Phoenix's 6th Annual Grand Avenue Festival Seeks Artist Submissions

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Tina Riddle
A scene from last year's Grand Avenue Festival.

It's almost festival time again. The Grand Avenue Members' Association and the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts will team up for the 6th Annual Grand Avenue Festival on Saturday, November 8, held in the Grand Avenue District in downtown Phoenix.

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Phoenix's Bentley Gallery to Represent Ceramicist Jonathan Cross

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Courtesy of the artist and Bentley Gallery
Breaks, 2014 14 x 7.25 x 6" soda fired stoneware with oxide
This week, Bentley Gallery added a new artist to their already impressive roster. Jonathan Cross is a recent MFA graduate from ASU, who spent time working as a studio assistant to Don Reitz, another ceramicist represented by Bentley.

Cross joins the ranks of popular sculptors Jun Kaneko and James Marshall, whose work is currently on view in Bentley Gallery's August group exhibition.


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How Phoenix Artist Paul Wilson Transformed a Mid-Century Obsession into a Decades-Spanning Career

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Evie Carpenter
Kathleen Vanesian explores the faux, fake, and fabulous art of Paul Wilson in this week's cover story.

Paul Wilson might have been the Phoenix art scene's best-kept secret. Until recently, that is.

The 50-year-old artist's creative endeavors, centered on his obsession with 1950s and '60s pop culture, have spanned both decades and media including photography, video, and performance, while he makes a living freelancing as a set designer and painter for various Valley theater troupes.

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Phoenix Muralist Francisco "Enuf" Garcia Presents Solo Exhibition at Flor De Calabaza

Categories: Events, Visual Art

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Courtesy Francisco "Enuf" Garcia

For local muralist Francisco "Enuf" Garcia it's impossible to activism without art -- and vice versa.

The artist, who won the Eric Fischl Vanguard Award at the Phoenix Art Museum in 2008 and spoke at the White House for Youth Summit in Washington D.C. in 2012, will display a new series of socially conscious work at his upcoming gallery exhibition, "Faith, Culture, and Justice."

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5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on August 1

Categories: Visual Art

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Courtesy of the artist and Modified Arts
Detail of an untitled work by Sasha Lewis's
First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows you will not want to miss this Friday.

"Animal Party"

The latest exhibition at Modified Arts really does feel like a party at first glance, with all of the saturated colors and whimsical content; but don't be fooled, there's something more going on on here. Curated by Peter Bugg, "Animal Party" features the work of mixed media artist Alex Benson, painter Sasha Lewis, and sculptor Nathan Lewis (who was recently featured in our 100 Creatives series). The event description really hits the nail on the head: "all together, the work of these three artists will offer a mix of humor and despondency -- a sort of cheerful gloom."


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Artist Cecil Balmond to Design New Shade Structure at Mesa Arts Center

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Courtesy of Cecil Balmond and Mesa Contemporary Arts
Balmond's new design will provide more shade while complementing existing designs at MAC
Ten years old might sound way too young to have a facelift, but it isn't if you're Mesa Arts Center. This week, MAC announced that internationally renowned artist and designer Cecil Balmond has been selected to create a shade structure that will connect the Mesa Arts Center's North Plaza with Main Street in downtown Mesa.


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Heard Museum to Host First Comprehensive Retrospective of American Indian Modernist George Morrison

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Courtesy of the Heard Museum
Spirit Path, New Day, Red Rock Variation: Lake Superior Landscape, 1990, acrylic and pastel on paper, 22 1/2 x 30 1/8 in. Collection Minnesota Museum of American Art. Museum Purchase. 99.04.02.03
Say what you will about modernists, they are magnets for attention in the art world. Chippewa artist George Morrison had a long and varied career that included forays into Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. With work that took the form of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures, Morrison often explored the physical landscape in his art.

This fall, the Heard Museum will showcase Morrison's lifework in "Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison," a traveling exhibition organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art and Arts Midwest with the Plains Art Museum.

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"Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona" at Phoenix Art Museum Is a Lesson in Marginalized Narrative

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Katrina Montgomery
Some of the monsters featured in "Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona"
Juanito Laguna and Ramona Montiel are fictional characters, but you can find them on Facebook. Created by Argentinian multimedia artist Antonio Berni in the 1960s to address some of the socioeconomic stresses plaguing his home country, Juantio and Ramona have since gained cult status as popular folk heros whose stories are still relevant in modern Argentina.

The Phoenix Art Museum is currently playing host to the first Berni exhibition in the U.S. in nearly 50 years. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Malba - FundaciĆ³n Constantini in Buenos Aires, "Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona" contains over 100 objects that bring to life the story of these two working-class personas.


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James Turrell to Receive National Medal of Arts

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Florian Holzherr
Congrats to James Turrell.
It looks like some pretty big congrats are in order for one of Arizona's own. On Tuesday, July 22, The National Endowment for the Arts announced that President Barack Obama would be awarding the National Medals of Arts as well as the National Humanities Medals on Monday, July 28, to a select group of artists throughout the United States, including Flagstaff-based artist James Turrell.


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Scottsdale Public Art Calls for Library Gallery Installation Proposals

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Dru Bloomfield via Flickr
If you've checked out the colorful kid-catered installation that is Camp Dreamtree, you know one thing about the Scottsdale Civic Center Library: their gallery is anything but by the book. And while the installation created by local artists Roy Wasson Valle and Koryn Woodward Wasson has done well to inspire the imagination indoors, Scottsdale Public Art (SPA), in partnership with Scottsdale Public Library, is looking for some new inspiration for next summer's installation.


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