Today we will be taking a real deep dive into everything we know about art in Phoenix. As the piece progresses galleries, museums, supply stores, schools, shows, events, and more will be broken down.
Even if we are trying to cover it all the best Phoenix Art Galleries and Museums seem like the wisest starting point. Then we will start to span out and get into the best local art stores for anyone that is trying to buy some new materials or supplies.
We also can’t forget about the best shows, festivals, and events in your area. Going on an art walk or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll in the right parts of town can be a lot of fun when the weather permits. Checking out the top statues and sculptures in the city can also work well for that.
Expect to learn about local art schools that offer both group and private lessons too. Studio space where you can work on your latest project, as well as dealers, appraisers, and framing services in the area will be covered.
You will find a local art map before you go that will show you where all of these spots can be found as it will cover the whole metro area including Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, and the full area. Those who are interested can read our other posts about cities in the Southwest region right there.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Phoenix
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Phoenix you can go to:
- Heard Museum at 2301 N Central Ave
- Phoenix Art Museum at 1625 N Central Ave
- R Pela Contemporary Art at 335 West McDowell Rd
- Modified Arts at 407 E Roosevelt St
- Eye Lounge at 419 E Roosevelt St
- Bentley Gallery at 215 E Grant St
- Monorchid at 214 E Roosevelt St
- Obliq Art at 1844 E Cinnabar Ave
- Shemer Art Center at 5005 E Camelback Rd
- Lisa Sette Gallery 210 E Catalina Dr
- Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at 1 E Main St, Mesa
- William Barnhart Studio at 506 N Center St, Mesa
- Oneohone art gallery at 101 W Main St, Mesa
- Chandler Center for the Arts at 250 N Arizona Ave, Chandler
- Vision Gallery at 10 E Chicago St, Chandler
- The Eddie Basha Collection at 22402 S Basha Rd, Chandler
The Heard Museum actively collects American Indian fine art, and a variety of paintings, drawings, prints, photography and sculpture can be found throughout the museum’s galleries and grounds. Fine art exhibitions reflect the scope of the museum collection, which contains historic drawings more than a century old as well as contemporary canvases that have been gathered since it opened in 1929.
Phoenix Art Museum has opened doors to world-class exhibitions with its comprehensive collections. Considered the largest art museum in the Southwest, it is home to a collection of more than 20,000 objects and more than 300,000 guests, lifelong learners, and art lovers visit each year, both within the walls of the Museum and through their multidimensional community programs.
R. Pela Contemporary Art is an intimate showplace for work by established and emerging artists. Curator Robrt Pela is a local arts writer who has curated at Willo North Gallery, the Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery, the University Club, and Bragg’s Pie Factory among others.
Modified Arts is a gallery that seeks to present conceptually rigorous work, and strives to connect and cultivate regional, national, and international artists and collectors. Exhibitions include contemporary paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photography, multi-media, and installation. Eye Lounge is a collective, artist-run, contemporary space committed to fostering emerging and established visual artists in the downtown area.
Throughout the history of Bentley Gallery a diverse range of mediums have been represented including paintings, sculptures, photography, drawings, textiles, installation art, and video. The gallery also has a long tradition of offering ancient art and artifacts. Chinese bi and cong from the Neolithic period provide a rare glimpse into China’s history, and all works are authenticated and certified by academic experts.
Monorchid quarterly exhibitions feature a wide variety of artistic mediums and styles, each reimagining the space. Obliq Art is a start-up gallery founded downtown at the Arizona Center.
Lisa Sette Gallery exhibits paintings, sculptures, photography, installation and performance pieces from an impressive roster of emerging and established artists, as well as maintaining a clientele of local and international collectors devoted to its founder’s adventurous curatorial vision.
Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) Museum is the exciting visual art exhibition space at Mesa Arts Center. In five stunning galleries, MCA Museum showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized creators. MCA Museum also offers lectures by significant artists and professionals, workshops and a volunteer docent program.
The Shemer Art Center has become a cultural center for all ages and provides a unique and inviting atmosphere for residents and visitors to enjoy and learn about visual art through classes, lectures, workshops, exhibits and events. Additional features of the Shemer Art Center include a boutique gift shop plus an outdoor sculpture garden, both featuring beautiful, one-of-a-kind works created by some of Arizona’s most talented artists, for viewing and for sale.
William Barnhart Studio strives to unravel and engage the viewer in universal truths. The large oil paintings, monotypes, and bronze sculptures delve into matters of the universal human heart like love, joy, passion, beauty, kindness and hope. OneoOhOne Art Gallery provides executive suites for businesses, an art gallery, Studio 101 for meetings, classes, lessons, is home to 2nd Friday Night Out Event, and so much more.
The Gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts hosts exhibitions for visitors that feature regional and national artists. Exhibitions rotate out on a regular basis throughout the year. Visitors will discover a varied palette of original works from oil and acrylic canvasses, to ceramic works, sculpture, jewelry, photography, mixed media, and textiles.
