Formed in 1974, Gallery 25 is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the United States. Located in downtown Fresno, the gallery has been a forum for contemporary art since its inception.
The gallery was founded by Joyce Aiken, Professor of Art at California State University, Fresno. Professor Aiken was the director of the second Feminist Art program (the first program was created by Judy Chicago at CSUF in 1970). The program focused on women creating artwork from their experience as women. By establishing the gallery, Aiken gave the women in the program the chance to exhibit their work to the public and gain professional experience as artists.
The 25 founding members ( in the photo below) began exhibiting at 1986 Echo Street, moving to a larger space at 1526 Fulton Street in 1981. The gallery opened its doors to men as well as women in 1989. To expand its quarters in April of 2004, the gallery moved to 660 Van Ness, adjacent to several other galleries and artist studios, and then to the M Street Arts Complex in downtown Fresno.
Currently, due to the pandemic, Gallery 25 will be closing its doors to its physical location at M Street at the beginning of August, 2020 and will transition to virtual exhibits.
Gallery 25 is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public. Seminars, discussion groups and classes are held in relation to exhibits. The gallery also participates in international exhibitions and gallery exchanges.