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.

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

Next Exhibition

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design inspired by nature

Biomimicry is an exciting field that seeks to emulate nature to create sustainable solutions to human problems. Today, biomimicry is used by professionals such as scientists, engineers, architects, designers and business people to create things like new and/or improved products, manufacturing processes and design standards. 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:

The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust is collaborating with the Biomimicry Center and LeRoy Erying Center for Solid State Science/Science is Fun at Arizona State University to coordinate a summer 2017 exhibition that explores biomimicry solutions and nature-inspired contemporary art.

· Art displays by local artists

· Hands-on maker center

· Interactive science displays

· Live artists working in the Gallery

· Free art workshops on Saturdays

Three Valley artists (Jose Benavides, Alexandra Bowers and Nissa Kubly) were chosen in a jury selection process to undertake a 10-week biomimicry-themed artist residency. From May 19-July 28, these artists will be mentored by  experts from ASU and challenged to create new ideas, artworks and/or concept sketches inside temporary studio spaces at the Biomimicry exhibition at the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts. Join us at TCA this summer to watch the process.


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:

Friday, April 28Primary Colors, inspired by Mondrian 
Instructor is TCA staffer and emerging painter Megan Koth.

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

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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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