Jordan Faye Block established Jordan Faye Contemporary in November of 2006. Ms. Block received a BFA in Printmaking, and a minor in Art History from Plymouth State University, and an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. While at Plymouth State Ms. Block founded the PIP Gallery, a university-supported organization that aimed to educate young artists about a variety of professional issues such as marketing one’s work, preparing for exhibitions, advertising shows, and networking with the local community at large. After running the PIP Gallery for three years, Ms. Block procured an internship at Sotheby’s Inc. in New York City, where she obtained extensive knowledge about the art market.
In Baltimore, Ms. Block co-founded Gallery Imperato, a contemporary commercial gallery located in the Federal Hill area of Baltimore City, where she served as the director and curator. During her two-year tenure, the gallery featured fifteen exhibitions that showcased the work of over sixty-five artists, all of which received favorable reviews by the Baltimore and DC metropolitan area press. With this venture, Ms. Block built a serious-forum for contemporary art to be seen, reviewed, and purchased.
In late 2006, Ms. Block launched Jordan Faye Contemporary. Its first ‘place-holder space’ was inside the PR consulting firm John Yuhanick & Associates. In mid-2007 the gallery took residence in a 1300 sq.ft. loft in Woodberry’s Clipper Mill. Whilst having this location, we expanded and developed our exhibitions program to exist within the headquarters of Case[werks], a museum cases showroom. The early mission of JFC was to not only hang art in a traditional gallery space, but to bring it out in front of the people. Several exhibitions took place downtown in the IBM Building at 100 E. Pratt Street in their grand lobby, followed by exhibitions curated at the Creative Alliance, the Living Classroom Foundation’s Frederick Douglas & Isaac Myers Maritime Park & Museum, and a transformation of the Load of Fun Gallery.
In September 2009, Jordan Faye Contemporary moved to a historic building in Federal Hill that had once been one of the four original Enoch Pratt Library neighborhood branches (1886-1971). In November 2009, Jordan Faye Block developed and presented her first Salon Series exhibition for emerging artists. The Salon Series grew over the course of the next 5 years by educating, selling & showcasing over 200 emerging artists and their work. Some of these artists have gone on to become leaders in the arts community, professionally represented and have taken their careers to the next level.
In August of 2012, Jordan Faye Contemporary moved into a historic brownstone on Park Avenue in Mount Vernon, a culturally rich neighborhood adjacent to such fine art institutions as The Walters Art Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Alongside this move, the gallery continued its mission to share its artists' work with the local community, but also expanded to bring their work to a larger, global audience through participation in international art fairs and exhibitions from New York to Los Angeles.
In October of 2014, with the growing needs of the gallery, Jordan Faye Contemporary relocated and expanded it’s operations to the entire top floor of the Maryland Art Place Building on Saratoga Street in the heart of the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District. This 3300 sq. ft. space contains three separate galleries: the West, the Front & the East. It also has three studios and the main office of JFC. As the space continues to evolve, it will house an art library and will be available for external groups to use for events like community meetings and panel discussions. This new space is also the home of Thrive, which grew out of the many successful years of The Salon Series Program. Jordan Faye Contemporary developed Thrive in an effort to offer artists professional development opportunities and meaningful resources. Thrive is an arts, consulting & residency program, co-founded by Willa Frazer and Jordan Faye Block.