The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust offers visitors a warm and friendly environment for thoughtful and engaging experiences. Rotating exhibitions include a wide variety of local and regional artists as well as themes of popular and cultural interest.

Current Exhibition

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Western POP: Jan. 13-May 6
Big blue skies, rugged canyons, loyal horses, damsels in distress, ruthless gunslingers, savage Indians and handsome but tormented men wearing cowboy hats. Yep, that just about describes the premise for many western films and televisions shows of Hollywood’s golden age. This exhibition peels back some of the history, mythology and popular culture layers to reveal the Western genre as ongoing narrative source for scholars, artists and film makers. The artworks, memorabilia, music and historical displays celebrate the nostalgia tied to the western genre and expose the facts and fiction about morality, race relations and economics in a complicated story that is the history of the American West.

Featured Artists: Dick Ayers, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Braden, Brose Brothers Productions, Anne Coe, Rita Consing, Dwayne Hall, Luis Alfonzo Jimenez, Richard Lillis, Lon Megargee, Ed Mell, Douglas Miles, Mark Newport, William Clinton Schenk and Fritz Scholder.

Thank you: ASU Art Museum, ASU Center for Film and Popular Culture, Rolf Brown, Michael Collier Gallery, Michael Ging, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Phoenix Film Festival, Tempe History Museum and Dr. Larry and Holley Thompson.

Free Public Reception:  Jan. 13 | 6-9 pm | Gallery


Western Pop Poster Film Reel v2Film Festival:  A collaboration with ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture  

Feb. 1 | 7 pm | The Searchers, 1956 | post discussion by Peter Lehman, Ph.D., ASU
Feb. 2 | 7 pm | Unforgiven, 1960 | post discussion by Jason Scott, Ph.D., ASU
Feb. 3 | 7 pm | Django Unchained, 2012 | post discussion by Ralph Remington, Artistic Director, TCA

Tickets are $5 per person/film. Available at the box office, or 480-350-2822.

Satellite Exhibition: Western POP II:  Dec. 16 - April 12 
Tempe Post Office | 500 South Mill Ave.| Featuring Brose Brothers Productions, Carlos Encinas and Douglas Miles.

Apache Roll Call

Panel Discussion:
Anti-Stereotypes: Hollywood Representation of the Apache 
with artist Douglas Miles and writer Dale Miles

March 15 | 7pm | Gallery | Free



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TCA Western Radio Hour: April 21 | 7pm | Gallery | Free

In conjunction with the Western Pop exhibition, the Tempe Center for the Arts presents a night of music, comedy and melodrama inspired by the golden age of radio in the 1920s-50s. For those who loved National Public Radio’s long running program Prairie Home Companion there will be Tempe history inspired stories and skits. For those who love the Tempe music scene there will be guest appearances and performances by local favorites.

Gallery Hours & Location

FREE admission

10 am-6 pm Tuesday - Thursday
10 am-7:30 pm Friday
11 am-6 pm Saturday
*Open extended hours for some special events.

The Gallery at TCA is located within Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway | Tempe, AZ  85281 | (480) 350-2867

Art After Work

Create your own Masterpiece with friends or coworkers and unwind from the workday at the beautiful Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts.  

Upcoming classes:

Megan's painting Great WaveFriday, February 24 The Great Wave, inspired by Hokusai

The original Japanese wood block print of a giant ocean wave is among the most famous artworks in the world.Join us in recreating portions of this image with the use of stencils, paint brushes and your own imagination.

Guest artist instructor is local painter Megan Koth.

Friday, March 24
Harmony in Blue and Gold - The Peacock, inspired by Whistler

Friday, April 28Primary Colors, inspired by Mondrian 

For more information on upcoming Art After Work events including prices, please visit the Art After Work page.

New Opportunity for AZ Artists

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Summer 2017 Artist Residency and Exhibition:
Biomimicry Challenge

Extended Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017, 5 p.m.
Free Application

Are you an artist inspired by the intersection of science and art?
Are you looking for a free studio space for the summer?
Do you want to get out of your studio and network with other people?
This artist residency may be right for you.

The application is simple and easy!

What is Biomimicry? Biomimicry is an exciting field that seeks to emulate nature to create sustainable solutions to human problems. Well known examples of biomimicry include Velcro (inspired by plant burr hooks) and solar cells (inspired by photosynthesizing plants). For more information about biomimicry go to:

About the Artist Residency: Arizona-based visual artists may apply for use of one of three studio spaces inside the Gallery at TCA for ten weeks (May 19-July 28) during the exhibition. Artists will be selected by a jury panel. Selected artists will be eligible for a stipend.

About the Challenge: We are looking for proposals that “emulate nature to solve human challenges.” During the residency, artists will work in the Gallery studio to create a new single artwork, a series of artworks and/or a site specific installation. Visitors will be able to watch the progression of artworks through the summer. 

This summer exhibition, a collaboration between the Gallery at TCA and the Biomimicry Center and LeRoy Erying Center for Solid State Science at Arizona State University, will explore biomimicry solutions and nature-inspired contemporary art.


1) Please read the residency description.

2) Please read the residency guidelines.

3) Complete the application form.  Instructions for submission located on the form.

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Tempe Galleries

Local artists, local themes and local interest. 


Tempe Galleries provide art encounters that are fun, eye catching and relate to a local audience. Exhibitions are meant to inspire thought, enjoyment and discussion for all ages. Tempe’s satellite galleries include three art spaces at the Tempe Public Library (Youth Library, Connections Café and 2nd floor lobby) and the four storefront windows at the Tempe Post office on Mill Avenue. Visit the Tempe Galleries page for more information. 



Tempe Galleries (formerly Tempe Community Galleries) is a satellite program of the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts. This year, Tempe is seeking Arizona visual artists to participate in unique exhibitions in high traffic public spaces such as the Tempe Public Library and the Post Office on Mill Avenue. 
*Photo credit Miachelle DePiano
*Photo credit Miachelle DePiano

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