blogspot.com/2012/08/museo-historico-ramon-rivera-bermudez.html

Museo de Arte e Historia Oscar Colón Delado
Hatillo
www.facebook.com/Museodehatillo

Museo de Eugenio Maria de Hostos
Municipal exhibition space, Mayagüez
www.facebook.com/pages/Museo-de-Eugenio-Maria-de-Hostos-MayaguezPR/179106382164311

Museo de Historia y Arte de Guayama
Guayama
www.facebook.com/museo.mhag.org

Museo de Arte de Guanica
Guanica
www.facebook.com/museoarte.deguanica

Museo Histórico de Naranjito (MUHNA)
Naranjito
www.facebook.com/MuseoHistoricoNaranjito

ADDITIONAL SOURCES

Asociación de Museos de Puerto Rico (AMPR)
www.facebook.com/AsociacionMuseosPR

Official tourism pages on Art in Puerto Rico
www.seepuertorico.com/en/experiences/culture/


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