10 Best Artworks We Saw in Metro Phoenix During April 2016

Good things tend to happen on the metro Phoenix arts scene this time of year, as the Valley gets an influx of visitors, locals celebrate the onset of spring, and art students mount exhibitions highlighting their best works. Ten of our favorites works shown in April came from exhibitions in several cities — including Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, and Mesa. And the artists who made them work in a wide variety of media, including charcoal, wire, painting, and photography. Check out a sampling of some of the best pieces we spotted in April.

The Cuban Soup Homage Warhol Series
Alfredo Manzo Cedeño

One of two artists we spotted this month whose work references Andy Warhol's iconic 32-piece Campbell's Soup Cans series, Cedeño's work explores important aspects of Cuban culture. It's part of "Hat Tip: A Tribute to Arts Philanthropy" at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Bottled Rocket #5, Bottled Rocket #1, and Bottled Rocket #2
Ryan Zoghlin

When photographer Susan Burnstine juried selections for this year's "Light Sensitive" exhibition at Art Intersection, works by Ryan Zoghlin made the cut. They're photographs created with an alternative process called Silvertone, and each depicts a rocket being launched into space.

Gloria Langer

Scottsdale Community College art student Gloria Langer created a colorful mash-up of social media with her own pop art take on an iconic trio of monkeys warning against seeing, speaking, and hearing evil — which is part of the 11th-annual "Best of Artists" on-campus exhibition. 

Mutual Possession of Ten Worlds 
Swapna Das

For her ASU School of Art thesis exhibition, Swapna Das created three series of drawings using charcoal in grayscale and sanguine, which were exhibited at Harry Wood Gallery on ASU's Tempe campus. They're all rooted in her research about the Buddhist concept of 10 life states experienced by everyone, including hunger, anger, rapture, and realization. 

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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