Walsh Gallery was founded in 1993 specializing in works of contemporary Asian art. Beginning with surveys of contemporary Japanese prints and Chinese ink paintings, today the gallery’s exhibitions now include many high end contemporary artists.
Although beginning with works primarily in China and India, Walsh Gallery today exhibits and represents artists from across Asia. Exhibitions have included works and solo exhibitions of renowned artists from India such as Bhupen Khakhar, M. F. Hussein, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Atul Dodiya, Reena Saini Kallat, Jitish Kallat, Vivan Sundaram, Nalini Malani, Sheba Chhachhi, and Ravinder Reddy. The history of exhibiting Chinese artists includes works by Xue Song, Song Dong, Rong Rong and Inri, Zhang Dali, Mo Yi, Shen Fan, Miao Xiaochun, Shen Shaomin, Liu Jianhua, Ma Qiusha, and many others. Indonesian artist Heri Dono has had several solo exhibitions with the gallery. The exhibition Service Station exhibited works by fourteen emerging South Korean artists, as well as solo exhibitions with artist Chang Jia. In order to continue to expand awareness and collectors of contemporary Asian art in Chicago, the gallery works with many international curators including Wu Hung, Leng Lin, Sunhee Choi, Seewon Hyun and Jisun Song.
In 2007 Walsh Gallery launched a new media lounge where visitors can view video pieces and installations by the best talents from Asia. Walsh Gallery has had a special interest in the field of new media and has been a pioneer participant in DiVA (Digital and Video Art Fair) since 2005 in Cologne, Paris, New York and, Miami as well V07: Venice Videoart Fair.
Exhibitions from the gallery have been reviewed many international publications including Artforum, ARTnews, Art in America, Time Out, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Walsh Gallery artists have appeared in Biennials and Triennials around the world and are frequent participants in museum shows worldwide. The gallery itself participates frequently in international art fairs including Art Dubai, Photo New York, Bridge London, Shanghai Contemporary, and NeXt Chicago.
Julie Walsh, Director of Walsh Gallery, is also a council member of the Asia Society in New York. In addition, Julie Walsh is an avid collector of contemporary art with works from her collection appearing in exhibitions sponsored by the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, USA), Casa Asia (Madrid, Spain), the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and the Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, USA).