Vision Gallery is a welcoming space for art aficionados and casual visitors alike to experience and interact with art. Along with the Gallery at the CCA, it is the only space of its kind in the Chandler area to feature a wide variety of media from local and regional artists. The gallery features diverse and evolving exhibitions in a variety of media including ceramics, printmaking, drawing, photography, textiles, painting, sculpture, and multi-media.
The Eddie Basha Collection is a vast composite of oil paintings, watercolours, acrylics, pastel and charcoal drawings, pen & inks, bronze, wood and natural stone sculptures, wood-turned bowls, basketry, pottery, katsinas and jewellery. There are well over 3,500 pieces depicting numerous mediums displayed throughout the gallery.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few stores in your area to buy art supplies and materials like:
- Arizona Art Supply at 4025 N 16th St
- Craft Nights at 3241 E Shea Blvd
- Paper Source at 2035 E Camelback Rd A14
- Michaels at 1925 E Camelback Rd
- Joann at 965 S Gilbert Rd, Mesa
- Michaels at 1628 S Signal Butte Rd, Mesa
- Hobby Lobby at 1835 S Greenfield Rd, Mesa
- Crayola Experience at 3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler
- Hobby Lobby at 3456 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler
- Michaels at 285 N Federal St, Chandler
Artists have relied on Arizona Art Supply for high-quality art materials and technical information for over 65 years. Paper Source is a great place to buy specialty paper, personalized invitations, gift wrap, craft supplies, and other items that stimulate creativity.
Crayola Experience is where Crayola’s magic comes to life and is a great colorful family destination for interactive, creative play, with 20,000 square feet of attractions. You probably already know what chain stores like the Michaels, Joann, and Hobby Lobby near you have to offer.
Shows & Events
There are some great local art shows, events, and festivals in your area like:
- Arizona Fine Art Expo from January to March
- Scottsdale Arts Festival in March
- Phoenix Festival of the Arts in December
- 2nd Friday Night Out held Monthly
The three-day Scottsdale Arts Festival offers 170 amazing artists from all around North America selling their work on the magnificent grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Works of art can be purchased directly from the creators as well as through the Festival’s online auction.
The Arizona Fine Art EXPO is an annual festival held from January to March where you can explore art from throughout the country and around the world. The Phoenix Festival of the Arts is thrilled to be returning to Hance Park with an arts and cultural festival suitable for the entire family. The ninth annual event will feature over 150 art merchants and cultural organizations. It’s the ideal opportunity to interact with the local creative community and celebrate the holiday season.
We briefly mentioned it before but the 2nd Friday Night Out is a monthly event held at the OneOhOne Gallery in Mesa. Head to Main Street between Center and Robson to find 50 or more local artists and creators showing off their latest works.
You can also expect to find live music, food trucks, and even a trivia contest.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to add a new piece to your collection or find out how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Savvy Collector at 326 W Harmont Dr #5643
- Phoenix Art Group Inc at 4125 N 14th St
- Thomas Watkins Fine Art at 4011 W Augusta Ave
Savvy Collector is an online art gallery that specializes in Native American art, handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, baskets, paintings, other ethnic artists, and more. Phoenix Art Group is a collective of creators in your area that features a unique database of 10,000 images based on original paintings by local artists.
Beautiful, hand-embellished art prints in a variety of sizes are available on canvas, paper, acrylic, wood, and aluminum. Nature, abstract, and landscape photography are available at Thomas Watkins Fine Art where you will find wall art to motivate and persuade others to live a better life.
Mesa Comunity College Art Walk at 1833 West Southern Avenue has over 30 permanent public art exhibits created by MCC students and teachers as well as well-known artists. While you can attend the Art Walk at any time, they recommend starting at the Veteran’s Blue Star Memorial and working your way counterclockwise around campus.
Sculptures & Statues
You can also find some really cool sculptures and statues around town like:
- Her Secret Is Patience at 424 N Central Ave
- Release the Fear Sculpture at 116 W Roosevelt St
- Twilight Garden at 22 N Morris, Mesa
Her Secret Is Patience is a public art sculpture commissioned by the city of and designed by artist Janet Echelman. Local artist Robert John Miley constructed Release the Fear in this little public park in 2005.
Joe O’Connell published Twilight Garden in 2015. The sculptures are human scale, and their shapes stimulate interaction by asking people to touch, lean against, sit on, look through, and congregate around them.
Don’t forget about the great local sculpture garden at the Shemer Art Center either.
Phoenix Art Classes
We are all at different levels and sometimes a lesson or two can give us the boost that we need. Some of the best Phoenix art schools and classes can be found at:
- Phoenix Center for the Arts at 1202 N 3rd St
- Arizona School For The Arts at 1410 N 3rd St
- Thunderbird Arts Center at 1106 E Grovers Ave
- Watercolor Classes with Valerie Toliver at 3413 N 21st Ave
- Redfox Artist at 12617 N Cave Creek Rd
- Encore Arts Academy at 7618 E University Dr, Mesa
- Mesa Arts Academy at 221 W 6th Ave, Mesa
- Burst of Butterflies Create & Paint Studio at 141 W Boston St, Chandler
- LDVinci Art Studio at 1900 W Germann Rd #5, Chandler
The Phoenix Center for the Arts opened in 1975 and was run by the Parks and Recreation Department until 2011. Through education, programming, and advocacy, the Phoenix Center for the Arts makes arts and culture accessible to all.
