Gallery of Modern Masters commenced business in 2005. Zach Richardson had been a principle of International Fine Arts which sold works of art by the Modern Masters of the 20th Century such as Picasso, Miro, Dali and Calder wholesale to galleries. In 2006 he opened the doors to the Gallery of Modern Masters at Hillside Sedona, in Sedona Arizona, as an additional outlet for these masters at competitive prices.Until 2008, the gallery represented these masters exclusively, hence the gallery name; Gallery of Modern Masters. A transformation of the gallery started when Sedona businesses not only suffered from the economic downturn of 2009, but also a two year disruptive road construction project in Sedona. Many galleries, as well as numerous other businesses, went out of business. During the economic downturn, serious art collectors no longer came to Sedona and Zach had to reinvent the gallery several times to adjust to a rapidly changing market. As a result, the Gallery of Modern Masters is now the longest running business at Hillside Sedona and one of the oldest galleries in Sedona.
As Zach researched various options in which to take the gallery he discovered Christopher Ries, one of the most renowned glass artists sought after by serious glass collectors. Almost immediately after the gallery announced that it would be representing Ries, glass artists from around the world wanted to be represented by the gallery. Consequently the gallery has turned into one of the most selective glass art galleries of the Southwest.
Modern Masters of the 20th Century are still represented by the gallery, though they are now complemented by selective artists in various mediums including glass, bronze, metal, photography, raku, mixed media, distinctive jewelry, and more.The Lancaster gallery concept began in 2014 when Zach’s son was searching for colleges. Though Zach had not been involved with his alma mater, Franklin and Marshall College (F&M), since he graduated in 1977, his son fell in love with college and entered the class of 2019. His daughter, who was looking for colleges the following year, wanted to go anywhere but where her father and brother had gone. After an extensive, exhaustive, and detailed college search from coast to coast for an alternative college, she could not find any as appealing as her bench mark college of F&M. She entered the class of 2020With two children now attending his alma mater, Zach decided to become involved in the college. He joined several college organizations and as a result in the Fall of 2016, Zach met F&M Professors Podoshen and Stinchfield and discussed the idea of Zach speaking to business classes when he came to Lancaster. These discussions evolved into opening an art gallery in Lancaster as a “hands on” learning opportunity for F&M students.
Lancaster is the perfect place for teaching students how a business should work, particularly an art gallery, because Lancaster is one of the most “pro-business” cities in the country, especially for the arts. Lancaster made art the focus of a downtown economic turnaround over the past 15 years. Despite the city’s successful turnaround focused base on the arts, of Lancaster’s approximate fourteen art galleries, none could have been considered a “Destination Gallery”. Thus the opportunity arose for the Gallery of Modern Masters, which represents over 50 artists from around the world, to fill that void.
Tim Smith, an F&M graduate from the class of 2015, became a partner in the Lancaster gallery in 2017and works as the Gallery Director. The first F&M college course related to the gallery took place during the summer of 2017 as a Case Study of the Lancaster market.