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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 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.
(Rotating photos feature Zarco Guerrero and Radio Healer, John Randall Nelson [photographed by Scott Baxter] and prior exhibition images.)

Phone Number: 480-350-2867

10 am-6 pm | Tues-Thurs
10 am-7:30 pm | Fri 11 am-7:30 pm | Sat Open during some special events Free Admission

Gallery Closed: Jan. 7-19 for exhibition installation.

Current Exhibition



Walk in My Shoes
Jan 19-May 12

The arts help us express what cannot be said. Through an artist’s eyes, we can experience, discover and see how it feels to “walk in another person’s shoes” for a moment. While it is impossible for one exhibition to convey the entirety of the human condition, this show celebrates diversity, expression and the value of multiple viewpoints. Exhibiting Artists: Marco Albarran, Sama Alshaibi, Angela Ellsworth, Annie Lopez, Stephen Marc, Emily Matyas, Ann Morton, Julio Cesar Morales, Gregory Sale and Will Wilson. Support provided by Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Communities.

(Artwork by Emily Matyas.)

Public Reception:
Jan 19 | 6-9 pm | Free

Free Workshops

Will Wilson
Talking Tintype Portraits

with artist Will Wilson

Sat, Feb 3 | 1-5 pm | FREE

Exhibiting artist Will Wilson will demonstrate the tradition of wet plate collodion studio photography. Using a turn of the century camera and contemporary flash bulbs, he will be taking portrait photos in the Gallery and then developing images in a temporary darkroom set up behind the scenes at TCA.

Family Portrait Station: In addition to Wilson’s photography demonstrations, the Gallery at TCA and the Tempe History Museum are partnering to host free hands-on activities for all ages. Visitors that afternoon can learn about the history of portrait photography, take a Polaroid portrait and "make & take"  a vintage style frame keepsake. Walk-ins welcome.

About Wilson's Project: Wilson, who is Navajo, is working on a series of artworks in response to early photographer Edward S. Curtis’ portrait series “The North American Indian.” Wilson has been working on his series, “The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX)” since 2012 and continues to add portraits of people from across the country. 

Portrait Registration: A limited number of people may pre-schedule a free collodion tintype portrait sitting with Will Wilson. Registration will be available starting Mon., Jan. 22  at 9 am (until slots are filled). Phone registration only at 480-350-2867. Only a few walk-in slots will be available at the event via an hourly raffle system (until slots are filled).

(Artwork by Will Wilson.)

"you are me art and poetry experience
with artist Gregory Sale

Fri, March 23 | 5:30-7:30 pm | Free

Interactive experience using poetry and art to explore the personal and political implications of love. Join exhibiting artist Gregory Sale for an evening of good conversation and hands-on art making. Sale is nationally recognized for organizing art experiences and installations about social and cultural engagement. Enjoy free live music in the lobby with EDGE happy hour.

"our skin"interactive stations
presented by  ASU Art and Community Students
Sat, March 24 | Noon-2 pm | All Ages | Free
Multiple interactive projects and hand-on art stations inspired by themes from the exhibition. Enjoy some free art making experiences while helping students from ASU’s Art and Community class learn about engaging people of all ages with the arts.

Text and Image Zines
with artist Annie Lopez Fri, April 6 | 5:30-7:30 pm | Free

Combine art, text and printed materials to collage your own hand-stitched zine book. Learn about the “zines” craze while learning art making techniques from Phoenix artist Annie Lopez. Lopez’s own work is a combination of printmaking, writing, photography and mixed media.

(Artwork by Gregory Sale)

Saturday Coffee Talk

sketch20Perspectives on Conveying
Empathy Through Art

Sat, April 21  10am-11:30am | Free
Complimentary coffee & refreshments


Panel Talk with artists Sama Alshaibi, Marco Albarran and Ann Morton. Moderated by Michelle Nichols Dock, Visual Arts Curator. Join this accomplished group of artists for a mid-morning conversation about dealing with sensitive topics and the importance of the arts for fostering social and cultural empathy.
(Image by Sama Alshaibi.)

*Photo credit Miachelle DePiano
*Photo credit Miachelle DePiano

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