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Gallery at TCA

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The Gallery at TCA provides visitors a space for thoughtful and engaging art experiences. Free admission, tours and outreach programs are available year-round. Large-scale rotating exhibitions include a wide variety of local, regional and international artists, as well as themes of popular culture and interest.

The Gallery at TCA and its sister program, Tempe Galleries, have produced more than 150 large and small-scale art exhibitions and have featured more than 2,500 artists over the past ten years. Combined, these exhibitions reach an estimated 4 million people each year. New and exciting exhibitions continue to be developed with a special focus to broaden the mind, relate to multiple age groups and create interest in a variety of fields and subjects.

Tempe Center for the Arts will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of Independence Day

Summer Gallery Hours: 
Tuesday - Friday       10 am - 5 pm
Saturday                     11 am - 5 pm

Open during some special events.
Free Admission 
           Phone Number:  (480) 350-2867

Summer Exhibition:


Life * Art * Science

May 24 - Aug 31

 Water is on a lot of peoples' minds these days, from concerns about conservation to plans for summer recreation. This exhibition explores water as seen and interpreted through the eyes of artists. The artworks and displays reflect a wide range of water-themed topics including sustainability, mythology, history, science and beauty. The exhibition also includes interactive activities, live artist demonstrations and multiple workshop opportunities for all ages.

It may be hot outside, but the Gallery at TCA offers a cool respite for thoughtful and creative experiences.

 (Image credit: Artist Abbey Messmer) 

Meet Artists-in-Residence (through Aug 3):
Meet local artists working in studio spaces right inside the Gallery.
Artists: Laura Spalding Best, Jerry Jacobson and Brandi Lee Cooper

Exhibiting Artists: Caroline Estelle, Marianna Foster, Harold Lohner, Abbey Messmer, Ellen Nemetz, Taylor Peak, Emily Ritter, Justin Rodier and Maria Salenger and Kendra Sollars.

Arts & Sciences Workshops
Saturdays | 11 am - 2 pm | Gallery | Free | No RSVP | All Ages
Each workshop includes activities, discussions and opportunities for learning for any age group.
Families will enjoy the make and take art activities while adult audiences may enjoy artist led discussions and demonstrations.

6/29: Laura Spalding Best, Creating the Illusion of Water (painting)

7/13: Nick Rascona, Moving Water- History of Water Resources in Arizona
(Workshop includes hands-on activities and education booths from City of Tempe Water Utilities Services Division and SRP.)

7/20: Taylor Peak, Water, Chemistry & Photography (photography)

7/27: Jerry Jacobson, Rust Farm Prints (multi-media art prints)


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An indoor festival celebrating the arts and sciences of drawing.
Saturday, June 22 | 10 am - 10 pm

Tempe Draw-046Sponsored by:  SRP logo
Photo credit: Tim Trumble


Booths include exhibiting artists Brandi Lee Cooper, Emily Ritter, Abbey Messmer and Maria Salenger and organizations including Crayola Experience Chandler, Edna Vihel Arts Center, Tempe History Museum and Xico Inc. Activities include printmaking, Suminagashi floating ink painting, topography map drawing and a fantasy station dedicated to dinosaurs and unicorns.

Booths include exhibiting artists Jerry Jacobson and Justin Rodier and organizations including Architekton, ASU School of Art, Tempe Public Art, Scottsdale Artists School and FABRIC of Tempe. Activities include virtual reality drawing, portfolio reviews, animation, costume design, fashion design and open studio sessions with a live model and artist Matt Dickson.

including Happy Hour and LIVE music by Ruthie Wilde.

Booths include exhibiting artist Laura Spalding Best and date night activities including competitive drawing games, fashion show by FABRIC designers and open studio sessions with live model and artist Matt Dickson.

Ruthie Wilde - musical artist - ColorAbout Ruthie Wilde
Vocal and instrumental lines blur in the multi-genre soundscape of Ruthie Wilde. Influenced by classical, jazz, and various popular styles, Ruthie mixes her voice with cello and guitar for a unique and provocative blend of textures and timbres


Summer Parking: Enjoy free cart rides from your vehicle to the TCA’s front door! TCA’s parking lot during construction is located at Hardy Dr. and Rio Salado Parkway. Just follow the signs.

Satellite Exhibition: WATER II | Tempe Post Office at 500 South Mille Avenue | Tempe, AZ 85281

Artists: Jerry Jacobson, Nicolas Rascona, Emily Ritter and Thomas Strich.

Thank You: Tempe Water Utilities Services Division, Sky Harbor Airport Museum, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Tempe History Museum, Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts and SRP.



*Photo credit Miachelle DePiano

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