Tempe Art Exhibitions

Author: Nancy

Posted on: September 13, 2017

Gallery at TCA - Tempe Center for the Arts

Gallery at TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts

If you enjoy the visual arts, you’ll want to browse Tempe’s art museums and galleries. From paintings, to sculpture, ceramics to photography and film, Tempe offers a range of exhibitions in beautiful spaces, both inside and outdoors.

The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, is recognized for its cutting edge exhibits and innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. A visit to the ASU Art Museum, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, and the Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, located at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, is always an energizing experience.

The Gallery at the TCA is located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Rotating exhibitions by local and nationally known artists and a variety of visual arts workshops and events have made The Gallery at the TCA a favorite of locals and visitors to Tempe.

The Grotto Gallery is managed by the Arizona Artisans Collective, a professional fellowship of Arizona Makers & Artisans.

Tempe History Museum highlights Tempe history through collections, research services, exhibits and programs that captivate and connect with audiences throughout the community and beyond.

Desert Botanical Garden is known for its lovely setting and paths lined with thousands of plants from arid climates throughout the world. However, you’ll also find exciting works of art sprinkled throughout the Garden

Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation is one of the nation’s largest non-profit zoos, dedicated  to conservation and inspiring people to care for the natural world.

Pueblo Grande Museum features a 1500 year old Hohokam site and three galleries focusing on the Hohokam people who populated the area from A.D. 450 to 1450 and the archaeological methods used to learn about these ancient farmers of the Salt and Gila River Valleys. The museum also features revolving exhibitions that reflect Southwest history, culture and art

ASU Art Museum
51 E. 10th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 965-2787
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. during academic semesters; closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays.
Free admission

Material Beauty: Encounter with Nathan Newman, July 29-December 9, 2017
View the works from the museum’s collection through the lens of a scientist. In Material Beauty, guest curator Nathan Newman, a professor in Solid State Science at Arizona State University’s School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, has selected artworks that engage with the chemistry of color, the neurology of facial recognition and the mathematics of perspective. This exhibition is part of ASU Art Museum’s Encounter series, which invites artists and scholars to curate exhibitions of work from the museum’s collection.

Porøs, August 12, 2017-January 20, 2018
Nova Scotia-based artist Neil Forrest investigates ceramics, architectonics and the relationship between micro and macro structures in “Porøs” (Norwegian for porous). The exhibition is comprised of a series of ceramic cisterns and vessels, this grotto-like installation contains proliferating crystals, percolating rock and moving liquids.

Soul Mining,  September 23-December 30, 2017
The border wall is a frequent topic in today’s headlines, yet its history dates back to the turn of the century. After the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, there were calls for a fence along the southern United States border to deter Chinese immigrants from re-entering the country. As a result, most moved south and created their own communities throughout Latin America. Soul Mining explores the body and soul of forced migrations looks broadly at the influence of Asian labor and culture in the Americas with works by artists from Latin America, the United States and Asia.

Terrestrial, November 11, 2017- February 3, 2017
From iconic 1970s land art to contemporary interpretations of the landscape, this exhibition from the ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection features artists who have built new relationships with their environments. Terrestrial considers how artists perceive urban and rural spaces, especially in relation to human intervention and the passing of time.

ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery
699 S. Mill Ave, Suite 108, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 965-2787
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Free admission

Pipe Brothers: Tom and James Franco, June 17–September 23, 2017
For the past year, Bay Area artist Tom Franco has been collaborating with his brother, actor James Franco, on a series of  large  ceramic sculptures at Mission Clay Products, a Phoenix-based factory that produces vitrified clay pipes used mainly for sewage. Through its Arts and Industry program, Mission Clay has provided materials and working space in its factory to artists for almost four decades. Pipe Brothers showcases the Franco brothers’ wide-ranging creative output while celebrating Mission Clay’s role as a catalyst within the arts community. Participating sponsor Elysium-Bandini Studios is devoted to ensuring the arts be available to local and diverse communities.

