BOLD features Park West CEO Albert Scaglione

Albert Scaglione Park West Gallery

Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione has been called the “Indiana Jones of the art world” in the Huffington Post, and through a recent interview with BOLD, it becomes clear why.

While he may not carry a whip and explore temples, Scaglione is a doctor in his own right thanks to a PhD in mechanical engineering, and travels the world discovering great artists to introduce to the public, such as Autumn de Forest, Yaacov Agam and Peter Max. Scaglione talks about his career and life with LaGrange Green during a November 5 podcast.

Prior to his career in art, Scaglione worked as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, and had a career with NASA figuring out how to send a man to Mars. Instead of continuing with science, Scaglione decided to explore another of his passions: art. He remembered the experiences he had working at his cousin’s art gallery for two summers, and decided art was his future.

“I got to stretch paintings, varnish paintings, frame paintings, meet artists, meet people looking at them, learn about it, and it was so fascinating,” he tells Green.

He did his own research as well as taking art courses to learn about art history. He took out a mortgage on his house and in 1969 opened Park West Gallery. Since then, the gallery has expanded to two locations, is aboard more than 100 cruise ships and has around 1,500 employees.

Nowadays, Scaglione says his vision for the gallery is to continue helping people discover a love of art. Through the non-profit Park West Foundation, the gallery is underwriting four museum exhibitions around the country for 2016.

Scaglione is still exploring to this day. The gallery is seeking the new possibilities available through the Internet, and is experimenting with dye sublimation, a digital printing process that allows artists to print imagery directly onto surfaces like metal.

“Me being a technical guy it’s like the cat’s meow,” he says.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

Leave a comment

Prove you\'re human. *

Latest News

  • Artist Michael Cheval Tells the Stories Behind His Fall Art

    Many artists are drawn to the unique colors and sensations of autumn, and that includes Absurdist artist Michael Cheval.“I love autumn,” Cheval says. “I love the season when colors are ...
    Read More
  • Meet Scott Jacobs: The Original Harley Davidson Artist

    Scott Jacobs is internationally recognized for his photorealistic artwork of everything from wine bottles to Harley Davidsons, but he knows art is about so much more than just capturing ...
    Read More
  • Experience Fall With the Art of Slava Ilyayev

    Fewer artists are able to capture the changing leaves, the crisp air, and romance of fall better than Slava Ilyayev.Park West Gallery is celebrating the turn of the season with ...
    Read More
  • Claude Monet Is Coming To Detroit—With The Help Of Park West Gallery

    Park West Gallery is bringing one of the founding fathers of the Impressionist movement to the gallery’s hometown—Detroit.Park West Gallery and the Park West Foundation are sponsoring “Monet: Framing ...
    Read More
  • Dominic Pangborn Selected to Honor Blessing of Father Solanus Casey

    Art and religion have a long-standing history. Artist Dominic Pangborn will join that time-honored tradition by creating artwork of a beloved Detroit priest on his way to becoming a saint.Pangborn ...
    Read More
  • 4 Tips on How to Plan the Perfect Cruise

    Did you know that October is “Plan a Cruise Month”? It’s a worldwide event—first started by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in 2016—focused on teaching both new and ...
    Read More
  • Park West Museum Features Yaacov Agam Exhibition

    Park West Gallery is inviting the public to experience the kinetic art of renowned Israeli artist Yaacov Agam in its newly-renovated gallery and museum.A special exhibition, “Agam,” will run ...
    Read More
  • Art News: Rome Creates Art Exhibition for the Blind

    The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making headlines this week. New Exhibition Designed for ...
    Read More
  • How Yaacov Agam Became a Warrior For Truth (With a Little Help From...

    When “The Algemeiner,” one of the foremost Jewish newspapers in the world, announced they wanted to honor famed Israeli artist Yaacov Agam with their 2017 “Warrior for Truth” ...
    Read More
  • Park West Supports the 2017 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

    Enjoy the sounds of today’s top jazz performers and the sights of artwork by renowned artist Alfred “Alex” Gockel during the 2017 Amelia Island Jazz Festival.The annual jazz festival, held ...
    Read More
  • Park West Foundation Fosters Future Generations

    Less than 10 percent of Michigan’s foster care children who graduate high school enroll in college. Less than 1 percent of those who do go on to college will graduate. ...
    Read More
  • Art News: Critics Weigh in on ‘Loving Vincent’

    The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making headlines this week. Critics Praise Painted Visuals ...
    Read More