The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust offers visitors a warm and friendly environment for thoughtful and engaging experiences. Rotating exhibitions include a wide variety of local and regional artists as well as themes of popular and cultural interest.


Current Exhibition



Tempe Xhibition: celebrating ten years

Sept. 9, 2017 - Jan. 6, 2018

Tempe has earned the reputation for being a smart, diverse and overall a very cool place. It is just big enough to entice new businesses and tourists and just small enough to give residents a home-town atmosphere. At one time or another, many of the Valley’s movers and shakers in the arts have lived, studied, worked and/or played here. Some studied at Arizona State University and chose to stay while others may have moved on, but continue to think of Tempe as “theirs.” This exhibition celebrates the creative, funky and innovative spirit of Tempe and some of the people who make it cool.

Exhibiting Artists: Kristin Bauer, Angie Dell, Tlisza Jaurique, Lena Klett, Mark Klett, Natalie Klett, Melissa Martinez, Emily Matyas, Dan Mayer, Jacob Meders, Marie Navarre, John Randall Nelson, Kyle O’Malley, Emmett Potter, Emily Ritter, Christy Weiser, Garth Weiser, Kurt Weiser and Marcus Zilliox. Thank you: Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts, ASU’s Pyracantha Press and the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe.


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Fri., Dec. 15 | 5:30—7:30 pm | Gallery | Free
Kristin & Emmett’s Excellent T-Shirt Adventure 
Join exhibiting artists and married duo, Bauer and Potter, in designing your own unique t-shirt with artist-selected iron-on transfers. Bring your own t-shirt! (Limited shirts available at event.)
Also enjoy free live music with EDGE happy hour




Upcoming exhibition

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Walk in My Shoes

Jan. 19– May 12

The arts help us express what cannot be said. Through an artist’s eyes, we can experience, discover and see how it feels to “walk in another person’s shoes” for a moment. While it is impossible for one exhibition to convey the entirety of the human condition, this show celebrates diversity, expression and the value of multiple viewpoints.

Exhibiting Artists: Marco Albarran, Sama Alshaibi, Angela Ellsworth, Annie Lopez, Stephen Marc, Emily Matyas, Ann Morton, Julio Cesar Morales,
Gregory Sale and Will Wilson

Exhibition outreach support provided by Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Communities.

Free Public Reception

Jan. 19 | 6-9 pm | Gallery


Free Maker Workshops

Will WilsonTalking Tintype Portraits with artist Will Wilson
Sat., Feb. 3 | 1-5 pm | FREE
Exhibiting artist Will Wilson is coming to Tempe to talk about and demonstrate the tradition of wet plate collodion studio photography. Using a turn of the century camera and some contemporary flash bulbs, Wilson will be taking portrait photos in the Gallery and developing the images in a temporary darkroom set up behind the scenes at TCA. Wilson, who is Navajo, is working on a series of artworks in response to early photographer Edward S. Curtis’ portrait series “The North American Indian.” This series famously documented Native peoples from around 1907-1930 and continues to spark conversations about culture, identity and stereotypes. Wilson has been working on his series, “The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX)” since 2012 and continues to add portraits of people from across the country. Learn more at

A limited number of people may pre-schedule a free tintype portrait sitting with Will Wilson. Registration will be available starting Mon., Jan. 22  at 9am (until slots are filled). Phone registration only at 480-350-2867. Only a few walk-in slots will be available at the event via an hourly raffle system (until slots are filled).

Family Portrait Station: In addition to Wilson’s photography demonstrations, the Gallery at TCA and the Tempe History Museum are partnering to host free hands-on activities for all ages. Visitors that afternoon can learn about the history of portrait photography, get their own Polaroid portrait taken and decorate a vintage style frame keepsake. Walk-ins welcome.

Voices less heard in community_photo Gregory Sale“you are meart and poetry experience with artist Gregory Sale
Fri., March 23 | 5:30-7:30 pm | FREE
Interactive experience using poetry and art to explore the personal and political implications of love. Join exhibiting artist Gregory Sale for an evening of good conversation and hands-on art making. Sale is nationally recognized for organizing art experiences and installations about social and cultural engagement.

Enjoy free live music in the lobby with EDGE happy hour

Art and Community
“our skin” interactive stations presented by ASU Art and Community students

Sat., March 24 | Noon-2 pm | All Ages | FREE
Multiple interactive projects and hand-on art stations inspired by themes from the exhibition. Enjoy some free art making experiences while helping students from ASU’s Art and Community class learn about engaging people of all ages with the arts.



Text and Image Zines
with artist Annie Lopez

Fri., April 6 | 5:30-7:30 pm | FREE
Combine art, text and printed materials to collage your own hand-stitched zine book. Learn about the “zines” craze while learning art making techniques from Phoenix artist Annie Lopez. Lopez’s own work is a combination of printmaking, writing, photography and mixed media.

Saturday Coffee Talk

Ann MORTON_False Safety Net_Caution FieldPerspectives on Conveying Empathy Through Art

Sat. April 21 | 10am-11:30am | FREE | Complimentary coffee and refreshments
Panel Talk with artists Sama Alshaibi, Marco Albarran and Ann Morton. Moderated by Michelle Nichols Dock, Visual Arts Curator

Join this accomplished group of artists for a mid-morning conversation about dealing with sensitive topics and the importance of the arts for fostering social and cultural empathy.



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Tempe Galleries

Local artists, local themes and local interest. 

Tempe Galleries provide art encounters that are fun, eye catching and relate to a local audience. Exhibitions are meant to inspire thought, enjoyment and discussion for all ages. Tempe's satellite galleries include three art spaces at the Tempe Public Library (Youth Library, Connections Cafe and 2nd floor lobby) and the four storefront windows at the Tempe Post office on Mill Avenue. Visit the Tempe Galleries page for more information.


Tempe Galleries (formerly Tempe Community Galleries) is a satellite program of the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts. This year, Tempe is seeking Arizona visual artists to participate in unique exhibitions in high traffic public spaces such as the Tempe Public Library and the Post Office on Mill Avenue. 
*Photo credit Miachelle DePiano
*Photo credit Miachelle DePiano

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