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Through December 16
West Valley Arts HQ
West Valley Arts Council hosts its third annual Surprise Invitational, a juried exhibit featuring artwork in a variety of styles and techniques. Call for times and admission prices. 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, westvalleyarts.org, 623-584-2626.
ASU Art Museum (FREE)
The Brandywine Workshop Collection, through Dec. 17; Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta, through Dec. 31; and Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years, through Jan. 28. Tu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.
Cave Creek Museum
The museum showcases an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that chronicle the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. W-Th, Sa-Su, 1-4:30 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5, adults; $3, seniors; $2, students; free, children 12 and younger. 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.
Challenger Space Center
Designed to inspire, excite and educate people of all ages about the mysteries and wonders of space, science and the universe in which we live, this world-class complex offers space missions, camps, lectures, classes, stargazing nights and more. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children 3-12; free, children 2 and younger. 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2001.
Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery
In Stitches – Seriously Humorous Art Quilts, Year XXI, through Jan. 7. Call for times and admission prices. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2695.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Follow the Thread: Quilts from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, through Jan. 8; Cowgirls with a Camera, through Jan. 8; Ride Through History: Saddles that Shaped the West, through March 5; Having Their Picture Took: Western Portrait Photography Then and Now, through Oct. 8. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $12, adults; $10, seniors; free, children 17 and younger. 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, westernmuseum.org, 928-684-2272.
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
Fire history exhibits cover nearly an acre, including more than 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus from around the world, as well as the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism, a memorial to the firefighters and other rescue workers lost on 9/11, a large fire safety exhibit that includes a two-room safety house, and many hands-on exhibits for children. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, children 6-17; $2, children 3-6. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, hallofflame.org, 602-275-3473.
Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon and in the Great Southwest, through Dec. 31; and Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist, through Jan. 8. M-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
The Footnote Chronicles: Corinne Geertsen, through Jan. 8; Paradise Lost: Daniel Martin Diaz, through Jan. 15; Off the Page: Contemporary Art Influenced by Literature, through Jan. 22; and Dina Goldstein — Disillusioned, through Jan. 22. Tu-W, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th-Sa, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $3.50; free, children 7 and younger. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Mini Time Machine Museum
Dedicated to the preservation and display of antique and contemporary miniatures, the museum features more than 275 miniature houses, room boxes and collectibles. Churches of the Southwest: Wood Sculptures by Roberto Cardinale, through Jan. 8. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., Tucson, theminitimemachine.org, 520-881-0606.
Musical Instrument Museum
Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces, through Sept. 4, showcases more than 30 instruments with incredible inlay by North America’s finest artists and luthiers. “Experience Scandinavia,” Dec. 3-4, celebrates Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland with musical performances, traditional dances and hands-on crafts. Chimes and jingles fill the halls Dec. 17-18 as “Hear Them Ring” celebrates instruments that ring. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Phoenix Art Museum
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, through Jan. 8; Get Face: (To Gain Respect; To Increase One’s Status), through Jan. 8; Horacio Zabala: Mapping the Monochrome, through March 12; Emphatics: Avant-Garde Fashion 1963-2013, through Jan. 16; INFOCUS: Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks, Dec. 2-April 9; and Eye on Fashion: The Kelly Ellman Collection, Dec. 3-Feb. 26. Call for times and ticket prices. Admission is free the second Sunday of each month. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.
Pueblo Grande Museum
One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records, through April 30. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Su, 1-4:45 p.m. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, children 6-17; free, children 5 and younger. 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.
River of Time Museum
Guests learn about water and its ongoing role in shaping Arizona, plus the future of water sustainability in the desert, with exhibits focusing on Fountain Hills, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and Verde communities. Call for times. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $3, children 5-12. 12901 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills, riveroftimemuseum.org, 480-837-2612.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Push Comes to Shove: Women and Power, through Jan. 8; Future Architects, through Jan. 15; and Architecture + Art: Everything Falls Into Place When It Collapses, through Jan. 22. W, F-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 15 and younger; free admission on Thursdays. 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
Shemer Art Center (FREE)
Guests enjoy a 22x30 Exhibition, featuring works by 15 artists of this watercolor critique group, through Jan. 7; and Arizona Sculpture: Two Years Outdoors, through Nov. 1, 2017. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, shemerartcenter.org, 602-262-4727.
A historic replica of an ancient pueblo, the museum features pottery, tools, clothing, baskets and more from several Southwestern cultures. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, students; free, children 11 and younger. 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, smokimuseum.org, 928-445-1230.
Superstition Mountain Museum
Original paintings by Ted DeGrazia (1909-1982) are on display in DeGrazia’s Prospectors and Burros, through May 31. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $5, adults; $4, seniors; free, children 17 and younger. 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, superstitionmountainmuseum.org, 480-983-4888.
Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery (FREE)
Clay, through Dec. 31, is an exhibition of works by Arizona artists in celebration of the center’s ninth anniversary. Call for times. Free. 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tcagallery, 480-350-2822.
Alwun House (FREE)
Gallery lights are off as each work emits its own illumination in Lighthouse, Dec. 2-Jan. 6. The eclectic electric exhibit includes functional to conceptual pieces that glow, flicker, flash and shine. Tu-F, noon-6 p.m. Free. 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, alwunhouse.org, 602-253-7887. A Get Lit Party takes place Dec. 2, 7 p.m.-midnight, $9-$13.