Gallery Type: Artist Run Space
Programming: Gallery, Artist Studios, Cinema Series
Gallery Director: Stewart Watson
About: Located in a 160 year-old artist-owned warehouse within Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, AREA 405 is committed to showcasing and strengthening the vitality of the arts community within Baltimore. The primitive and urban character of our 66,000 square feet warehouse at 405 East Oliver Street provides a particular and alternative setting for exhibitions as well as studio space for the 30+ artists who work here (Oliver Street Studios). Our building’s long history as a brewery, industrial equipment maker and as a window blind manufacturer challenges and inspires both exhibitors and performers in a way that traditional, neutral white-wall spaces cannot.
AREA 405’s mission is to produce, present and promote arts and cultural programming by offering a venue for artists from Baltimore and beyond. Collaborating with art, cultural and community organizations throughout the region, AREA 405 has hosted scores of events featuring thousands of artists since opening its doors in 2003. Our not-for-profit entity, which is run solely by volunteers, supports not only the visual arts, but also dance, theatre, film and more.
Interested in interning, volunteering, hosting an event at AREA 405, or joining our mailing list? Drop us a line at [email protected].
Recent History: The building was purchased by 3 Square Feet, LLC in March with mammoth renovations in full swing soon thereafter.
One-hundred-and-thirty industrial-sized dumpsters of debris were removed from the building in the first seven years of ownership, along with countless tons of cardboard and wood for recycling. Two tractor- trailer loads of vinyl were sent to India for use as roofing material or were recycled as super hero figurines (not sure which). Two-hundred-and-fifty tons of steel was also removed and recycled – that’s 500,000 pounds without the benefit of electric equipment – loaded and carried away using only gravity, pallet jacks, human muscle and sheer will fueled by lots of beer, pizza and friendship! 405 East Oliver Street has been a hub of artistic, community, and social activity ever since, officially opening its doors as AREA 405 in February 2003.