The following list shows the over 100 participating artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to the arts experience in greater downtown Phoenix. We call them: Articipants!
Most of these venues are open on First Fridays, as well as Third Fridays. View the First Friday maps here. (Note: many artist studios are NOT open on First Fridays. The list included on the map is for reference only.)
1204 E. Roosevelt, 602-253-7887
DESCRIPTION: Downtown’s first gallery and vanguard artspace, representing new and established artists. Nurturing co-creative venue. Pioneering historic cultural landmark 2-story bungalow, inviting fountains, gardens and stages.
FIRST FRIDAY EXHIBITION: John Avedisian’s Wine, Women, and Song. “In all of my work I constantly search for the commonalities that link us together. I want to transcend the boundaries of language, culture, geography, gender, and even time. I consider it a privilege and an honor to be an artist and to share my most intimate musings through my art, and hopefully to stimulate the talk, the drinking, and the listening.” Artist’s reception on Third Friday August 15th.
918 N. 6th St., Unit B 602-281-0697
DESCRIPTION: “Abstract Abstract” features Contemporary Native Art that strives to be recognized globally beyond the borders of the cultural heritage of the artists.
720 N. 4th St, 480-544-2162
DESCRIPTION: A new contemporary gallery in downtown Phoenix.
THIRD FRIDAY EXHIBITION: We are closed for the summer, but we’ll be open with a new show on First Friday September 5th. Bassim al-Shaker’s work is still available to see by appointment. Bassim is an internationally recognized figurative painter from Iraq and is a resident in in the ASU Art Museum’s International Artist Residency Program. His work was most recently included in the 2013 Venice Biennale.
ALAC: AZ Latino Arts & Cultural Center~Galeria 147
147 E. Adams St., 602-254-9817
DESCRIPTION: ALAC: The Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center~Galeria 147, illuminates, celebrates, and promotes Latinos in Arizona through education, advocacy, and collaboration. In the “Heart of Downtown Phoenix” ALAC creates a Legacy for our Community today and for Generations…to come.
ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency at Combine Studios
821 N. 3rd Street, 480-965-2875
DESCRIPTION: The ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program brings artists from around the world to develop work with ASU and diverse communities within Arizona.
214 E Roosevelt St – Entrance through the east alley, 602-253-0669
DESCRIPTION: This intimate space at the monOrchid features photographic and new media work by local, national, and international artists.
THIRD FRIDAY EXHIBITION: “Social Photography: An experiment in virtual and physical space” This summer long exhibition includes anonymous photographs submitted by people with a wide range of artistic experience created with mobile devices and applications. It is meant to grow and change as more folks add to the show by submitting their images through a portal sponsored by ImageCraft. The prints are donated to Shade Projects to raise funds for upcoming exhibitions and programming. To get involved come see the show and learn how!
1 E Washington St., 602-772-3900
DESCRIPTION: Located in the heart of downtown, CityScape Phoenix is a place where people come together for dining, nightlife, shopping, entertainment, business, community events and celebrations of all kinds. This authentic urban space connects people and generates energy, creativity and excitement all day, every day in one central location. It all starts here.
Coe House Gallery
365 N. 4th Ave, 602-405-4685
DESCRIPTION: Coe House Gallery is located in the historic Coe House in Downtown Phoenix. This unique setting provides an intimate venue for collectors to experience new work. Coe House is the perfect showcase for emerging artists, as well as established artists who are trying a new direction with their work. Coe House Gallery provides collectors an opportunity to see new work that hasn’t been seen elsewhere before.
FIRST FRIDAY EXHIBITION: Geoff Gildner will exhibit 14 of his unique paintings and mixed media assemblages in a solo Art Exhibit throughout the month of June.
eye lounge – a contemporary art space
419 E. Roosevelt St, 602-430-1490
DESCRIPTION: Eye Lounge artist collective is a contemporary art space committed to fostering the creative careers of emerging and established local visual artists.
FIRST FRIDAY EXHIBITION: In the East Gallery, we present Mimi Jardine’s Be A Part of the Art. The Office of Environmental Responsibility needs YOU! Bring all found to-go lids to 419 E Roosevelt for sorting, documenting, and sculpture-building. All participating citizens will receive an official TOER sticker and a certificate of authentic artist-collaboration signed by the To-Go Lid Division’s intake specialist, Shirley Jardine. Post photos of your finds on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/theofficeofenvironmentalresponsibility?ref_type=bookmark
In the Project Room, see Wil Munny’s The Women of Arizona Roller Derby. In the exhibition, Wil Munny presents a series of artworks that display the joy and pains of the sport of roller derby on these Arizona women. The installation is comprised of 18 x 24 prints installed on a mixed medium frame. Accompanying the photos on wilmunny.com will be a series of first hand account by these and many more women. This exhibit is the standard interactive show with all proceeds of the sales going to the Keep A Breast Foundation in the name of The Women of Arizona Roller Derby.
First Studio Gallery
631 N. 1st Ave., 602-957-7760
DESCRIPTION: Center for creative endeavor since 1949
THIRD FRIDAY EXHIBITION: Who wants to do some drumming? African Drum Circle this 3rd Friday. Drum along side some of the valleys finest drummers like Keith Johnson and Jumoke’ Farrow, and you! Part of the Rip Woods Studio Project All Summer Soulstice 2014 Collective Exhibit, featuring works by 14 Artists. Bring your drum and your drumming face! Free and open to the public as always!
1515 E. Roosevelt, 602-750-3845
DESCRIPTION: Five15 Arts is a collective, artist-run, contemporary art space committed to providing support and an exhibition venue for serious, professionally minded Arizona artists.
FIRST FRIDAY EXHIBITION: Third Annual Five15 to the Fifth Opening this Friday August 1st from 6pm – 10pm. For the Third Annual Five15 to the Fifth, each of our 11 members invited 5 guest artists to exhibit a 12”x12” artwork in the medium of their choice. More than 60 individual artworks will be on display, showing a diverse collection of work from veterans as well as up and coming artists. Printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, painting, and photography are being represented. Come join us for this wonderfully varied and entertaining show.