The Arizona School of the Arts ASA, founded in 1995, is a non-profit charter school downtown that serves students in grades 5 through 12. ASA has over 800 students and is located in the center of the local downtown arts district. ASA has formed strategic alliances with the Valley’s most famous cultural and performing arts groups in order to provide Arizona students with the best possible teaching and opportunities.
Ceramics, mosaics, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, youth art, and more classes are available at Thunderbird Arts Center. Valerie Toliver’s Watercolor Classes will help you learn to paint for the first time or brush up on your abilities. Beginners through expert students are all welcome to join in on the fun.
Redfox Artist offers painting and drawing classes in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. Craft Nights is a BYOB, DIY arts and crafts studio that offers instructor-led courses, private parties, corporate events, and team building activities. Birthday parties for all ages, bridal showers, and a unique ladies’ night out special are also available.
Mesa Arts Academy provides a rigorous K-8 academic program with a focus on the arts and technology. They find that incorporating the arts and technology into their academic program for kids creates a more hands-on learning atmosphere that better fits the different learning styles of their student population.
Burst Of Butterflies offers a joyful and social atmosphere for a wide range of social meetings, parties, and events like couples night, ladies night, meetup groups, corporate parties, team building, and more.
LDVinci is a one-of-a-kind art studio that teaches painting, dance, and music to both children and adults in a beautiful, comfortable, and roomy setting.
Studios For Rent Near You
Those of you who are ready to start a big project can try to rent art studios near you at:
- First Studio at 631 N 1st Ave
- Lively Mind Art Studio at 3232 N 16th St
- New City Studio at 1300 N Central Ave
First Studio, which was remodeled and returned to its original usage in 2002 and is home to several of the Valley’s most creative enterprises. Whether you’re searching for a private office to set up as your own, a flexible co-working space, or a studio for a photography or video shoot, they’ve got you covered.
Lively Mind Art Studio is a full-service creative and ceramic studio that provides acrylic painting, various classes, and other services. New City Studio exists to serve and grow the downtown cultural scene. They make a point of fostering local art and creators across as many mediums as they can support from their strategic location on Central Ave in the heart of the Central Arts District.
A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best shops for local art framing are:
- Atrium Framing at 316 W McDowell Rd #102
- Framin’ Works at 3119 E Thomas Rd
- Art Of Framing at 5018 N Central Ave
- Esprit Decor Gallery & Framing at 5555 N 7th St #122
- Express Art & Frame at 3112 E Camelback Rd
- Matage Framing at 166 W Main St #101, Mesa
- Hall Of Fame Collectables at 2665 E Broadway Rd #101B, Mesa
- Custom Art Designs at 541 E Juanita Ave, Mesa
- Celebrity Framing at 1880 S Alma School Rd #3, Chandler
- Hall of Frames at 3415 W Frye Rd #3, Chandler
Atrium Gallery & Custom Framing is committed to providing the highest level of personal service and attention to each and every project received. Whether framing a valuable original piece or a simple snapshot, they design your framing to best compliment your work and treat each piece as a treasure.
At Framin’ Works they strive to make sure that every project exceed the customer’s expectations by combining fine craftsmanship with quality materials and personal service with their more than 1,000 wood mouldings. Art Of Framing provides custom framing for home decor, corporate framing business and office decor, conservation framing, canvas stretching, fabric wrapping for mats and liners and more.
Esprit Decor offers unique and creative picture framing designs to showcase and preserve your memories and artwork. Express Art & Frame can do services for residential and commercial customer’s valley wide. Led by a skilled design team they can frame anything, not just pictures and posters.
Matage Framing provide the clients with the finest quality product at the fairest price because they know that beautiful art and framing has the ability to change the entire atmosphere of a room. Custom Art Designs has over 25 years of professional picture framing experience and can do give all of their customers expert creative design consultations and the highest quality custom framing.
Celebrity Framing specializes in framing valuable collectibles and memorabilia like documents, signed sports jerseys, guitars, autographed photographs, 3D items, and more. You can get both style and substance in the form of custom framing, printing, bathroom mirrors, and pretty much anything else you can display on your walls at Hall of Frames. In order to make complex designs feasible, inexpensive, and memorable, they combine old-school workmanship and attention to detail with inventive use of technology.
By the way we have also written lengthy posts on:
- Painting, Drawing, & Other Art in Tucson
- Painting, Drawing, & Other Art in San Diego
- Painting, Drawing, & Other Art in Los Angeles
- Painting, Drawing, & Other Art in Las Vegas
Have Fun Enjoying The Phoenix Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best local galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
Those who made it all the way to the end probably love being creative as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Phoenix!