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From the 2017 Artlink Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting

Artlink’s 2017 Annual meeting was held on Wednesday, June 14, at Phoenix Art Museum. The Artlink board welcomed 110 attendees, including artists, arts advocates, and representatives of the City of Phoenix, galleries, performing arts, and other arts organizations.

Present Board Members: Catrina Kahler (President), Sally Russell (Vice President), Dan Clevenger (Secretary), Rick Naimark (Treasurer), Constance McBride (Arts Committee Chair), Hillary Foose, Bentley Calverley, Nicole Underwood, Margaree Bigler (PR Committee Chair), and Rembrandt Quiballo. Not present: Jerry Harper and Brittany Butler.

Welcome

The meeting opened with a video introduction of Artlink, followed by a welcome from Artlink board member Margaree Bigler, representative of Phoenix Art Museum. Margaree introduced honored guest, Amada Cruz, Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum.

Amada congratulated Artlink on the pending 30-year anniversary Art Detour and lauded the hard work of community investment in the urban core over that time. Upon coming to Phoenix, she asked who “owned hip” in the Valley and it was very clear that it was downtown. The reason Phoenix Art Museum is thriving is because of all the hard work invested by those here; it takes this ecosystem of people to make a city great. The Museum is thrilled to be partners and looks forward to the next 30 years.

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Photo by Kyle Field.

Board Elections

Artlink President Catrina Kahler proceeded with the meeting, beginning with the election of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. Thanks were given to past board members Jill Bernstein, Sarah Levi and Mark Scarp who stepped down from the board earlier this year. Bernstein had served on the board since 2011. The board thanks them for their significant contributions.

By unanimous vote, the Artlink board renewed the terms of three directors:

  • Constance McBride: Artist
  • Jerry Harper: Phoenix Convention Center, deputy director
  • Brittany Butler: Artist/Oasis on Grand, marketing director

This rounds out the current roster of the Artlink board:

  • Catrina Kahler, President: Urban Affair president and founder
  • Sarah “Sally” Russell: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Associate Product Manager-Licensing
  • Dan Clevenger, Secretary: Westlake Reed Leskosky project designer/architect
  • Rick Naimark: ASU, associate vice president for program development planning
  • Hillary Foose: Valley Metro, communication and marketing director
  • Bentley Calverley: Bentley Gallery, owner
  • Nicole Underwood: Javelina, senior associate
  • Margaree Bigler: Phoenix Art Museum, marketing and communications manager
  • Rembrandt Quiballo: Artist

Annual Report

Catrina provided an overview to the organization statistics included in a “by the numbers” annual report that reflected the past year’s work of Artlink, an organization whose operations are managed by a volunteer board of directors. The report includes the number of Art d’Core Gala attendees (600+); the Juried Exhibition sales ($16K) and awards given to artists from Artlink ($7750); the growing number of Mixed Media attendees (150+); and the number of submissions to artist calls (471).

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The next Mixed Media Happy Hour will be scheduled in July.

The board expressed its gratitude to Downtown Phoenix Inc., for its partnership in printing First Friday maps.

Catrina introduced Artlink Treasurer Rick Naimark who reported on Artlink’s 2016-2017 finances. The emphasis on this year’s budget was on one-time investments that included Phoenix Urban Guide development and an updated brand and logo for the organization. The annual budget is approximately $75,000 to $80,000, much of which composed of sponsorships, grants and in-kind contributions. Articipant fees account for one percent of the budget. Artlink will be looking at ways to connect with organizations who are interested in connecting with artists.

The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF)

Catrina introduced the new TAFF program. Artlink allocated $500 to the initial grant and is looking to make a long term commitment to the fund and its growth.

As a step in this direction, it was announced that For the People owners, Shawn Silberblatt and Chad Campbell, agreed to sponsor the new program by matching this initial grant, bringing the total grant funds to $1000.

Catrina introduced Vice President Sally Russell and Arts Committee Chair Constance McBride. Sally spoke to the importance of TAFF as a means of supporting artists. Constance emphasized the need for the arts community to grow along with the city. TAFF represents a new way to support, and mentor, artists.

The Artlink Artist Council (AAC) was formed from a diverse group of established professional artists: Julie Anand, Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Peter Deise, Isaac Fortoul, Gabriel Fortoul, Frank Gonzales, Annie Lopez, William LeGoullon, Ann Morton, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, Marilyn Szabo.

Constance introduced AAC member Joan Baron to announce the recipient of the first TAFF grant, Ashley Czajkowski. Ashley expressed her thanks and looks forward to the mentorship opportunity.

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Left to right: Rembrandt Quiballo, Constance McBride, Shawn Silberblatt, Chad Campbell, Ashley Czajkowski, Joan Baron, Sally Russell, Christine Cassano. Photo: Kyle Field.

Phoenix Urban Guide (PUG)

Approximately 75% of the attendees were familiar with PUG. Catrina spoke briefly to the functionality of the site and the opportunity for both artists and arts destinations to upload their exhibition information. Artlink is partnering with the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture on the development of the new calendar function, which will represent a single connected voice for the arts and culture community. Nicole Pasteur, representative of the Office of the Mayor, was in attendance and recognized for the City’s support of Artlink.

Art Detour 30

Artlink originated from the Art Detour event, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. It’s not just a event for the public and it creates connectivity and community within the arts and culture community.

The dates for Art Detour 30 will be on the Third Friday weekend in March 2018: The Art d’Core Gala will once again be an opening night event on Thursday, March 15; Friday through Sunday will be the “Detour”; and Monday/Tuesday will be a series of symposiums that will focus on artist career development and the intersection between the arts and the community at large.

Planning for the weekend Detour may evolve so that the event activity and promotion can be more focused. Each day presents an opportunity to focus on a specific district.

The 30 year logo was unveiled with an invitation to everyone to suggest topics for the symposiums planned for the event.

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A question was asked about trolley service during the weekend. The trolleys will likely run Friday through Sunday but the programming plan needs to further develop.

The goal of Art Detour 30 is to further establish Phoenix on the national arts and culture map. To do this, there is a need to focus on the quality of art, as well as the number of artists and the quantity of arts experiences.

A question was asked about the timing of Art Detour on the same weekend as Mesa’s Spark Festival. Artlink was pressed in recent years to maintain a consistent Art Detour weekend and committed to the Third Friday weekend. Artlink is interested in connecting Phoenix and Mesa, and finding a regional connection. Other comments referenced events such as Art Basel and Vivid that build energy and create geographical cohesiveness by connecting arts events happening in multiple areas of a city. Dorina Bustamante, representing Downtown Phoenix Inc., spoke to the opportunity to connect and become more of a national draw. Catrina confirmed that Artlink is open to collaboration.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to West Elm, a national retailer that supports local artists and is opening at Uptown Plaza, at Central and Camelback, on June 29. On June 28, there will be a pre-grand opening event and a portion of the proceeds with benefit Artlink.

Special recognition was given to Leslie Criger, who serves as operations support for Artlink, acting as Articipant liaison, and volunteer coordinator.

Artlink is making a commitment to pursue grants so that it may grow with energetic and skilled staff that will support the growth of the organization moving forward.


Release: Artlink Announces Inaugural TAFF Recipient

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Artlink Announces Inaugural Grant Recipient of ‘The Artist Forward Fund’

Exhibition, Mentorship and $1000 Awarded to Ashley Czajkowski

‘For the People’ Partners with Artlink to Double Grant Amount

PHOENIX – Artlink Inc., in collaboration with the recently-formed Artlink Artist Council (AAC), is pleased to announce Ashley Czajkowski as the first grant recipient of The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF). The announcement was made at Artlink’s 2017 Annual Meeting on June 14 at Phoenix Art Museum. Czajkowski will receive financial support, a space to hold an exhibition, and mentoring from AAC members.

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Left to right: Rembrandt Quiballo, Constance McBride, Shawn Silberblatt, Chad Campbell, Ashley Czajkowski, Joan Baron, Sally Russell, Christine Cassano. Photo: Kyle Field.

Formed in February of 2017, the AAC has identified key areas where the Council, which is comprised of professional artists, can provide support to emerging artists: mentoring, exhibition planning, sharing connections/networking support, portfolio review and practical advice on mounting exhibitions. AAC sought an artist recipient demonstrating potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways, who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

“TAFF is not just important for the growth of individual artists that win the prize, it is a critical step towards moving the downtown arts scene to the next level,” said artist Bill Dambrova, member of the AAC. “One of many priorities of the Artlink Artist Council is to encourage and support Artlink to find and identify an exhibition venue that matches the level of sophistication and quality of work made by the winner to show in.”

“Our first winner, Ashley Czajkowski epitomizes the type of artist that will most benefit from this award. As an incredibly innovative installation artist, the space she shows in is crucial to the presentation of her work,” said Dambrova.

A total of 44 artists responded to the inaugural call, submitting a number of original works and a statement of need for AAC panel review.

“The AAC members were challenged to select just one artist to receive the fund,” said Constance McBride, Artlink Arts Committee Chair. “We were encouraged by the large amount of quality work submitted for the first TAFF call, and even more enthusiastic about where this collaboration can lead.”

Members of the AAC are: Julie Anand, Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Peter Deise, Isaac Fortoul, Gabriel Fortoul, Frank Gonzales, Annie Lopez, William LeGoullon, Ann Morton, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, Marilyn Szabo. These established professional artists have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix; represent the diverse cultural identity of our city; and have contributed significant time/energy to either Art Detour/Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Phoenix’s creative community.

The initial call posted a $500 award provided by Artlink. In a show of support for the program, local retailer For the People, which specializes in functional modern design from local and global makers, agreed to match the funds, bringing the inaugural award amount up to $1000.

“The inaugural TAFF call is bringing about a number of collaborations that demonstrate Artlink’s mission of connecting artists, business and community,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “We thank everyone who contributed to the fund, including For the People owners Shawn Silberblatt and Chad Campbell. We congratulate Ashley and look forward to working with her and the AAC in developing a fall exhibition of her work.”

