The Gallery at TCA 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.


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(Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Mathematics)

STEAM is a movement inspired by the popularity of STEM-based education. It seeks  to inspire creative thinking and collaboration between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. This exhibition features art and interactive scientific displays which explore these connections. It also highlights the individuals who are using the various disciplines to transform and make better the lives of everyday people.

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Gallery Hours & Location

FREE admission

10 am-5 pm Tuesday - Thursday
10 am-7:30 pm Friday
11 am-5 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

STEAM Free Family Workshops

Visit a new Maker Space theme every two weeks! Enjoy these free workshops on Saturdays from Noon-2 p.m. in the Gallery.

Body Shop

Picture7June 25 | Hand-Eye Coordination 
with Monica Aissa Martinez

Artists use their eyes, hands, brain and heart. Learn basic anatomy while drawing and making thoughtful connections.

Picture8July 2 | Robotic Hand
with TCA staff

A robotic hand doesn’t need  metal or a computer. Make a moving cardboard hand using bendable straws, string and a lot of imagination.

Maker Cafe

Picture9July 9 | T-Shirt Transfers
with Chandler TechShop

Bring your own t-shirt and create a DIY design that tells everyone how much you love STEAM! (Limited supply of kids and adult tees available for sale.)

Picture1July 16 | 3D Body Scanning & Printing
with ASU PRISM Lab’s Andrew Noble

See a live demonstration of 3D imaging technology and printing.


Camera Crazy

Picture10July 23 | Pinhole Camera 
with TCA staff

Did you know that cameras see the world upside down? Learn about optics by creating your own cardboard tube pinhole camera.

Picture11July 30 | Abstract Geo Drawings
with geologist Brad Vance

Rocks aren’t just full of textures and colors on the outside. Be inspired by microscopic images of minerals to create abstract art.

Bridge Challenge

Picture12August 6 | Lego Master Builder

Live demonstration by the master builder from Tempe’s new Legoland Discovery Center. Try your own hand at building a load-bearing bridge.


Big Kid Workshops 

Why let kids have all the fun at the TCA’s STEAM exhibition? Big Kids like science and art too! Join us for these Friday night events for the 21 and older crowd. Arrive early to grab a cocktail and a snack at  “hello Friday” in the lobby. Then head into the Gallery for an arts and sciences inspired workshop.

Each workshop is Free and takes place in the Gallery from 6-8 p.m.

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June 17 | BYOT, Big Kids' DIY T-shirts
with TCA staff

Cocktails and DIY. Transform plain t-shirts and tanks into cool wardrobe essentials. BYOT (Bring Your Own Tee) or purchase one from us and give your basic t-shirt a stylish DIY upgrade. We'll help you choose a logo, design your layout and apply it to your tee. Walk in with an ordinary shirt and leave looking extraordinary in your new STEAM-inspired fashion. Cool! Ages:  21 & older.

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July 22 | S.T.E.A.M.-Y Ladies Night Out 
with artist Cyndi Coon and scientist Catherine Seiler 

Did you know that people aren’t the only things that like “selfies?” Inspired by the work of artist Ernst Haeckel, this hands-on workshop includes down-to earth science talk about diatoms and the opportunity to draw your own mini “Cellfies.” It will be like taking a snap shot of your own cells!

Coon is the Chief Experience Officer and President of Laboratory5 Inc. and Seiler is a Program Manager at the Biobank Core Facility at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

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

NOW AVAILABLE: ART AFTER WORK FLEX PACKS! Buy sets of 4 pre-paid vouchers that can be redeemed for any Art After Work class through July 2016 and receive a 10% discount! Click here to purchase. 

KatsyJuly 15 | Paint What You Want!
6-8 p.m. in the Gallery. Open Studio, no instructor. Cost: $25

Love to paint to but are stretched on free time? We’ll make your art making experience easy by setting up your canvas, easel and paints for you. We’ll even take care of clean-up afterwards! Take charge of your own creativity and paint your own personal masterpiece. (Stuck on ideas? We’ll provide inspiration hands-outs!) Try it, you’ll like it! ($25 ticket price includes canvas, art supplies and one bar voucher that can be used for either one drink OR one “hello Friday” buffet wristband.)


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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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