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Wendy Olsoff

Wendy Gail Olsoff is an American art curator and art dealer. She is the co-founder and co-owner of P.P.O.W, a contemporary art gallery located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.

Wendy Olsoff
EducationWilliam Smith College
Occupationart curator, art dealer
co-owner of P.P.O.W Gallery


Olsoff graduated from William Smith College in 1978 with a degree in English and an art history minor.[1][2]

In 1983, Olsoff co-founded with Penny Pilkington the P.P.O.W contemporary art gallery in Manhattan's East Village.[3] In 1988 the gallery moved to Soho and then to Chelsea in 2002.[4] The gallery features artists central to the 1980s East Village art scene as well as political art, often by women, people of color, and LGBT artists.[3]

In 2012, Olsoff and Pilkington received a Visual AIDS Vanguard Award recognizing their work in the arts and commitment to HIV/AIDS advocacy.[1][5]

Olsoff is currently on the board of the Art Dealers Association of America.[6] She is a founding charter member of the Feminist Art Council of the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. She also served on the Brooklyn Arts Council (BRIC).[7]


  1. ^ a b "Filling a Blank Canvas". Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
  2. ^ "Co-Founders of P.P.O.W. Gallery Dish to Triple Canopy". New York Observer. March 26, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "P.P.O.W defies tough odds for mid-sized galleries". The Art Newspaper. December 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "P.P.O.W. Will Expand in September, Adding Sixth-Floor Project Space". ARTnews. July 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "VAVA honoring: Frank Jump, Sean Strub, Wendy Olsoff & Penny Pilkington". Visual AIDS.
  6. ^ "Board of Directors/Administration". Art Dealers Association of America.
  7. ^ "Beyond Representation: Gender Equity in the Gallery System". Harvard University.