Long before the economy took its most recent nosedive, the state of the contemporary art scene in the Valley of the Sun could be labeled as pretty abysmal. Only a handful of decent contemporary galleries still open their doors, especially ones willing or financially able to show the work of emerging artists. Alternative spaces have crystallized into unimaginative institutional parodies or become cutesy boutiques that second as social hangouts for the hipoisie. Because of this palpable lack of gallery space, entrepreneurial Valley art makers of all stripes have been forced to act as their own gallerists and... More >>>