Arizona Student Artists Wanted for Scottsdale Public Art Project, platFORM


Calling all artists: Scottsdale Public Arts has once again partnered with City of Tempe Public Art and City of Chandler Public Art Program to bring back the second installment of the public arts project, platFORM, and they're looking for a new batch of artists to make that happen.

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How to Adopt a Planter on Grand Avenue in Phoenix

Darryle Royal
Planters along Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue got a makeover of sorts last year on its stretch between Seventh and 15th avenues, and part of its redesign included adding 50-plus planters along the street. Currently, they're blank canvases. But not for long.

Grand Avenue Members Association (GAMA) has issued a call to local artists interested in giving the planters more character. GAMA has formed a subcommittee to select from any artists who express interest in the beautification process of the planters. The organization hopes to have all, or at least most, of the planters' artwork completed in time for Art Detour 2014, which runs March 8 and 9 this year.

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"Art Walk the Line" at the Fiesta Bowl Art Walk in Scottsdale

Categories: Events, Public Art

Courtesy Scottsdale Art Walk
Holding more than 40 statewide events, the weeks leading up to the battle between Baylor University and University of Central Florida Wednesday, January 1, at the 43rd annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl are the ultimate pre-game.

There are the known highlights, of course. The anticipated and always colorful Fiesta Bowl Parade takes over central Phoenix at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 28, snaking traffic between Central Avenue and Seventh Street for the handful of Phoenicians not in attendance. The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, itself a 25-year tradition, pits Kansas State and Michigan against each other at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe the same day.

There are parties, both pre- and post-game. An elected queen and her court. A Fiesta Bowl-sponsored youth football clinic; a Fiesta Bowl-sponsored aerospace challenge. A half-marathon. A senior tennis tournament. And an art walk.

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Call to Artists: Artel Phx at The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix

The Clarendon Hotel
Boutique hotel The Clarendon is accustomed to getting gussied up for photo shoots, parties, and the occasional magazine spread. But this fall, the historic hotel is teaming up with Artel Phx to turn its space into a giant compilation of site-specific art installations.

And here's the best part -- they're looking to local artists to make it happen.

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Phoenix Artists Jay Atherton and Ann Morton Give Hance Park a Creative Facelift

Categories: Public Art

Margaret T. Hance Park is now the home to public artworks by two staples in the Phoenix art community.

Jay Atherton is an artist and architect whose work -- including installations, exhibitions, public buildings, and private residences -- is all over the country. Atherton installed "Towards Time (130811 11:52)" on Monday at the southern entrance to the park at Moreland and Second streets.

See also:
- Tempe's University Drive to Get a Bike and Pedestrian Makeover in 2013
- View Renderings and Weigh in on Future Projects by Scottsdale Public Art

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Poets Wanted for the Seventh Avenue Streetscape

Categories: Poetry, Public Art

7th Ave Streetscape Haiku by Aaron Johnson, art by Eve Vrla
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's looking for local poets for its ninth annual 7th Avenue Streetscape exhibition.

Up to four poems that aim to "broaden public thinking about reuse, recycling and a greener environment" will be selected for be selected for a yearlong public art display on the art panels at Glenrosa Street and Seventh Avenue.

See also:
- View Renderings and Weigh in on Future Projects by Scottsdale Public Art
- Tempe's University Drive to Get a Bike and Pedestrian Makeover in 2013
- Valerie Vadala Homer to Retire from Post as Director of Scottsdale Public Art

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View Renderings and Weigh in on Future Projects by Scottsdale Public Art

Categories: Public Art

If you missed one of Scottsdale's public meetings last week that gave community members an opportunity to weigh in on future public art projects, you now have until November 9 to toss in your five cents.

Two main projects in the works by Scottsdale Public Art are the Scottsdale Road Historical Happenstance Artworks and the Northsight Boulevard Extension Public Art -- and project coordinators are asking residents to help decide which concept is developed.

See also:
- Valerie Vadala Homer to Retire from Post as Director of Scottsdale Public Art
- Tempe's University Drive to Get a Bike and Pedestrian Makeover in 2013

- Call for Artists: IN FLUX 3 to Launch Temporary Activation Projects in Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix, Glendale, Goodyear, and Mesa

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Valerie Vadala Homer to Retire from Post as Director of Scottsdale Public Art

Categories: News, Public Art

Valerie Vadala Homer.jpg
Scottsdale Public Art
See also: Margaret Bruning Steps Down as Associate Director of Scottsdale Public Art
See also: Scottsdale Public Art Presents Master Plan, Discusses Separation from the Scottsdale Cultural Council
See also: SMoCA Introduces New Associate Curator Emily Stamey

After 25 years with the Scottsdale Cultural Council -- the last 10 as Director of Scottsdale Public Art -- local art champion Valerie Vadala Homer announced she'll be leaving her post at the end of September.

"After almost a quarter of a century with the Scottsdale Cultural Council developing, nurturing and growing Scottsdale Public Art's exemplary program, I have decided to retire in order to spend more time with my family and to explore creative pursuits," wrote Vadala Homer in a release sent out by the Cultural Council this morning.

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Seven Calls to Phoenix Artists

Categories: Public Art


If you're a local artist and the idea of living in a cushy creative commune over-looking downtown Phoenix, celebrating the upcoming holidays with your artwork or making trash and recyclables into something dope sounds exciting, our new seven calls to artists may get your brush wet.

7. Applications for Creative Commune:
One of the more interesting happenings locally for artists isn't so much an upcoming event as it is a complete lifestyle overhaul.

Ben Bethel, owner of central Phoenix's adored Clarendon Hotel, issued in a Facebook post his plans to open a "creative commune." The commune would exist among his three combined Downtown Phoenix high-rise penthouses.

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Tempe's University Drive to Get a Bike and Pedestrian Makeover in 2013

Annie Nancy Jones Francis via Flickr
New medians and protected bike lanes are scheduled to be built into this section of University Drive at Beck Avenue in Tempe.
More than a decade in the making, a stretch of University Drive in Tempe is finally set to get a makeover that will bring improved bike lanes, sidewalks, public art and landscaping to this roadway that is the western gateway into ASU's Tempe campus.

The City of Tempe's Streets Department released initial plans and calls for public meetings to discuss and outline the renovations that will run between Ash Avenue and Priest Drive. The improvements are funded with $1.1 million in federal grants that the city has secured.

Planners anticipate construction kicking off in the summer of 2013 after additional rounds of public meetings this fall and final city council signoff. The University Drive project is one of four street enhancement projects currently in planning in Tempe.

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