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.

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Current Exhibition

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nature inspired design

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.

Artists: Matt Baral, Jose Benavides, Alexandra Bowers, Alan Burr Johnson, Christine Cassano, Halldor Hjalmarson, Nissa Kubly, Christine Lee, Emily Longbrake and Damon McIntyre.

Thank you: Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts , the Velcro Companies and  Arizona State University’s’  Biomimicry Center, LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Natural History Collections at the School of Life Sciences.

 Free Public Reception: May 19 | 6-9 pm | Gallery

Gallery Hours & Location

FREE admission

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


Friday Night Maker Night

With Cyndi Coon of Laboratory 5 Inc.
6-8 pm | Gallery | Free

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8/18 Date Night
Follow the Glow, learning from the Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion

This hands-on maker project uses Biomimicry to bring together the arts and sciences. Learn that the Israeli Deathstalker Scoprion's sting can be deadly, but its venom is leading to a medical break-through and is being used as "glowing tumor paint." Join the TCA in a glow-in-the-dark map-making workshop. 


The Brilliance of Nature: Just when we need it the most


BIOMIMICRY Lecture with Dr. Dayna Baumeister

Aug. 24  | 7 pm | Theater at Tempe Center for the Arts

Free tickets at the door

Pre-Lecture Reception with Biomimicry Challenge Artists-in-Residence:
Jose Benavides, Alexandra Bowers and Nissa Kubly
5:30-6:45pm | Gallery at TCA| Free

The Gallery at TCA welcomes nationally acclaimed author and sustainability leader, Dayna Baumeister. This lecture is about the biomimicry movement, innovative practices and contemporary philosophy for meeting the world’s challenges. As a sustainable design consultant she has helped more than 100 companies including Nike and Boeing. Baumeister is the Co-Founder of Biomimicry 3.8, author of the
Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Knowledge and Best Practices (2014) and serves as Co-Director of the Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University. 

*The TCA thanks the Biomimicry Center at ASU for helping bring together this program.

700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281 | | 480-350-2822


*These workshops are made possible with a grant from the Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Gallery open during Lobby Carpet Installation: July 24-Aug.11

Please excuse us while the lobby carpet is replaced with a new one of the same design by artist Ramona Sakeistewa. During the installation, Gallery entrance will be available from the TCA’s East Breezeway doors.



Upcoming Exhibition


Tempe Xhibition: celebrating ten years
Sept. 9, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018

Tempe has earned the reputation for being a smart, diverse and overall a very cool place. It is just big enough to entice new businesses and tourists and just small enough to give residents a home-town atmosphere. At one time or another, many of the Valley’s movers and shakers in the arts have lived, studied, worked and/or played here. Some studied at Arizona State University and chose to stay while others may have moved on, but continue to think of Tempe as “theirs.” This exhibition celebrates the creative, funky and innovative spirit of Tempe and some of the people who make it cool.

Free Public Reception: Sept. 9 | 6-9 pm | Gallery

Friday Night Maker Workshops with the artists
5:30-7:30 pm | Gallery | Free | Enjoy free live music in lobby with EDGE happy hour
10/20: Beautiful and Toxic Paper Cutting with artist Melissa Martinez
12/15: Kristin and Emmett’s Excellent T-Shirt Adventure with artists Kristin Bauer and Emmett Potter

Saturday Print Maker Workshop with ASU’s Pyracantha Press
9 am-Noon | Gallery | Free | All Ages | Enjoy complimentary coffee and bagels
11/18: Basic Printmaking and Paper Folding with artist Dan Mayer

Exhibiting Artists: Kristin Bauer, Angie Dell, Tlisza Jaurique, Lena Klett, Mark Klett, Natalie Klett, Melissa Martinez, Emily Matyas, Dan Mayer, Jacob Meders, Marie Navarre, John Randall Nelson, Kyle O’Malley, Emmett Potter, Emily Ritter, Christy Weiser, Garth Weiser, Kurt Weiser and Marcus Zilliox. Thank you: Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts, ASU’s Pyracantha Press and the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe.






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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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