Featured Gallery: State of the Arts (video)

sVA features State of the Arts Gallery. Co-owner David Steiner talks to Tim Jaeger about the gallery and Sarasota.

State of the Arts Gallery has become the foremost source for collectors focusing on acquiring contemporary fine art created by Sarasota artists. From its inception six years ago, the gallery has spotlighted professional, local career artists residing in the Sarasota area.

The Sarasota community is rich with visual arts and these artists have dedicated their lives to creating fine art, adding to Sarasota’s cultural “canvas.”

Photos by Scott Braun

The gallery’s collection of contributing artists includes artists and sculptors who have been dedicated, accomplished artists for as many as 50 years. This is quite an accomplishment to have made a living and a lifestyle as creators. The gallery is honored to represent these visual arts iconoclasts.

The gallery’s co–owners, David Steiner and Tre Michel, are partners in marriage and in the gallery and they are truly passionate about both. Their philosophy about dealing and collecting art is based on a simple mantra, “We do not sell art, it sells itself.” For this reason the gallery space is inviting and engaging. Whether you are a seasoned collector or a Ringling college student, the space offers inspiration. The gallery has recently expanded to include double the original space. The original space is a classic “white box” gallery setting, while the new space is a more esoteric art lounge with black gloss floors and 15′ cream draperies.

Photos by Scott Braun

The art lounge includes a large selection of art books to peruse while taking in the art. Due to the expansive volume of space, the gallery collection includes many large-scale paintings, which range up to 10′ square. The artists represented produce art in all imaginable mediums including paintings, mixed media on paper, collages, metal, wood and stone sculpture, as well as some innovative mediums which are “outside of the box.” Located on State Street in the center of Sarasota’s historic downtown district, the gallery aims to be an anchor in the arts and culture community.


State of the Arts Gallery
1525 State St
Sarasota, FL
(941) 955-2787

Photos by Scott Braun