Moberg Gallery Moves To Grand Avenue

TJ Moberg and Ryan Mullin in their new gallery space at 2411 Grand Ave., which is set to open Saturday. 

Writer: Christine Riccelli

If you’ve noticed the “For Lease” sign on Moberg Gallery’s longtime home on Ingersoll Avenue, don’t fret. The gallery isn’t going far—just moving a few blocks to 2411 Grand Ave.

Gallery owners TJ Moberg and Ryan Mullin bought the building in September and have transformed the 7,000-square-foot space into a gleaming showroom that will open Saturday.

The move almost didn’t happen. When Moberg and Mullin first started looking for a new location in mid-June, they walked into the building and “I freaked out,” recalls Moberg, who founded the gallery in 2003. “I walked out thinking there was no way it’d work.” The building, which most recently housed the headquarters of the Biden campaign, was a tired, cramped office space that would require an interior demolition to make it suitable for a gallery.

Mullin remained intrigued by the building’s possibilities, though, and after the two viewed about 10 other properties, he persuaded his business partner and longtime friend—the two were locker buddies at East High School—to reconsider.

In mid-September, they started the renovation, removing the vestibule, ripping up the floors, tearing down the ceilings—essentially gutting the space and starting anew. In a sneak peek, we were impressed by the result: The sleek concrete floors, raw ceiling, fresh white walls and open floor plan give it a modern look perfect for showcasing the contemporary artists Moberg represents. The gallery’s framing business will operate out of the lower level. Moberg and Mullin also plan to rent the space for private parties and special events, including wedding receptions.

The first exhibit in the new space will open Nov. 20. Curated by well-regarded muralist Jason Woodside, “Sway” will feature works by an acclaimed group of 11 national and international street artists and muralists, including Ruben Sanchez, Swoon, Adele Renault and Adam Lucas.

In the meantime, Moberg and Mullin (as well as the friends and family they’ve recruited to help with the project) are finishing up the renovation, including painting the exterior, and are looking forward to welcoming people to their new home. “We were able to build it from the bottom up the way we wanted,” Mullin says. “It’s been fun to walk around [the space] and dream.”

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