About Us

Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks; a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the annual Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Art d’Core Gala.

Artlink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Dunn Transportation, Roosevelt Row CDC, Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

History

Artlink Inc. was officially formed in 1989. Since then, Artlink has organized Phoenix’s popular annual art walk, Art Detour, a two-day, self-guided tour of galleries, studios and businesses in various neighborhoods in and around downtown Phoenix, giving Valley residents and visitors an opportunity to see an array of local, national, and international talent.

In 1994, Artlink began promoting the monthly First Fridays art walk, which has grown to become one of the largest monthly art walks in the United States. With many venues open free to the public each month, First Fridays has succeeded in bringing people back to downtown Phoenix. The event sees anywhere from 14-20,000 visitors monthly and grows each year.

Third Fridays came years later, and is sometimes referred to as “Gallery Night,” due to the number of exhibition openings that take place.

Artlink Board of Directors

Catrina Kahler
President
Urban Affair, President & Founder
president@artlinkphx.org

Jill Bernstein
Treasurer
Keep Arizona Beautiful, Executive Director

Dan Clevenger, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Secretary
Westlake Reed Leskosky, Project Designer/Architect

Sarah “Sally” Russell
Curator/Staff, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Hillary Foose
Valley Metro, Communication and Marketing Director

Jerry Harper
Phoenix Convention Center, Deputy Director

Brittany Butler
Artist/Oasis on Grand, Marketing Director

Constance McBride
Visual Artist/Co-President Eye Lounge

Bentley Calverley
Bentley Gallery, Owner

Nicole Underwood
Javelina, Senior Associate

Mark Scarp
ASU Cronkite School, Adjunct Professor of Journalism

Margaree Bigler
Phoenix Art Museum, Communications Manager

Rick Naimark
ASU, Associate Vice President for Program Development Planning