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.

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.

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.

Bajo Presión/Under Pressure, January 2-July 14, 2018
Early and mid-20th-century Mexican art is characterized by a powerful blend of politics and revolutionary spirit, pre-Columbian and indigenous art influences, and modernism in both art and life. Drawn from ASU Art Museum’s collection, “Bajo Presión/Under Pressure” features paintings and prints by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Leopoldo Méndez and Rufino Tamayo among others.

A Dream on a Dream: Encounter with Claudio Dicochea, January 20-June 2, 2018
What does the American dream mean today? Texas-based artist Claudio Dicochea grapples with this question in an exhibition of work from ASU Art Museum’s diverse collection of Cuban, Pop Art, Native American and African-American work. The title of the exhibition comes from Robert Colescott’s 1990 painting and also references the current DACA/Dreamers crisis. 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.

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

Walk in My Shoes, January 20-May 12, 2018
The arts help us express what cannot be said. Through an artist’s eyes, we can experience, discover and see how it feels to “walk in another person’s shoes” for a moment. While it is impossible for one exhibition to convey the entirety of the human condition, this exhibition celebrates diversity, expression and the value of multiple viewpoints.

Grotto Gallery
F.A.B.R.I.C.
132 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 422-2349
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12-5 p.m.

Escape the Madness, October 5, 2017-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.

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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