Artist Programs

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The Tempe Exhibitions program features artwork by more than 250 artists each year. With rotating exhibtions at the Gallery at TCA as well as multiple community art spaces, there are many opportunities to experience visual art throughout the City. The Gallery at TCA offers a vibrant exhibitions program as well as unique opportunities for local and national artists to engage with the community members of all ages in programs through programs such as artist residencies, maker workshops and lectures.

*To learn more about our programs and opportunities, please join a Tempe Arts and Culture email listserv HereUnder the “NEWS” category, we recommend the “Call to Artists” option for artists and the “Arts News” option for everyone interested in arts programs and events in Tempe.

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Residencies provide opportunity for artists to work, learn and create outside of the typical studio environment. Participating artists are provided with space and access to experiment with new themes and media, as well as brainstorm and network with other artists and professionals. In 2017, the Gallery at TCA hosted its first multi-week artist residency program. In conjunction with the summer exhibition Biomimicry: nature inspired design three Arizona based artists were selected by jury panel for a 10-week program. During the residency, artists engaged in community conversations and workshops, created new models, sketches and artworks and worked in temporary studio spaces inside the Gallery. (Photo: Artist Alexandra Bowers working in her in-gallery studio at the Biomimicry exhibition.)

Virtual artist residencies

In response to local art teachers’ requests for short and inexpensive artist-led programs, the Gallery at TCA developed the Virtual Artist Residency Program (VARP). VARP provides small groups of students the opportunity to interact with artist via email to study and interview living artists about topics like inspiration, media and artistic processes to better inform their own artmaking in the classroom.

Artist Mary Shindell says of her VARP experience: “One of the best lessons I have learned as an artist is to try new things and figure them out.  It was exciting to be able to pass that lesson on…. The students were comfortable asking follow up questions and I worked to answer them as soon as I could-sometimes it took thinking things over from the perspective of a young person which was refreshing and fun.”  (Image: Artist Mary Shindell at work in her studio.)

workshops and lectures

The Gallery at TCA outreach programs provide both artists and community members the chance to interact with exhibiting artists and gain fresh perspectives on art making and meaning. Based on exhibition themes, programs are designed to reach a variety of age levels, cover current topics of interest and enhance the overall art experience in the Gallery. Many hands-on workshops for youth and adults are taught and led by exhibiting artists and feature a free make and take project. Artist and scholar lectures and presentations are held in the Gallery at TCA and are designed to relate to patrons with many different interests and backgrounds. (Photo: Artist Christian Burchard working with ASU wood sculpture students.)

To see a current list of workshops and lectures, go to Gallery at TCA main page. 


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