Fascinated by the notion of challenging traditional labels that categorize art, Wexler Gallery exhibits work that can coexist in the worlds of design, fine art, decorative art and craft. By questioning and challenging the boundaries of these fields, we aim to present functional and non-functional work that consistently celebrates innovation. Unified by a commitment to excellent craftsmanship and true dedication to their art, we are proud to showcase some of the world’s most esteemed artists working in their areas of pursuit.
The 5,600 square foot gallery opened in 2000 in the historic district of Old City, Philadelphia. Since then, the gallery has proudly showcased extraordinary work by both master artists and the emerging talent of today.
meet our staffGallery owner Lewis Wexler began his career in the arts in the late 1980s as Assistant Vice President of 20th Century Decorative Arts at Christie’s auction house in New York City. Following his work at Christie’s, Lewis worked with world-renowned French art Deco dealer Anthony Delorenzo at his Madison Avenue gallery. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States at institutions including The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, The Furniture Society Conference, UBS’ Annual Global Media & Communications Conference, and SOFA Chicago (Sculptural Objects Functional Art fair). He has been featured in various national publications and appeared on the cover of Art & Antiques magazine in October 2005. Committed to the promotion of finely crafted work that pushes the perception of art, craft, and Design, Lewis has also been on the jury to select work for important exhibitions throughout the US.
Gallery owner Sherri Apter Wexler began her career in the arts working with various art galleries and photojournalism agency Magnum Photos, before landing at Christie's auction house in New York. At Christie's, Sherri spent several years researching and cataloguing Contemporary, Latin American and Modern prints. Later, Sherri committed herself professionally to the field of video and film production. An award winning video producer/director, Sherri has produced and directed many projects for clients such as Comcast, Xerox, HBO and Showtime. In addition to being the gallery's business director, Sherri is the curator of the gallery's program of paintings, prints and photography. Sherri graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University in Saint Louis and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and is the Outreach Chair for the Eastern Pennsylvania JDRF chapter.
Director Sienna Freeman began her career in the arts as a resident artist and
show curator at Space1026 Gallery and Artist Studios in Philadelphia in 2003,
working along side many prominent young artists. Stemming from a family
background deeply rooted in cultural studies and the visual arts, Sienna was
greatly influenced by modern art theory, history, and criticism. Curator of
Wexler Gallery’s yearly group exhibition, Sienna has organized (In)Between featuring Damien Hirst, Randall Sellers, Adelaide Paul, Tim Tate, Anne Siems,
Dirk Staschke & Joe Boruchow (May/June 2008), The Self & Beyond featuring Kiki Smith, Dana Major Kanovitz, Monica Cook & Melanie Bilenker
(September/October 2009), and Old Souls: Reincarnated Objects featuring Orly Cogan, Brian Dettmer, Flore Gardner, & Jessica Joslin (May/June 2011). An artist herself, Sienna’s works in photography and collage have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions.
She has also lectured on the subject of art administration and her own work
at The University if the Arts in Philadelphia. Sienna has a BFA from the University of the Arts in Photography.