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Student's exhibit challenges role of traditional gallery

August 09, 2010

Matthew Mosher, an MFA Intermedia candidate in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art, will display his conceptual solo exhibition, "The Gallery is No Place for Artists" from Aug. 23–27. Hosted in the school’s Step Gallery, Mosher’s installation challenges the role of the traditional commercial gallery.

In his first solo exhibition at ASU, Mosher boarded up the glass façade of the Step Gallery, leaving only a small peephole, through which viewers can view the space. Mosher’s exhibition illustrates recent evolutions in art making and art marketing. As artists push deeper into the digital age, using techniques like projection, performance, audio, and the Internet, Mosher feels their work seems to grow harder to sell by traditional galleries. He believes that artists need to continue adapting to a changing world and challenge galleries to develop strategies for selling work that is less and less tangible.

An opening reception is held at the Step Gallery from 6–8 p.m., Aug. 24 "The Gallery is No Place for Artists" exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. The exhibition runs Aug. 23–27 in the ASU School of Art Step Gallery in Tempe Center, Suite 174. The center is located on the northeast corner of 10th Street and University Drive. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; and Friday, noon-3 p.m. The gallery is closed weekends and major holidays.  

For more information, visit, or call 480.965.7044.

Ryan Peter Miller,
(678) 637-4942
Gallery coordinator, ASU Herberger Institute School of Art