Perlow-Stevens curator plans to become owner of downtown gallery

Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 6:59 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Perlow-Stevens Gallery curator Joel Sager announced on Saturday that he plans to become owner and director of the gallery.

The gallery's current owners, Jennifer Perlow and Chris Stevens, put it up for sale after they announced their move to Denver in April.

Sager, 32, said Perlow offered the gallery to him before anyone else. He made it clear that nothing is final because the transaction has not taken place yet and the terms have still to be negotiated. Officially, the ownership of the gallery is still in transition and will be until mid-summer.

Sager is organizing a series of fundraisers and working with corporate sponsors to raise money for the gallery.

He said he wants to keep the gallery open because "a commercial gallery is paramount for the city of Columbia."

The gallery represented Sager's artwork when it opened in 2006. Perlow sold his portraits in the course of a week, Sager said.

"She's a great manager of my work," Sager said. "It kind of blossomed from there."

The two became friends, and Sager was brought on as an associate curator soon after.

Sager and the rest of the gallery's staff have remained in contact with Perlow, even though she's already working at a new position at Nine Dot Arts, a consulting firm in Denver.

Sager said he would try to run the gallery as Perlow and Stevens did, but said change might come in the form of new artists and artwork.

"I think they built a beautiful foundation, and I want to honor it," Sager said, "while giving it my own sense of curatorial style."

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.

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