Wednesday, September 17, 2014



Contemporary Art Institute

Passionate art collectors have created a mobile art institute to showcase under-appreciated local and international talent.

The idea for the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA) came up one afternoon when Phoenix art collector Ted Decker was eating beef tacos with his art-loving pals Eddie Shea and Greg Esser outside of Rito’s Mexican Food restaurant in Downtown Phoenix.


Read more: Contemporary Art Institute

Downtown Phoenix Murals

The once-whitewashed walls of Phoenix are transforming into an open-air showcase for some of the Valley’s most dynamic artists. Forget graffiti – this is a mural revolution.


Read more: Downtown Phoenix Murals

New Latino Arts Fest

A new, two-month-long celebration highlighting Latino arts and heritage could put Phoenix on the country’s cultural festival map.

Let’s play a game. We’ll say the festival, you name its city. 1) South by Southwest. 2) Sundance. 3) CALA.


Read more: New Latino Arts Fest

New Exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum


A new exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum explores two artists' Mormon roots.

Growing up with a polygamous family is a lot less glamorous than HBO's Big Love series makes it seem, and Phoenix artist Angela Ellsworth proves it through her eye-catching artwork. Beginning September 3, Ellsworth’s controversial art will be exhibited alongside Rebecca Campbell’s work at the Phoenix Art Museum to show the multi-dimensional nature of growing up Mormon.


Read more: New Exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum

Artist Paul Wilson

When photos of Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest were plastered across newspapers in 1963, most Americans felt anger and outrage. Paul Wilson’s reaction was very different: “He’s cute,” thought Wilson, who later produced more than 100 videos starring “Wee Harvey Oddball,” a Mini-Me version John F. Kennedy’s assassin. 


Read more: Artist Paul Wilson

Elvis Presley's Guitar at Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum will display rare items from Elvis Presley’s estate.

You don’t have to be a musician or a music lover to appreciate Elvis Presley’s impact on 20th-century pop culture. Now a unique collection of the king’s personal items is on display at the Musical Instrument Museum in north Phoenix.


Read more: Elvis Presley's Guitar at Musical Instrument Museum

Painter Joseph Perez


Joseph Perez breaks new ground with his Sound in Color series, featuring large, colorful canvases created while break dancing. “The finished product looks like something with a ton of energy and a lot of passion captured on canvas,” says Perez, 25.


Read more: Painter Joseph Perez