In Phoenix this spring for sunny weather, Spring Training baseball and desert wildflower hikes? You need to add these seasonal museum exhibits and art festivals to your to-do list. 

 

Festivals and Events

 

Artlink Art Detour

March 14-18

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The multi-day community arts event celebrates its 31st year this spring. Over the week, galleries will open their doors for studio visits, tours, one-time exhibits and installations, pop-up galleries, a family-friendly "Kid's Detour" and performances. Maps, schedules and shuttles will be on hand guide you through the weekend. 

Downtown Phoenix
Check the website for maps as more details are available. 

 

Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

March 29-31

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Explore the work of more than 350 artists from across the nation at the Tempe Festival of the Arts.  From lavish masterpieces to affordable gifts, you'll find something among the diverse array of crafts. Shop local artisans, listen to live music, and watch street performers all while walking down Mill Avenue. The festival will include a wine tasting, two live music stages and a hands-on kid’s area.

Downtown Tempe
281 S Mill Ave, Tempe, 85281

 

First Fridays Art Walk

February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Embark on a self-guided art tour along Roosevelt Row, the Grand Avenue Arts District and throughout downtown Phoenix every first Friday of the month. Lace up your walking shoes or hop aboard a shuttle to experience the city's spirit and culture through must-see exhibitions, unique museums, and scattered pop-up galleries.

Downtown Phoenix
Visit Artlink's website for maps, shuttle locations, and tips for a successful First Friday.

 

Electric Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden

Through May 12

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You're invited you to see desert, light and sound unite in a mesmerizing display like never before. Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music. 

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

 

Museum Exhibits

 

Josel Albers in Mexico

February 1- May 27

Josel Alber's exhibition at the Heard Museum elucidates the influence and connectivity between the work of Albers, and the abstracted geometric vocabulary of pre-Columbian art, architecture, and material culture. Catch rarely seen early paintings by Albers and a selection of rich photographic and photocollage work, many of which have never before been on view.

Heard Museum
2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix

 

Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Place

January 26 - May 26


Catch the first Islamic Art exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum in nearly 20 years. Showcasing more than 100 works from around the globe, the exhibition will feature calligraphy, textiles, jewelry, paintings, clothing, musical instruments, and more. Wondrous Worlds is organized around the Five Pillars of Islam and also features contemporary works to illustrate the living legacy of Islamic art. 

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix

 

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist

March 9 - September 

Phoenix Art Museum plays host to the first survey on this obscure American painter in more than two decades. Pelton painted conventional desert landscapes to make a living, but it was her abstract studies of earth and light, biomorphic compositions of delicate veils, shimmering stars, and atmospheric horizon lines, that distinguished her work. Over 40 pieces of work will comprise this exhibition shedding light on Pelton’s artistic contribution to American Modernism.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix

 

Mummies of the World at Arizona Science Center

February 10 - September 29

Featuring real human and animal mummies and rare artifacts from across the globe, you won't want to miss this exhibition at the Arizona Science Center. This blockbuster exhibition provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world, offering insight into past cultures and civilizations. Learn their personal stories and head to the multimedia stations that will take guests on a journey to explore the mummies’ history.

Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix

 

Now Playing: Video 1999-2019

February 16 - April 28

To launch a year-long 20th anniversary celebration, SMoCA presents Now Playing: Video 1999–2019, an exhibition that samples the last 20 years of video art. As a former movie theater, the Museum embraces the chance to turn its entire exhibition space over to the moving image. 

SMOCA-Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 
7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale

 

Charles M. Russell: The Women in his Life and Art

Through April 14

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While many of his images of women conform to the pervasive stereotypes and artistic trends of turn-of-the-century America, Russell's representations were more nuanced and action-oriented than those of numerous contemporaries. The exhibition will include 60 works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink, and bronze that span Russell’s career.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale

 

Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection

Through June 23

While he is best known as a  U.S. senator, Barry Goldwater was also a gifted photographer. He was one of Arizona Highways magazine’s first photographers and his favorite subjects included the Grand Canyon and the Native peoples of Northern Arizona. This exhibition features the largest collection of photographs by Senator Goldwater and includes intimate family photos and personal items.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale