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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.
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.
Founded in the 1920s by Dwight B. and Marie Bartlett Heard, this museum houses tributes to Native American art and culture. At the Heard Museum, permanent displays are showcased along with traveling exhibits displaying the rich heritage of the people. The center was renovated to include an educational facility called the Ullman Learning Center. Free tours are offered daily and there's plenty of parking space. See website for more details.