About Artlink Inc.
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; The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF); 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, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Artlink Annual Meeting

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Artlink Inc. will host its 2017 Annual Meeting, Wednesday, June 14, at Phoenix Art Museum.

The Artlink Board of Directors invites Phoenix arts community stakeholders to join Artlink Articipants and volunteers to learn about the organization’s plans for the coming year.

The agenda includes:

  • Welcome Remarks by the Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum, Amada Cruz
  • The announcement of Artlink’s inaugural TAFF award recipient as selected by the Artlink Artist Council
  • Dates and information for the 30th Annual Art Detour in March 2018
  • Update on the 19th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • Update on Artlink’s trolley program

Be a part of the discussion and contribute the future of Phoenix arts community.

Event: Artlink Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum – Singer Hall (Administration Bldg.), 1625 N. Central
Register Here (this will help expedite the check-in process):


Artlink Announces Call for ‘Artist Forward’ Grant Applications

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TAFFArtlink Inc. is now accepting applications from Arizona-based artists for its inaugural grant program: The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF). The deadline for applications is midnight May 31, 2017 Mountain Standard Time (MST).

The program, originally announced at the 2017 Art d’Core Gala during Art Detour 29, is produced by Artlink in collaboration with a group of prominent professional artists who are serving on the newly formed Artlink Artist Council (AAC): Julie Anand, Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Peter Deise, Jeff Falk, Isaac Fortoul, Gabriel Fortoul, Frank Gonzales, Annie Lopez, William LeGoullon, Ann Morton, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, Marilyn Szabo. These established professional artists have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix; represent the diverse cultural identity of our city; and have contributed significant time/energy to either Art Detour/Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Phoenix’s creative community.

Submitted grant applications will be reviewed by the AAC along with members of Artlink’s Board of Directors.

The selected grant recipient will receive a $500 grant and/or the opportunity for an exhibition facilitated by Artlink. Additionally, members of the AAC will provide mentorship to selected artist(s).

The artist recipient will be someone who demonstrates potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways. It will be someone who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

“We’re excited about helping artists in such a direct way,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “This is not only financial support, but mentorship from professional artists who have been living and working in the area for years. They are excited to share what they have learned and we are looking forward to seeing the results of this innovative collaboration.”

SUBMISSION DETAILS

The following media will be accepted for submission: oil, watercolor, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, ceramics, printmaking, textile, mixed media, video, installation, and sculpture/three dimensional pieces. Additional criteria:

  • Artist must be at least 18 years old.
  • Artist must based in Arizona and working and/or contributing to the Downtown Phoenix Art Scene.
  • Artists who have been selected in past Artlink calls to artists are permitted to submit.
  • A collective of multiple artists is eligible to apply, but must be creating work as a singular artist identity.

The online submission deadline is May 31, by midnight (MST).

Artlink Articipants may enter free of charge. Articipants click here to submit.

Artists who aren’t registered as Articipants will pay a $15 submission fee. Non-Articipants click here to submit.

Want to skip the fees for this and future calls? Learn more about becoming a year-round Articipant here.

Email with any questions to submissions@artlinkphx.org. Please reference “TAFF Call” in your email subject line when submitting questions.

FAQ

Why is there a fee to submit?
The fees helps to support the administration of all Artlink efforts in supporting local artists. This includes a variety of year-round opportunities to promote, exhibit and sell your work. And as we grow, we will continue to look for more opportunities.

How can the fee be waived?
There is NO FEE for artists who have signed up to be an Artlink Articipant. If you are not yet signed up as an Articipant, click here to sign up now.

Can I submit to multiple calls promoted by Artlink?
Yes. Once you’ve set up your artist profile on Submittable.com, you can easily submit for this and other calls.

Can I submit the same art to multiple calls?
You can, but we encourage you to submit a variety of works and to pay close attention to deadlines, purchase dates, etc. so that the submitted works remain eligible for selection.

Is there an age minimum to apply?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age.

If I live outside of Phoenix or only spend some time in Arizona can I submit?
You are welcome to apply even if you live outside of Phoenix or split your time between Arizona and elsewhere. As long as you can assure that you will be available to drop off your work in Phoenix if you are selected to create an exhibition.

How do I prove I am an Artlink Articipant in my application?
The Artlink team will check our Articipant list on file to verify we have you in our records.

How old is the work you are willing to accept?
We would prefer that all artwork submitted be new or from the last 3 years at the oldest.

If I am selected to create an exhibition when will it be?
Artlink will schedule the exhibition based on discussions and calendars of both the artist and the venue providing the space.

What type of video can I submit?
All videos should be suitable for a wide audience and have no strong language, illegal activity, or overt nudity. Please send links on YouTube or Vimeo or submit the videos in .mov, .avi, or .mpg formats.

If I’ve been selected for past Artlink exhibitions or opportunities can I submit again?
Definitely! We would like to see new work, so please submit pieces that are different from what you’ve submitted in the past.

How will my work be evaluated?
The criteria is up to the Artlink Artist Council in determining which artist “demonstrates potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways.”

About Artlink Inc.
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 www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Artlink Presents an ‘Artist Forward’ Art Detour 29 Weekend

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Artists, Galleries, & Unique Venues Open Their Doors for Workshops, Demonstrations, Exhibitions

Art d’Core Gala kicks off the celebration March 16 with Mayor Greg Stanton’s Annual ‘Toast to Downtown’

Art Detour, Phoenix’s signature celebration of arts and culture returns March 16-19, 2017, with a four-day slate of diverse activities created by local artists and art venues as a reflection of the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene.

The 29th year kicks off with the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala, followed by a special Third Friday Gallery Night of exhibitions and artist receptions, and a Saturday and Sunday schedule of demonstrations, workshops, installations and more. The event is produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in partnership with the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Named as “one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar” by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Art Detour invites visitors to witness the vital Phoenix arts community in many varied forms.

Visitors can meet with emerging and established artists, some in their own studios, some in the galleries; to experience demonstrations, engage in lively discussions; and find original works from a talented pool of Phoenix artists who are exporting their expressions to cities around the world.

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“Artist Forward” See artist names below. Images provided by artists. Design by Erik Karvonen. Click to enlarge.

A Weekend Schedule of Events (details on artdetour.com)
Nearly 90 artist studios, galleries, cultural institutions, pop-up spaces, retailers and dining and nightlife establishments who support Phoenix’s thriving creative culture will open their doors inviting visitors to enjoy a four-day arts and culture experience.

Valley residents and visitors accustomed to a typical First Friday experience will find a decidedly different offering during Detour weekend:

Artists welcome visitors into their studios to learn about their process. Some collaborate with other artists to present a fresh relationship to their work.

For a detailed event schedule including these and other events, visit artdetour.com.

(The event calendar is powered by Phoenix Urban Guide (“PUG”) a project of Artlink in partnership with the City Of Phoenix).

Getting Around – Extended Shuttle Service
For the first time, Artlink will provide complimentary shuttle service on the Third Friday Gallery Night in addition to the Saturday and Sunday daytime hours. The shuttles enable the public to park the car or bike and hop on or off in downtown districts including Historic Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row, Central Arts District and Phoenix Warehouse District. Knowledgeable volunteer docents staff the trolleys which will run 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19. Get the trolley route map and more information here.

A Party to Kick off the Weekend
The annual celebration begins Thursday, March 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala. Held at Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St. in the heart of the emerging and dynamic Warehouse District, the gala will feature a one-night-only exhibition of works in a variety of media, created by well-established Phoenix-area artists Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Pete Deise, Jeff Falk, Fortoul Brothers, William LeGoullon, Annie Lopez, Ann Morton, Rembrandt Quiballo, Joe Ray, Randy Slack, and Marilyn Szabo. Don’t miss a “Toast to Downtown’” by Mayor Greg Stanton to commence the event. Proceeds from the gala support Artlink, a portion of which will contribute to a new artist development fund designed to help provide direct financial support to local artists. Buy tickets here.

Art Detour 29 Weekend Schedule (details here)

March 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Art D’Core Gala. The arts party of the year! Buy your tickets here.

March 17, 6 to 10 p.m.

Third Friday. A special gallery night of exhibition openings and receptions.

March 18-19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art Detour! Phoenix’s original art walk includes studio visits, art space tours, pop-ups,  solo and group exhibitions, performances and installations. A map and shuttles will guide visitors throughout the weekend. FREE

Art Detour is hosted in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, and Downtown Phoenix Inc. and supported by Valley Metro, Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona Commission on the Arts, CityScape, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Center, Dunn Transportation, Warehouse215, Ivio Web Development, Urban Affair, Historic Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row, Central Arts District and Phoenix Warehouse District.

Artists featured in “Artist Forward” collage above.
Top Row: Fushicho Daiko Dojo, Heather Meheut, Alex Banuelos, Megan Martis, Danielle Wood, Rick Naimark, Tracey Jenkins
Second Row: Sam Guevara, Andrew Lee, Travis Ivey, Barbara Cowlin, Constance McBride, Ellen Nemetz, Halldor Hjalmarson, Michelle Pugh (Smash Girl Studios)
Third Row: Carrie Beth McGarry (FunWow), Roisin McDermott, Laina McWhorter, April Howland, Bill Dambrova (Goat Heart Studio), Nikka Brooks-Cullum, Kristine Kollasch
Fourth Row: Mary Meyer Studio, Joan Waters, Rocco Menaguale, Ann Osgood, Jennifer B. Hoffman (44 Superfly Art Studio), Katharine Leigh Simpson, Jey Moore
Fifth Row: Lisa MacNamara, Stacey Gordon (Puppet Pie), Erik Karvonen, Idakatherine Graver, Jill Friedberg, Laura Cohen-Hogan, Ann Morton
Bottom Row: Patricia Sannit, Spillers, Tess Mosko, Marilyn Szabo, Matti Baine, Melissa Schleuger

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About Artlink Inc.
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 www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


New First Fridays Trolley Routes to Provide Better Access

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Smaller, more direct routes to downtown-area art spaces begin Feb. 3, will also be available during Art Detour 29

To give visitors better access to the increasingly popular arts and culture offerings during First Fridays, Artlink Inc. redesigned the paths taken by free trolleys circling Phoenix’s central core into three routes.

