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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In the play As You Like It William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” The stage, whether in a theater, an open field or a conference ballroom, is a place where performers create another persona and audiences are drawn into another time and place. This exhibition explores the vision, process and culminating role that costumes play in creating altered egos on and off the stage. Displays showcase the artistic talents of local costume makers, the creative diversity of Arizona performing arts organizations and the increasing popularity of cultural events where costumes play an important role. 

Thank you: Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona, Brose Brothers’ Productions, Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company and artists Zarco Guerrero, John and Sabrina Floyd and Cynthia Randall. We also thank the TCA Foundation, Tempe History Museum, Tempe Public Library and costume consultants Rebecca Akins and Sandie Tignor.

Gallery Hours

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

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

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STEAM

May 27-Sept 17
Public Opening Reception: May 27, 6-9 p.m. | Free

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.

Thank you for your support: 

 

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.

Bird Sanctuary

Picture3May 28 | Recycled Cardbird Looms
with Madison Creech & Molly Koehn

Cardboard looms can be taken anywhere and made out of any scrap cardboard. Learn basic tapestry weaving techniques. 

Picture4June 4 | Birds and Blooms 
with Frank Gonzales

Create a delicate bird and flower drawing with a vibrant splash of you favorite vibrant color. 


Insect Lab

Picture5June 11 | Insect Specimen Jars 
with Dr. Sangmi Lee 

See some live specimens from ASU’s Hasbrouck Insect Collection at the School of Life Sciences and decorate an insect jar of your own.

Picture6June 18 | Frankenstein Moths 
with TCA staff

Inspired by the artwork of Alexandra Bowers. Use your mad scientist skills to create and draw a new insect species from different parts.


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 a 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 | T-Shirt Transfers
with TCA staff

We’re living in a DIY (do-it-yourself) culture of home remodeling and furniture refurbishing. Why not put your own creative touch on the American classic, the t-shirt! 

BYOT (bring-your-own-tee) or purchase one from us. We’ll help you choose a logo on our computer, cut it with a vinyl plotter and iron it on your tee. Walk in with an ordinary shirt and leave looking extraordinary in your new STEAM inspired fashion.

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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

 

Call for Work

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The exhibition falls on the nine-year anniversary of the opening of the TCA. The exhibition will feature works on clay, art made of clay and artists inspired by clay, a tradition for ninth anniversaries. Only Arizona residents are eligible to apply. Artists will be chosen by a jury panel. 2016 exhibition dates and locations are determined by the City of Tempe. 

JURY PANEL: Peter Held, art appraiser/consultant; Garth Johnson, curator at ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center; and Patsy Cox, artist and outgoing NCECA president.

Fee: $25 application fee. 
Deadline:
 Monday, May 30, 2016 (5 p.m.)
Exhibition Dates: Sept 30 - Dec 31, 2016

Instructions
Artist Application
Application Guidelines

 

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 May 2016 and receive a 10% discount! Click here to purchase. 

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May 11 | Saguaro Summer Blooms
6-8:30 p.m. in the Gallery. Cost: $35

If you look closely at the flora and fauna of the desert, it has its own type of seasons.  Ever changing and always beautiful.  Just like the large white flowers that bloom on the arms of the Saguaro cactus. 

 

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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