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50 Artists We Want to See at "Chaos Theory" 2017

Work by artist Bassim Al-Shaker.
Work by artist Bassim Al-Shaker. Bassim Al-Shaker
The fall arts season is rapidly approaching, which means it's nearly time for "Chaos Theory" at Legend City Studios. It's organized by Randy Slack, a Phoenix artist who launched the annual art show back in 2000 with fellow 3CarPileUp members James Angel and David Dauncey.

Each year, Slack invites artists to participate. Fewer than 20 artists were featured that first year. Last year, nearly 80 artists took part in the one-night-only exhibition.

"Chaos Theory" was named for the mathematical principle that says small changes can produce big effects. And it certainly rings true for the show, which has helped to elevate the profile of several metro Phoenix artists, including Kristin Bauer, Brian Boner, and Collin Chilag.

Basically, it's an informal "who's who" of the local arts scene. Which means it's a must-attend event. The day after the public sees the show, members of the Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum, which gives prestigious awards and grants to Arizona artists, gets a private "Chaos Theory" tour.

As Slack gets ready to draw up the list of artists to include in the 2017 show, we decided to write our own wish list. It's not a complete lineup, but here are 50 emerging and established artists we'd love to see at "Chaos Theory" this year.

50. Bassim Al-Shaker

49. Jesse Armstrong

48. Susan Beiner

47. Laura Spalding Best

46. Geoffrey Bohm

click to enlarge Detail of work by artist Jesse Armstrong. - JESSE ARMSTRONG
Detail of work by artist Jesse Armstrong.
Jesse Armstrong
45. Sue Chenoweth

44. Dan Collins

43. Emily Costello

42. Angela Ellsworth

41. Fausto Fernandez

click to enlarge Work by Hilary Harp previously exhibited at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. - HILARY HARP/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
Work by Hilary Harp previously exhibited at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Hilary Harp/Photo by Lynn Trimble
40. Samantha Fresquez

39. Jon Haddock

38. Hilary Harp

37. Alvin Huff

36. Sarah Hurwitz

35. Christopher Jagmin

34. Saskia Jorda

33. Elliott Kayser

32. Hakyoung Kim

31. Lena Klett

click to enlarge Work by Hakyoung Kim on view during a previous ASU Ceramic Research Center studio tour. - HAKYOUNG KIM/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
Work by Hakyoung Kim on view during a previous ASU Ceramic Research Center studio tour.
Hakyoung Kim/Photo by Lynn Trimble
30. Molly Koehn

29. Mayme Kratz/Tim Lanterman

28. Christine Lee

27. Shannon Ludington

26. Laurie Lundquist

click to enlarge Work by Elliott Kayser previously exhibited at Step Gallery. - ELLIOTT KAYSER/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
Work by Elliott Kayser previously exhibited at Step Gallery.
Elliott Kayser/Photo by Lynn Trimble
25. Matt Magee

24. Cydnei Mallory

23. Cristobal Martinez

22. Melissa Martinez

21. Monica Aissa Martinez

click to enlarge Detail of work by Ann Morton previously exhibited at Grand ArtHaus. - ANN MORTON/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
Detail of work by Ann Morton previously exhibited at Grand ArtHaus.
Ann Morton/Photo by Lynn Trimble
20. Chris Miller

19. Matt Moore

18. Ann Morton

17. Gabriela Muñoz

16. Danny Neumann

click to enlarge Work by Patricia Sannit exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum. - PATRICIA SANNIT/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
Work by Patricia Sannit exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum.
Patricia Sannit/Photo by Lynn Trimble
15. Alex Ozers

14. Estrella Payton

13. Christy Puetz

12. Christina Ramirez

11. Patricia Sannit

click to enlarge Work by John Tuomisto-Bell previously exhibited at Step Gallery. - JOHN TUOMISTO-BELL/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
Work by John Tuomisto-Bell previously exhibited at Step Gallery.
John Tuomisto-Bell/Photo by Lynn Trimble
10. Mary Shindell

9. Craig Smith

8. Rossitza Todorova

7. John Tuomisto-Bell

6. Jen Urso

Work by Roy Wasson Valle previously exhibited at Harry Wood Gallery - ROY WASSON VALLE/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
Work by Roy Wasson Valle previously exhibited at Harry Wood Gallery
Roy Wasson Valle/Photo by Lynn Trimble
5. Denise Yaghmourian

4. John Wagner

3. Koryn Woodward Wasson

2. Zach Valent

1. Roy Wasson Valle
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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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