10 Best Art Galleries in Metro Phoenix

Roosevelt Row is home to some of the best galleries in Phoenix.EXPAND
Roosevelt Row is home to some of the best galleries in Phoenix.
Lynn Trimble

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 media, and many show works by both emerging and established artists. They've all got a different feel, so whatever your interests and tastes, you'll find something that catches your fancy.

But 10 metro Phoenix galleries stand above the rest. One is a converted shipping container, and two are located in former warehouses. Another is subterranean, and one sits on the second story of a quaint retail complex. One is owned by a city, and a couple are owned by community activists. Here are our favorites.

Modified Arts
Located in the Roosevelt Row arts district, Modified Arts was established by Kimber Lanning in 1999 as a visual and performance art space. Today, it's both an art gallery and office space for the nonprofit Local First Arizona, which Lanning founded. The gallery presents mostly local artists, but also national and international artists making contemporary art in a variety of media. Local First Arizona staff open the space Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery staff are onsite for First Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., for Third Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Find more information on the Modified Arts website.

Bentley Gallery at Bentley Projects exhibits works by local to international artists.
Bentley Gallery at Bentley Projects exhibits works by local to international artists.
Lynn Trimble

Bentley Gallery at Bentley Projects
Bentley Calverley founded Bentley Gallery in Scottsdale in 1984. In 2004, she went on to open a second art space in a warehouse that she dubbed Bentley Projects. In November of 2012, the Scottsdale gallery moved to Bentley Projects, where it’s since been renovated. Bentley Gallery specializes in contemporary art, Asian antiquities, and works from the Modern era. Previous exhibitions have featured works by renowned artists Keith Haring, Chuck Close, Devorah Sperber, and Dale Chihuly — in addition to works by such local artists as Colin Chillag, Joe Willie Smith, and Denise Yaghmourian. Bentley Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Find more information on the Bentley Gallery website.

Art Intersection in Gilbert specializes in the intersection of photographic arts with other media.EXPAND
Art Intersection in Gilbert specializes in the intersection of photographic arts with other media.
Lynn Trimble

Art Intersection
Art Intersection, founded by Alan Fitzgerald in January 2011 inside 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 conjoined galleries with a total of 1,670 square feet on the second floor of the Heritage Court Building in downtown Gilbert. Notable artists who've shown works at Art Intersection include David Emitt Adams, Claire A. Warden, and Lisa Robinson.

Often, you'll find additional works exhibited in its Ryan Gallery, which doubles as a conference room. Art Intersection has an additional "art for advocacy" space called Gallery 4 on the building's first floor, where it exhibits works designed to foster reflection, conversation, and community engagement with social, environmental, and cultural issues such as civil rights and homelessness. They also have a photographic lab, and offer a wide variety of classes for photographers with varying levels of experience. Art Intersection is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find more information on the Art Intersection website.

Chartreuse is located in the Grand Avenue arts district.
Chartreuse is located in the Grand Avenue arts district.
Lynn Trimble

Chartreuse
Chartreuse is located in the historic Bragg’s Pie Factory building, which the Bragg family had built in 1947. Nancy Hill, whose Hazel & Violet letterpress business is also located in this building, opened Chartreuse in September 2015. Previously, the space was home to Beatrice Moore’s Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery. Chartreuse is a cool place to see art while enjoying a bit of Phoenix history in what’s now dubbed the Grand Avenue arts district. Check out the green bike lanes, street names painted at intersections, and planters decorated by artists while you’re there. Chartreuse participates in First and Third Friday events in Phoenix. The venue presents solo and group exhibitions featuring works by artists in and beyond Arizona, which typically rotate every month. The gallery is open First and Third Fridays 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Chartreuse website

Hot Box Gallery is located in a shipping container on Roosevelt Row.
Hot Box Gallery is located in a shipping container on Roosevelt Row.
Lynn Trimble

Hot Box Gallery
The Hot Box Gallery, established in January of 2014 with funding from an ArtPlace grant, was the first of three shipping container galleries to open in Roosevelt Row. Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art programs all three galleries with solo and group exhibitions, which typically open on Third Fridays, and feature local or international artists. These galleries are slated to become part of an artist live/work space during 2016, which will include exhibition space. The galleries are open First and Third Fridays 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation website

After 28 years in Scottsdale, Lisa Sette Gallery moved to midtown Phoenix.
After 28 years in Scottsdale, Lisa Sette Gallery moved to midtown Phoenix.

Lisa Sette Gallery
After decades in the downtown Scottsdale arts district, Lisa Sette Gallery moved in June 2014 to a semi-subterranean Al Beadle building in midtown Phoenix. Sette seeks out diverse artists "working on the leading edge of aesthetic, social, and conceptual investigation." She currently represents 35 established and emerging artists working in a wide variety of media, and presents several exhibitions featuring their works each season. The roster includes famed light artist 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 through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Find more information on the Lisa Sette Gallery website


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