By Jillian Steinhauer
March 5, 2020
All art fairs aren’t the same, but they can have a comparable blanketing effect: after hours of walking around a sales floor, the works start to blend together. Was this the clever neon text sculpture you liked, or was it that one?
Sheila Urevbu owns and directs Art Village Gallery, an art gallery in downtown Memphis dedicated to connecting Memphis to diferent cultures through art. We recently sat down with Sheila to learn more about her history, what has led her to being a key cultural leader in Memphis, and how the Dixon fts in to her story.
Art Village Gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural presentation for VOLTA New York. At the fair, the gallery will feature new and recent works by three artists including Nigerian artist Tega Akpokona, Ethiopian artist Zeinu Mudeser and Nigerian artist Ephraim Urevbu.
This presentation exemplifies Art Village Gallery’s commitment to promoting diverse, international artists, with an emphasis on artists who push the boundaries of their chosen material, or whose practices transcend a single medium.
In celebration of Black History Month, the seventh edition of the Out of Africa exhibition series returns to Art Village Gallery and the South Main Arts District bringing contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora to the forefront. Known for presenting extraordinary international artwork, the gallery will present Negritude, The Igbo Has Landed, new artwork by Nigerian artist, Gerald Chukwuma, which marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States.
In celebration of Black History Month, the sixth edition of the art exhibition, Out of Africa returns to Art Village Gallery and the South Main Arts District bringing contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora to the forefront. Featuring work by Nigerian-based artist, Uchay Joel Chima in his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Inhabitants of the Earth will feature events that further explore the culture that inspired the artwork.
What happens when civil rights and art collide? Art Village Gallery's ground-breaking Beyond the Balcony MLK50 tribute exhibition answers the call--"Where do we go from here?" this Friday, March 30, from 6:30-8:30pm, at 410 S. Main Street in the South Main Arts District on Trolley Night.
In celebration of International Women’s History Month, Art Village Gallery is proud to bring Nevertheless, She Persisted to the South Main Arts District.
By: Joyce McKinney, The Memphis 100
Two years ago, Sheila Urevbu left corporate America to join her husband, Ephraim, at Art Village Gallery in downtown Memphis. As a gallery curator, she recognized the pronounced gender inequalities in visual arts, so she set out on a mission to identify women who dared to pour their passions and life experiences into painting.
By Jacob Steimer, MBJ
Ephraim and Sheila Urevbu have ambitious goals for their renovation of 412 S. Main Street. The space, they hope, will soon be the home of art business instruction, in-depth community conversations and a restaurant from the minds of Ephraim Urevbu and one of the city's most successful restaurateurs.
Since Onix restaurant moved out of the space last year, the Urevbus have already invested $60,000 cleaning up and overhauling the space to better accomplish their mission of "diversity through the arts."
By Marco Pave
The talk of downtown Memphis for the past 10 years has been the “South Main Arts District.” We’ve heard it over and over and it’s now a part of the cosmopolitan Memphian vocabulary. Like with many redevelopments, we sometimes forget the history of the place or how the new buildings came about. According to historic-memphis.com, “The South Main Historic Arts District is an area that is returning from the dead - from old, dark, deserted, and boarded up buildings.
Candles aren't something you'd normally find renowned artist Ephraim Urevbu crafting, but he's found another way to share his art and his personal desire for peace in our world.
By Shara Clark, Memphis Magazine
All aboard! This weekend marks the 15th anniversary of the South Main Trolley Night. Many Memphians recognize this last-Friday-of-the-month event as a night filled with fun, music, art, and trolley rides. It all started on September 29th, 2000, when a single vintage trolley rode up and down South Main free-of-charge for passengers attending the first (what was then called) South Main Art Trolley Tour.
On Saturday evening, September 6, supporters of Harding Academy's fine arts program enjoyed an evening of art, fun, and refreshment on historic South Main Street in downtown Memphis. Resident artist, Ephraim Urevbu, opened his gallery just for the Harding family and shared his incredible story that began in Warri, Nigeria.
By Michael Sheffeld, MBJ
When attorney Jenny Kiesewetter was preparing to move into her new 3,500-square-foot office in East Memphis, she was looking for a modern, high-tech theme. She wanted a new space that wouldn’t have been out of place in San Francisco or New York.
The best way to do that, she thought, was to use art. However, the budget for original pieces of art can hit five or six figures if you get carried away, and Kiesewetter had to keep costs under control.