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

Staying Power, May 27–September 2, 2017
Staying Power is a collection of new acquisitions —  both contemporary and historic — to the ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection. Each new acquisition to t Museum’s collection enhances its ability to share the many facets of human creativity and expression. ASU Art Museum collects in defined areas, including contemporary art, 20th century and contemporary ceramics, works by Latin American and Latinx artists, and historic and contemporary prints. Thanks to gifts and support from the community, the collection continues to evolve, supporting our mission to be a site for the exchange of new ideas, perspectives and experiences among artists, students and the public.

DEAD, DEAD, LIVE, DEAD, June 10-September 2, 2017
Gabriel Rico is the first artist-in-residence for the new GDL>PHX Residencias Artísticas program (organized by CALA Alliance, ASU Art Museum and Programa Anual de Open Studios), in which artists from Guadalajara, Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona are chosen to develop new work in each city. For his first museum exhibition in the United Sates, Dead, Dead, Live, Dead, Rico will create an installation of new works using materials such as taxidermy animals, neon and found natural objects to demonstrate the relationship between nature, architecture and the future ruins of civilization.

RE: SISTERS, July 8–September 6, 2017
Sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias form the New York City-based artist duo Las Hermanas Iglesias. As a team, they create artworks that disrupt borders, engage absurdity and promote the benefits of working together. This season, they are mounting a site-specific installation at ASU Art Museum as the first family-in-residence. Related events include the opening of the exhibition and a full day of art-making activities at Family Day on July 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

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

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.

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

One World Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records, through August 2017
One World, Many Voices is a comprehensive photographic, musical and historical exhibit of a unique record company.  The exhibit showcases items from Canyon’s 65-year history, artist instruments, videos and more than 40 images of Canyon Records artists, including R. Carlos Nakai, Tony Duncan, Radmilla Cody and others, photographed by Robert Doyle, president of the company.  It will also premiere original music composed exclusively for this exhibit. As a special interactive experience, guests can pose for pictures with the Canyon Records GRAMMY © Award. One World, Many Voices is an immersive experience that provides a detailed look at Native American recording artists, the record company that supports them, and how Robert Doyle brings it all together.

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