pa-gus (pä’gus) n. LL. Pagan wilderness outside the pale.  Beyond the reach of the academy also Pagus Gallery: a place where art can be seen in a straight forward manner; where art can speak for itself.

Pagus is located in the Norristown Arts Building, a beautiful loft building that was once a costume factory.  Since 1996 we have been a 501(c)(3) non-profit showing high quality work by artists from across the United States. It is our aim to be a vital resource for the local Philadelphia art community and to expand our audience and exhibition schedule.  Pagus recently added the “Project Space,” an additional exhibition space within the Norristown Arts Building.

We welcome your ideas and involvement.  If you are a curator or an artist and would like more information about showing at Pagus send an email to: director@pagusgallery.org



Ryan Earl

Director Emeritus

Tim Hawkesworth
Justin Snow


Director: Ellen Berenholz

Visit the Website: http://www.pagusafrica.org

Pagus:Africa. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works at a grassroots level on projects that directly improve people’s lives. We are currently working in Ghana, W. Africa. Projects are primarily focused in the Volta Region. We are non-sectarian, non-governmental, and apolitical.


Pagus, Inc was established in 1996 as a non-profit art gallery (Pagus) and community outreach organization. The decision to extend the organization’s efforts to work in Ghana was made in 2004 after founders Ellen Berenholz and Timothy Hawkesworth were introduced to the challenges faced by the people in the Volta Region in Ghana and requests for help were made. Ellen traveled to Ghana with her son to gain better understanding of their needs and the most effective way to help.

Pagus:Africa was founded with the desire to get things done directly without unnecessary red-tape and administrative expenses. 100% of all money donated goes directly into the projects we’ve committed to. By keeping projects small and focused, there is not a need to have paid staff. We are all volunteers.