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New Tempe Galleries exhibition opening at Tempe Public Library in June

Post Date:06/06/2019

Experience a fusion of books, the arts, and the movement of animals as the Gallery at TCA unveils its new exhibit, Fly, Climb and Glide this June. Housed in the Youth Center at Tempe Public Library, the exhibit explores different ways that animals move, and how humans have mimicked their efforts to invent airplanes, surfboards, parachutes and many other gadgets. The exhibit runs from June 7 to October 16. Tempe Public Library is located at 3500 S. Rural Road. The Youth Center is on the lower level.

Tempe Galleries is an extension program of the Gallery at TCA. Exhibitions aim to place visual art in high-traffic public spaces such as the library and Mill Avenue post office.

The artists

Jo-Ann Lowney, Phoenix 

Lowney sees her art-making and her enjoyment of the natural world as interdependent. One feeding into the other. Her action of observing the processes of nature inform her spirit and expressive capability. As she sees the movement and life of the world around her she is called to action herself.

After attending Main College of Art, Jo-Ann Lowney studied painting at The Art Student’s League of New York. In 1995 she was awarded the Visual Art Fellowship in two-dimensional media by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. In 1996, she received an Artists Residency Grant by the Arizona Commission on the Arts for the mural project, A History of Superstition Mountain.

MatsumotoT3Tamaki Matsumoto, Tempe

Matsumoto’s sculptural ceramic vessels are inspired by her Japanese heritage, the natural world, and her ancestrally-informed spiritual beliefs. In her work, Matsumoto draws from this a language of the natural world where animals crawl around, appearing from the textural backgrounds of the ceramics, appearing and fading, moving in and out of focus as they develop.

Matsumoto is Japanese-American artist who was born in Glendale. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from ASU, with an emphasis in ceramics.

Artist workshops

Tamaki Matsumoto will lead a STEM/STEAM workshop on Saturday, June 29 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Learning Lab at the Youth Library. Visit for more information.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Quillard,, 480-350-8805

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