Nonprofit to double art space in Scott's Addition

An installation of artist Andrew Kozlowski's work in Studio Two Three's exhibition space. Photos courtesy of Studio Two Three.

An installation of artist Andrew Kozlowski’s work in Studio Two Three’s exhibition space. Photos courtesy of Studio Two Three.

A Fan nonprofit is looking to become the latest addition to an increasingly artsy neighborhood.

Studio Two Three, a print shop that offers equipment and classes for screen printing, dark room photography printing and digital printing, plans to move in April to a 7,500-square-foot space at 3300 W. Clay St., Executive Director Ashley Hawkins said.

Hawkins helped launched Studio Two Three in 2008 out of Plant Zero in Manchester. It later moved to its current 3,400-square-foot home at 1617 W. Main St. in the Fan.

“Moving over (to Scott’s Addition) enables us to use a designated classroom, and we’re doubling the size of our digital lab and dark room,” Hawkins said. “It’s a lot more room.”

Studio Two Three has studio space and printing technology for working artists as well as amateurs, and it also hosts exhibitions and classes.

The Clay Street property is owned by Chris Johnson and Tom Dickey of local development firm The Monument Cos., along with CBRE broker David Crawford.

Ashley Hawkins

Ashley Hawkins

“The space leased very fast,” Johnson said in an email. “Scott’s Addition is quickly becoming a creative and cool area that has a nice mix of residents, retail, office, industrial.”

Johnson said the Clay Street property was previously office space for Monument Cos. and that the landlords are funding a good portion of the renovations on the building.

And some additional space will soon be freed up in the same building. Johnson said the owner of auto repair shop Old Volks Home is retiring and leaving open 4,000 square feet that will be available Jan. 1.

Hawkins said it will cost Studio Two Three about $20,000 to renovate its new space. She said Mary Lorino of LoCh Design is the architect for the space. The nonprofit plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help offset costs associated with the move.

Studio Two Three does free monthly print making workshops and gallery exhibitions. It has also worked with high school Church Hill Academy and Art 180, another arts-related nonprofit for kids.

Hawkins said about half of Studio Two Three’s revenue comes from fees it charges for use of its space, 20 percent comes from grants, 15 to 20 percent comes from donations and the rest are from special events. It has an operating budget of about $200,000 and a one-person staff.

Hawkins said the added studio space, which Studio Two Three lets artists use for a fee, will help generate revenue for the nonprofit.

“Our demand is increasingly dramatically,” Hawkins said. “It’s a huge step toward sustainability for us, which is very exciting.”

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