The new routes will serve the Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row/Central Arts and Warehouse/Downtown districts, and become effective on the next First Friday, Feb. 3. They will also be accessible during Art Detour 29, March 17-19.

All three will intersect at the Connector Hub at Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren St., where parking will be validated for the first two hours for First Friday patrons who ride the trolley. Four other hubs also familiar to First Friday patrons will continue to pick up and drop off passengers at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.; Oasis on Grand, 15th and Grand Avenues; Unexpected Gallery, 734 W. Polk St.; and CityScape, 1 E. Washington St.

See a map of the new routes at www.artlinkphx.org/first-fridays.

Each trolley route offers a self-guided tour of the districts, allowing patrons to hop-on hop-off at the stops they choose. Volunteer docents staff the hub stops and the trolleys, providing information on the night’s arts and culture offerings.

The trolleys run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every First Friday, and each route will take about 20 minutes to travel it in its entirety. The trolleys, provided by Dunn Transportation, Artlink’s official transportation partner, have been serving First Fridays for several years.

“The new routes provide First Friday patrons a direct connection to each of the districts, allowing for more time in galleries and other art spaces,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “The Connector Hub at Arizona Center allows for multiple experiences over the course of one night or multiple months. We appreciate the opportunity to support artist and art venues through the offer of discount parking on these busy nights in downtown Phoenix.”

Artlink volunteers will be present at the Connector Hub at Arizona Center to validate parking for up to two hours. The two-hour validation is valued at $6 and can be applied to standard parking rates for longer periods. Nearby metered parking is also available.

The routes are now permanent for all First Fridays and also will be accessible during Art Detour 29, Artlink’s annual multi-faceted exploration of the arts and culture of America’s sixth-largest city and its myriad art spaces. More details about Art Detour, March 16-19, will be announced at www.artdetour.com.

Artlink trolley route map FEB FFAbout Artlink Inc.
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 www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Art Detour 29: A Signature Celebration of Phoenix’s Arts and Culture

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Studios, Galleries and Pop-up Spaces to Host 29th Annual Art Detour: a Signature Celebration of Phoenix’s Arts and Culture

Artlink Collaborates with the Phoenix Arts Community on a Four-Day Weekend Schedule of Activities and Installations

‘Articipants’ Invited to Two January ‘Mixed Media’ Happy Hours to Collaborate, Plan Art Detour

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PHOENIX — The event that helped launch the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon is expanding from two to four days in 2017. Art Detour 29 on March 16-19 will feature a diverse slate of activities created by local artists and art venues to celebrate the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene.

The 29th year of this signature arts and culture event includes the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala, a special Third Friday Gallery Night, and an Art Detour weekend schedule of demonstrations, installations and more. The event is produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in partnership with the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Named as “one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar” by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Art Detour encourages conversation and inquiry, and directly connects the public with the artists in our community. The event is a result of a collaboration between artists, galleries, cultural venues and businesses offering their spaces for one-time exhibitions. Visitors are invited to witness the vital Phoenix arts community in many varied forms.

“We consider Art Detour 29 the penultimate event of a significant 30-year history of Artlink and for the Phoenix arts scene as a whole,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink board president. “Artists have created much more than their own work in this time. They have contributed to our environment, built businesses, developed districts, and created a textured downtown for the sixth largest city in the nation. Art Detour tells this story and invites Phoenicians and springtime visitors to buy art for their home or tickets to a performance, all in support and celebration of our city’s creative economy and culture.”

2016-art-dcore-gala-save-the-dateA Party to Kick off the Weekend
The annual celebration begins Thursday evening, March 16, at the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala. Held at Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects in the heart of the emerging and dynamic Warehouse District. This fun spin on a traditional “gala” annually spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic city.

The Art d’Core Gala is hosted in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, and Downtown Phoenix Inc. This is a ticketed event and proceeds benefit Artlink Inc. Tickets go on sale January 16, 2017.

Take a Detour Beyond Phoenix’s First Fridays
Did you know artists don’t open their studios to the public on the popular First Fridays? Or that galleries don’t always schedule their exhibition openings on these nights? First Friday only skims the surface of what makes Phoenix’s arts community special.

Art Detour 29 is an invitation to take a deeper dive, by meeting with established and emerging artists, some as special engagements in their own studios; experiencing demonstrations and discussions; and finding original works from a talented pool of Phoenix artists who are exporting their work to cities around the world.

Expanded Hours
In addition to these daytime activities, Art Detour 29 will feature an expanded and varied schedule, with some events taking place outdoors, capitalizing on Phoenix’s pleasant March weather. This includes a morning walk and nighttime events and openings, coinciding with March Third Friday “Gallery Night.” A sample of these unique happenings includes:

  • 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 17-18 – “Intersection” is a temporary digital projection project designed to transform a public space in downtown Phoenix. The second in a series, this installation combines video, sound, and interactivity powered by advanced rear-projection digital technology to morph a building into a glowing canvas after dark. This project is a partnership between the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and Downtown Phoenix Inc. Visit phoenix.gov/arts.
  • 7 a.m. Saturday, March 18 – The Museum of Walking (MoW) presents theWALK, a 90-minute contemplative walk at Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area in Phoenix. Join 1000 bodies walking in silence and moving mindfully through public space. This is a ticketed event. Proceeds go to future MoW programing and artist projects. Rio Salado Restoration Habitat, Phoenix Visit mowthewalk.org.
  • 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, March 18 – The Alwun House hosts the 33rd Annual Exotic Art Show Finale, featuring House of Cirque and Ernesto Moncado. Mature subject matter, under 18 accompanied by an adult. This is a ticketed event and proceeds benefit Alwun House Foundation. Visit alwunhouse.org.

Mixed Media Flyer January datesMixed Media Happy Hours in January – An Invitation to CREATE Art Detour
Two events are scheduled to bring together participating artists, organizations and businesses to create a bigger and better Detour experience for patrons.

Artlink is hosting two “Mixed Media” happy hours, on January 19 and January 25, in Historic Grand Avenue and in Roosevelt Row, to cultivate and collaborate on ideas for the upcoming Art Detour 29.

Mixed Media – Who Should Attend?

  • Artists who can open their central Phoenix studios for demonstrations or classes during the weekend. These studio tours are a fundamental component of Art Detour.
  • Artists and organizations interested in adding a special performance event (music/dance/spoken word/etc.) to the Detour schedule.
  • Businesses and venues looking to host an exhibition or performance.

Those interested in participating are invited to register as official Artlink “Articipants” — artists, art venues, business and community members who regularly participate in the Phoenix arts scene — to be included in Art Detour promotions and Artlink’s other year-round communications.

RSVP below and REGISTER AS AN ARTICIPANT HERE

Art Detour 29 Schedule of Events, 2017

January 19, 6 to 8 p.m.
“Mixed Media” Happy Hour at ThirdSpace, 1028 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix. RSVP HERE to the JAN 19 event

January 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
“Mixed Media” Happy Hour at Bliss + ReBar, 905 N. Fourth St., Phoenix. RSVP HERE to the JAN 25 event

March 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Art D’Core Gala. The arts party of the year! Tickets go on sale January 16, 2017.

March 17, 6 to 10 p.m.
Pre-Detour Third Friday. A special gallery night of exhibition openings and receptions.

March 18-19
The Art Detour! Phoenix’s original art walk includes studio visits, art space tours and one-time exhibits and installations. A map and shuttles will guide visitors throughout the weekend.

Getting Around
Artlink will once again provide shuttle service enabling the public to park the car or bike and hop on or off at galleries throughout downtown. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys helping to guide new and returning visitors. Scheduled times for the trolley are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19.

About Artlink Inc.
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.


Create Art Detour 29 at Mixed Media Happy Hours

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Two events are scheduled to bring together participating artists and arts businesses to create a bigger and better Detour experience for patrons.

Artlink invites its “Articipants” — area artists, art venues, business and community members who regularly participate in the Phoenix arts scene — to attend one of two happy hour events in January to celebrate and collaborate on ideas for the upcoming Art Detour 29.

Mixed Media Happy Hour Schedule

Jan. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

“Mixed Media” Happy Hour at ThirdSpace, 1028 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix (map)

Click here RSVP to the JAN 19 event at ThirdSpace

Jan. 25, 6 to 8 p.m.

“Mixed Media” Happy Hour at Bliss + ReBar, 905 N. Fourth St., Phoenix (map)

Click here to RSVP to the JAN 25 event at Bliss/ReBAR

 

 


Artists, Organizations and Businesses Invited to Become Year-Round Artlink ‘Articipants’

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Artlink Adds Performing Artists, Arts and Culture Organizations to List of Those Eligible for Becoming Year-Round Articipants

Improves services to include upgrades to Phoenix Urban Guidethat now features Artist Activity Page, Happening Now,and Directory

articipant-graphic-2017PHOENIX Reflecting Artlink’s expanded reach into the greater Phoenix arts community, for the first time performing artists and arts and culture organizations can become “Articipants” along with other types of artists and arts venues.

Find the registration form here

At the same time, Artlink has upgraded its emerging Phoenix Urban Guide to include an interactive Articipants directory, a “Happening Now” feature that entitles Articipants to promote their exhibitions and performances, and an Artists Activity Page will allow Articipant artists to upload their most recent activities to be seen by the larger community.

The new categories of Articipants join visual artists, visual and performing arts venues and businesses that contribute to the arts experience in greater Phoenix as being featured during Art Detour, on First Friday maps and more.

“Artlink’s core mission is ‘keeping the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community’,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “We’re very pleased to offer these amenities to Articipants to help better connect those who contribute to and support the arts in Phoenix.”

Those who sign up for Articipation are included in the promotion of Art Detour, First and Third Fridays and more throughout 2017. Plus, they may list their activities, exhibitions, performances, etc., on the new online map that everyone who follows the Phoenix arts scene will be using as it expands in 2017: Phoenix Urban Guide, or “PUG,” http://www.phoenixurbanguide.com.

