The Argus Gallery was founded in Madison, New Jersey, in 1961 by Verdenal and Edward Johnson and E. Austin Goodwin. The gallery exhibited primarily contemporary artists, with several shows featuring nineteenth century artists, most notably from Maine and New Jersey.
Goodwin, who was a member of the art faculty at Newark State College, had left the gallery by 1964, and Edward Johnson, a high school counselor, and Verdenal Johnson, a high school teacher, took over operations.
During its years in business, Argus Gallery held solo shows for artists B. J. O. Nordfeldt, Henry Gullick, Seymour Lipton, German artist Adolf Konrad, and others. Group shows at the gallery included an annual college and university faculty show put together from sources across the country, and a British printmakers show. In addition to exhibitions, Argus Gallery organized artist demonstrations, offered youth and adult art classes, and held a lecture series hosted by art critic Clement Greenberg.