Orissa Modern Art Gallery is the only gallery in Orissa offering a large permanent display of selected contemporary works of art. It is established for the promotion of Orissan contemporary art, artist and artisans. The Orissa Modern Art Gallery (A non-profit organization) was founded by Mrs. Karen Kent from U.S.A and Tarakant Parida, an Orissan Artist (print maker) and Inaugurated by the then Director of Tourism on 2nd September, 2001 as a non-profit endeavour to promote contemporary Art, Artists and Artisans of Orissa.
This Gallery has also got "The Certificate of Registration Trust Act "having the Regd.No.-1041. However, it is the first and only contemporary Fine Art Gallery existing in the State, offering a large collection of contemporary art and crafts from Orissa for betterment of their artistic status. Besides these the Orissa Modern Art Gallery provides the permanent exhibition of contemporary works of several artists from Orissa, which encourages the consciousness not only among the artists, artisans but also among the art lovers, visitors and buyers. We have experienced by eight years of its operation that the response to the Gallery is extremely positive and its contribution towards the art, artists, artisans and tourists is highly prominent with a growing advantage. The concept of the Gallery is to provide a permanent exhibition of contemporary art works in a growing collection of more than 800 pieces which remains open for seven days in a week. In addition to the high quality-exhibition it provides the appropriate space, proper attractive lightening for special exhibitions by individual artist, groups and organizations etc.
What makes the Gallery different from other activities that the provision of marketing and an active support for promotion of art, artists and artisans within Orissa, India and abroad. This is the only platform of the Orissan artists to survive through their works. Since its inauguration, more than 50,000 visitors have been attracted towards gallery and the exhibitors have sold around 800 works which is an indirect earn of them. The works of more than 250 artists have been promoted by the gallery. More than 90 artists have enhanced their income through the gallery. The artists represented the range from the most senior artists to present generation of established emerging artists and finally the best among Oriyas are yet to be recognized from younger artists and students. We think that there is much evidence that the gallery has made considerable progress towards achieving the ultimate goal during its short span of life. The objectives of the gallery have also designed in such a way which can enable the artists to continue their devotion in the field of the contemporary art and for further enrichment of the Orissan culture as given below:
We have a permanent exhibition of more than 200 local artists in the gallery many of whom have been benefited from the sale of their works. Their exhibition enables them to continue their devotion on the contemporary art field and our Orissan culture all through their lives. We have mounted a series of special exhibitions which stimulate varieties of art works towards visitors at the gallery. We have attracted many Indian and foreign visitors towards the gallery who have recognized the noble aims and objectives of the gallery and the evidence reflects by many tributes expressed in the visitor's book and many valuable comments have given verbally. We have gained the interest and the support of both electronic and printing media covering, thereby reaching out to the wider public response significantly through these achievements. Your visit to our gallery will encourage us and your valuable advice will prompt and tempt us to do more for the cause of Orissan Art and Culture.