A significant change to the upcoming Art Detour experience is that Artlink’s 5th Annual Art d’Core Gala (March 16 at Warehouse215, 215 E. Grant St.) and 29th Annual Art Detour (March 17-19) will be held during the same week in 2017.

With both events approaching soon, now is the best opportunity for Articipants to sign up and make the most of their year-round Artlink benefits. Articipants receive a wide range of benefits based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Arts & Culture Organizations; Restaurants/Bars/Retail).

Designed to help promote the artistic and cultural endeavors of participating Articipants, year-round benefits begin February 1, 2017 and continue through January 31, 2018. The Articipant registration deadline is January 27, 2017.

“Artlink continues to tailor its services to the growing greater Phoenix arts community,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “We are excited to further promote a full spectrum of arts and culture experiences accessible in downtown Phoenix.”

Artists, venues and businesses may register to become Articipants here.

Here’s the schedule of annual Articipant registration fees:

Visual or performing artist: Established (10 years or more) or Emerging (fewer than 10 years) $60. Student visual or performing artists pay a discounted rate of $24. Students must email a copy of their student ID to info@artlinkphx.org.

Arts venues: Art Space/Cultural Venue/Collective/Performing Arts Venue ($250,000 or more annual operating budget), $144. Less than $250,000, $84.

Arts-supporting businesses: Dining/Nightlife/Retail/Other: $144.

Register here

About Artlink Inc.
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.


Artists Selected for the CitySkate Street Art Gallery Installation

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Congratulations to the six artists whose work was selected to be featured on the CitySkate “street gallery” installation that will be on display throughout the holiday season.

Artlink and CityScape Phoenix invited local artists to submit samples of previously completed work to be considered for display on a structure that is a part of CitySkate in downtown Phoenix.

We were thrilled with the response and excited to provide an opportunity for artists to participate in this holiday tradition that draws 200,000 people every year. It was the first year of this collaboration, and we’re already looking forward to next year.

The installation will be on display until January 8, 2017.

Shopping Downtown by Charles Harker

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Shopping Downtown by Charles Harker | Graphic Design | www.charlesharker.com

All Dressed Up by Howard Paley

North Star by Carlos Mendoza Acrylic on Canvas

All Dressed Up by Howard Paley | Photography | hpaley.com

Cact-Us by Jesse Perry

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Cact-Us by Jesse Perry | Acrylic on Canvas | jesseperryart.com

North Star by Carlos Mendoza

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North Star by Carlos Mendoza | Acrylic on Canvas

 

Hello Sunshine by Sharon Sieben

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Hello Sunshine by Sharon Sieben | Acrylic on Canvas | sharonsieben.com

Sonoran Lights by Frank Ybarra

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Sonoran Lights by Frank Ybarra | Acrylic on Canvas | ybarraart.com


Mixed Media Happy Hour 11/15

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mixed-media-inviteJoin us at the first “Mixed Media” Happy Hour!

Who’s invited?

All Artists, arts entrepreneurs, businesses and advocates who contribute to the arts and culture experience in greater downtown Phoenix.

Mix, mingle and get the details about the 2017 Articipant Program, Art Detour, Third Fridays and more!

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Grand Central Coffee Co.

Address: 718 North Central Ave. (Map)

Cost: FREE admission, no host bar

Eventbrite - Mixed Media Happy Hour

Hosted by Artlink, City of Phoenix Arts & Culture Office, Downtown Phoenix Inc.

 

 


Call to Artists: CitySkate Celebrates Holidays in Downtown

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Image courtesy of CityScape.

Artlink and CityScape invite local artists to submit samples of previously completed work to be considered for display on a structure that is a part of CitySkate in downtown Phoenix.

A panel will select the top SIX selections. Each winner will receive a $200 prize. Their works will then be reproduced on banner material and displayed on a chiller structure (two 40’ banners, three artworks on each) within CitySkate and featured in CityScape promotions.

There is NO SUBMISSION FEE for this call. The deadline to submit is November 7, 2016.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

A variety of contemporary street art styles are welcome for submission. Artists are encouraged to submit works that reflect a holiday theme. This can include images of generosity, gratitude, hope, celebration, or joy.

Individual artists are invited to apply to this call. Please note that by submitting to this call, artist agrees to permit Artlink and CityScape to reproduce the image of their selected work. Limited edition items may be sold for a limited time (selected artists will be notified of details).

cityskate_logoClick here more information on Cityskate.

The online submission deadline is November 7, by midnight.

Artists must be residents of Arizona.

Details:

  1. Submit up to three images (three individual work samples).
    • JPGs or TIFFs, up to 300 dpi. *Please note that a larger high-res image will be requested if selected.
    • Images of works must be able to be scaled to reproduction size of the banners. We can work with the artist in ensure the sizing is correct.
    • Include:
      • Title,
      • dimensions,
      • materials used,
      • year completed
  2. Current resume(s) and primary contact information.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

TIMELINE

  • Application deadline November 7, 2016.
  • Mural will be installed in mid November.

FAQ

Is there a fee to submit to this CitySkate Call for Artists?
No. In the spirit of the holidays, the typical submission fee of $30 has been waived for this call.

Can I submit to multiple calls promoted by Artlink?
Yes. Once you’ve set up your artist profile on Submittable.com, you can easily submit for this and future calls. There is NO FEE for artists who have signed up to be an Artlink Articipant. Registration for 2017 Articipants will begin November 1.

Can I submit the same art to multiple calls?
You can, but we encourage you to submit a variety of works and to pay close attention to requirements, deadlines, etc. so that the submitted works remain eligible for selection.

What style of work is CityScape looking for?
A variety of styles are welcome for submission.

How do I decide what works to submit?
We suggest you submit three of your best works which reflect the holiday theme of the call. This can include images of generosity, gratitude, hope, celebration, joy, etc.

For further questions, please email submissions@artlinkphx.org.

About Artlink Inc.
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.


Voucher Program Gives New Downtown Phoenix Residents a Rent Discount for Buying Art

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Voucher Program Gives New Downtown Phoenix Residents a Rent Discount for Buying Art 

Partnership between Baron Properties and Artlink to help connect local artists to those moving into iLuminate and Linear Apartment Homes

An “art voucher” program giving residents of new downtown residential properties the opportunity to purchase local art and get a resulting discount on their rent was announced today by Baron Properties and Artlink Inc

Art & Home is a unique art voucher program available to all residents living at Baron Properties’ iLuminate and Linear Apartment Homes in the Roosevelt Row Arts District of downtown Phoenix. This voucher program is designed to encourage the support of Phoenix’s local art community.

From the earliest stages of planning and development, Baron Properties was intent on honoring the culture that makes the downtown community so diverse. The community’s art is woven into the structure of downtown neighborhoods. This program reflects Baron’s and Artlink’s mutual vision of connecting artists, businesses and the public.New Baron residents will visit the Articipant Directory on artlinkphx.org to find Visual Artists, Galleries, and Art Spaces where they can purchase artwork. Following the purchase from these directory categories, Baron Properties will provide residents with a rent reimbursement. This leasing incentive is available to all new residents of iLuminate and Linear, with an expiration period of sixty days from the date of move in. Art & Home will be accessible for a limited time and the value of these art vouchers may vary based on availability.

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Art & Home voucher.

In July 2016, Baron and Artlink publicly launched their partnership through the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition competition, and in September presented a first-ever Baron Grand Prize of $5,000 to the first place winner. With nearly 400 guests in attendance and more than 250 works of art submitted—the largest submission in the competition’s history—this event proved to be the start of a lasting relationship.

“We look forward to a continued partnership with Artlink. The Juried Exhibition and the Art & Home voucher program are just a few ways we are working to support the local art community,” said Liz Schloss, Baron Properties’ president of operations. “We hope that our participation will inspire others to get involved.”

“Original works of art are a significant addition to any home, and finding just the right piece to fit your taste and space can be a stimulating but daunting process. We wanted to help answer the question of ‘Where to begin?’ and provide a simple resource that connects new downtown residents to local artists,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink board president. “We appreciate Baron’s partnership in this unprecedented program and look forward to introducing their tenants to the arts community.”

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts 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 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, The Torosian Foundation, David Wright House, BJ Communications, Heard Museum, Phoenix Convention Center, Valley Metro, Downtown Voices Coalition, IVIO Web Development, Urban Affair, Roosevelt Row CDC, Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Interested arts patrons, volunteers, sponsors and advocates are encouraged to subscribe to the Artlink newsletter to stay up-to-date on artist opportunities, community activities, and more. Visit artlinkphx.org.

About Baron Properties
Baron Properties specializes in multifamily housing, with corporate headquarters located in Colorado, and a regional office based in Arizona. Driven by professionalism, extensive property knowledge, and operational expertise, we provide an elevated experience of extraordinary service. Their Phoenix developments, the iluminate and Linear apartment communities, located at 290 and 295 E. Roosevelt St. respectively, will bring 215 new apartment homes to Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District. The properties are scheduled to open in Fall 2016. Visit baronproperties.com for more information.

 


A Statement on the Juried Exhibition

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We Choose Love

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“Meditating on Love” by Onna Jeanna Voellmer

Over the last several years, Artlink has made tremendous strides in connecting artists to both business and the general public, and the 18th Artlink Juried Exhibition event on September 15 was no exception.

For the first time in the history of the exhibition, the prizes were significant and the number of submissions for the exhibition quadrupled. Over 250 artists submitted work to the call; nearly 400 people attended the one-night event at the Heard Museum’s Steele Auditorium; and buyers spent over $16,000 on local work. See the photos from the event here

While the feedback from artists has been extremely positive, a recently published review was unfortunately informed by one particular point of view, focusing on the work of one photographer.

While his photograph was beautiful and succeeded at making a statement, it was not chosen by the jury panel as one of the selections worthy of a prize. Everyone has an opinion. It just so happens that the independent jury’s opinion is the one that counts in this particular instance.

If the review simply stated a preference or disagreement with the jury there wouldn’t be an issue. But the review went further. It provided a platform for a disgruntled participant, including a quote of a Facebook tirade made by the photographer after not being awarded a prize, and somehow conflated his disappointment with a vague notion of perceived actions that Artlink should have taken.

