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Artlink invites you to attend the Annual Community Meeting to take a look back on an active year and a sneak peek at the year ahead.

Learn about exciting projects and initiatives such as Art Detour, ART+FORM, First Fridays, The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF), Calls to Artists, Mixed Media Happy Hours and more.

Join us along with fellow members of the arts and culture community!

Artlink Annual Community Meeting

Jun 28, 2021 06:30 PM ON ZOOM

Register in advance here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Release: Public Input Sought for Development of Subterranean Arts Space in Central Phoenix

Artlink invites this engagement as part of “ART+FORM,” a creative ‘place finding’ project.

Artlink, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting stakeholders of the arts and culture community, invites the public to participate in the transformation of a nearly 20,000 square foot basement space at Phoenix’s Park Central into a multidisciplinary arts space for Arizona artists. 

In partnership with Park Central, and with support from the Flinn Foundation and the Virginia G. Charitable Trust, Artlink launched the ART+FORM project in 2018, with the intent to forge stronger partnerships between our region’s real estate development and arts and culture sectors.

As part of this ongoing initiative, Artlink invites open and inclusive community engagement, and is asking for feedback that will help shape a discovered space located at the center of midtown Phoenix to meet the growing needs of our burgeoning art capital.

Visioning for a Subterranean Arts Space

Through a series of in-person and online tours scheduled as part of the annual Art Detour 33 event, Feb. 27 to March 31, the community can provide input and complete a survey that will help inform the direction of the project.

As the largest undertaking of this initiative, the multidisciplinary arts space will provide a strong foundation for community, connection and conversations about how the greater metro Phoenix area can support its cultural creativity from across the state, while further catalyzing the relationships between artists and developers at our city center today.

“We have long planned a significant focus on the arts, and the partnership with Artlink brings tremendous value in terms of a creative vision and connection to the arts community,” said Sharon Harper, president and chief executive officer of Plaza Companies, which teamed up with Holualoa Companies to redevelop Park Central. “We hope more developers use this as an example of integrating unique spaces for the arts into their projects in the future.”

“This project aligns perfectly with the Flinn Foundation’s grant-making mission and history of support for the biosciences and the arts,” said Tammy McLeod, Ph.D., the foundation’s president and chief executive officer. “We felt compelled to support Artlink, as this project stands to benefit a community and a larger vision of development and art growing together.”

The impact of this community-led initiative will set a precedent for creating long-term relationships between local artists and developers that intentionally prioritize the social form of the city and make space for artists to lead.

“The arts community has played a major role in urbanism and development of Central and Downtown Phoenix,” said Catrina Kahler, president and chief executive officer of Artlink. “ART+FORM is a progression of how arts can play a role in the development of structures and spaces. As a region, we need to keep extending this progression to keep the arts community engaged and our built environment beautiful.”

Artlink further announces its partnership with Gould Evans, Inc. to provoke and curate the trajectory and evolution of the subterranean project at Park Central.

The planned redevelopment of the basement space represents one of many phases of the multifaceted project that are currently underway.

Public Art Commissions: Through open calls to artists facilitated by Artlink, Park Central has commissioned the work of five Arizona artists to produce high profile public artworks:

  • The first is the mural produced by Jane Goat in 2019, “From What We Were,” a stylistic depiction of Park Central’s historically geographic center of a growing Phoenix.
  • The second, “The New Archive” by artist team Miguel Godoy, Diana Calderon and Edgar Fernandez, artfully celebrates interconnection taking place between art, history, education, health care and the technology sectors in Midtown Phoenix.
  • In partnership with Creighton University, sculptor Jeff Carol Davenport has been commissioned to create a sculpture of St. Ignatius that will be positioned at the entrance of the Jesuit university’s new midtown medical school campus at Park Central. The new artwork will be unveiled in April 2021.

Exhibition Space Leads to COVID Relief: Park Central’s contribution of leasable space first led to Artlink’s hosting of several art exhibitions:

  • The 2019 and 2020 Artlink Juried Exhibitions and 2020 Art d’Core Exhibition took place in Park Central’s warehouse space.
  • The mood room represents a gallery concept that addresses the needs of artistic practice. The mood room’s opening in February 2020 immediately preceded the coronavirus pandemic. Artlink repositioned the new space for community support by hosting a series of “Recovery Exhibitions” shows canceled by arts venues that were unable to maintain their exhibition commitments due to a small venue size or similar public health constraints. The airy, 3,000 square foot room and Park Central’s convenient parking allowed the exhibitions to take place while following necessary safety protocols.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization, as it supports stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter, or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Park Central
The new Park Central includes 450,000 square feet of Class A low-rise creative office space available for lease with the ability to accommodate tenants ranging from 3,500 square feet to more than 100,000 square feet in size. It features exclusive tenant patios, on-site restaurants and amenities, a stunning midcentury modern design, 15- to 25-foot ceilings, extensive bike paths, light rail access and ample parking. For more information on the project, visit www.parkcentralphoenix.com.

