Alan Fitzgerald founded Art Intersection in 2010 and repurposed almost 7,400 square feet of a defunct dance studio into three galleries, Ryan Gallery, North and South Gallery, three darkrooms, a digital lab, and a workspace that serves as a resource center for both emerging and established artists. In 2014, he added the Gallery 4 exhibition space to concentrate on visual art exhibitions that provoke conversation and reflection of our collective and individual humanity.
Andy Burgess is a London-born artist currently residing in Tucson, Arizona. Burgess is known for his renditions of modernist and mid-century architecture, panoramic cityscape paintings, and elaborate mosaic-like collages made from vintage papers and ephemera collected over many years. Burgess continually expands his artistic vocabulary by mastering various media, more recently immersing himself in photography and printmaking. Burgess is represented by galleries in San Francisco, Laguna Beach, New York and Etherton Gallery in Tucson.
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AI Staff Instructors include staff members and volunteers.
Ashley Czajkowski, a photography-based artist, works in a number of interdisciplinary methods. Driven by personal experience, her research explores social constructions related to femininity, mortality and the psychological manifestation of the human-animal. Though she considers herself a photographer, Czajkowski also works in video, installation, and alternative print processes, pushing the expected boundaries of the photographic art medium.
Czajkowski achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009 from Emporia State University in Kansas, and in 2015 she earned her Master of Fine Arts in photography from Arizona State University. Czajkowski’s work has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. Most recently, her work was shown at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York, The Millepiani Art Space in Rome and the CICA Museum in South Korea. She currently resides in Tempe, Arizona and in 2017 received the inaugural TAFF Award from Phoenix Artlink. Czajkowski teaches photography courses, works as the sound technician and story editor for the Creative Push Project, and is a member and former President of Eye Lounge Gallery, an artist collective in downtown Phoenix.
Carol Panaro-Smith received her MFA at Arizona State University. Her area of specialization is alternative photographic processes, mixed media and book arts. She has held a number of positions both as an art instructor and administrator throughout the valley for over 30 years. Some highlights in her career include establishing Alchemy Studio, a working and teaching studio in Phoenix and her tenure as a founding member of the art school, Metro Arts. Her own work along with collaborative work with partner James Hajicek has been internationally recognized and collected.
Christopher Colville is an artist working to push the boundaries of the photographic medium in both experimental and traditional forms. Born in 1974 in Tucson Arizona Christopher received his BFA in Anthropology and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and his MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. Chris is currently living in Phoenix, and has taught in multiple institutions including as a visiting Assistant Professor at Arizona State University as well as working as the photography editor for Prompt Press.
Christopher’s work has been included in both national and international publications and exhibitions. Recent awards include the Ernst Cabat Award through the Tucson Museum of Art, Critical Mass top 50, the Humble Art Foundations New Photography Grant, an Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant, a Public Art Commission from the Phoenix Commission on the Arts and an artist fellowship through the American Scandinavian Foundation. Christopher’s work has been reviewed in national and international publications including the L.A. Times, Boston Globe and GUP Magazine.
Claire A. Warden (b. Montreal, Quebec, 1988) is a photo-based artist working in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from Arizona State University where she studied under Mark Klett, Bill Jenkins and Betsy Fahlman and completed one year of coursework towards an MFA at Texas Woman’s University under Susan kae Grant.
Her work exists between a constant flux of research, methodology and intuition. She has been inspired by photography as a way to explore her curiosities of place, illusion, preservation and manipulation.
David Emitt Adams
David Emitt Adams is an artist whose current practice engages historical photographic methods in order to create an informed contemporary dialogue about the past and present. Born in Yuma, Arizona, David obtained his Bachelors of Fine Art from Bowling Green State University and a Masters of Fine Art from Arizona State University. He is a recipient of the Clarence John Laughlin Award, the Puffin Foundation Grant and the Arizona Commission on the Arts Research and Development Grant. His work is in the permanent collection of The Center for Creative Photography, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, The George Eastman Museum and numerous private collections. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including museum exhibitions at Wichita Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Roswell Museum and Art Center and the Tucson Art Museum. In 2018, David will be exhibiting at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans and the Southern Utah Museum of Art in Cedar City.
