Visual Arts

7 Free Art Shows on Third Friday, October 16, in Downtown Phoenix

If you're keen on catching works by a diverse assortment of artists with just a single outing, October's Third Friday looks like the way to go. If you bounce into each of the shows noted below, you'll see works by more than 50 local artists — from emerging artists still in graduate school to veteran artists with decades of experience in the Phoenix art scene. Get an early start, because you'll have a lot of ground to cover. 

“17th Annual Juried Exhibition”
Artlink presents works curated by Phoenix artist John Tuomisto-Bell, Bentley Projects owner Bentley Calverley, and ASU Art Museum chief conservator Dana Mossman Tepper at Oasis on Grand. The exhibition features works in diverse media by 17 artists including Julie Anand and Damon Sauer, Chris Boyd, Carlos Encinas, Page Filson, Valerie Hunt, Sam W.J. Johnson, Ann Langlois, Ann Lillqvist, Harold Lohner, Dan Nearing, Jill Roig, Chris Scott, Lacey Shelton, Lucretia Torva, A.O. Tucker, and Joan Waters. The opening reception takes place Thursday, October 15 from 6 to 10 p.m., but the show will also be on view from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 16. Find more information on the Artlink website.

“Onloaded 3”
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA) presents the third installment of its “Onloaded” series of exhibitions in the shipping container galleries in the Roosevelt Row A.R.T.S. Market, which features works by Tolleson artist Edgar Fernandez and Tempe/Tokyo artist Takashi Hara, who uses pigs in his allegorical artwork to “reflect on human society and its tendency to put ambitions in a cage.” The institute is also presenting the first inaugural exhibition of its Emerging Curator Initiative, featuring a group exhibition of works curated by Cory J. Rogers. Fumihiro Kikuchi, who earned his M.F.A. in dance at ASU this year, will be performing in conjunction with these exhibitions, which are on view from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 16. Find more information on the phICA website.

“The Cigar Box”
The Firehouse presents up-cycled vintage boxes, drawers, and tins given new life by artists Mindy Timm, Teresa Moore, Ashley Naftule, Toni Molina, Jason Youngdale, Riayn Grey, Patty Alaniz, Lindsay Baine, Jewell Armendariz, and Laurel Johnson. Hours on Friday, October 16, are 6 to 11 p.m. Find more information on The Firehouse Facebook page.

A new art collective called Too Hot, comprising ASU MFA students and their professors, presents its first group show at {9} The Gallery. Participating artists include Cam DeCaussin, Camila Galofre, Dani Godreau, Rachel Goodwin, Matt Hoelscher, Lisa Von Hoffner, Joseph Holdren, Travis Ivey, Molly Koehn, AJ Nafziger, Jessica Palomo, Travis Rice, Chris Vena, and Hannah Irene Walsh —- as well as professors Anthony Pessler and Henry Leo Schoebel. The opening reception takes from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 16. Conversations with the artists take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Find more information on the {9} The Gallery website.

Eye Lounge presents an exhibition of works by Constance McBride, whose art practice is influenced by the experience of helping her mother along the journey through Alzheimer’s disease. “This is a work about layers: layers of civilization, layers of the earth, layers of life, and layers of relationships,” McBride says. The opening reception takes place Friday, October 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. While you’re there, check out works by Christina You-sun Park on the Main Gallery stage, and works by Cory Rogers in the Project Room. Find more information on the Eye Lounge website.

“2 Conversations”
ASU’s Step Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Rachel Goodwin and Travis Rice, which explores “how these two artists draw from a similar kit of parts, but, through applying their own personal life experiences, cultural upbringings, and dialogue with our present day world, assemble them in different ways.” Goodwin’s work expresses her interest in consumer culture; Rice’s work explores the impact of digital technology on analog media. The opening reception takes place Friday, October 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the ASU Events website.
“Larry Kornegay + Bill Timmerman”
Modified Arts presents the third annual collaborative exhibition of veteran Phoenix artists Larry Kornegay and Bill Timmerman, which features new works. Timmerman’s photographs highlight “the linearity and shape of both natural and unnatural sites and objects.” Kornegay’s works reference his past life as a sign painter while “blending language and its relative fluidity into his solid physical forms.” Hours on Friday, October 16 are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Modified Arts website.
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