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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.
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.
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.
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.