Scottsdale and Greater Phoenix boast an impressive arts community. To help you navigate all there is to see, we’ve prepared the following list of select area visual-arts venues. Many galleries and museums operate on a seasonal basis, so call ahead for hours of operation and specific exhibit schedules.
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Internationally recognized for its vast collection of Native American art, both traditional and contemporary, and cultural artifacts. Opened in 1929, the museum boasts a collection of nearly 44,000 objects, as well as a number of spacious exhibit galleries, an education center, museum shop, café, and bookstore.
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
This venerable museum boasts graceful decor, a sculpture garden, and glass-enclosed lobby, along with such favorite spaces as the Thorne Miniature Rooms and PhxArtKids children’s gallery. Houses an 18,000-piece permanent collection and hosts world-class traveling exhibits.
2222 N. 16th St., Phoenix
Colorful murals painted by a collaboration of dozens of different Phoenix artists, including Marcus Breeze illustrate the exterior walls of this community arts center. Live music, workshops, and events promoting cultural and community initiatives bring people together inside.
1014 N. 2nd St., Phoenix
A nonprofit outpatient clinic program of the Behavioral Health Agency, this unique gallery showcases artwork developed as part of creative-expression therapy by artists living with mental illness. New showings the first Friday of every month, in a variety of mediums.
407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
Located in a small brick building in the heart of the Phoenix arts district, this gallery showcases work of all kinds, from photography and paintings to performance art. Also serves as a thriving venue for live music, theater, dance, and film.
214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
As one of the largest art and gallery spaces along downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row, the 14,000-square-foot Monorchid caters to a wide range of art events and functions, including showings of fine art and photography works.
605 E. Grant St., Phoenix
In conjunction with Arizona State University, Step Gallery serves as both an MFA-thesis exhibition space and a student-run gallery. Offers rotating exhibitions of work by graduate-student artists, faculty exhibitions, exchange exhibits from peer institutions, and more.
ARIZONA WEST GALLERIES
7149 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Has offered 19th- and 20th-century American Western art, literature, books, posters, and artifacts for 41 years. Artists include the Taos founders, several California impressionists, works from Frank Cheatle, and a collection of cowboy collectibles and Western memorabilia. All mediums represented.
FOUNTAIN HILLS ARTISTS’ GALLERY
16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills
This artists’ cooperative showcases a diverse collection of art from nearly 40 artists. See works such as paintings in oil, acrylic, and pastel; mixed-media; sculpture in metal and wood; jewelry; ceramics; and photography.
7019 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Highlights the internationally recognized florals of Andrea de Kerpely-Zak. Sculpture, figurative, abstract, and landscape art of other artists are also featured in this spacious two-story gallery.
7120 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Featuring sculptures and paintings—from landscapes to Western themed. Artists include Ed Copley, John D. Cogan, and Dusty Kinman. Events held every month, as well as during the Scottsdale ArtWalk.
ROCK STAR GALLERY
15220 N. Kierland Blvd., Ste. 160, Scottsdale
Fine celebrity art and signed music memorabilia from classic rock artists including Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and The Rolling Stones. Regularly hosts special events, exhibitions, and charity auctions. Custom framing available.
SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
A world-class museum housing two to five galleries with changing exhibitions. Features inspiring and relevant art of our time by such renowned artists as Yves Klein and others, as well as a permanent James Turrell Skyspace in the outdoor courtyard. Enjoy lively gatherings in the lounge, or browse the impressive gift shop.
THE MARSHALL GALLERY OF FINE ART
7106 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Representing more than 70 artists and featuring contemporary and abstract works. Displays ceramics, blown glass, paintings, and sculptures. Artists include Kenneth Peloke, Ray Donley, Joseph Maruska, and Roberto Cardinale. Shows and exhibitions offered throughout the year.
MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA
3101 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff
This museum focuses on the Colorado Plateau, with nine exhibit galleries presenting native cultures, natural sciences, and fine arts. Explore prehistoric peoples, today’s living cultures of the region, meteorites, fossils, and dinosaur bones.
ASU ART MUSEUM
Arizona State University, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe
This museum features exhibits that focus on contemporary art with an emphasis on new ideas and media. Works are displayed in eight galleries with group and individual shows. Workshops and lectures offered. Two additional locations in Greater Phoenix.
MESA ARTS CENTER
1 E. Main St., Mesa
Curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists. Changing displays include photographs, sculpture, glass, and paintings.