10 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Metro Phoenix This Fall

Richard Baudet
The Phoenix Art Museum accepted submissions of mail art from around the world for "Focus Latin America: Art Is Our Last Hope."
As stores slowly switch out their stocks of beach towels and pool floaties for pumpkins, plastic ghouls, and even some fake snow-covered wreaths (for shame), something is happening in Phoenix that we care so much more about: Galleries and museums are presenting new exhibitions for fall.

It would be impossible for us to list every new exhibition cropping up in the Valley, but there are 10 shows that we are most excited to see this autumn.

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Tilt Gallery Says Goodbye to Bees, Hello to New Scottsdale Location

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S. Gayle Stevens via Tilt Gallery
S. Gayle Stevens showcases plates from "Disappearance," an exhibition highlighting the demise of the bee population.

A lot can change in a decade. Tilt Gallery, a Phoenix photography favorite, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this fall by letting go of one old space and saying hello to a brand new one.

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"Chaos Theory 15" Lineup Released; Show Opens Friday, October 3, at Legend City Studios

Kathleen Vanesian
"Tethering the Storm Within" by Pete Deise was on display at Chaos Theory 14. Deise is one of many artists returning to Chaos Theory 15.
It's that time of year again. Time for things to get a little bit, well, chaotic.

On Tuesday, September 23, artist Randy Slacks announced the return of his annual collaborative exhibition, "Chaos Theory," at Legend City Studios. Now in its 15th year, "Chaos Theory" and grown from group exhibition to downtown art tradition. And we expect most of the Phoenix arts scene can't help but get a little giddy as this lineup of fresh faces and familiar standbys.

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ASU Art Museum Names Garth Johnson Curator of Ceramics

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Courtesy of ASU Art Museum
Johnson joins the museum later this year.

ASU Art Museum announced on on Monday, September 22, that Garth Johnson is its new curator of ceramics.

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Downtown Mesa to Unveil "Main Street Art Love" on September 19

Downtown Mesa via Facebook
Downtown Mesa is about to bump up its artsy image.

The East Valley city has teamed with local artists and businesses to build "Main Street Art Love," a series of unique planters along Main Street. The up-cycled planters, which will bring additional desert foliage to the main drag, will make their debut on Friday, September 19, alongside the debut of Flash Park Fridays, converting unused pedestrian and parking spaces into temporary grassy areas for communal recreation.

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Phoenix Art Museum's PhotoBid Surveys Contemporary Photography

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Image courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum
David Emitt Adams' "Five Miles to the Summit" is part of this year's PhotoBid exhibition

For six years running, Phoenix Art Museum has performed an artistic service with its annual PhotoBid photography auction and fundraiser. Curated by Rebecca Senf, the Norton Family Curator of Photography at PAM and the Center for Creative Photography, the annual survey exhibition returns online and in-person featuring an array of the top local and national photographers donating works for the benefit of InFocus, the museum's photography support organization.

Though simply a fundraiser at heart, PhotoBid is truly the closest exhibition Phoenix has to an annual overview of contemporary photography. Featuring the work of such artists as Luis Gonzalez Palma, Bruce Myrin, Mark Klett, Eadweard J. Muybridge, Binh Danh, Sean Deckert, Bill Timmerman, and dozens of others, the exhibition transcends styles to present a thorough look at what photography offers to the general artistic landscape, locally and nationally.

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Mad One Announces Sticker Phiends 6 for Saturday, October 11

Mad One
Goodbyes are never easy.

So when street artist Mike "Mad One" Neely packed his bags and left for Portland a few years back, we took it pretty hard. Fortunately, the former Phoenix-based artist must have sensed our withdrawal because he's just announced that he's coming back for a one-night-only Sticker Phiends show.

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5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on September 5

Categories: Visual Art

Courtesy of the artist and 1Spot Gallery
Jeff Slim In the right light(2014)
First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows not to miss this evening.

"Analogue Roulette"

Jeff Slim's name has been popping up everywhere these days. After exhibiting his paintings in "Beyond the Reed" at Palabra's Biltmore Pop-Up last month, Slim is turning to his collaborative stenciling work in "Analogue Roulette" at 1Spot Gallery for the duration of September. Slim works with prints from an array of photographers to create stenciled pieces, adding a new dimension to the original photographs.

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Phoenix's 720 Gallery to Host Fundraiser for Bassim Al-Shaker

Courtesy 720 Gallery
"Intersections" by Nuna Dow will be on view at 720 Gallery Friday, September 5.

720 Gallery is closing its doors. But before it does, the downtown art venue is hosting one last exhibition and a fundraiser to benefit Bassim Al-Shaker, a local artist who lost several paintings and personal effects when his studio was robbed last month.

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Stephen Gittins Talks Plans for Capture12 on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix

Categories: Visual Art

Courtesy of Capture12
Capture12 is now located on Roosevelt Row
Stephen Gittins is all about making things happen. "If you're not doing what you want to be doing, you need to create the opportunities," he says. "You have to instill motivation in yourself to push forward and find what you're looking for."

Gittins owns Capture12, a business that started out in 2012 as a photography workshop and has slowly morphed into a multi-functional teaching and exhibition endeavor now nestled in the heart of Roosevelt Row. Earlier this summer, Gittins relocated Capture12 from a back room in MonOrchid to a piece of prime real estate just west of Eye Lounge.

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