Tempe’s Art Exhibitions

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. Browse the list below of current art exhibitions on display now in Tempe:

ASU Art Museum
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.

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 1970’s 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

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
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.

700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., 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.

BIOMIMICRY: design inspired by nature,  May 19-August 26, 2017
The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Biomimicry Center and LeRoy Erying Center for Solid State Science/Science is Fun at Arizona State University to present BIOMIMICRY: design inspired by nature an exhibition that explores biomimicry solutions and nature-inspired contemporary art. Three Valley artists (Jose Benavides, Alexandra Bowers and Nissa Kubly) have been chosen in a jury selection process to undertake a 10-week biomimicry-themed artist residency. From May 19-July 28, these artists will be mentored by experts from ASU and challenged to create new ideas, artworks and/or concept sketches inside temporary studio spaces at the Biomimicry exhibition at the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts. The public is invited to stop by the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts this summer to watch the process.

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.

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
Admission: 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
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

4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 | (602) 495-0901
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday 1-4:45 p.m.
Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children $3 (6-17) Free on Sundays, Children under 6 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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