David LeRoy Hunsaker
David LeRoy Hunsaker is a documentary, fine art portrait photographer that has worked throughout the photography industry for over forty years. His varied experience in photography include many years as a photojournalist, commercial photographer and art enthusiast. David enjoys sharing his extensive photographic knowledge through classes, workshops and public speaking engagements.
David Miller is a photo artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated with his BFA in Photography from ASU in 2006 and has since taught for Gilbert Public Schools, Mesa Arts Center, and City of Chandler. David has been published in magazines such as Orion, View Camera, B+W/ Color, and others. Whether shooting models, wildlife or documentary, David takes a surreal pop art approach that reflects the mentality of a child of the 1980s.
Dennis L. Collins
With over 30 years of experience as a Corporate Photographer, Dennis Collins’ interests now lie in the timeless beauty of carbon printing. While earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan he focused on alternative processes.
Dennis has painstakingly embraced carbon printing, a particularly difficult and rare process, and he passionately wants to share this knowledge with others in the hope this art form will continue. When not in the darkroom, Dennis enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering at Art Intersection and Infinity Hospice, and car racing.
A fine art photographer for thirty years, Diana has exhibited widely and received numerous awards for her images. Her photographs have been included in numerous publications, including Christina Z. Anderson’s Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes (2013); Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques (2013); and Christopher James’ The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. (2015). She is also a contributing writer for Don’t Take Pictures.
A native North Carolinian, Diana currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she received her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University.
Gina DeGideo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University. Through photography, mixed media, and bookmaking, she explores the human experience. As an Arizona native, growing up in the desert and constantly studying the ever-changing terrain, she is fascinated with the transitions and transformations found in the landscape, both man-made and found naturally.
Aside from her personal artwork, she is dedicated to supporting local kids and adults in her community and abroad to access arts education. Currently, Gina is making and exhibiting new work and she is a founder of Art for Life, a local arts non-profit, bringing arts education and supplies to youth in poverty-stricken areas. As the Gallery Manager at Art Intersection, she organizes the exhibitions and works with artists to ensure the highest quality presentation in the galleries.
Jace Becker earned degrees in photography and anthropology from Montana State University, and is currently a 3rd year MFA candidate in Photography at Arizona State. His work focuses on the cultural landscape, specifically social and self-exploration, issues of identity, vulnerability, and the darker sides of introspection. His area of emphasis is in alternative processes. When he is not hiding from the Arizona sun in his darkroom, he is an avid rock climber, surfer, and lover of sailing.
Jace Graf owns and operates Cloverleaf Studio, a book arts business located in Austin, Texas. He completed a graduate book arts degree at Mills College in 1990 and then went to work for five years at BookLab, the premier edition bookbindery in the country at the time. In 1996 Jace started Cloverleaf Studio, where he specializes in hand bookbinding, boxmaking and book design. His work is now held in many private collections, library special collections and museums across the country. In the past twenty years Jace has worked with hundreds of commercial and fine art photographers to create portfolios, limited edition books, deluxe versions of trade editions, and enclosures for suites of prints to be sold in galleries.
Jacob Meders is a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California. He presently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Jacob possesses a BFA in painting with a minor in printmaking from Savannah College of Art and Design and a MFA in printmaking at Arizona State University. In 2011 Jacob established WarBird Press, a fine art printmaking studio that he operates as the Master Printmaker in Phoenix, AZ. Currently Jacob also is an Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance at Arizona State University, Glendale, AZ.