About Flinn Foundation

The Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations. To achieve this mission, the foundation aims to advance the state’s bioscience sector, enable high-achieving students to experience world-class education at Arizona’s public universities, strengthen the fiscal and creative capacity of the state’s arts and culture organizations, and develop future state-level civic leaders. Visit flinn.org.

About Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has invested nearly $511 million in local nonprofits and programs. Piper Trust grantmaking areas are health care and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education and religious organizations. For more information, visit pipertrust.org | @PiperTrust | Facebook.

About Gould Evans + Canary Studio
Gould Evans, Inc. + Canary Studio is a multidisciplinary architecture and design firm focused on projects that build cultural significance. Our diverse portfolio of architecture stems from a design process that starts with the client’s goals. We share a passion for regional architecture and design that positively impacts our communities. To learn more, visit www.gouldevans.com.


Top Juried Prize Goes to Jamilla Naji for ‘Rumspringa’

The awards were announced live from FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

The 21st Annual Juried Exhibition will run through June 13.

In front of a celebratory and socially distanced live audience at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, three artists were announced as winners of the 21st Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition, with four additional artists receiving honorary mentions.

The top $5,000 award went to Jamilla Naji of Scottsdale for her painting “Rumspringa.”

“Rumspringa” by Jamilla Naji

The first runner-up prize of $1,500 went to Lady Caress and Epik Dance Company for “We Be,” a video project written by Lady Caress of Phoenix.

“We Be” by Lady Caress and Epik Dance Company

Second runner-up and a $750 prize went to Joel Coplin of Mesa for his painting “Mad Dance.”

“Mad Dance” by Joel Coplin

Four artists received Honorary Mentions: Brian Boner (“Guard Rail”), Bill Dambrova (“You Have A Great Body. May I Use It?”), Danielle Wood (“Corazon”) and YBTheArtTrapper (“Hi, I’m Susie”).

The Juried Exhibition features 85 works selected from over 725 submitted by more than 300 artists from throughout Arizona. This represented the highest number of submissions in the event’s history to be reviewed a dedicated panel of jurors: Julie Akerly, Dancer/Choreographer and Co-Founder of nueBOX; Antoinette Cauley, Artist (Juried first prize winner in 2019); Tiffany Fairall, Chief Curator of Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Rafael Navarro, Artist; Mark Pomilio, Artist and Professor of Painting and Drawing at ASU.

View the Juried Exhibition catalog here.

Due to the response by artists this year, four additional group exhibitions have been added to the program line-up at FOUND:RE Contemporary art gallery. The artists in these “Contemporary Voices” exhibitions will be announced each month through June.

FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel is located 1100 N. Central Ave. Phoenix AZ 85004. FOUND:RE is open to the public on a 24/7 basis, which allows for social distancing and gives art lovers the opportunity to see the exhibition at their leisure. The exhibition is presented as part of FOUND:RE Contemporary art program’s regular schedule of rotating exhibitions as headed by curator Audrey Galat. The works will also be shown online at foundrecontemporary.com. The majority of works are available for purchase.

The exhibition catalog, designed by Clynt, will be available for sale and provided to those who schedule private tours of the exhibition. Details to be announced.

About Artlink Inc.: Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses, and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Artlink Unveils Programming Highlights for Art Detour 33

The annual arts and culture celebration expands to 33 days and features new destinations and local arts staples

Featured artwork by Mike Jacobs, as shown in Art Detour 32.

Artlink, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of connecting artists, businesses and the community, today announced programming highlights for Art Detour 33, its annual arts and culture celebration. This year’s experience will take place Feb. 27 to March 31, 2021, and will include in-person as well as virtual events.

Historically a weekend-centric event and more recently as “Phoenix Art Week,” 2021’s Art Detour expanded its run to 33 days to both honor the 33rd year of the celebration and to accommodate public health concerns by expanding the geography of the traditionally central Phoenix event, lessening the impact of large gatherings.

