Visual Arts

10 Women Street Artists You Need to Know in Metro Phoenix

Let’s face it. Women don’t always get the respect they deserve when it comes to street art or graffiti culture. Consider this roundup of 10 women street artists your friendly reminder that plenty of women are making significant contributions to the urban landscape in metro Phoenix.

Amanda Adkins
Street art by Amanda Adkins graces several buildings in downtown Phoenix — including the east-facing exterior wall at The Hive, where you’ll find her take on the joyous movement of a woman donning a big, beautiful head of dark, wavy hair (painted with Katie Beltran). She’s also painted a wall (with Jessica Kerlin) that borders the entrance to the Black Theatre Troupe’s building using scenes from some of their previous productions. You’ll find a mural depicting her daughter on the top of an exterior wall at {9} The Gallery.

Yai Cecream
Yai’s whimsical designs grace the interiors of several local businesses, from Even Stephens in downtown Phoenix to Welcome Chicken + Donuts in south Phoenix. Sometimes, she does guerilla-style street art, leaving her marks along urban pathways while transforming objects like giant trash dumpsters into a playful canvas. Her collaboration with Ashley Macias graces a west-facing wall at Space 55, but you can find her solo work on a small bit of wall just east of Cobra Arcade Bar.

Lauren Lee
For several years, the Three Birds mural Lee painted on the east-facing exterior wall of GreenHaus served as a way-finding tool and photo backdrop. Baron Properties demolished that building to make way for multi-level apartments, but later commissioned Lee to create a new trio of birds that tower over the downtown landscape. Her work also graces walls at Oasis on Grand, Street Coffee, and Mesa Urban Garden. You’ll find a mural painted for the IN FLUX Cycle 4 public art project on a building just near Vision Gallery in Chandler, and her 153-foot Don’t Wake the Dreamer mural commissioned by the City of Tempe on a wall adjacent to Jaycee Park.

Laura Spalding Best
The utility lines dotting metro Phoenix streets have inspired much of Laura Spalding Best’s body of work, which includes her Centennial mural painted on the south-facing wall for the APS Power Station located at Second and Garfield Streets. And twice, she’s painted murals on a shipping container gallery in Roosevelt Row. (The first was defaced during Paint PHX 2015.) Keep an eye on a new development going in across from Grand ArtHaus, because Best says she's already been commissioned to paint a mural once that new building goes up.

Maggie Keane
Maggie Keane has been quietly making street art for years, but her tribute to David Bowie, painted in the aftermath of the musical icon’s January 2016 death, put her painting prowess on full view along the east side of Seventh Street just north of McDowell Road. She’s spent decades doing forensic drawings in courtrooms, but also does other types of artwork, ranging from billboards to fine art portraits.

Read on for more of Phoenix's must-know women street artists. 
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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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