Mac-Gryder Gallery was founded in 2017 to showcase mid- and late-career artists with an emphasis on offering deeply personal service to our clients.
We enjoy the art of matchmaking between artwork and collector and are gratified that so many of our clients have also become personal friends through the years.
Located in the heart of New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts District, across from the historic Julia Row townhouses known as the Thirteen Sisters, Mac-Gryder Gallery is a light, bright contemporary space where collectors can linger, browse the library of books on the established artists, and discover new talent in a welcoming environment.
A native of Minneapolis, Jill’s early studies in art and music blossomed into an avid art collecting habit after college. Supported by a career in marketing and project management, her hobby quickly grew into a full-time career passion. She left the corporate world and moved to New Orleans in 1999 to be part of the vibrant local art community. Her early projects included promoting exhibitions and selling art at Mid-City Studios artist collective and on Magazine Street during Art for Art’s Sake. This was followed by positions managing the Gustavo Duque Art Center uptown and Bryant Galleries in the French Quarter where she championed the works of international artists Mersad Berber and Augustin Uebeda, and American painters Rolland Golden, Alan Flattman and Dean Mitchell.
After Hurricane Katrina, she joined renowned art dealer Jacob Manguno at the Vincent Mann Gallery located at 305 Royal Street in the French Quarter. As one of the directors of the Mann Gallery, she managed the day-to-day operations, curated exhibitions, wrote catalogs and handled hundreds of works by French modernist Françoise Gilot, neo-impressionist Luc Didier and lesser-known masters of the French Impressionist and post-Impressionist movements.
Following the passing of founder Jacob Manguno in 2017 and the subsequent closing of the Mann Gallery, Jill and her business partner Garlyn Gryder established Mac-Gryder Gallery on Julia Street in the Contemporary Arts District of New Orleans to carry on the representation of Françoise Gilot and other modern masters of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Indigenous to the Gulf South, Garlyn Gryder was educated in Voice and Studio Arts at Loyola University, New Orleans and completed her foreign exchange program at Trinity College, Dublin in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art from Tulane University, where she studied 19th and 20th Century Art in the museums of Paris.
After a few years of interning at the Vincent Mann Gallery in New Orleans, Garlyn prepared herself for a career in the art market by pursuing her postgraduate education in the hub of the international art world, London. Garlyn obtained her Master of Arts in Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, where she trained in connoisseurship, collecting, curating, cataloging, art authentication, historical and contemporary art markets, principles of art business and strategic management in the art world.
Studying under Dr. Bernard Vere, Garlyn specialized in Modern Art, and her dissertation “Alchemical Symbolism in the Ready-Mades and Alter Ego of Marcel Duchamp” received distinction and earned her the honor of graduating with Merit. After studying and traveling extensively throughout Europe, Garlyn returned to New Orleans and co-founded the Mac-Gryder Gallery on Julia Street.