Current ExhibitionTCA Biennial: Copper
Sept. 26-Jan. 31
This exhibition coincides with the seven-year anniversary of the opening of the TCA (Sept. 9, 2007). The exhibition features works on copper, art made of copper and artists inspired by copper, a tradition for seventh anniversaries. A panel of nationally recognized artists, curators and community members selected 22 Arizona artists from a wide array of visual art traditions, including bronze casting, painting, ceramics, etching, quilt making and jewelry. The overall exhibition is a celebration of copper as a medium as well as a prominent symbol of Arizona history.
Image: Michelle Startzman, Obscurity
Tempe Arts and Sciences Salon
A place to think, converse and converge
Free. No RSVP required. Seating is limited. Salons take place inside the Gallery from 6 to 7 p.m.
Before each salon, don’t miss the TCA’s Finally Friday event from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA's Songwriters' Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. No Cover Charge.
Nov. 7 - “Cu in AZ”
ASU colleagues Dr. Steven Semken and Dr. Dan Collins will lead an informal session about the geologic origins and use of copper in the arts and technology since prehistory. They will discuss copper’s prominence in Arizona history as it relates its significant economic, cultural/artistic and environmental impacts. Collins is Professor of Intermedia Studies and Co-Director of the PRISM Lab at ASU. Semken is an Associate Professor of Geology and Geoscience Education in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.
Nov. 21 - “Analog in/Digital out: Printed Literature vs. Multimedia Reading”
Wires and waves change how people experience media - specifically books. In a world where copper wire (and silicon fiber wire) make digitized books possible, the reading experience can be reinterpreted. Join Professor Vesna Dragojlov, professor of human computer interface at the University of Advancing Computer Technology on a journey about one book, “The Plot of Twin Sisters,” by Djordje Pisarev, which first existed in a printed version. Through the process of translation for a world audience, the work has been expanded and reinterpreted to enhance the reader’s experience using multimedia elements: audio, animation and graphic assets.
Dec. 5 - “Replacing Copper with Light
Dr. Cun-Zheng Ning, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University’s Fulton Schools of Engineering, will discuss work on replacing copper with light in communication systems and computers, focusing on his work with nano-lasers and how they may be used to create far more powerful, faster and efficient microchips for future supercomputers.
Dec. 12 - “Social Interaction in Game Spaces”
Join University of Advancing Techology’s Game Program Chair, Derric Clark, in an active discussion about the digital age and how connectivity has become a core foundation for the social structures in many games. Access to online connectivity has allowed game environments and experiences to embrace social interaction like never before. This talk will explore these social structures, from casual games to the MMO virtual environment.
Dec. 19 - “Bronze Casting Yesterday and Today”
The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts proudly welcomes a panel of artists from the “Juried Biennial: Copper” exhibition to talk about their work with copper and specifically its use in bronze casting. Artists will discuss casting traditions and new advances the field. Panelists are Tom Bollinger and Perrin Gilbert from Bollinger Atelier, and Mary Bates Neubauer and John Tuomisto-Bell from Arizona State University.
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The Gallery at TCA offers visitors a warm and friendly environment for thoughtful and engaging experiences and features a variety of curated, traveling and juried exhibitions.
The Gallery at TCA is a 3,500 square-foot visual arts space that engages visitors with both two- and three-dimensional artwork by local and internationally-recognized artists. Themes span the gamut of popular and cultural interest.
A journey through the gallery leads visitors to an enclosed sculpture garden where larger works are highlighted.
Tempe Community Galleries
Tempe utilizes several unique public spaces to showcase numerous exhibitions featuring professional and student artists. Visit the Community Galleries for more information on exhibitions at the Youth Library, Connections Café and the United States Post Office Windows.