Galleri Urbane, located in the Design District of Dallas, Texas, is a contemporary art
gallery, founded in Silver City, New Mexico, in 2000. Moving the business from the
front rooms of their Victorian home in New Mexico, owners Ree and Jason Willaford
first established permanent roots in a 100-year-old adobe building in the Central
Marfa Historic District in Texas in 2002. In 2009, the Dallas location opened where the
gallery remains today.…
After operating there for 17 years, the Marfa space officially
closed its doors in 2019.
Since its founding, Galleri Urbane has advocated for the careers of contemporary,
emerging and mid-career artists from across the United States and abroad, now
representing more than 20 artists. These painters, sculptors, photographers, mixedmedia
artists, and conceptual artists share a the mission to innovate their media
beyond traditional applications and conventions. These various approaches to art fuel
the gallery in solo and group exhibitions every seven weeks — about eight shows
each year. Two exhibitions run concurrently and works by gallery artists rotate in the
Viewing Room, adjacent to the two main galleries. Galleri Urbane continues to
maintain relationships with artists, collectors, curators, and critics internationally aftermore than 20 years.
From the early days of the gallery in the American West, beginning with Jason
Willaford’s solo exhibition of paintings, Belly of the Cowgirl and pop-ups in Marfa
during the The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati Weekend, the Urbane
aesthetic remains just as inventive and is not defined by the business it exists in.