James Hajicek is a Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University where he taught fine art photography for 34 years. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the University of New Mexico. His area of specialization is late 19th century photographic printing processes. His work has been exhibited internationally over the last thirty years and can be found in many significant public collections including the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France. He has received several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for his own photography and his work with obscure photographic printing processes.
Jerry Spagnoli lives and works in New York City He is currently working on several projects including two ongoing historical documentation series, “Local Stories” and “The Last Great Daguerreian Survey of the Twentieth Century”. The common thread among all his projects is the exploration of the interplay between information and knowledge. Taking the camera and photosensitive materials as the traditional standard for objectivity Spagnoli explores the ways that subjectivity is the inevitable basis of all knowledge. His work is held in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The National Portrait Gallery, The Fogg Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chrystler Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The High Museum, The New York Historical Society and other major collections.
Joshua Caldwell studied art, photography and architecture at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003. He received his Masters of Science degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California in 2008. He now lives and works in the Phoenix area and teaches photography at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Karen Hymer is an artist and educator based out of Tucson, Arizona. For the past three years she has ventured into the world of printmaking – exploring imagery in the form of photopolymer gravures. Her current work explores the effects of time on the human body and various plant life. Hymer’s richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow in muted earth tones. The decontextualized close-ups of the body and decaying plants reveal a poetic beauty in these often over-looked subjects.
Kate Breakey is internationally known for her large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs including her acclaimed luminous portraits of birds, flowers and animals in an ongoing series called Small Deaths. Since 1980 her work has appeared in more than 100 one-person exhibitions and in over 50 group exhibitions in the US, France, Japan, Australia, China, and New Zealand. Her work is held in many public institutions including the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, the Austin Museum of Art, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra and the Osaka Museum in Osaka, Japan. She has published five collections of her work.
A native of South Australia, Kate moved to Austin, Texas in 1988. She completed a Master of Fine Art degree at the University of Texas in 1991 where she also taught photography until 1997. In 1999, she moved to Tucson, Arizona. In 2004 she received the Photographer of the Year award from the Houston Center for Photography. She now regularly teaches at the Santa Fe Photographic workshops, and The Italy ‘Spirit into Matter’ workshops.
Keith Schreiber, a former staff member at the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography (1989-98), has been making photographs for more than 30 years. He has been interested in alternative photographic printmaking processes for most of this time and has experience in cyanotype, van dyke, salted paper, and gum bichromate. Since 1991 when he took a workshop with Dick Arentz, the platinum/palladium process has been his medium of choice. He was Dick’s workshop assistant for several years. He has lived near Taos, NM since 2004.
Lexie Bowers is a full time working artist, born and raised in Arizona. Drawing inspiration from the desert, she has showcased her fine art throughout Phoenix, at Modified, Legend City Studios, and Eye Lounge, to name a few, as well as throughout the state of Arizona at Art Intersection, Tohono Chul in Tucson and Tilt Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale. For the past 9 years she has made wood burning her medium of choice, and hopes to pass on the knowledge she has acquired to her students.
Mary Kay Zeeb
Mary Kay Zeeb has been teaching for over twenty-nine years. Her primary disciplines include writing, experimental performance, and taoist healing arts. She came to Arizona in 1993, believing that her stay would be temporary, a quiet transition between graduate school and full-time teaching, elsewhere. But soon after her arrival, she fell in love with the arts community and has never left. Mary Kay is a devout poet, collaborator, and community-builder.
Her work has been featured throughout the valley, including venues like Mars ArtSpace, Planet Earth Multicultural Theater, Modified Arts, Eye Lounge, Phoenix Art Museum, and Cultiv8NCulture. She received her B.A. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, in Oral Interpretation of Literature, and her M.A. in English, from DePaul University, Chicago. Mary Kay has worked as a teacher at Metropolitan Arts Institute, Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix Center for the Arts, and Glendale Community College. In 2012, she founded Alive and Humming, LLC, a dream through which she now offers private and community facilitation.
