When in doubt, start by checking out Black Cloud at Phoenix Art Museum.EXPAND
When in doubt, start by checking out Black Cloud at Phoenix Art Museum.
Carlos Amorales/Courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum

Here's Your Guide to First Friday in Downtown Phoenix

There's no harm in winging it when First Friday rolls around. But it never hurts to do a little legwork before you head out — just to be sure you make time for the shows you're most excited about.

You'll have a tough time seeing all the fresh First Friday art shows noted below in a single evening, so make your short list before you head out. We've got details on 20 shows to help you get started.

Detail of Sheila Pepe installation at Phoenix Art Museum.EXPAND
Detail of Sheila Pepe installation at Phoenix Art Museum.
Sheila Pepe/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Must-See Shows

“Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism”
Check out nearly a dozen exhibitions and installations during First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum, where highlights include work by feminist artist Sheila Pepe and the return of Carlos Amorales’ Black Cloud. Museum admission is free, and special exhibition pricing is discounted, from 6 to 10 p.m. on First Friday. Learn more on the museum website.

See Chris Jagmin's solo show at Chartreuse gallery.EXPAND
See Chris Jagmin's solo show at Chartreuse gallery.
Chris Jagmin

“Words Matter”
Explore Chris Jagmin’s autobiographical journey through text-based works that reflects both his personal anxieties and the collective angst of America today. First Friday hours at Chartreuse gallery are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the gallery website.

See new work by Jeff Slim at Sisao gallery at Oasis on Grand.EXPAND
See new work by Jeff Slim at Sisao gallery at Oasis on Grand.
Jeff Slim

"Start As You Mean To Go"
See new work by Jeff Slim inside the new Sisao Gallery located at Oasis on Grand. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Several bands are scheduled to perform. Learn more on Robert Gentile's Facebook page.

Tess Mosko Scherer and other Eye Lounge members are showing work at First Studio.
Tess Mosko Scherer and other Eye Lounge members are showing work at First Studio.
Tess Mosko Scherer

Eye Lounge Group Show
First Studio presents an exhibition of work by members of the Eye Lounge artist collective based in the Roosevelt Row arts district. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the event Facebook page.

James B. Hunt is one of many artists showing work at The Lost Leaf.EXPAND
James B. Hunt is one of many artists showing work at The Lost Leaf.
James B. Hunt/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Roosevelt Row

“Clocks”
The Lost Leaf presents a group show featuring time-inspired oddities created by more than two dozen artists, including J.J. Horner, James B. Hunt, Sierra Joy, and Volar. First Friday hours are 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Learn more on the exhibit Facebook page.

Detail of work by Five15 Arts member Marlys Kubicek.EXPAND
Detail of work by Five15 Arts member Marlys Kubicek.
Marlys Kubicek/Photo by Lynn Trimble

“Small Works”
Explore work in various media by members of the Five15 Arts Collective, whose two newest artists include Daniel Prendergast and Marissa Vidrio. First Friday hours at Phoenix Center for the Arts are 6 to 9 p.m. Get details on the event Facebook page.

Work by José Andrés Girón previously exhibited at Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center.EXPAND
Work by José Andrés Girón previously exhibited at Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center.
José Andrés Girón/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Dia de los Muertos Exhibit
Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center is showing work inspired by Dia de los Muertos, created by emerging and established artists. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Check the event Facebook page for details.

Check out Rory Alan MacLean's work in a shipping container gallery in Roosevelt Row.EXPAND
Check out Rory Alan MacLean's work in a shipping container gallery in Roosevelt Row.
Lynn Trimble

Rory Alan MacLean
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art presents works by Tempe-based Rory Alan MacLean, whose paintings reflect his inner life when prompting others to reflect on their own, inside a shipping container gallery. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the phICA website.

See works by multiple artists living with Parkinson's disease at Olney Gallery.EXPAND
See works by multiple artists living with Parkinson's disease at Olney Gallery.
Olney Gallery

Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Show
Olney Gallery at Trinity Cathedral presents the 10th annual Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center juried art show, featuring work by community members living with the disease. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Get details on the event Facebook page.

See work by Aileen Frick at {9} The Gallery.EXPAND
See work by Aileen Frick at {9} The Gallery.
Aileen Frick/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Grand Avenue

“City/Pretty”
The {9} Artist Collective presents a solo exhibition of work by member Aileen Frick, whose mixed media pieces explore the visual complexities of urban life. First Friday hours at {9} The Gallery are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the event Facebook page.

