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Arts & Museums
The best place to learn the history of the 48th state of the United States. Arizona Capitol Museum has permanent exhibits that traces Arizona's roots as a territory and its transition to statehood. Some of the interesting sections to visit in this historic building, that was once the office of the Territorial government, are the Legislative rooms, Historic House Chamber and the Governor's office. Guided tours are available. Check out the store inside for souvenirs to take back home.
Tilt Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery that exhibits works of photographers from the world over. They showcase the works of regional, national, world renowned as well as up coming artists. The gallery holds exhibitions, educating and supporting fine art photography and mixed media projects. Workshops are held by various artists at different times of the year. Photography enthusiasts eagerly await the first and third Friday of every month when special exhibits are displayed. Check the website for hours.
First completed in 1908, this building was designed by W.R. Norton, a noted Arizona architect, and funded by Andrew Carnegie, famous philanthropist and steel magnate. In use until 1954, this facility housed the first library in Phoenix. Reopened in 1987 as a museum to honor prominent Arizona, it now offers rotating exhibits that currently include "Arizona Women in Government" and "My Name is Arizona." Included in the museum is a separate section honoring deceased women who played integral roles in the maturing of Arizona.
Spend a few hours at Garfield Galleria; a simple structure that houses 13 spaces of varying sizes dedicated to art and art exhibition. The galleries and working studios within are owned and rented by independent artists and host special events through the month. While certain spaces are fixed in terms of artist or medium, the others make way for an ever changing schedule of art appreciation. For instance, Studio 200E functions both as a studio and gallery space for photographer Margaret Wright. And at Marisabel's Studio Boutique, visitors can study her paintings while also picking up pieces of jewelery created by her. Garfield Galleria provides an eclectic mix for all art buffs.
The Phoenix trolley Museum started out as a project by a group of enthusiasts. In 1978, the museum was officially established, featuring their first purchase, the remains of an authentic Phoenix streetcar. Since then, the museum has grown and features a variety of exhibits that once ran on the streets and rails of Arizona.The museum allows visitors entry only after scheduling an appointment, so do contact the museum before you visit.
One of the largest in the Southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum includes a staggering collection of exhibits from the world over. Permanent displays in this facility include miniature interiors as well as 20th-century art. Featured pieces cover contemporary art and fashion design with international exhibits from Europe, Asia, Latin America as well as Western America. Interactive, hands-on activities are featured for kids at the PhxArtKids space. Traveling displays are often included in the museum's highlights. Exhibits include popular works by Sui Jianguo, Lawrence Weiner and Pete Wegner.
Founded in 1981, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society protects and promotes the history of the Jewish people in Arizona. Run by the society, the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center houses a museum gallery that displays the contributions of the Jewish people to various industries as well as agriculture and commerce. The museum houses an extensive archive including voice and video recordings of the locals. The Society also conducts regular programs and discussions that encourage dialog between generations and rental spaces available for corporate and social functions.
One of America's largest financial institutions, Wells Fargo has been around since the 19th Century, and has contributed significantly to the country's financial growth. The one in Phoenix is located centrally, close to a number of attractions and takes visitors through the organization's development in Arizona. The exhibits include, among other things, an antique stagecoach as well as an intriguing selection of raw gems from Arizona's mining history. Highlight of the museum, is the gallery of artwork by noted artist N.C. Wyeth. Entry is free and tours are available. Check website for more.
Artlink A.E. England Gallery pushes the limit on contemporary art. Donated by the City of Phoenix, the gallery provides a platform for upcoming as well as recognized artist to exhibit their work. The artwork cover a variety of theme and mediums from traditional to digital to experimental. The gallery is open on the first and third Friday of every month.
Founded in the 1920s by Dwight B. and Marie Bartlett Heard, this museum houses tributes to Native American art and culture. At the Heard Museum, permanent displays are showcased along with traveling exhibits displaying the rich heritage of the people. The center was renovated to include an educational facility called the Ullman Learning Center. Free tours are offered daily and there's plenty of parking space. See website for more details.
The Paulina Miller Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that provides the public with high quality art and styles of different genres. The gallery tries to exhibit the work of established artists, but also represents several other artists from Phoenix. The exhibits display sculptures, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photography, film, video and music. The gallery participates in the First Friday Art Walk and Annual Art Detour—events that provide free access to the public. The place can also be rented for events and social dos.
Located in the arts district of Roosevelt Row, Kollective Art is a 1600 square feet (148.64 square meter) space that includes the studios of 16 artists. This is a place where established as well aspiring artists create and exhibit their work. Staying true to its name, Kollectiv brings together artists from all over the country and is an influential venue in the local art scene.