Museums & Galleries

The visual arts are, pardon the pun, highly visible in Tempe. You’ll find art exhibited at every turn from prehistoric drawings on “A” Mountain left by Tempe’s earliest dwellers to the contemporary art by major national and international artists at the ASU Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center.

You can spend hours browsing the ASU Art Museum known for its  innovative and  thought provoking programs. Rotating exhibitions showcase contemporary art, new media, ceramics and other crafts, prints and sculpture. Current exhibitions include “Metzilocan: Claudia Peña Salinas,” on display through August 2 and “Clayblazers: Women Artists of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s,” through August 10, 2019.

In Downtown Tempe, don’t miss the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, located on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue and Seventh Street. Most of it’s impressive collection is always on display.  Additionally, every year, the Ceramics Research Center features three to five exhibitions highlighting important movements and artists who have made significant contributions in the ceramics field.  The  exhibition “Rogue Objects: Koki Tanaka and Kumie Tsuda”  will be on display through June 1, 2019.

You can experience art within art at the Gallery at TCA located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts, an architectural gem overlooking Tempe Town Lake. The summer exhibition, “WATER: Life * Art * Science,” May 24-August 31, 2019, explores water as seen and interpreted through the eyes of artists.

Watch for art in unexpected places, such as the Mill Avenue Post Office windows, Tempe Public Library, and along Tempe’s streets. Public art is sprinkled liberally throughout the city, Tempe Town Lake, light rail and bus stops, Arizona State University and other locations waiting to be discovered by unsuspecting passersby.  One of the newest additions to downtown is “She Tempe,” a public art project that was commissioned by the Downtown Tempe Authority. Eight local female artists created custom works of art that are installed on news racks along Mill Avenue. Each news rack has a map so you can take a self-guided tour of these unique, colorful works of art.

 

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City of Tempe Public Art

Tempe’s diverse collection of permanent and temporary public art complements the natural and built environment through innovative place-making, installations, and infrastructure enhancements. Tempe Public Art promotes artistic expression, bringing people together to strengthen Tempe’s sense of community and place.  


700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 350-5160

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Digital Arts Ranch

The Ranch is a black box performance space with a flexible infrastructure for multiple types of sensing, audio and visual playback and presentation. Features include 5.1 surround audio, multiple projection surfaces and reconfigurable audience arrangements. The Ranch also is used on a daily basis for realization of research and class work.


123 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ, 85287
Phone: (480) 965-9438

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Gallery 100

Gallery 100 provides students, faculty and academic professionals of the School of Art with exhibition space. Open Mon.-Thurs., noon to 5 p.m.; Fri. noon to 3 p.m.


Arizona State University Tempe Campus
951 S. Mill Ave.
Ste. 199, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 965-8521

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Gallery at TCA - Tempe Center for the Arts
Gallery at TCA

The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) offers engaging experiences with curated, traveling and juried exhibitions. Free admission. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues. and Weds., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thurs. and Fri. and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Sat.


700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ, 85281
Phone: (480) 350-2867

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Gallery of Design

The Gallery of Design displays work by students, faculty research and design projects and special exhibitions from notable designers. Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


College of Design Bldg. South
810 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287-1905
Phone: (480) 965-3536

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Hall of Flame in Tempe
Hall of Flame Fire Museum

National Firefighting Hall of Heroes.  Over 90 classic pieces of firefighting apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1960.  Fire safety exhibits, games and activities for kids.  Open Mon. – Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun., noon – 4 p.m.


6101 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 275-3473

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Halle Heart Children's Museum in Tempe
Halle Heart Children’s Museum

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum, part of the Greater Phoenix American Heart Association, is the only hands-on, interactive cardiovascular learning facility in the nation. It teaches about health-related topics including the benefits of exercise, eating healthy and not using tobacco.


2929 S. 48th St.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (602) 414-2800

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Hard Wood Gallery
Harry Wood Gallery

Exhibitions in all media by Master of Fine Arts students. Free and open to the public. Closed weekends and major holidays. Located in the School of Art Building, ASU Tempe Campus. Open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


900 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 965-8521

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Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ
Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, exhibitions, educational programming and festivals. The Heard presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, and offers exhibitions that showcase traditional and contemporary art.


2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 252-8840

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Luhrs Gallery

Part of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, the Luhrs Gallery exhibits historic archival materials for the university community and the public. Open Mon.-Sat. during library hours.


300 E. Orange Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287
Phone: (480) 965-4925

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