Unfortunately, the net result was a review that was filled with inaccuracies as it cast aspersions on the exhibition process based on one participant’s discontent. We’d like to correct the article’s factual errors and set the record straight.

The sponsor, Baron Properties, was not the only purchaser of artwork that night. In addition to the $5,000 purchase “Baron Prize,” Baron bought three additional pieces. Guests of the event purchased two others.

The jury selected ALL of the top selections, not the sponsor. Baron only chose the top prize-winner from those jury selections. Neither Baron nor Artlink representatives instructed or guided the jurors or the participating artists in a direction.

We may not all like the same work; we may find some pieces “predictable” and others “provocative” and that is as it should be. Critics will debate the merits of different pieces, but to assume that the jurors were “playing it safe” and made choices that were somehow dictated by Baron is a discredit to the honorable jurors and artists who participated in this process.

We simply reject the notion that the successful Juried Exhibition was a tale of one sponsor and one photographer, who happen to be neighbors. The empirical evidence is clear. The sponsor of the prize obviously did not effect the selections. Why else would the photograph have been included in the exhibition in the first place? And we can’t help but wonder, what if the photographer had won?

The winner’s name is Onna Jeanna Voellmer (misspelled in the review), and she submitted a compelling piece entitled “Meditating on Love.” In a post she writes how she came to create this work:

“Everyday is a decision …a decision about how to respond….Can I acknowledge the bad in the world without becoming negative, feeding into the power of fear, and the squabbles, and the hatred? …because really, it is easier to be negative, to complain, to be scared, to live in fear, to get into an argument. It is easier to give in to the power of anger and of fear, than it is to stand up and say I choose love and I see the beauty in the world…”

We’re going to take a cue from this artist, and believe in the power of beauty and love too.

With this in mind, we are unequivocally unapologetic about this successful event and proud of the number of submissions received, the clean jury process, the number of art purchases and the warm energy that filled the Heard’s beautiful Steele Auditorium.

As previously stated, we are looking forward to further developing the long-standing connection between artists and patrons with future events and initiatives.

Artlink is very much alive. We are firmly focused on our mission and looking forward to next year’s exhibition.

UPDATE: Phoenix New Times has posted the following correction to their review.
Correction: This post has been edited from its original version to reflect the correct spelling of Onna Jeanna Voellmer’s name. It has also been updated to reflect that the $16,000 spent on art at this exhibition was a total amount including Baron’s purchases and those of other patrons, and that Artlink paid for the runner-up prizes.

 


‘Meditating on Love’ Wins Baron Prize; Six Artworks Purchased at Artlink Juried Exhibition

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“Meditating on Love” by Onna Jeanna Voellmer

For a painting titled “Meditating on Love,” Artlink Inc. awarded its first-ever Baron Prize of $5,000 to artist Onna Jeanna Voellmer of Tucson at its 18th Annual Juried Exhibition Sept. 15 at the Heard Museum.

The prize, sponsored by residential housing developer Baron Properties, includes the work’s purchase by Baron, and will be installed in a prominent position in the iluminate residential apartment community, located at 290 E. Roosevelt St., in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. This is the largest cash prize ever awarded at an Artlink exhibition.

Nearly 400 attended the exhibition, which featured 50 works by 45 Arizona artists, selected by a jury of local artists and curators from 257 submissions, the most submissions in the competition’s history.

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“Graffiti Horse” by Kathy Taylor

First runner-up and recipient of $2,000 is “Graffiti Horse,” a painting by Kathy Taylor of Phoenix.

Second runner-up and recipient of $750 is “Color Fields #4,” a painting by Gloria Gaddis of Phoenix.

The jury panel featured Nancy Hill, owner of Chartreuse gallery, artist Fred Tieken, and Ann Marshall, Ph.D., the Heard Museum’s director of curation and education.

Six artworks were purchased at the event, totaling over $16,000 in direct purchases from artists. Baron Properties purchased the jury panel’s top selection, and in a surprise announcement acquired three additional works. They will be adding to their permanent collection that will be on display at their properties under development in Roosevelt Row.

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“Color Fields #4” by Gloria Gaddis

“We are extremely pleased with the response to the quality of the exhibition,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink board president. “The sales punctuated an event that exuded positive energy by and for the arts community, and we are looking forward to further developing the long-standing connection between artists and patrons with future events and initiatives.” For more information about Artlink, visit artlinkphoenix.com.

View photos from the event on Facebook

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. 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 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, The Torosian Foundation, David Wright House, BJ Communications, Heard Museum, Phoenix Convention Center, Valley Metro, Downtown Voices Coalition, Invexi Web Development, Urban Affair, Roosevelt Row CDC, Warehouse District, and Historic Grand Avenue. Interested arts patrons, volunteers, sponsors and advocates are encouraged to subscribe to the Artlink newsletter to stay up-to-date on artist opportunities, community activities, and more. Visit artlinkphoenix.com or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Heard
Since 1929, the Heard Museum, a private non-profit organization, has enchanted visitors from around the world with the art, culture and history of American Indians, with an emphasis on tribes of the Southwest. With more than 40,000 fine artworks and cultural artifacts in its permanent collection, several long-term and changing exhibit galleries, an education center, an award-winning Shop, the Books & More boutique bookstore, Coffee Cantina and Courtyard Café, the Heard Museum is a place of learning, discovery and unforgettable experiences. Visit Heard.org

About Baron Properties
Baron Properties specializes in multifamily housing, with corporate headquarters located in Colorado, and a regional office based in Arizona. Driven by professionalism, extensive property knowledge, and operational expertise, we provide an elevated experience of extraordinary service. Their Phoenix developments, the iluminate and Linear apartment communities, located at 290 and 295 E. Roosevelt St. respectively, will bring 215 new apartment homes to Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District. The properties are scheduled to open in Fall 2016. Visit baronproperties.com for more information.

 


45 Arizona Artists Selected for Artlink Juried Exhibition

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Works by 45 Arizona Artists to be shown at 18th Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition at Heard Museum, Phoenix

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18th Annual Juried Exhibition.

Fifty artworks by 45 exceptional Arizona artists will be presented in a special one-night-only event, the 18th annual Artlink Juried Exhibition, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Steele Auditorium at the Heard Museum in midtown Phoenix.

The Heard Museum, located at 2301 N. Central Ave. in midtown Phoenix’s Central Arts District, is hosting the Juried Exhibition for the first time.

A panel of three jurors from the Arizona arts community chose the 50 exhibition pieces from 256 submissions, the most entries in the history of the competition. The jurors were these prominent members of the Phoenix arts community: Nancy Hill, owner of Chartreuse gallery, artist Fred Tieken, and Ann Marshall, Ph.D., the Heard Museum’s director of curation and education.

Three winners of the 2016 Exhibition will receive cash awards. Winners will be announced at the exhibition.

For the first time, the top award will be an acquisition prize, funded by Baron Properties.

  • The “Baron Prize” of $5,000 will be given to a jury-selected artist for an original 2-D work. The winning artwork will become part of Baron Properties’ permanent collection, and will be installed in a prominent position in the iluminate residential apartment community, located at 290 E. Roosevelt St., in the Roosevelt Row Arts District.
  • The first runner-up will receive $2,000. Artworks in all media are eligible for this award.
  • The second runner-up will receive $750. Artworks in all media are eligible for this award.

All selected artists will be eligible for awards.

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Selected artists.

“We are thrilled to host to host this showcase of Arizona artists,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink board president. “The strong response to the call for submissions is just the most recent evidence of an engaged arts community. We’re looking forward to bringing this fantastic show to the Heard Museum’s Steele Auditorium.”

RSVP to the Exhibition on Eventbrite

The following 45 artists’ work was selected to be part of the exhibition. The top prize winners will be announced at the Sept. 15 reception and exhibition:

Samantha Aasen, Bob Allen, Gary Beals, Brian Boner, Lexi Coburn, Heidi Dauphin, Jeff Falk, Page Filson, Gloria Gaddis, Jose Giron, Zarco Guerrero, Isadora Hale, Charles Harker, Dan Hoglund, Carlos Ibarra, Damian Jim, Kristine Kollasch, Lauren Lee, Rachel Linnemeier, Cheryle Marine, Hugo Medina, Rocco Menaguale, Ann Morton, Danny Neumann, Dan Pederson, Diego Perez, Wayne Rainey, Jill Roig, Melissa Schleuger, Mary Serantoni, Diane Silver, Jason Smith, Laura Spalding Best, Kathy Taylor, Mohan Toopal, AO Tucker, Zach Valent, Chris Vena, Onna Voellmer, Jon Wassom, Joan Waters, Esther Wodrich, Niki Woehler, Danielle Wood and Frank Ybarra.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. 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; and the annual Art Detour, Juried Exhibition, and Art d’Core Gala. Artlink 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, The Torosian Foundation, David Wright House, BJ Communications, Heard Museum, Phoenix Convention Center, Valley Metro, Downtown Voices Coalition, Invexi Web Development, Urban Affair, Roosevelt Row CDC, and Historic Grand Avenue. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.com or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Heard
Since 1929, the Heard Museum, a private non-profit organization, has enchanted visitors from around the world with the art, culture and history of American Indians, with an emphasis on tribes of the Southwest. With more than 40,000 fine artworks and cultural artifacts in its permanent collection, several long-term and changing exhibit galleries, an education center, an award-winning Shop, the Books & More boutique bookstore, Coffee Cantina and Courtyard Café, the Heard Museum is a place of learning, discovery and unforgettable experiences. Visit Heard.org

About Baron Properties
Baron Properties specializes in multifamily housing, with corporate headquarters located in Colorado, and a regional office based in Arizona. Driven by professionalism, extensive property knowledge, and operational expertise, we provide an elevated experience of extraordinary service. Their Phoenix developments, the iluminate and Linear apartment communities, located at 290 and 295 E. Roosevelt St. respectively, will bring 215 new apartment homes to Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District. The properties are scheduled to open in Fall 2016. Visit baronproperties.com for more information.