Hector Fernando is showing work at Abe Zucca Gallery inside Abloom Salon.EXPAND
Hector Fernando is showing work at Abe Zucca Gallery inside Abloom Salon.
Hector Fernando

“Goddess”
See work by Hector Fernando, designed to rewrite the narrative of creation and paradise while exploring the aesthetics of beauty within nature. First Friday hours at Abe Zucca Gallery are 7 to 10 p.m. Get details on the event Facebook page.

Work by Lucretia Torva previously exhibited on Grand Avenue.EXPAND
Work by Lucretia Torva previously exhibited on Grand Avenue.
Lucretia Torva/Photo by Lynn Trimble

“Sacred and Profane”
Eleventh Monk3y presents an exhibition of work by a social art group called Ladies Who Paint, with pieces by Amanda Adkins, Tara Sharpe, and Lucretia Torva, to name a few. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the event Facebook page.

Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), San Ildefonso Pueblo, Mystical Bird, c. 1940.EXPAND
Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), San Ildefonso Pueblo, Mystical Bird, c. 1940.
Photograph courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Gift of Malcolm Whyte, class of 1955 and Karen Whyte., 2011.058.005

Central Corridor

"Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith"
Head to the Heard Museum to explore a new exhibition of Awa Tsireh works, and make your own stamped-metal jewelry while you're there. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Phoenix Public Library will have a pop-up library at the museum from 6 to 9 p.m. Get details on the museum website.

Work by Cam DeCaussin recently exhibited in Chandler.EXPAND
Work by Cam DeCaussin recently exhibited in Chandler.
Cam DeCaussin/Photo by Lynn Trimble

“Street Lights”
Explore paintings by Cam DeCaussin and Spencer Simmons, whose work depicts still, dark moments that prompt reflection on things suppressed in the light of day. First Friday hours at New City Studio are 7 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the event Facebook page.

Work by Jennifer Gross featured in a previous exhibition at Practical Art.EXPAND
Work by Jennifer Gross featured in a previous exhibition at Practical Art.
Jennifer Gross/Photo by Lynn Trimble

“Extemporaneous Disguises”
Check out a series of masks by Jennifer Gross, who infuses her colorful, whimsical characters with playfulness and joy, at Practical Art. First Friday hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Get details on the Practical Art website.

Check out this Ronna Nemitz work after you explore her installation inside The Studio at Found:RE.EXPAND
Check out this Ronna Nemitz work after you explore her installation inside The Studio at Found:RE.
Lynn Trimble

“I Will Find You”
Explore a site-specific installation by Ronna Nemitz in The Studio at Found:RE Phoenix, which includes sculpture and photographic manipulations that address life cycles of loss. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the event Facebook page.

See works by artists including Emily Ritter at Step Gallery.EXPAND
See works by artists including Emily Ritter at Step Gallery.
Emily RItter/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Warehouse district

“Sculpting Science II”
See sculptures and mixed-media drawings inspired by microscopic views of nature, created by artists Laura Korch Bailey, Brandi Lee Cooper, Tamaki Matsumoto, Hans Miles, Amanda Ohnmacht, Jessica Palomo, Ross Quesnell, and Emily Ritter. First Friday hours at Step Gallery are 6 to 9 p.m. Get details on the ASU Events website.

Bentley Gallery is showing work by Udo Nöger.
Bentley Gallery is showing work by Udo Nöger.
Udo Nöger

“The Inside of Light”
Explore work by Udo Nöger, whose paper art and light-based paintings celebrate simplicity, malleability, and impermanence. First Friday hours at Bentley Gallery are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the gallery website.

See work by Jun Kaneko at Desert Botanical Garden.EXPAND
See work by Jun Kaneko at Desert Botanical Garden.
Lynn Trimble

Other shows

Jun Kaneko Sculptures
Jun Kaneko’s exhibition of large-scale, hand-built sculptures continues through May 13, 2018. If you want to check it out on First Friday, the garden is open until 8 p.m. The exhibition is free with Desert Botanical Garden admission, which is $24.95 for adults. Get details on the garden website.

See work by Baron Dixon at Alwun House.EXPAND
See work by Baron Dixon at Alwun House.
Baron Dixon

LoveBomb Go-Go
Alwun House opens a new exhibition of work by Baron Dixon on First Friday, when it’s also presenting an entertainment lineup that includes burlesque performance and music by the LoveBomb Go-Go marching band. First Friday’s festivities kick-off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 at the door. Learn more on the event Facebook page.

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