Artist Florence Neal is Co-founder, Chief Curator and Director of the Kentler International Drawing Space, in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The non-profit gallery, founded in 1990, is dedicated to bringing to the public contemporary drawings and works on paper by local, national and international artists as part of the cultural fabric of the community. Kentler’s programs include: four to six exhibitions a year by emerging and under-recognized artists; the Kentler Flatfiles with works by over 180 artists and K.I.D.S. Art Education. Ms. Neal helped initiate the exhibitions program at Brooklyn Public Library as Exhibitions Coordinator in 2002 to 2004. She was curator of The Art Lot (2000 – 2003), juror for “Drawings on Alabama” (2006), and juried “Brooklyn” for 440 Gallery.
Florence Neal’s prints, drawings and public art installations have been exhibited in the US and abroad. Her welded steel wind sculpture “Dance of Life” is a public art commission for the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has collaborated with writer Wendy Walker on a number of print/text projects, “Screen Memories” at Brooklyn Public Library and “…a different forest”, a public art commission for Omaha Public Library. She is a recent Pollock Krasner Fellowship recipient and has been awarded residency opportunities including: MI-LAB Residency in Japan, Fundación Valparaíso in Spain, Hermit International Art Symposium in the Czech Republic, Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Vermont Studio Center, and many others. She lives and works in Red Hook, Brooklyn.