Sorry, snowy locales—we're spending our winter enjoying outdoor festivals. Get the details below on all the art events and exhibits coming to Phoenix this season, both in the sunshine and in museums.
December 6, January 3, February 7
Spend the night out at downtown's monthly, self-guided art walk through the Roosevelt Row Arts District and beyond. Art spaces, galleries and studios open their doors for exploration, cultural attractions such as Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum offer free admission and activities, and the streets become a lively scene for walkers seeking art, food, shopping and bars.
Visit Artlink's website for maps, shuttle locations, and tips for a successful First Friday.
Mill Avenue transforms into a festival street lined with 400 artist booths, roaming entertainers and musical experiences throughout the weekend. In addition to fine work from artisans, the festival also features a special zone for local businesses in "Sixth + Mill Makers," including unconventional gifts and handmade crafts from upcycled woodworks to floral arrangements.
Local artists, musicians and performers converge in the park to offer patrons a weekend of shopping, entertainment, food and family at the annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts. Browse more than 150 vendors for some art to take home, and leave your mark on the hands-on Phoenix Mural Project collaborative painting piece.
How about browsing with a bit of history? You'll find authentic fine art and collectibles from American Indian artists along the Pueblo Grande Museum's historic interpretive trail, offering guests a look at ancient Hohokam structures and a chance to participate in activities. Don't miss the dance performances and Indian fry bread.
December 6 - May 6
This solo exhibition of Canadian / Anishinaabek artist Maria Hupfield will feature more than 40 works by the conceptual performance artist, ranging in content from performance, sculptural installation, video, and document at The Heard Museum.
January 11 - May 10
The works of America's most famous photographer will be on display at Phoenix Art Museum, with a focus on how he would create varying prints from his own negatives. The 60 photographers come from the Ansel Adams Archive, at the Center for Creative Photography, housed in Tucson at the University of Arizona.
January 25 - August 16
Among the avant-garde artists of the mid-twentieth century, Joseph Cornell created an expansive body of work that features collages, films, graphic designs, and his renowned glass-paneled shadow boxes, which he once referred to as “poetic theaters.”
Through January 5
More than 100 original drawings, magazines and photographs by legendary fashion designers Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos will grace the walls of Phoenix Art Museum for this exhibition, including pieces that appeared in Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, and Bloomingdales.
Through January 15
See wildlife in person and on the canvas when you visit this gallery at the Phoenix Zoo, where select artists show their unique vision of wildlife and conservation via photography, paint and mixed media.
Through January 19
This exhibition at SMoCA presents a group of artists working in both natural and urban environments whose work exploits the power of place to address issues of social, environmental, and personal transformation over the past 50 years.
Through January 26
In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Phoenix Art Museum will showcase some of its finest works collected in the past 10 years, including modern and contemporary art, Latin American art, American art, Asian art, and fashion design.
Through March 15
The first major exhibition of racing cars at Phoenix Art Museum will feature more than 20 classic cars, including Maserati, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, and Ford, driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing, including A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney, and Stirling Moss.
Through March 31
The second seasonal exhibition of Wonderspaces Arizona features 13 interactive installations that prompt us to question our reality, ranging from noise-making plants to giant microbes made from yarn.
Through April 5
Yosemite has continuously caught the attention of artists, and this exhibit aims to show the variety of artists and their inspiration. View works by icon David Hockney (which will be in Arizona for the first time), and intricately weaved baskets by the country's indigenous women.
Through April 30
Artist Squidsoup, known for his enthralling light installations, is bringing a site-specific experience to SMoCA. See and hear a flurry of light and sound - with unique daytime and nighttime experiences - all brought on by a networked data system.
Through May 10
See more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic, including 20 penguins posing among the cactus, snails stunningly positioned atop of the Garden’s butte and 40 majestic grey wolves guarding the Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries for this season's installation at the Southwest's best botanical garden.
Through September 13
MIM’s newest exhibition offers a glimpse into the dramatic and lively masquerade traditions of Central Africa with an exclusive collection of more than 150 stunning and rare masks, instruments, and costumes from the late 1800s to early 1900s.
Through September 26
Local artist, Thomas “Breeze” Marcus and the Arizona Historical Society collaborated to feature a collection of works that explore Breeze’s personal experiences and identity as a part of the Akimel and Tohono O’odham communities, in conjunction with cultural artifacts and stories.