Michael T. Puff
Michael T. Puff lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s been a visual artist since early childhood, working as a painter and sculptor. During his years in higher education studying Theater Arts and Egyptian Archaeology, Puff worked as a theater set designer and received many awards for his work from San Francisco Bay Theater Critics.
Puff began photographing in 2004 and later, under the guidance of master printer Mark I. Nelson, learned the platinum/palladium printing method he uses in his current work. The time-staking printing process he uses, which incorporates platinum and palladium metals into the chemistry, allows for a unique image with a beautiful color and tonal range.
Puff’s love for the theater is evident in much of his work, as he photographs on stage-like sets, often using dancers and actors as models, with images that could function as small moments from a larger narrative. A surreal theme runs through much of his work, as he uses his strong digital editing skills to manipulate scale and mood creating complex otherworldly images.
Neil A. Miller
Born and raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Neil became interested in photography during high school. After completing a BFA in Photography at Ohio University, the US Navy offered photographic experience in the Atlantic Fleet Combat Camera Group. Following the Navy and a move to Arizona, Neil’s career took him into television news gathering, a position he held at Channel 10 in Phoenix for 39 years. In the 1970’s Neil completed his MFA in Photography at Arizona State University. His work has been exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, and F22 Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, among others. Neil is presently on the board of InFocus at the Phoenix Art Museum, participates in photography lectures and workshops and is continuing work on creative photography projects.
Rod Klukas has photographed with large format cameras for many years, and taught classes in Large Format Photography and the History of Photography, at Scottsdale Community College, and many workshops specifically using view cameras, all over the world.
He has photographed with 4×5 and 8×10 cameras in North and South America, Europe, China, and Antarctica. He holds an MFA from Arizona State University in Photography, and currently is the United States representative for Arca-Swiss International.
Born in Berkeley, California, Ron Bimrose showed an early interest in art and natural history. His travels brought him to Arizona to study with Allen Dutton at Phoenix College, which eventually led to a Master of Fine Art at Arizona State University. While working on his master’s degree Bimrose began to combine photography and printmaking with both etching and monotypes. This mix of drawing, painting, collage and photo-collage that is now what Bimrose is most known for.
Ron Bimrose teaches and exhibits work based in photography, printmaking and mixed-media painting. He currently teaches printmaking at the Mesa Arts Center. Bimrose has been represented by a number of Arizona galleries: HMF Contemporary Art Gallery, Elaine Horwitch Gallery, G2, and now Tilt Gallery. His work is represented in many collections both private and public including the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Plains Art Museum, among others. In 1996 Bimrose was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Arizona Commission of the Arts.
Ryuijie was born in Otaru, Japan in 1950. As a young child he moved with his family to the USA and subsequently lived in many places, from Hawaii to New Hampshire, and again in Japan, until his father retired from the military. Throughout his childhood, Ryuijie showed a serious inclination to the arts. Ryuijie has steadfastly pursued his own photographic vision for over thirty years, and has acquired a reputation for his exquisite platinum/palladium prints, in addition to his traditional black and white work. Works by Ryuijie can be found in private and public collections word wide including the Getty in Los Angeles. His work is represented by the Photo Gallery International in Japan, Galerie 19/21 in Guilford Connecticut, Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, and The Weston Gallery. Carmel, California, Modernbook, Palo Alto, California, Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, Scott Nichols Gallery San Francisco, Portfolio Two is available at the Levin Gallery in Monterey, California.
Siegfried Rempel, author of The Care of Photographs and Health Hazards for Photographers, graduated from Carleton University in 1973, joined the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) in 1975, worked as Conservation Scientist in Photography at the University of Texas (Austin), Manager of Conservation and Preservation at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and retired from Heritage Services/Canadian Conservation Institute in 2011. He is a fine art photographer, specializes in photographic conservation and collections preservation and has worked alternative photographic processes since 1975. Currently he is a workshop instructor at Art Intersection.
Steve Burger teaches classes in Photoshop because he loves photography and the power of Photoshop. His love is making great prints. He started out making them in the darkroom. He studied the great master print makers, Wynn Bullock, Paul Campinegro, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams to name a few. Ansel used to think of his negatives as a musical score. Something easily read. He called the printing of his negatives the performance of the score.
Dr. Jeremy Rowe has collected, researched, and written about 19th and early 20th century photographs for over twenty-five years. His publications include Arizona Photographers 1850 – 1920: A History and Directory, Arizona Real Photo Postcards: A History and Portfolio, and Early Maricopa County 1871-1920, as well as numerous articles on photographic history. Jeremy serves on several boards, including the Daguerreian Society, Center for Alternative Photography in Manhattan, INFOCUS (the collaboration between the Phoenix Art Museum and center for Creative Photography) and the Arizona Photographic Historical Society. He was the Director of Research Strategic Planning and Policy for Information Technology at Arizona State University, co-Director of the Decision Theater, Executive Director of the School of Computing and Informatics. He is now emeritus faculty, and refocusing his efforts on his passion for photographic history.
Northeastern raised, Arizona resident.
I am addicted to travel and the open road.
I work fast, discretely and I shoot high volume exploring a wide variety of options while on-location.
I embrace situations that force me to solve problems and think on the fly.
My last name is pronounced, “Lip-chin-ski.”
I’m curious with good instincts; optimistic, but grounded; laid back, yet reliable; modest, but with a fire in my belly; and loyal while keeping some distance.
I possess superb driving abilities.
I picked up photography from my father. He, my older brother and I used to chase and photograph trains all over the United States.
I’m a champion of the underdog.
I learned photography on film, before digital, so I remain committed to the preservation of film photography.
I’m a self-proclaimed coffee snob, unabashed camera geek, plant-based cook, daily walker, workaholic, bee advocate and lover of all dogs.
I co-own and publish a food magazine in Arizona called Bite.
If I wasn’t a photographer I might be a farmer. Or a race car driver. But probably a farmer.
Mary Virginia Swanson
Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and consultant who helps artists find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions, and licensing placements. Her informative seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. Swanson maintains a popular blog about opportunities for photographers called Marketing Photos and coauthored Publish Your Photography Book with Darius Himes, Princeton Architectural Press, Spring 2011.
Michael Lundgren was born in Denver, and spent his formative years in the hills of upstate New York roaming the fields and woods behind his home. Lundgren received his BFA in photography from RIT in 1997 and his MFA in photography from ASU in 2003 where he has taught photography since 2004. His recent monograph, Transfigurations, is published by Radius Books. He is coauthor of After the Ruins: Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake with photographer Mark Klett. Lundgren is represented by ClampArt, in New York City. His work is included in the fine art collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark, the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, as well numerous private collections.
Patrick Donehue is a frequent lecturer on the creative and business aspects of photography. He is the former president of the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) and is a member of the President’s Council at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Patrick is also on the faculty of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and has been an instructor at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops since 1998. He has most recently served as the VP/Chief Photographer of Bill Gates’ Corbis Corporation. Prior to joining Corbis in 2000, Patrick was a VP/Director of Photography at Allstock, Stone, and Getty Images.
Richard Laugharn has lived in Arizona for over 25 years. After traversing the desert for years with his camera, he came upon the idea of photographing individual desert plants over time. By visiting certain plants regularly, he hopes to bear witness to the subject’s roots, and his own in place and time. This project takes him to remote areas of southwest Arizona, northwest Sonora and southeastern California, in answer to some sort of longing, and with the idea of strengthening an attachment to the desert country that he, and many others, have come to regard as home.
Stan Klimek is a master printer of alternative photographic printmaking processes. His clients include Sally Mann, Henri Cartier-Bresson estate, Bruce Davidson, Josephine Sacabo and more. His own fine art photography and his work with 21st Editions has been exhibited and collected internationally.