Urevbu Contemporary represents emerging and mid-career artists with the primary purpose of supporting the practice and work of artists from Africa and its Diaspora while increasing opportunities for artists to introduce their artwork to new geographies. The gallery is deeply committed to presenting culturally significant exhibitions, programming and curated experiences that spark cross cultural dialogue to inspire an appreciation for diversity. Urevbu Contemporary also commissions artists who work in a variety of mediums on corporate and independent projects. The gallery is celebrated for its innovative exhibitions and artists who engage in critical social and cultural dialogue of the day that transcends boundaries between Western and non Western cultures.


Urevbu Contemporary was originally founded as Art Village Gallery in 1991 on historic Beale Street, in Memphis, TN by Nigerian artist, Ephraim Urevbu. In 1998 the Gallery relocated to South Main Street in a converted 14,000 square foot warehouse that Urevbu single handedly renovated. Soon after, the artist also founded the South Main Arts District and later established the monthly art walk (locally referred to as the Trolley Art Tour), both still in existence today.

Following the transition of ownership to Sheila Urevbu in 2015, the Gallery’s name changed to Urevbu Contemporary in 2020.


Urevbu Contemporary does not accept unsolicited artist applications.