Here’s a quick look at arts news around metro Phoenix to help you keep up with the city’s creative side.
Modified Arts Reopens
The Modified Arts creative space in Roosevelt Row has reopened after taking a pandemic pause, which they used as an opportunity to show window installations by several artists. The gallery is currently showing the “Homeland (In)Security” exhibition that features works in several mediums, including drawing, printmaking, mixed media, and more. Participating artists are Gloria Martinez-Granados, Karen Nazario, Elizabeth Pineda, and Yvette Serrano. The exhibit continues through November 13.
Canal Convergence Lineup
Scottsdale Arts has announced the art lineup for its Canal Convergence 2021 event happening November 5 to 14. Here are the works being created by Phoenix-based artists: AeroGels by Roy Wasson Valle/Fireweather Studios, Floom by Walter Productions, and Time Stream by Casey Farina. Other artworks will include The DOOR(S) by Paul Magnuson/Big Art, Entwined Meadow by Charles Gadeken, Light Falls by Vigas, Mini Nova by Abram Santa Cruz/Liquid PXL, Arc ZERO-Oculus by James Tapscott, The Planets by PITAYA, Mirage by Nancy Baker Cahill Studio, and Say What You Will by MASARY Studios.
President Joe Biden has announced who he will be nominating to head the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. If confirmed, Shelly Lowe will be the first Native American to serve as chair of the NEH, and Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson will be the first African-American and Mexican American to serve as chair of the NEA. Both arts leaders have significant ties to Arizona.
Artist Book Release
Phoenix-based photographer Jimmy Fike will release a book in February 2022 which will feature photographs of plants he has taken while traveling across the country. The book is titled Edible Plants: A Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of North America. Originally from Alabama, Fike earned his MFA in photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He currently teaches art at Estrella Mountain Community College. The book will be published by Red Lightning Books, and it can be preordered now.
New Public Art Map
The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has published a new map featuring more than 200 works of public art and details about where you can find them. The resource comes as public art program director Ed Lebow is getting ready to retire. You can use the map for self-guided tours of city artwork located in a wide range of settings such as freeway underpasses, community water facilities, pedestrian bridges, streetscapes, and the airport. The map is available on the web, and via your mobile device.
Museum Reopens Gallery
Phoenix Art Museum will reopen The Ullman Center for the Art of Philip C. Curtis on October 23 in its original location on the first floor of the museum. Curtis was the founder of the Phoenix Federal Art Center, which was the first iteration of the museum. The gallery, which was first established in 2001, will feature Curtis’ works, which have been on view in other parts of the museum in recent years.
Four murals have been selected as finalists following an open call for a mural project at Park Central Mall. The mural will be painted at the west entrance to the mall, which is at Third Avenue and Earll Drive, and feature a design that honors “the spirit and identity of Phoenix’s Hispanic Heritage.” The four finalists being considered for the project are Darrin Armijo-Wardle, Laura Thurbon, and the artist team of Estevan Curiel and Jesse Gallo.
Phoenix-based artists Merryn Omotayo Alaka and Sam Fresquez, who often create collaborative works, are now represented by Lisa Sette Gallery. Several additional artists represented by the gallery are based in Phoenix, including Rachel Bess, Angela Ellsworth, Mark Klett, and Ann Morton. Artists Danielle Hacche and Jessica Palomo are now represented by Bentley Gallery, which also represents several additional Phoenix-based artists, including Denise Yaghmourian and Mark Pomilio.
Fall Dance Season
Several dance performances are happening in metro Phoenix this fall, including the Arizona Dance Festival on October 22 and 23 at Tempe Center for the Arts, Nightmare: Dreaming Reality on October 22 and 23 at Phoenix Center for the Arts, Contemporary Moves on October 29 to 31 and November 5 to 7 at Ballet Arizona’s Dorrance Theatre, and Healing Wars on November 5 to 7 and November 12 to 14 at ASU’s Galvin Theatre Playhouse.
Arts Learning Grants
Arizona Commission on the Arts has awarded arts learning grants to 25 organizations. Phoenix-area recipients of youth arts engagement grants include Keystone Montessori Charter School, Re:Frame Youth Arts Center, Ballet Arizona, Harmony Project, Grey Box Collective, Kids in Focus, The U-Turn Foundation, and GEM Charter School. Five metro Phoenix groups received lifelong learning engagement grants: Civitan Foundation, Creative Drill Sergeants | Technical Assistance Partnership of Arizona, Rising Youth Theatre, Chicanos Por La Causa, and MAA Global Group.
Several new exhibitions are currently on view in metro Phoenix, including “Gina DeGideo: What is Left” at Eye Lounge, “Instinct” at Bentley Gallery, “A Peculiar Nature: Artwork by Christy Puetz and Rebecca Blume Rothman” at Vision Gallery, “Color” at The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts, “Light Sensitive” at Art Intersection, and “James Angel: Logical Constructs” at Mountain Shadows. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West will open “Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward C. Curtis” on October 19. Heard Museum will open “Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art” on October 24.
IN FLUX Cycle 10
Several cities are participating in the next cycle for the IN FLUX public art project, including Avondale, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, and Tempe. Artists can submit proposals through November 15, and the selected projects will be awarded $5,000 to $10,000. You’ll begin to see selected works around the Valley during 2022.