The event will feature more than 300 arts activities and “Articipants,” defined as arts venues, arts and culture organizations, arts-supporting businesses from across the Valley, and visual and performing artists from the entire state.

“The arts and culture community coming together to help develop a different, more impactful Art Detour is incredibly adaptive and industrious of these Articipants,” said Catrina Kahler, president and chief executive officer of Artlink. “Our goal as an organization is for the collective of engaged artists and businesses to have these 33 days to stand out from any of the last 33 days in the previous 12 months.”

Programming Highlights of Art Detour 33 (Central Phoenix)

  • 21st Annual Juried Exhibition Hosted by FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel
  • Bentley Gallery: “Color Theory” exhibition
  • The Garment League: Annual On Central Fashion & Art
  • Alwun House: “Exotic Art Show”
  • Hawksalvage: Live Artists, Antique Shopping and Bands!
  • Bragg’s Pie Factory Building: Bragg’s Vendor Market
  • Vertigo Art Gallery: “Inner Child,” multi-artist exhibition
  • Modified Arts: Window Exhibitions

Programming Highlights of Art Detour 33 (Expanded Geography)

  • Mesa Arts Center: Forbidden Colors
  • Ironwood Projects: The Happy Mustache Art Collaborative
  • Joan Baron Studio: “FoodintheAlleyisArtintheAlley”
  • Phoenix Airport Museum at Sky Harbor
  • Valley Metro: Celebrating 33 Days of Artsline Artists

Programming Highlights of Art Detour 33 (Virtual Events)

  • Herberger Theater Center: “The Human Spirit,” virtual exhibit
  • Keely Finucane: Virtual Youth Art Classes
  • {9} The Gallery: “The Capsule Collection,” virtual exhibits
  • Music at Trinity – Trinity Cathedral: “Urban Nocturnes Live in the Labyrinth”
  • Phoenix Center for the Arts: “The Art of Mixing – Colors & Cocktails”

New in 2021, each day of Art Detour 33 will feature a “Daily Detour,” highlighting specific arts and culture activities for that day. The featured experiences will include visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, fashion and public arts.

Daily Detours will be released via a daily newsletter and Artlink’s social media channels. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the newsletter, or follow the organization’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feeds.

Art Detour is made possible through the support and participation of Artlink partners Arizona Arts Commission, City of Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Park Central, Valley Metro, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Reimagine Phoenix, City of Phoenix Water Department, Gould Evans, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, IN FLUX, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, Phoenix Community Alliance, The Garment League, Roosevelt Row, Historic Grand Avenue, Phoenix Warehouse District, knoodle, Ivio Agency, LocalBuzz, Website Butlers, CLYint, Karvonen Design, Artlink Articipants and volunteers.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization, as it supports stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter, or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


21st Annual Juried Exhibition Presents 85 Exceptional Works by Arizona Artists

One of Arizona’s largest art exhibitions opens February 20, 2021, at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel

Artlink Inc. is pleased to present 85 exceptional works in the 21st Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition. This multi-media exhibit has been a premier showcase for emerging and established artists throughout the state and is one of the largest group exhibitions held in Arizona. This year it will take place at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel in downtown Phoenix as a four-month long exhibition in order to allow for safe visitation in line with COVID-19 safety restrictions. The exhibition opens to the public on February 20 and runs through June 13, 2021.

For the 21st year celebration of the Artlink Juried Exhibition, a panel of prestigious jurors from the Arizona arts community has selected 85 inspired works from over 725 that were submitted for consideration. This dedicated panel of jurors selected the largest multi-media showcase ever organized by Artlink: Julie Akerly, Dancer/Choreographer and Co-Founder of nueBOX; Antoinette Cauley, Artist (Juried first prize winner in 2019); Tiffany Fairall, Chief Curator of Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Rafael Navarro, Artist; Mark Pomilio, Artist and Professor of Painting and Drawing at ASU.

Three artists will receive cash awards as part of the juried process, which is funded by Artlink. The first place award winner will receive $5,000, the runner-up will receive $1,500, and the second runner-up will receive $750. Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 27, as part of the opening day of Artlink’s Art Detour 33.

View the Juried Exhibition catalog here.

