A Guide to the Best Art Galleries in Metro Phoenix
Metro Phoenix is home to an assortment of art galleries exhibiting works by local, national, and international artists. Most show works in a wide variety of mediums, and many works by emerging and established artists. They all have a different vibe, so whatever your interests and tastes, you’ll find something to suit you.
But 10 galleries in Metro Phoenix stand out above the rest. One is inside an arts center and two are located in old warehouses. Another is underground and one is located on the second floor of a quaint shopping complex. One belongs to a city and a couple belong to community activists. Here are our favorites.
207 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert
Artistic crossroads, founded by Alan Fitzgerald in January 2011 in a former dance studio, specializes in the intersection of photography with other forms of artistic expression. It exhibits works by established and emerging artists, including students, in two joint galleries totaling 1,670 square feet on the second floor of the Heritage Court building in downtown Gilbert. Notable artists who have shown work at Art Intersection include David Emitt Adams, Claire A. Warden, and Lisa Robinson. They also have a photo lab and offer a wide variety of courses for photographers of different experience levels. Art Intersection is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Art One Gallery
4130 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale
Art One Gallery has represented emerging and established Arizona artists since 1993. He also represents students at Arizona universities, community colleges, and high schools. The gallery was founded by Kraig Foote, who helped local luminaries including Brian Boner launch successful careers. Located in Scottsdale’s Downtown Arts District, the gallery is a fun place to hang out during Scottsdale Art Walks on Thursday nights, when they’re open from 7-9 p.m. Art One is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
215 Grant Street East
Creation of Bentley Calverley Bentley Gallery in Scottsdale in 1984. In 2004, she opened a second art space in a warehouse which she named Bentley Projects. In November 2012, the Scottsdale Gallery moved to Bentley Projects, where it has since been renovated. The Bentley Gallery specializes in contemporary art, Asian antiques and works from the modern era. Previous exhibitions have featured works by renowned artists Keith Haring, Devorah Sperber and Dale Chihuly, in addition to works by local artists such as Colin Chillag, Joe Willie Smith and Denise Yaghmourian. The Bentley Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Summer hours vary.
1101 Fine Arts Complex
1101 West University Drive, Tempe
1101 Fine Arts Complex features works by local, national and international artists working in a variety of mediums including video, neon, sculpture, painting, drawing. prints, fiber art, and more. Most of the group exhibits include works by emerging and established artists, and many deal with topics at the forefront of American culture such as racism, sexism, and climate change. Often the participating artists are accomplished art students and university faculty members. The gallery also holds exhibition exchange programs with facilities in other states and countries. Gallery hours will resume once renovations are complete.
Lisa Sette Gallery
210 Catalina Drive East
After decades in Scottsdale’s downtown arts district, Lisa Sette Gallery moved in June 2014 to a semi-subterranean Al Beadle building in downtown Phoenix. Sette seeks out various artists “working at the forefront of aesthetic, social and conceptual investigation”. It currently represents 42 established and emerging artists working in a wide variety of mediums and presents several exhibitions featuring their works each season. The list includes famed light artists James Turrell and William Wegman, best known to many for photographing his own Weimaraner dogs in various costumes and poses. Sette also represents several Metro Phoenix favorites, including Rachel Bess, Angela Ellsworth and Carrie Marill. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
407 Roosevelt Street East
Located in the artistic district of Roosevelt Row, Altered Arts was established by Kimber Lanning in 1999 as a visual art and performance space. Today it is both an art gallery and offices for the nonprofit Local First Arizona, founded by Lanning. The gallery primarily features local artists, but also national and international artists making contemporary art in a variety of mediums. Local First Arizona staff open the space Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery staff are on site the first Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., the third Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
The Sagrado Galleria
6437 South Central Avenue
Established in South Phoenix in 2016, The Sagrado Galleria features exhibits featuring works in various mediums by Latino and Native American artists, including renowned Metro Phoenix artists such as Emily Costello, Lalo Cota, and Zarco Guerrero. The gallery also presents lectures, performances and other programs designed to create economic development and foster youth development through the arts, while striving to preserve and transmit ancestral knowledge and cultural identity. The gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Saturday by appointment, as well as evening art openings and closings.
605 Grant Street East
Inside ASU’s Grant Street Studios in Phoenix’s warehouse district is Steps Gallery, which opened in January 2014. The gallery features solo and group exhibitions featuring works by ASU undergraduate and graduate students. Exhibits rotate often, so it’s a cool place to go regularly to sample new work by up-and-coming artists working in multiple mediums. While you’re there, you can stroll through hallways lined with graduate student artists’ studios, often catching sight of various works in progress. The gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year. Opening receptions are held on the first and third Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.
The gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts
700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
The gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts, which includes 3,500 square feet of exhibition space, features exhibits that complement artwork with educational materials, artist demonstrations and community events. The gallery frequently features works by emerging and established Arizona artists working in a variety of mediums, often organized around themes such as pop culture, identity, or water. Exhibitions include opportunities to meet artists, watch artists work, and participate in related hands-on activities. The gallery also has an outdoor sculpture garden. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Summer hours vary.
10 East Chicago Street, Chandler
Property of the Town of Chandler, Vision Gallery presents the works of more than 300 local and regional artists in rotating exhibitions. A percentage of artwork sales helps fund free art education workshops in which local artists work with local youth. The non-profit gallery also has exhibition space at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Check out Chandler’s main downtown thoroughfare while you’re there to explore a fun assortment of sculptures and other public art. Vision Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated from its original version, which first appeared in April 2015.