Step Gallery

Step Gallery, currently located in the renovated Grant Street Studios building in downtown Phoenix, had its start as a “mystery” gallery that would appear at different locations throughout Tempe and became a regular exhibition space by the mid-1990s.

This gallery serves first as a venue for Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions, which represent one of the requirements for the fulfillment of the MFA degree under School of Art and Graduate Education procedures. Each exhibition must undergo an oral thesis defense before a committee of select School of Art faculty.

Step Gallery accepts exhibition proposals each year from individuals and groups within the School of Art and the extended ASU community.


ASU Events

Experience the space

As part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Step Gallery hosts exhibitions of artworks in which the content, subject matter or themes may challenge the sensibilities, perceptions and beliefs of some individuals. Please exercise discretion when choosing to view the works and preview for children.

 School of Art virtual and audio tours

View our galleries and facilities by taking a virtual or audio tour.


Parking is available north of Grant Street along the railroad tracks. Designated parallel parking for Northlight Gallery is on the west side of the building adjacent to the gallery entrance.

Parking on Campus

The team at Step Gallery

All images courtesy of Richard Pence.