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Meet Alan Fitzgerald of Art Intersection in East Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alan Fitzgerald.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I founded Art Intersection in 2010 to offer a space that supports the emerging and early career artist to create and exhibit art that intersect with photography. The photography arts lab includes a teaching space, custom built darkrooms, lighting studio and digital workspace. Three gallery rooms show both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art in both juried and curated exhibitions.

Art Intersection encourages creative individuals to take their work to the next level through programs and facilities in which they learn, create and exhibit. We embrace and promote the intersection of photography with related art forms as we foster imaginative and innovative approaches to serving our community in the pursuit of this vision.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Startup galleries always struggle to create a collecting community and we have spent the past seven years building a very supportive community. We carefully balance our workshops, lab rentals and exhibitions to stay within a very frugal budget.

Please tell us about Art Intersection.
Art Intersection engages with our community through educational programs, creative work space, and exhibitions. Our community comprises individuals and organizations with a diverse range of photographic and artistic interests.

Emerging artists taking their work to the next level
Established artists seeking master level workshops
Artists at heart looking for their expressive outlet
Young artists open to new experiences in a safe and exciting environment
Art enthusiasts wanting to view and collect art
Collaborative organizations with compatible visions

We fit into the concept of a maker space with our workspace open to the public with access to state of the art darkrooms and digital scanning, editing and printing. Only a handful of organizations that offer the combination of educating, working, and exhibiting spaces continue to operate in the United States.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
We opened with a fully operational facility and as a do over, for economic reasons. We should have opened in stages as demand from the community increased.

Pricing:

  • All lab usage is $12 / hour for the public and $8 / hour for our members
  • 1-on-1 instruction is $65 / session

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