Call for Artists: Direct Purchase for Baron Collection

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RELEASE: Call for Artists

Baron Properties Direct Purchase of 2-D Artwork

Submission Deadline: July 22, 2016

Artlink Inc. invites Arizona artists to submit 2-D artworks for consideration of purchase by Baron Properties, the multifamily housing developer of the iluminate and Linear apartment communities in the Roosevelt Row arts district of downtown Phoenix. The deadline to submit is July 22, 2016.

baron_properties_logoThis is a direct purchase by Baron Properties, and selected artworks will be acquired and installed by September 1, 2016.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

A variety of artworks are welcome for submission, including: oil, watercolor, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, ceramics (wall-hanging ceramics only), printmaking, textile, and mixed media. Artists who specialize in murals and mosaics are also invited to submit.

The online submission deadline is July 22, by midnight.

By submitting artwork for consideration, the artist agrees to the following that all submitted artworks can be delivered by artist in excellent condition to Baron Properties representatives for installation by a date to be identified (before September 1, 2016).

Artists must either be residents of Arizona or regularly show in Arizona and the Phoenix Metro Area, either via gallery representation or other monthly artist exhibitions.

REVIEW ALL SUBMISSION DETAILS HERE

How to enter via Submittable.com:

  1. Artlink Articipants may enter free of charge. Articipants click here to submit.
  2. Artists who aren’t registered as Articipants will pay a submission fee. Non-Articipants click here to submit.

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Want to be an official Artlink Articipant and submit to future calls free of charge? Click here for more info and to sign up.

Email with any questions to submissions@artlinkphoenix.com Please reference “Direct Purchase” in your email subject line when submitting questions.

FAQ

Why is there a fee to submit?
The fees helps to support the administration of all Artlink efforts in supporting local artists. This includes a variety of year-round opportunities to promote, exhibit and sell your work. And as we grow, we will continue to look for more opportunities.

How can the fee be waived?
There is NO FEE for artists who have signed up to be an Artlink Articipant. If you are not yet signed up as an Articipant, click here to sign up now. The current prorated Articipant fee is $30. As an Articipant, your submission fees will be waived for all calla through January 31, 2017, so there is a benefit to signing up now.

Does the application fee go to Baron Properties or to Artlink?
All non-Articipant application fees go to Artlink. Baron Properties does not receive any payment. Their interest is in supporting the local art scene by purchasing art through this call to artists.

Can I submit to multiple calls promoted by Artlink?
Yes. Once you’ve set up your artist profile on Submittable.com, you can easily submit for this collection call, the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, and future calls.

Can I submit the same art to multiple calls?
You can, but we encourage you to submit a variety of works and to pay close attention to deadlines, purchase dates, etc. so that the submitted works remain eligible for selection.

What is the overall budget for the Baron Properties Direct Purchase project?
The budget is somewhat flexible at this time, so we would encourage you to submit a range of works. Baron is purchasing multiple pieces for a variety of locations in their two properties.

What style of work is Baron Properties looking for?
Baron is looking for a variety of contemporary works for public spaces throughout their two properties.  No overt nudity, no lewd or offensive works will be accepted. Keep In mind these will be in public spaces.

How do I decide what works to submit?
We suggest you submit three of your best works which reflect your interests as an artist. Think of this as a small portfolio submission to let the viewers know what your style is. Baron might also want to commission pieces from some artists; they may like your work overall but will want to ask about a different scale or color palette.

Are wall hanging 3D pieces acceptable?
Yes, a variety of artworks are welcome for submission, but 3D must be wall hanging works only (ceramics, textile, mixed media, mosaic).

  • They MUST be ready to hang; no saw tooth hangers.
  • Works must be professionally prepared for hanging in public spaces
  • The work must also be contained (close to the wall); nothing jutting out to a degree which might harm someone walking by.

If an Articipant is a group, are all members of the group allowed to submit free of charge?
No. If members want to submit one piece as a group they could, but individual artists – who benefit from the exposure and the potential sale of/prize for an individual piece – need to pay a separate submission fee.

Can a NFS (not for sale) piece be submitted for the the Baron Direct Purchase project?
We would suggest NOT submitting a NFS piece as part of your portfolio of three images for the Direct Purchase Project- Baron is looking to purchase works immediately for their properties so it will be beneficial for you and them that all of your submissions be available for purchase.

Will sales tax be included in the purchase?
The purchase transaction will be handled directly between Baron Properties and Artist. Sales tax should be addressed between the two parties. Artlink will not be included in the purchase/exchange process.

Will a commission be taken by any party?
No commission will be taken by Artlink. This is a direct purchase between Baron Properties and Artist.

 

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. 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; and the annual Art Detour, Juried Exhibition, and Art d’Core Gala. Artlink 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, The Torosian Foundation, David Wright House, BJ Communications, Heard Museum, Phoenix Convention Center, Valley Metro, Downtown Voices Coalition, Invexi Web Development, Urban Affair, Roosevelt Row CDC, and Historic Grand Avenue. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.com or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Baron Properties
Baron Properties specializes in multifamily housing, with corporate headquarters located in Colorado, and a regional office based in Arizona. Driven by professionalism, extensive property knowledge, and operational expertise, we provide an elevated experience of extraordinary service. Their Phoenix developments, the iluminate and Linear apartment communities, located at 290 and 295 E. Roosevelt St. respectively, will bring 215 new apartment homes to Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District. The properties are scheduled to open in Fall 2016. Visit baronproperties.com for more information.


Call for Artists: 18th Annual Juried Exhibition

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RELEASE: Call for Artists Artlinks 18th Annual Juried Exhibition

Heard Museum to Host

Baron Prize to be given as Top Award

FB GRAPHIC CALLArtlink Inc. is now accepting entries for its 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, featuring the works of professional artists residing in the state of Arizona. The exhibition will take place at the world-renowned Heard Museum on Thursday, September 15, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m. The deadline for submissions is August 3, 2016.

Submitted artwork will be reviewed by a panel of prominent members of the Phoenix arts community: Nancy Hill, owner of Chartreuse gallery, artist Fred Tieken, and Ann Marshall, Ph.D., the Heard Museum’s director of curation and education.

The Heard Museum, located at 2301 N. Central Ave. in midtown Phoenix’s Central Arts District, is hosting the Juried Exhibition for the first time.

Three winners of the 2016 Exhibition will receive cash awards.

For the first time, the top award will be an acquisition prize, funded by Baron Properties.

  • The “Baron Prize” of $5,000 will be given to a jury-selected artist for an original 2-D work. The winning artwork will become part of Baron Properties’ permanent collection, and will be installed in a prominent position in the iluminate residential apartment community, located at 290 E. Roosevelt St., in the Roosevelt Row Arts District.
  • The first runner-up will receive $2,000. Artworks in all media are eligible for this award.
  • The second runner-up will receive $750. Artworks in all media are eligible for this award.

All selected artists will be eligible for awards.

“We are excited to bring the Juried Exhibition to the Heard Museum and to partner with Baron Properties on an award that represents a significant purchase of local art,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink board president. “The venue and the prize, as awarded by our esteemed jury panel, further establish the exhibition as an essential showcase of Phoenix’s artist community.”

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW SUBMISSION DETAILS

A variety of artworks are welcome for submission, including: oil, watercolor, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, ceramics, printmaking, textile, mixed media, new genre, performance, video, and sculpture/three dimensional pieces.

NOTE: The Baron Prize will be awarded to a 2D work. Other media (new genre, performance, video, 3D/sculpture) is encouraged and will be eligible for the additional awards.

The online submission deadline is August 3, by midnight.

How to enter via Submittable.com:

  1. Artlink Articipants may enter free of charge. Articipants click here to submit.
  2. Artists who aren’t registered as Articipants will pay a submission fee. Non-Articipants click here to submit.

Artists who have exhibited in the past are permitted to submit but may not submit a piece that was in any previous Artlink Juried Exhibition.
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Want to be an official Artlink Articipant and submit to future calls free of charge? Click here for more info and to sign up.

Email with any questions to submissions@artlinkphoenix.com Please reference “Juried Exhibition” in your email subject line when submitting questions.

FAQ

Why is there a fee to submit?
The fees helps to support the administration of all Artlink efforts in supporting local artists. This includes a variety of year-round opportunities to promote, exhibit and sell your work. And as we grow, we will continue to look for more opportunities.

How can the fee be waived?
There is NO FEE for artists who have signed up to be an Artlink Articipant. If you are not yet signed up as an Articipant, click here to sign up now. The current prorated Articipant fee is $30 (the same as ONE submission fee!). As an Articipant, your submission fees will be waived for ALL calla through January 31, 2017, so there is a benefit to signing up now.

Can I submit to multiple calls promoted by Artlink?
Yes. Once you’ve set up your artist profile on Submittable.com, you can easily submit for this and other calls.

Can I submit the same art to multiple calls?
You can, but we encourage you to submit a variety of works and to pay close attention to deadlines, purchase dates, etc. so that the submitted works remain eligible for selection.

Is there an age minimum to submit to the Juried Exhibition?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age to submit.

Could I win multiple prizes?
No, only one artist will be selected to receive each of the top three prizes. However, multiple pieces from one artist can be selected for the exhibition.

If I live outside of Phoenix or only spend some time in Arizona can I submit?
You are welcome to apply even if you live outside of Phoenix or split your time between Arizona and elsewhere. As long as you can assure that you will be available to drop off your work on Thursday, September 15, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for installation and also attend the night of the exhibition between 6 pm and 9pm at The Heard.

How do I prove I am an Artlink Articipant in my application?
The Artlink team will check our Articipant list on file to verify we have you in our records.

What is a Professional Artist?
We are keeping this term self-defined. We are not expecting that all artists who submit to be working full-time as artists. We expect each submitting artist to have a portfolio of work that they can pull three stand-out pieces from.

How many artists will you be showing in the exhibition?
Artlink will be exhibiting the number of artists selected by the Juried Panel will be exhibited in the Juried Exhibition. This number will be dependent on quality of the submissions, sizes of the pieces, and gallery space.

How old is the work you are willing to accept?
We would prefer that all artwork submitted be new or from the last 5 years at the oldest.