Spielraum 122: Art Meets Industry, October 21, 2017-February 3, 2018
In 2014, the Neue Porzellanfabrik Triptis GmbH invited five artists, including Helmut Frank, Patrick Loughran, Lyn Riccardo, Arnie Zimmerman and Lida Tarakhosky, to work in their porcelain factory in Triptis, Germany. These artists, with their diverse skill-sets and backgrounds, began an ongoing collaboration that has explored porcelain’s cultural meanings and material possibilities.

Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 350-2822
Hours:  Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free admission

Tempe Xhibition: Celebrating ten years at the TCA Gallery, September 9, 2017-January 6, 2018
Tempe has earned its reputation for being a smart, diverse and overall a very cool place. It is just big enough to entice new businesses and tourists and just small enough to give residents a home-town atmosphere. Many of the Valley’s movers and shakers in the arts have lived, studied, worked and/or played here. Some studied at Arizona State University and chose to stay while others may have moved on, but continue to think of Tempe as “theirs.” This exhibition celebrates the creative, funky and innovative spirit of Tempe and some of the people who make it cool. Exhibiting artists include Kristin Bauer, Angie Dell, Tlisza Jaurique, Lena Klett, Mark Klett, Natalie Klett, Melissa Martinez, Emily Matyas, Dan Mayer, Jacob Meders, Marie Navarre, John Randall Nelson, Kyle O’Malley, Emmett Potter, Emily Ritter, Christy Weiser, Garth Weiser, Kurt Weiser and Marcus Zilliox. The public is invited to the opening reception on September 9, 2017, 6-9 p.m.

Grotto Gallery
132 E. 6th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 422-2349
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12-5 p.m.

Escape the Madness, October 5, 12017-January 12, 2017
The Arizona Artisans Collective will feature ten emerging local Arizona artisans whose works will include sculptures, colored pencil illustrations, photography, oil and pastels, enameled metal, turned wood, jewelry and glass. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on October 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Tempe History Museum
 3500 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 350-5500
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
Free admission

The Migrant Quilt Project, August 24-September 22, 2017
The Migrant Quilt Project is a collaboration between artists and quilt makers to express compassion for migrants from Mexico and Central America who died in the Southern Arizona desert on their way to creating better lives for themselves and their families. Materials used in the quilts were collected at migrant layup sites used for rest and shelter on established trails in the Sonoran Desert. Discarded blue jeans, bandanas, work shirts and embroidered cloths are used to make quilts to communicate the reality of migrants’ deaths. This project shares the quilts in the hope that viewing them will inspire people to consider the conditions under which our fellow human beings take the ultimate risk to find more secure lives for themselves and their families, and that people will be inspired to support humane changes in border policies.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(480) 941-1225
Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. October – April
7 a.m. – 8 p.m. May – September
Adult: $24.95
Youth (3 – 17) $12.95
Children under 3 are admitted free.

Larry Kornegay/New Work, September 22, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Larry Kornegay is a Phoenix based designer and sculptor who creates sculpture, graphic artistry, sign painting and fine art painting. Larry Kornegay/New Work features more than 20 pieces that highlight both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork inspired by the natural world.

Jun Kaneko Sculpture Exhibit, October 13, 2017-May 13, 2018
Experience the bold, colorful and monumental sculptures of Japanese-American Artist Jun Kaneko.  Immerse yourself in imaginative color palettes, stand tall with the whimsical Tanuki raccoon-dogs and take a mindful moment among the intimate installation of Kaneko’s iconic Dangos, or round form series. Kaneko’s exhibition  features approximately 20 large-scale ceramic and bronze sculptures placed along the Garden’s trails.

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 495-0901
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Adults (18-54): $6
Seniors (55 & over): $5
Children (6-17): $3
Children (under 6): Free
Museum members: Free
Sundays Children (17 & under): Free

Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales,  October 26, 2017 – August 31, 2018
Hear the untold stories of pottery sherds and discover what these pieces of the past can reveal. Learn how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery in Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales.  Visitors usually see the most unique and complete pottery vessels of a museums’ collection on display. They seldom see the thousands of broken pottery fragments called ‘sherds’ that are preserved in storage. Using local and traded examples, Fragments invites visitors to see how sherds help archaeologists piece together new ideas about the ancestral O’Odham, more commonly known as the Hohokam. This exhibition will feature sherds that connect the Hohokam with their neighbors across the Southwest and northern Mexico during the time of the European Renaissance.








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