Ally Glowacki on "Dog Days of Summer" at Night Gallery in Tempe

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"The Face of God" by Ally Glowacki
Normally, when we hear that an artist makes pictures of dogs, we have to stop ourselves from scoffing. But painter Ally Glowacki, who recently graduated from ASU's MFA program, has us re-thinking our canine imagery prejudice. In her latest solo exhibition, "Dog Days of Summer", currently on view at Tempe's Night Gallery, Glowacki presents a series of dog portraits that convey an unexpected depth.


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Halt Gallery Presents Work by Laura Spalding Best and Elysia Holland Michaelsen in Summer Exhibitions

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Katrina Montgomery
Detail of Elysia Holland Michaelsen's "Replan Your Work Rework Your Plan" at Eye Lounge
After a successful debut last fall, Halt Gallery is back with a pair of summer exhibitions that will make you happy to have braved the higher temps of June's Third Friday.

The curating duo behind Halt Gallery, Julia Bruck and recent Big Brain Award Winner Becky Nahom, is bringing two solo exhibitions about urban landscape to Roosevelt Row: Laura Spalding Best's "7th Street to 7th Avenue" and Elysia Holland Michaelsen's "Replan Your Work, Rework Your Plan."


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Peter Held to Retire as ASU Art Museum Ceramics Curator

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Peter Held has been with ASU Art Museum for 11 years.

ASU Art Museum announced on Wednesday, June 18, that longtime ceramics curator Peter Held will retire.

Held has been with the museum for 11 years and has curated more than 100 exhibitions through the Ceramics Research Center, which recently moved to Mill Avenue from its Tempe campus location. Held will retire at the end of June 2014.

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New Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix Is a Step Above the Rest

Categories: Visual Art

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Andrew Pielage
The Lisa Sette Gallery is a semi-subterranean designed building.
The entrance to the new Lisa Sette Gallery requires a small descent. It's exciting approaching the semi-subterranean Al Beadle building on Catalina Drive just west of Third Street. Excuse the rather obvious metaphor, but coming into the space really does feel a bit like discovering a treasure buried just below the surface of the earth.

Still, if I could choose just one word to describe the new gallery, I would call it elevated.


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Lisa Sette Gallery to Re-Open in Midtown Phoenix June 14

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Lisa Sette Gallery is re-opening in midtown Phoenix on June 14
Earlier this year, we got the news that Lisa Sette Gallery would leave Scottsdale and relocate to a beautiful space in midtown Phoenix. This month, we will finally have the chance to take a look at the new digs, while enjoying the gallery's inaugural group exhibition "Hello Midtown!"


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10 Metro Phoenix Photographers to Follow on Instagram

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A photo-based app deserves some photography-specific love. We've already featured 10 Phoenix artists to follow on Instagram, and we've also talked to local experts about the intersection of photography and technology. Today, we're continuing down this path to bring you some of our favorite Phoenix area photographers to follow on Instagram.


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5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on June 6

Categories: Visual Art

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Courtesy of the artist and 720 Gallery
Bassim Al-Shaker will be displaying current work in an untitled solo exhibition
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.

Bassim Al-Shaker

Bassim Al-Shaker garnered international recognition last summer when the New York Times ran a profile on the Iraqi artist, who came to Arizona in June 2013 with ASU's International Artist Residency Program. Al-Shaker's current work will be on view at 720 Gallery for this month's First Friday, and it's a show you will not want to miss.


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5 Things Phoenix's Art Detour Can Learn from New York's Bushwick Open Studios

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Connor Descheemaker
Members of performance art group thingNY make music from a destroyed piano as part of Bushwick Open Studios

Bushwick Open Studios represents the next wave of the New York art scene, shining a light for one weekend on the studios, galleries, and art spaces which make up its up-and-coming Bushwick neighborhood. In visiting New York for the first time, I found myself working through the heart of this annual event, exploring the work of the top new practitioners of visual and performance art in the city. Sound familiar?

In researching and attending the event, which took place from May 30 to June 1, I saw immediate parallels to Phoenix's own annual studio and gallery tour, Art Detour. Both are put together by entirely volunteer-based organizations (Artlink and Arts in Bushwick or AiB). Both were founded with the intent of exposing their respective communities' underground art scenes to the public. Both feature a mix of official and unofficial happenings.

While incomparable in terms of sheer scale -- 600-plus spaces to visit in New York versus 100-plus in Phoenix -- there is still a great bit of knowledge I gleaned from BOS that could be translated into success locally. To be sure, this is not a "Phoenix just isn't New York" (because duh), but a "Hey look! We can do this, too!"

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Tempe's ASU Art Museum Has 6 Andy Warhol Prints on Display This Summer

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Andy Warhol, Reigning Queens (Queen Beatrix), 1985. Screenprint on Lenox museum board, 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 in. Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Image courtesy of the ASU Art Museum.
Pop art fanatics, prepare yourselves.

ASU Art Museum announced that it has been gifted six rare prints by famed artist Andy Warhol. The original screenprints will be on display in the lobby of the ASU Art Museum through September and will remain in the museum's permanent collection thereafter.

Since Warhol's death in 1987, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has given prints to institutions across the country. In fact, the ASU Art Museum received 155 photographs from the foundation in 2008 as part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.

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Palabra Collective to Expand in Phoenix and Open Pop-Up at UNION at the Biltmore

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Artwork by Mikey Jackson, Photo Courtesy of Palabra Collective
Mikey Jackson is one of two artists who will be featured in "Girl", a pop-up show at UNION
Things can get a little sluggish during Phoenix summers, but Palabra Collective isn't showing any signs of slowing down. The art gallery/hair salon just moved to a new (bigger) location off of Seventh Street, and owner Jorge Torres is opening a satellite Palabra pop-up gallery at UNION at the Biltmore for the month of June.


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