What type of video can I submit?
All videos should be suitable for a wide audience and have no strong language, illegal activity, or overt nudity. Please send links on YouTube or Vimeo or submit the videos in .mov, .avi, or .mpg formats.

If I’ve submitted to past Juried Exhibitions can I submit again?
Definitely! We would like to see new work, so please submit pieces that are different from what you’ve submitted in the past.

How will my work be evaluated?
The criteria is up to the Juried Panel in determining high-quality pieces that will hang together in an exhibition. There is not a theme or prompt for the Juried Exhibition. All work submitted is expected to be pre-existing.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. 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; and the annual Art Detour, Juried Exhibition, and Art d’Core Gala. Artlink 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, The Torosian Foundation, David Wright House, BJ Communications, Heard Museum, Phoenix Convention Center, Valley Metro, Downtown Voices Coalition, Invexi Web Development, Urban Affair, Roosevelt Row CDC, and Historic Grand Avenue. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.com or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Heard
Since 1929, the Heard Museum, a private non-profit organization, has enchanted visitors from around the world with the art, culture and history of American Indians, with an emphasis on tribes of the Southwest. With more than 40,000 fine artworks and cultural artifacts in its permanent collection, several long-term and changing exhibit galleries, an education center, an award-winning Shop, the Books & More boutique bookstore, Coffee Cantina and Courtyard Café, the Heard Museum is a place of learning, discovery and unforgettable experiences. Visit Heard.org.

About Baron Properties
Baron Properties specializes in multifamily housing, with corporate headquarters located in Colorado, and a regional office based in Arizona. Driven by professionalism, extensive property knowledge, and operational expertise, we provide an elevated experience of extraordinary service. Their Phoenix developments, the iluminate and Linear apartment communities, located at 290 and 295 E. Roosevelt St. respectively, will bring 215 new apartment homes to Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District. The properties are scheduled to open in Fall 2016. Visit baronproperties.com for more information.


From the 2016 Annual Meeting

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Artlink’s 2016 Annual meeting was held on Wednesday, June 1, and hosted nearly 100 attendees, including artists and arts advocates, and many representatives of galleries, performing arts, and other arts organizations.

Board Update

The Artlink board bid farewell to board members Stephanie Lieb and Phil Jones. Jones, the former executive director of the City of Phoenix Arts & Culture office, had served on the board since 2011, playing a critical role in Artlink’s recent growth. The board thanks them both for their significant contributions.

The Artlink board elected three new directors:

  • Mark Scarp: Heard Museum, communications manager
  • Margaree Bigler: Phoenix Art Museum, communications manager
  • Rick Naimark: ASU, associate vice president for program development planning

Four directors returned for a new term:

  • Jill Bernstein, Treasurer: Keep Arizona Beautiful, executive director
  • Dan Clevenger, Secretary: Westlake Reed Leskosky project designer/architect
  • Sarah “Sally” Russell: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, staff
  • Hillary Foose: Valley Metro, communication and marketing director

This rounds out the current roster of the Artlink board:

  • Catrina Kahler, President: Urban Affair president and founder
  • Sarah Levi, Vice President: David & Gladys Wright House Foundation, board member/scholar in residence
  • Jerry Harper: Phoenix Convention Center, deputy director
  • Constance McBride: artist
  • Brittany Butler: Artist/Oasis on Grand, marketing director
  • Bentley Calverley: Bentley Gallery, owner
  • Nicole Underwood: Javelina, senior associate

Featured Speaker

Gail Browne, the executive director of the City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, addressed the group, highlighting three areas of focus:

  1. Grants Program – Funding from NEA for “Neighborhood Arts,” small ($5k) grants for artists to work in specific communities, addressing a specific problem or need. The focus is on outlying areas, beyond the downtown core, working with urban villages.
  2. Public Art Program – Fry’s Food Store Murals. Call for proposals with an August deadline.  Visit the city’s website and Facebook for calls. Two more calls are pending for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
  3. Professional Development – SAVVY workshops for artists and small organizations

Browne hosts a regular meeting of arts districts and representatives of city departments to discuss a number of items to improve First Fridays coordination and elevating the profile of arts and culture, including the idea of a marketing campaign, and the development of a centralized events calendar. The city is distributing an events calendar survey in partnership with Artlink. The city will also aid in the expansion of Art Detour, expanding its leadership role in partnership with Artlink.

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PROGRAM UPDATES

Art Detour

Planning for Art Detour 29 and Art Detour 30 begins immediately. The format for the next two years of the event will change, beginning in 2017 with a four-day schedule kicked off by the Art d’Core Gala:

  • Thursday, March 16: Art d’Core Gala
  • Friday, March 17: Third Friday
  • Saturday, March 18: Art Detour 29 (Day 1)
  • Sunday, March 19: Art Detour 29 (Day 2)

Art Detour will evolve from a self-guided, unstructured format to a more scheduled program that will encourage even more participation from artists, arts venues and patrons. There will be a particular focus on working with artists to bring more patrons to their studios.

There will be an emphasis on producing a more interactive arts experience for patrons, focusing demonstrations and workshops. Artlink will continue working with Articipants to promote their destinations and respective activities. A cohesive marketing strategy will include an upgraded web presence and a map that reflects a scheduled program. An early start to the planning process will also allow for a more effective public relations plan.

A robust Art Detour 29 will set the stage for a special WEEK-LONG celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Art Detour in 2018. We will collectively work to develop this event as a showcase for Phoenix’s arts and culture, promoting Phoenix to a broader – national – audience. Every step taken over the next two years will be done with this ambitious goal in mind. What can Art Detour become?

Notes and next steps from Art Detour discussion:

  • Schedule a summer planning meeting for all Artlink Articipants.
  • Present studio tours as a unique part of Art Detour, and create scheduled tours to bring more visitors to the studios.
  • Examine the hours of Art Detour weekend and identify how to best program lunchtime and nighttime.
  • Promote the artist category of Articipation more consistently, so artists from outside downtown know they can participate.
  • Identify spaces where out-of-area artists can exhibit during Detour, including Parsons Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS and Gould Evans. Work with the business community to identify other spaces.
  • Work with Eco Cab on transportation and promotion opportunities.
  • Further promote PhoenixUrbanGuide.com

18th Juried Exhibition

The 18th Annual Juried Exhibition will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Heard Museum. The jury panel will be Nancy Hill, owner of Chartreuse Gallery, artist Fred Tieken, and Ann Marshall, Ph.D., the Heard Museum’s director of curation and education.

The Juried Exhibition will mark the first time Artlink will use Submittable, an online application platform. This will be used to build an on-going artist database, which will help Artlink help organizations and businesses looking for artists/artwork.

The schedule of the Juried Exhibition will likely change in the coming years, so that the 20th annual exhibition aligns with the 30th annual Art Detour.

First Friday Trolley Tours

Artlink currently runs three trolleys on a circulator route on First Fridays. The route was installed so that Artlink could better manage the hub stops and communicate a clear message to the public, so visitors know where to find stops consistently.

There have been recent requests to divide the route between a north and south route, and the attendees’ response to an informal survey was mixed. Artlink will hold further discussions about the route in the coming weeks. Thanks went out to David Krietor, Downtown Phoenix Inc. President/CEO, and his team for their support of First Fridays.

Phoenix Urban Guide (PUG)

Thanks to all Articipants who have been consistently updating their information on PUG. This has helped Artlink promote Articipant exhibitions and activities much more effectively on social media. Please contact Leslie Criger at info@artlinkphoenix.com with any PUG related questions.

Volunteers

A big thank you goes out to all who volunteer to support Artlink! The trolley guides, the hub stop information tables, set-up for events are all done by volunteers. These programs couldn’t happen without volunteer support. If you know someone who wants to volunteer for Artlink, visit artlinkphoenix.com/volunteer.

Wrap-up

That’s a wrap! Thank you and stay tuned for an exciting year ahead!

Photo by Lauren Potter


Artlink Annual Meeting

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Artlink Inc. hosts its 2016 Annual Meeting, Wednesday, June 1, at Phoenix Art Museum’s Singer Hall.

The event links stakeholders of the Phoenix arts community to learn about Artlink’s plans for the coming year, and beyond.

Join Artlink board members, volunteers, and Articipants at this event to discuss the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, the expansion of Art Detour, new partnerships, and more.

Be a part of planning the future of Artlink!

Event: Artlink Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum – Singer Hall (Administration Bldg.), 1625 N. Central
RSVP: Facebook


Inspired Soles Bidding Ends April 1

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Inspired close-up5th ANNUAL “INSPIRED SOLES” ART SHOW AND AUCTION BENEFITS ARTLINK!

Exhibition features more than 70 stilettos transformed into art

INSPIRED SOLES – A WELL-HEELED EXPERIENCE

The annual “Inspired Soles” auction and art show is back, and this year, attendees have even more reason to be pumped (pun intended), since two new exciting components have been added to the show- online bidding and Inspired Soles wearables!

Inspired Soles showcases the creative minds of local artists who use a stiletto as their blank canvas to transform into one-of-a-kind works of art. More than 70 participating artists and designers have volunteered thousands of hours in this annual event that has become an organic showcase of local soul.

Inspired Soles wearables is the answer to every fashionista’s prayers. For all the women who have swooned over stilettos exhibited at past shows, now you have an opportunity to actually wear them! A selection of artists will create a limited number of wearable designs and work personally with the buyer on recreating the design on a stiletto of her choice and size.

All Inspired Soles stilettos will be sold to the highest bidders of the online auction which begins the week prior to the event, and closes at 9:30 p.m. on First Friday, April 1. As with past years, net proceeds benefit Artlink Phoenix, a nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, businesses and the public to better understand, appreciate and promote a thriving arts community in central Phoenix.


RELEASE: Artlink Invites Phoenix Artists, Arts Organizations and Businesses to Become Year-Round ‘Articipants’

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Artists, organizations and businesses that contribute to the arts experience in greater downtown Phoenix will be featured during Art Detour, on First Friday maps and more.

