In the fall of 2001, Vose Galleries opened a contemporary division, marking the gallery’s return to handling the work of living artists after a nearly 40-year hiatus. In opening the new division, Vose has made a commitment to promote top-tier realist artists who have undergone the rigorous training required to master centuries-old painting techniques and apply them in unique new ways.
In 2003 and 2004, Vose Galleries exhibited painting and sculpture by over ninety realist artists in the two-part series Mentors and Protégés. Artists from all over the country participated in this ground-breaking exhibition that explored the crucial mentoring process. In the spring of 2014 Vose Galleries hosted the International Association of Pastel Societies' 24th Juried Exhibition which featured over 76 contemporary artists hailing from twenty-fine states, British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, and Queensland Australia.
Vose Contemporary Realism also encompasses the portraiture department. Under the direction of Carey L. Vose, the department represents the work of diverse artists, offering a variety of styles and media for commissioned portraits.