Congratulations to the exhibiting artists: Mia B. Adams, Amanda Adkins, Michael Afsa, Jared Aubel, Lora Barnhiser, Sara Reinstein Becker, Laura Spalding Best, Brian Boner, Henry Bosak, Bryson Bost, Anthony J. Braun, Lee Brown, Penny Cagney, Diana Calderon, Jennifer Caldwell & Jason Chakravarty, Lady Caress, Angel Castro, Craig Cheply, Charmagne Vasquez Coe, Joel Coplin, Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Victoria Currens, Bill Dambrova, Heidi Dauphin, Janet Talmadge Davids, Jorge De La Torre, Jeff Del Nero, Katherine Del Rosario, Charith Denson, Michael Denson, Miachelle DePiano, Carlos Encinas, Michael Farmer, Edgar Fernandez, Fausto Fernandez, Jimmy Fike, Keely Finucane, Jill Friedberg, Slade Graves, Isabel Han, Chelsea Hickok, Daniel Hoglund, Robert Jackson, Teressa Lynn Jackson, Christopher Jagmin, Armida Kielty, Min Kyu Kim, Suzanne Klotz, Aryana B. Londir, Josh Louchheim, Vivienne Lux, Amy Sansbury Manning, Kris Manzanares, Kathryn Maxwell, Rocco P. Menaguale, Abbey Messmer, Mary Meyer, Jamilla Naji, John Randall Nelson, Marnelle North, Elissa Nowacki, Sadera Nye, Daniel Prendergast, Gustavo Ramos, Paulina Ramos, Emily E. Ritter, Patricia Sannit, Lacey Shelton, Katharine Leigh Simpson, Snood City, George Strasburger, Marilyn Frances Szabo, William Touhey, John Tuomisto-Bell, Fred Ullrich, Zach Valent, Megan Vanbuskirk, Chris Vena, Shoreigh Williams, Larry Willis, Danielle Wood, Reid Woodward, John David Yanke, YBtheArtTrapper, and Bobby Zokaites.

Due to the amazing response by artists this year, four additional group exhibitions will added to the program line-up at FOUND:RE Contemporary art gallery. The artists in these “Contemporary Voices” exhibitions will be announced each month.

This Artlink signature event is taking place during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic thanks to the partnership of FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel. This venue is open to the public on a 24/7 basis, which allows for social distancing and gives art lovers the opportunity to see the exhibition at their leisure. The exhibition will be presented as part of FOUND:RE Contemporary art program’s regular schedule of rotating exhibitions as headed by curator Audrey Galat. The works will also be shown online at foundrecontemporary.com. The majority of works are available for purchase.

Artlink is especially grateful for the financial support of Arizona Commission on the Arts and the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture that supports the funding of the Juried Exhibition as well as Artlink’s year-round programs and initiatives.

About Artlink Inc.: Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses, and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel: FOUND:RE Phoenix is a 104-room hotel with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The hotel enhances the city’s arts offerings with an impressive collection of contemporary art and creative guest programming woven into the entire guest experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, MATCH Market & Bar and art gallery, FOUND:RE Contemporary. Visit foundrehotels.com, matchphx.com and foundrecontemporary.com.


Artlink’s 21st Annual Juried Exhibition to be Hosted by FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel

Exhibition Expands to Four Months and Waives Submissions Fees for Artists as part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 restrictions

Arizona Artists of all mediums are invited to submit to the open call by December 30, 2020

First prize is $5,000; Second prize is $1,500; Third prize is $750

Artlink is pleased to announce the return of one of the Valley’s most eagerly anticipated art events of the year at a new venue. The 21st Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition will be hosted by FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and will be expanded to a four-month run to allow for greater artist participation as well as safe visitation in line with COVID-19 safety restrictions. The exhibition opens to the public on February 20 and runs through June of 2021. Arizona artists of all mediums are invited to submit to the call online via Submittable before the 5 p.m. deadline on December 30, 2020.

This Artlink signature event is one of the largest exhibitions held in Arizona each year, and this iteration will take place throughout the whole of FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel as part of FOUND:RE Contemporary art program’s regular schedule of rotating exhibitions. This venue can hold more than one hundred works by visual and performing artists, and is open to the public on a 24/7 basis, which allows for social distancing and gives art lovers the opportunity to see the exhibition at their leisure. The works will also be shown online at foundrecontemporary.com.

