Here's what's new, or changing, on the metro Phoenix arts scene this week.
SMoCA's (Temporary) Closure
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will be closed to the public from December 21, 2020 to February 19, 2021. The museum cites the holiday season and preparations for a new set of exhibitions as the reason for the temporary closure.
PLAY Opens at Hance Park
The 20,000-square-foot play area called PLAY officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 15. The formal name for the space is Fiesta Bowl PLAY at Hance Park, reflecting the fact that Fiesta Bowl Charities donated $2 million for the project, which is part of the first phase in a multiyear renovation being undertaken by the Hance Park Partner Coalition.
Wasted Ink Is Leaving The Hive
Charissa Lucille announced on Monday, December 14, that she is closing her storefront at The Hive, citing issues with the new owner. She’ll continue to operate Wasted Ink Zine Distro online, and says she’ll consider looking for another physical location once COVID-19 conditions improve.
Sedona International Film Festival Rescheduled
The Sedona International Film Festival is changing its 2021 dates from February 20 through 28 to June 12 through 20 based on COVID-19 uncertainties and “anticipation of vaccine availability.” The 2021 festival will include new offerings, including outdoor and virtual screenings. For the first time, the festival will include a screenwriting competition.
Upcoming Phoenix Art Museum Exhibit
Phoenix Art Museum will open a new exhibition January 2, 2021, which will feature prints by several renowned artists, including Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Paul Klee, Edvard Munch, Louise Nevelson, and Robert Rauschenberg. The show’s title is “Out of Print: Innovations of 19th- and 20th-Century Printmaking,” and it will feature works from the museum’s collection and the United Kingdom-based Schorr collection.
Pemberton PHX Art Partners
True North Studio, a real estate development company headed by Jonathon Vento, recently announced a new concept for the historical Pemberton House located on Second Street north of Roosevelt Street in Roosevelt Row. The Pemberton PHX will include several arts and culinary components done in conjunction with more than a dozen partners, such as FilmBar and Artlink, starting in January 2021. Specific details have not been announced.
New Scottsdale Gallery
The gallery landscape in Old Town Scottsdale continues to evolve. Recently Niki Woehler, an artist who creates large-scale abstract pieces using acrylic paint and epoxy resin, opened a large gallery and studio space at 7056 East Main Street, one of two main streets frequented during Thursday night Scottsdale ArtWalks.
Trumpocalypse Billboard Makeover
The Trumpocalypse billboard first installed in March 2017 has a new design by California-based artist Karen Fiorito. New artwork installed on December 17 features a central image of Donald Trump behind prison bars, wearing a jumpsuit and a “Don The Con” name tag. The billboard will be up through the end of January.
New Xico Board Members
Xico Inc. has three new board members, including Jacob Moore, Maria Elena Coronado-Sutter, and Robert Booker. Moore is an associate vice president in ASU’s tribal relations office, Sutter works in grants administration and strategic development for a small business division at Chicanos Por La Causa, and Robert Booker is a former head of Arizona Commission on the Arts. Xico is working to open its new Roosevelt Row location in 2021. The date has not been announced.
Arizona Arts Budget
Every year, state agencies submit their annual budget requests to the governor’s office as part of the state’s budget process. Arizona Commission on the Arts, the state agency charged with making the arts accessible for all community members, has requested $5 million for the arts in the state’s fiscal year 2022 budget, which covers the period between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. The amount agencies receive will depend on the final budget approved by the state legislature and signed into law by the governor next year.
Hoop Dance Contest Going Virtual
The Heard Museum is transitioning its annual hoop dance contest to a virtual format for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, citing the devastating toll the pandemic has taken on American Indian and First Nations communities. The Heard Museum Virtual Hoop Dance Contest will be presented on February, 13, 2021, as a prerecorded online event. The deadline to register to compete is January 11, and videos must be received by January 18.
Black History Month Exhibit
West Valley Arts is showing works by five Arizona-based artists in its “Imprint: African Americans in the Arts” exhibit that opens January 22, 2021, at Arts HQ Gallery is Surprise. Featured artists include Phalen Booker, Floyd Galloway, Wanda King, John Neville, and Joe Willie Smith. The gallery will also present related programming, such as musical performance and painting demonstrations.
Print Project Launch
The nonprofit Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art founded in 2009 has launched a Trajectory Print Project in collaboration with artist Brent Bond and Santo Press. The project is designed to “showcase the richness and diversity” of artworks created in Maricopa County. Initial offerings will include a 12-print portfolio featuring works by artists including Rigo Flores, Shachi Kale, Christy Puetz, and Papay Solomon — plus a series of online exhibitions starting in 2021.
Free Youth Art Workshops
Vision Gallery in Chandler is offering free online art workshops for youth ages 6 to 16 from January to June 2021. Workshops happen on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Topics will include book-making, fiber arts, painting, sculpting, painting, and more. Workshop size is limited to 35 students. Registration opens on January 9, 2021.
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