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Best Contemporary Art in Phoenix

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Artlink A.E. England Gallery

Artlink A.E. England Gallery pushes the limit on contemporary art. Donated by the City of Phoenix, the gallery provides a platform for upcoming as well as recognized artist to exhibit their work. The artwork cover a variety of theme and mediums from traditional to digital to experimental. The gallery is open on the first and third Friday of every month.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

Get acquainted with the rich history surrounding the African Americans settlers in Phoenix at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. As you enter the gates of the museum, a magnanimous statue of George Washington Carver welcomes you. Carver was well-loved by the locals because of his contribution to the development of agriculture. A popular exhibit is 'That Which Might Have Been Birmingham 1963', that was created to honor the memory of those who died and were injured in the bombings at a Sunday school in Alabama. The museum also houses a vast collection of archives on the African Americans.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Modified Arts

Modified Arts is different from any other traditional art gallery as it hosts performing arts events too. This place started out as a popular venue for live music but slowly earned the reputation of being an art gallery as well. Bringing together local, national and global artists, exhibitions schedules here are popular with local art buffs,. No two days are alike, so it doesn't matter if you are there for the first or the fiftieth time as your experience is bound to be a unique one. The gallery also available for rent by the day or week and is perfect for a variety of events, be it meetings, weddings or photo shoot. Check website for more.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Eye Lounge

Eye Lounge is a gallery run collectively by artists and committed to promoting upcoming talent. Established in 1999, the artists used to host group exhibitions at Ice House and Mesa Contemporary Arts until they moved to this address in 2001. The low ceiling space that opens on to a larger room and a small back room gives the gallery a sophisticated feel. Visitors will be delighted by the range of artworks that cover a variety of genres, theme and medium. The local art community look forward to special exhibitions hosted by the gallery on the first Friday of every month.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Five15 Arts

A uniquely named establishment, Five15 Arts is a gallery that has exhibited works of various contemporary artists like Deborah Hodder, Jimmy Fike, Kathryn Maxwell and others. A collective venture by like-minded artists, the works displayed at the gallery cover new age genres and mediums. Regularly scheduling openings and exhibitions, the gallery is can be visited every first and third Friday of the month, from 5p to 9p. Visit website for more details on featured artists and upcoming events.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Phoenix Art Museum

One of the largest in the Southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum includes a staggering collection of exhibits from the world over. Permanent displays in this facility include miniature interiors as well as 20th-century art. Featured pieces cover contemporary art and fashion design with international exhibits from Europe, Asia, Latin America as well as Western America. Interactive, hands-on activities are featured for kids at the PhxArtKids space. Traveling displays are often included in the museum's highlights. Exhibits include popular works by Sui Jianguo, Lawrence Weiner and Pete Wegner.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Alwun House

Built by John Sedler in 1912, this historic house is architecturally significant due to its exceptional size and unusual bungalow style. For a house built in the early part of the century, being two storied instead of one and having a solar energy system for hot water, truly sets it apart. Goldfish ponds, aviaries and gardens are included in the property. Today, the house doubles as a cultural art center and venue for weddings and receptions. Admission varies, so please call for further information. Limited wheelchair access.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Garfield Galleria

Spend a few hours at Garfield Galleria; a simple structure that houses 13 spaces of varying sizes dedicated to art and art exhibition. The galleries and working studios within are owned and rented by independent artists and host special events through the month. While certain spaces are fixed in terms of artist or medium, the others make way for an ever changing schedule of art appreciation. For instance, Studio 200E functions both as a studio and gallery space for photographer Margaret Wright. And at Marisabel's Studio Boutique, visitors can study her paintings while also picking up pieces of jewelery created by her. Garfield Galleria provides an eclectic mix for all art buffs.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Lisa Sette Gallery

Well known among art enthusiasts, Lisa Sette Gallery exhibits paintings, sculptures, photography, installation art and even holds performances. The gallery reflects its refreshing attitude and idealism in the way it functions. The gallery holds over 15 exhibitions in a year, with the work displayed coming from around the world. The gallery also features works of artists Mark Klett and Lalla Essaydi, which are otherwise difficult to find. The art gallery chooses to keep a direct and personal relationship with the artists and collectors. Those marveled by the artworks can purchase books and other material that offer insight into the artist and their work.

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Shemer Art Center and Museum

Originally built in the early 1920s, this Santa Fe-style home near Camelback Mountain has become a haven for fine art classes and events. Displays include a 1890s replica of a Colonial-style mansion. Purchased by the city of Phoenix, it has been converted into an artistic center that includes a small gallery. Recognized artists from Arizona and around the country are featured in showcase exhibits and special events. Be sure to check out this museum during the week, but note that they are closed on Sundays and major holidays.

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