UGallery Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

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UGallery toasts to 10 years in business and a new round of growth funding as sales continue to outpace the online art industry at 40% year over year.

UGallery toasts to 10 years in business and a new round of growth funding with friends, artists and collectors on the rooftop terrace of its new downtown San Francisco office.

UGallery toasts to 10 years in business and a new round of growth funding with friends, artists and collectors on the rooftop terrace of its new downtown San Francisco office.

UGallery.com, the world’s leading curated online art gallery, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The milestone marks a decade of reinventing the way buyers shop for original artwork. Since its founding, UGallery has transformed the traditional art gallery into an accessible online experience by connecting buyers with one-of-a-kind artworks at price points lower than typically seen at brick-and-mortar galleries.

With roots as a business school project at the University of Arizona, UGallery initially made its name as a popular online outlet for student artists to sell their work. The concept quickly gained traction. Now, the online gallery has evolved to represent 500 emerging and mid-career artists from around the world.

“In the past, art was a black box – brick-and-mortar galleries were intimidating and there was little price transparency,” said co-founder and CEO Stephen Tanenbaum. “We launched UGallery with a mission to flip the art industry on its head and make original art accessible to everyone.”

UGallery operates much like a local gallery – with curator approval and detailed descriptions for each artwork, individual relationships with artists, and free shipping & returns – but at a much larger scale. The company’s personal and service-oriented approach to ecommerce is unusual for the art world and has allowed UGallery to flourish, with sales outpacing the industry at 40% growth YoY the last three years.

“We strive to be the premier online gallery,” said co-founder and Gallery Director Alex Farkas. “We focus a lot of energy on finding the most talented artists and connecting them with enthusiastic art buyers. Our mission is to develop lifelong relationships."

By connecting artists and collectors on a global scale, UGallery leads the way for people to consume and engage with one-of-a-kind art in today’s modern age.

Last Tuesday, UGallery held a 10th anniversary party on the rooftop terrace of their new Jackson Square office in San Francisco. Along with toasting to a decade in business, UGallery also celebrated a new round of growth funding from Trailhead Ventures.

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