40 years in any business is a long time, 40 years in the Art Gallery Business is a lifetime. To celebrate forty years of Zenith Gallery we will be hosting three different exhibitions at 1111 Pennsylvania Sculpture Space that will represent the different locations and eras of Zenith Gallery. The first exhibit, In the Beginning will embody the artists and life of Zenith Gallery during it’s time at the Rhode Island Ave location. Here is where it all started, Owner and Director, Margery Goldberg opened Zenith’s doors in March 1978 at a 50,000 square-foot complex as a haven for artists. As the first group to move into the 14th St vicinity 10 years after the 68’ Riots, we were the pioneers of 14th Street and started the 14th Street arts corridor.
At this location, many traditions of Zenith such as, neon, humor, sculpture, three-dimensional art, fabulous painters and photographers, fashion, and video shows were exhibited here more than anywhere else in the District. Zenith Gallery was not just an art gallery, but also artist’s studios where many of them additionally resided. Popular artists from Rhode Island Ave continue to be represented by Zenith Gallery to this day, however several have passed away, Guenther Riess and Ramon Santiago. We honor them as well as our living artists who continue to create, grow and master their art.
For 4 decades Zenith Gallery has been a pillar in the D.C. art community. We attribute our success to our ability to transform with the ever-changing times. We do this by combining our longstanding commitment to inspired, unique artworks with our personalized, high quality customer service. This commitment to celebrating the creative spirit of our artists is the core value at the heart of Zenith Gallery. As the Owner, and celebrated artist in her own right, Goldberg is fond of saying, “With billions of people on the planet, for someone to come up with an original idea and execute it in an original way is what has kept me in business all these years.”