Long-time Louisville gallerist Brenda Deemer to retire, selling gallery to former employee and art curator Daniel Pfalzgraf

Brenda Deemer

Brenda Deemer. Photo: Ross Gordon

Brenda Deemer, owner of B. Deemer Gallery, is retiring at the end of the year after 30 years of owning and operating one of Louisville's most distinguished galleries. B. Deemer Gallery will continue to operate under the leadership of Daniel Pfalzgraf, to whom Deemer is selling the gallery effective January 1, 2021.

"I believe that there is no one more qualified and well suited to carry on with the Gallery,” says Brenda Deemer. “I am delighted that Daniel will be the one and trust that he will get the support from artists and clients that I have enjoyed all of these years.”

Opened in 1990, B. Deemer Gallery was a charter member of the Frankfort Avenue Business Association and a forerunner in the development of the historic Crescent Hill neighborhood that has grown into a major shopping and entertainment corridor along Frankfort Avenue. Under Deemer's guidance, B. Deemer Gallery has become a leader in the Louisville visual arts community, representing the work of over 40 artists including Madison Cawein, Terry Dryden, Robert Knipschild, Carolyn Plochmann, Martin Rollins, and Aggie Zed. The Gallery's custom picture framing department is one of the most highly regarded in the city.

Longtime B. Deemer Gallery artist Madison Cawein says, “I have been showing with Brenda at B. Deemer Gallery from very nearly her opening day…For decades since then, Brenda has been my partner, my rock, and my friend. She always gave me the support and the space to grow as an artist, and to take the next step in my professional life.”

Daniel Pfalzgraf adds, “Brenda is an iconic figure in the local art community, and it’s an honor to be able to follow on the path she started. I hold an incredible amount of admiration for her and for what she has been able to accomplish over these years. I remember telling Brenda when I first started working for her how one day I wanted to own a gallery, so this is literally a dream come true for me.”

Pfalzgraf became Director or Media Services at B. Deemer Gallery in 2006, following stops at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville and the Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Pfalzgraf was also the Director of the Green Building Gallery 2011 – 2015 before his most recent role as Curator at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana. Pfalzgraf earned a BFA in Sculpture and Drawing from Murray State University in 1999, and an MBA from Indiana University Southeast in 2018. He is also the president of LOOK Louisville Art, a consortium of local art galleries and museums, of which B. Deemer Gallery is a member.

Hired by the Carnegie Center in 2015, Pfalzgraf has established a strong contemporary art exhibition program, exhibiting both local and internationally renowned artists such as Sonya Clark, CreativeSoul Photography, Kerry James Marshall, Fahamu Pecou, and William Wegman, among others. Under his direction, minority artist representation grew by nearly 860%. He also spearheaded the creation of the half-million dollar New Albany Flow Park, the region’s first public art skatepark.

On Pfalzgraf purchasing the gallery, Cawein says, “I am beyond excited that Daniel Pfalzgraf will be the new incarnation of B. Deemer Gallery. The world of art and artists has itself been changing and growing in wonderful and surprising ways for some years now. I am so looking forward to discovering what is to come under Dan's leadership. If I were to make a list of specs for the ideal gallerist, curator, professional with whom to move into the future, that gallerist would be Dan Pfalzgraf.”

Martin Rollins, another artist represented by B. Deemer Gallery, adds, "Brenda Deemer could not have asked for a stronger person to take the helm at B. Deemer as Dan Pfalzgraf has not only previously worked at the gallery, he has also been a key contributor to the visual arts scene here in Louisville. By having Dan come on board, the gallery will build on its achievements, and is sure to evolve in creative and provocative ways."

Pfalzgraf will continue to build on the strong relationships the gallery has developed with artists and collectors, while seeking to expand access to art collecting for more people. His goal is to make it easier for more people to buy and sell art, and to help the Louisville region develop greater recognition as an arts destination.

DPfalzgraf Photo 1 Credit Jesse Fox

Daniel Pfalzgraf. Photo: Jesse Fox.


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