Artlink Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the downtown Phoenix arts community, invites artists, arts organizations and businesses that contribute to Phoenix’s vibrant downtown culture to become Articipants. Those who sign up for Articipation are included in the promotion of Art Detour, First and Third Fridays and more throughout 2016.

Articipant-DefinitionWith Artlink’s Fourth Annual Art d’Core Gala (March 10, 2016) and 28th Annual Art Detour (March 19-20, 2016) approaching soon, now is the best opportunity for Articipants to sign up and make the most of their year-round Artlink benefits. Articipants receive a wide range of benefits based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Restaurants/Bars/Retail). Designed to help promote the artistic and cultural endeavors of participating Articipants, year-round benefits begin February 1, 2016 and continue through January 31, 2017.

NEW Performing Arts Categories of Articipation

Recognizing the value of downtown’s range of arts organizations, Artlink has expanded eligible categories of Articipation. Previously open only to the visual arts community, Artlink—for the first time in its near 30-year history—now invites performing arts organizations that contribute to downtown’s vibrancy to also become Articipants and benefit from year-round promotion.

“As downtown Phoenix evolves, so does Artlink,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “We are excited to promote the full spectrum of arts and culture experiences accessible in downtown Phoenix.”

Articipants are Invited to Participate in Signature Events

Art d’Core Gala – NEW Co-Host and Venue! Held under the stars in Margaret T. Hance Park, this fourth annual celebration spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic urban core. The Art d’Core Gala is held in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department, Downtown Phoenix Inc., and the Hance Park Conservancy.

Art Detour 28: The event that helped launch the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon, Art Detour provides the public with an opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments. By encouraging conversation and inquiry, Art Detour helps educate and connect the public with the artists in their community. The annual event also provides the public the opportunity to see inside many of downtown Phoenix’s hidden and otherwise private creative spaces. It is named as “one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar” by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton,

First Friday Trolley Tour: Over the past two decades, the First Fridays Art Walk has evolved into a major monthly celebration that draws anywhere from 12-20,000 people every month. Artlink publishes the official map of First and Third Fridays.

Artlink provides complimentary trolley service enabling the public to park and ride from four information hubs, and hop on or off at galleries along the way. As it circulates through downtown Phoenix, the trolley connects arts venues and districts including Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, the popular Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue arts districts, as well as CityScape and Arizona Center. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys helping to guide new and returning visitors.

Expanded Benefits

While Art Detour and the Art d’Core Gala remain signature events for Artlink, the organization’s programs have expanded to provide year-round promotional opportunities for downtown artists, arts organizations and arts spaces.

These opportunities include a Pop-Up Gallery program featuring exhibitions by local artists in unique and nontraditional public spaces; guided Downtown Art Tours that shine a spotlight on artists and galleries; an annual Juried Exhibition; and a variety of calls for artists throughout the year.

In addition, restaurants, bars and other downtown retail spaces benefit from year-round promotion on the Artlink Art Detour maps, First Friday maps, and the Artlink website, as well as additional promotional opportunities to be announced in coming months.

Artlink Ariticipant registration deadline is January 18, 2016. Full details on Articipant levels and benefits are available at http://artlinkphoenix.com/articipants/.

About Artlink Inc.

Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; a year-round Pop Up Gallery Program featuring exhibitions in non-traditional spaces; the annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Members Association. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.com or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Call for Artists: Inglorious Arizona UPDATED

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NEW DEADLINE: This call has been extended until Friday Dec, 4.

In partnership with The Arizona Republic, Artlink is pleased to announce a unique artist opportunity: Inglorious Arizona.

Inglorious Arizona is a project about the past. It’s about Arizona’s history and the old West.

But this project isn’t what you think it’s about. The Arizona of the old west was not just about cowboys and rugged individualists. It was also about drifters, drunks and thieves. Murderers and swindlers. Mining-town riots, polygamists and prostitutes. Think of the television series Hell on Wheels or Deadwood and you get the picture.

If the old west is a place where facts died, we’re going to dig up a little dirt. And – we’re hoping – that’s where you come in!

Over a several month period, a series of stories about Inglorious Arizona will be published: the unwashed and unlucky characters from the grittier side of the past. We’re looking for art that captures, embodies, explores and/or deconstructs Inglorious Arizona. We’re not just looking for an old world traditional style though – we want to see you imagine something new.  

We invite you to review the details below and encourage you to participate. This type of collaboration hasn’t been done before, so we hope you will join us in making history as we spotlight our history.

Details and Timeline

Fri, Nov 27, 2015: Initial Application Deadline: FRIDAY, DEC 4

DETAILS

INITIAL APPLICATION to include:

1. Email submission to submissions@artlinkphoenix.com, subject line “Inglorious Arizona SAMPLE”.
2. Three SAMPLE images attached:

  • .jpg format, 72 dpi,  each image labeled with artist’s name/ title.
  • Samples of your work are requested to determine if you will be a good candidate for the project.
  • This work does not need to be related to Western history.
  • If you are chosen to participate in the project, you’ll then be asked to complete a NEW work that fits the character’s description outlined in your assigned story.

3. Text File that lists:

  • Your contact info
  • Artist name
  • Titles of individual SAMPLE submissions
  • Dimensions (HxWxD)
  • Medium

Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered by a jury of experienced arts professionals. Due to a limited number of stories, not all artists will be accepted. Please do not call for results. Artists will be notified by email.


TIMELINE (Updated 12/29/15)

NOVEMBER 30, 2015 – DECEMBER 11, 2015
Artlink/AZ Republic approves artists accepted into the project and pairs the stories for artists using lottery system.

MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2016
Notification Date of accepted artists/selected stories provided to artists (via email).

Chosen artists will receive:

  • High quality image of your work (accompanying a story) published in the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.
  • Description of you, your work and your website in the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com
  • Participation in group exhibition during Art Detour, in March of 2016
  • Accepted artists will be asked to sign a Letter of Agreement for an unpaid contribution (artwork) to Arizona Republic.

Artists will create new artworks inspired by the story provided to them.

FINAL ARTWORK SUBMISSION guidelines:

  • 2D work that can be hung on the wall
  • Work does not exceed 20 lbs.
  • Work is no more than 18″h, 14″w, 5″depth
  • All accepted work must have proper wire hardware for hanging (no sawtooth hangers)
  • In order for artwork to be considered for display all of the above guidelines must be met and artwork must be ready to hang.

Restrictions:

  • Nothing that incorporates overt nudity or profanity will be accepted.
  • If an artist is accepted for the project following the initial application stage but fails to comply with these restrictions for the final artwork, the artist will NOT be allowed to participate in the project and the final submission will be disqualified and not be published or exhibited.
  • This rule is set at Arizona Republic’s request and must be adhered to.

Helpful Hints:

  • Your work can reflect a broad interpretation of the portrait
  • The landscape and other elements of a scene can and should be included
  • All styles of 2D work will be considered
  • Bring your own eye and ideas to these collective memories

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016
Final works to be submitted for publication
 to Artlink (via email).

FINAL ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS to include:

    1. FINAL image:
      • .jpg format, 72 dpi,  labeled with artist’s name/ title.
  • Text file that lists:
    • Your contact info
    • Artist name as you would like it to appear on labels
    • Title of your submission
    • Dimensions (HxWxD)
    • Medium
    • Sale price or NFS

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8, 2016:
Delivery date for photography session to be scheduled w/AZ Republic (Details TBA).

Drop-off Directions for Publication: If selected, artists must be available to drop off their work to the Arizona Republic for photographs to be taken for publication. (Time and Location TBD).

Artlink will then store all the works until the group exhibition.

MARCH 19-20, 2016:
Group Exhibition to be held during Art Detour. (Details TBA).

Artlink Inc. and The Arizona Republic are not liable for any damage or theft that may occur to any person or property. Artists will be asked to sign a waiver and may insure their own artwork, as desired. Artlink board members and volunteers will install the art and handle sales. Artlink Inc. will facilitate and retain 10% of each sale to cover transaction cost. Please email any questions to submissions@artlinkphoenix.com.

Important Dates to Remember (Updated 12/29/15):

  • DECEMBER 4, 2015: Initial Application Deadline (SAMPLE work submission)
  • JANUARY 4, 2016: Notification Date of accepted artists/selected stories provided to artists (via email).: Notification. 
  • WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8, 2016: Delivery date for photography session to be scheduled w/AZ Republic (Details TBA).
  • MARCH 19-20, 2016:  Group Exhibition to be held during Art Detour. (Details TBA).

For more information about Arizona Republic visit: http://www.azcentral.com/

Artlink Inc., founded in 1989, is an all-volunteer run 501(c)3 arts organization based in downtown Phoenix. Our mission is to link visual artists, businesses, and the public to better understand, appreciate, and promote the arts, and to further develop a strong, vital arts community.

 


17th Annual Juried Exhibition Opens Thursday Oct. 15

Juried flyer

Artlink’s 17th Annual Juried Exhibition Opens Thursday, October 15 at Oasis on Grand

Juried flyerArtlink’s 17th Annual Juried Exhibition presents the work of seventeen exceptional Arizona artists. A panel of three jurors from the Arizona arts community chose the exhibition pieces from over fifty submissions. This year’s jurors included Phoenix artist John Tuomisto-Bell, Bentley Projects owner Bentley Calverley, and ASU Art Museum Chief Conservator Dana Mossman-Tepper.

The 17 artists featured in this year’s show are Julie Anand & Damon Sauer, Chris Boyd, Carlos Encinas, Page Filson, Valerie Hunt, Sam W. J. Johnson, Ann Langlois, Ann Lillqvist, Harold Lohner, Dan Nearing, Jill Roig, Chris Scott, Lacey Shelton, Lucretia Torva, A.O. Tucker and Joan Waters.

The top three selections will be announced at the Opening Reception, this Thursday, October 15 from 6 – 10 p.m.

RSVP to the Opening Reception on Facebook

The show will remain in place for Third Friday, October 16, from 6 to 10 p.m.

About Artlink

Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; a year-round Pop Up Gallery Program featuring exhibitions in non-traditional spaces; the annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Members Association. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.com or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.