Submitted artwork will be reviewed by a panel of esteemed members of the Phoenix arts community: Julie Akerly, Dancer/Choreographer and Co-Founder of nueBOX; Antoinette Cauley, Artist (Juried first prize winner in 2019); Tiffany Fairall, Chief Curator of Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Rafael Navarro, Artist; Mark Pomilio, Artist and Professor of Painting and Drawing at ASU.

For the 21st Annual Juried Exhibition, all submission fees are waived for visual and performing artists of all mediums who reside in the state of Arizona. As one of the biggest celebrations of contemporary art in the state, this exhibition awards a first prize of $5,000, and second and third prizes of $1,500 and $750. This open call to submit to this premier showcase is open to emerging and established artists and will include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, video art, fiber art, performance art and fashion design. The submission deadline is Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Submit online via Submittable.

About Artlink Inc.: Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses, and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel: FOUND:RE Phoenix is a 104-room hotel with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The hotel enhances the city’s arts offerings with an impressive collection of contemporary art and creative guest programming woven into the entire guest experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, MATCH Market & Bar and art gallery, FOUND:RE Contemporary. Visit foundrehotels.com, matchphx.com and foundrecontemporary.com.


Release: ‘Bill Dambrova and Fausto Fernandez: Abstract Journeys of Mutation’ Opens in the mood room

Artlink Announces the Opening of Bill Dambrova and Fausto Fernandez: Abstract Journeys of Mutation’ in the mood room at Park Central in midtown Phoenix

This is part of a series of recovery exhibitions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bill Dambrova and Fausto Fernandez met while working at the Heard Museum in Phoenix 18 years ago. In 2001, Dambrova moved into his art studio at the Lodge on Grand Avenue in Phoenix, and Fernandez moved into the apartment upstairs shortly after. This provided them with significant time together at their studios, working out their individual voices.

As both artists moved away and then returned to Phoenix, they made their art careers a priority, showing in numerous group exhibitions throughout the Southwest. This is their first curated two-person exhibition. Both are known for making large paintings, so it was a challenge for them to create smaller works for this exhibition. These works can act as sketches for larger pieces and stand on their own as tighter compositions too.

Even though their paintings are very different, Fernandez and Dambrova had a similar methodology to their painting process. Neither sketch or plan a painting. One mark on the canvas leads to the next. The possibility of ruining a piece – with many hours invested – can happen anytime during the process. They both have an intensely driven problem-solving approach, where they thrive on reacting to chaos with ingenuity and humor.

These studio artists also work in public art. They have each been commissions by the City of Phoenix Office or Arts and Culture to design colorful terrazzo floors at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. In 2013, Fernandez designed a 10,000 square foot floor titled Tailplane Patterns, at the PHX Sky Trian Station on 44th Street, and Dambrova is currently in the fabrication phase of a 6,000 square foot floor design, titled From Earth to Sky, at the new Sky Train rental car return station, which is scheduled to open in 2012.

Bio: Bill Dambrova (born 1971) is a native Arizonan and an Arizona State University Graduate with a bachelor of arts in studio art. His love of art, artifacts, and biology led to a career as a museum exhibition designer, where he specializes in natural history museums, zoos, and aquariums. After moving back to Phoenix in 2014, Dambrova began working out of a studio on Grand Avenue and his art practice became his priority. He has shown paintings in local and national art galleries and museums, created public art locally, and designed site-specific works at Burning Man, East Jesus and Meow Wolf.

Bio: Phoenix resident Fausto Fernandez (born 1975) is a mixed media artist whose art practice includes making paintings, public art, and community engagement projects. He received a bachelors of fine arts in graphic design and a bachelor of fine arts in painting from University of Texas in El Paso. Fernandez uses gestural brushwork and intuitive mark-making with fragments of realism in his paintings. Everyday objects, diagrams of technology, and technical instructional materials are used as design elements and metaphors for ritual that provide direction in modern life.

This exhibition was originally curated by Wendy Raisanen, the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections for Scottsdale Public Art. It was scheduled to be at the Scottsdale Public Library from April 6-June 30, 2020. It is the second installment of the Recovery Exhibition series organized by Artlink for the mood room at Park Central in midtown Phoenix.

Open House

Where: mood room, 3121 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013

When: Saturday, August 15, 12 to 9:30 p.m.

Please Note: In keeping with local and national health recommendations for re-opening businesses we are taking the strictest precautions to sanitize our facilities and provide on-site guidelines for social distancing and other measures. We ask that you please join us in fighting the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask to openings and observing current social distancing guidelines or six feet or more. We will be putting work online for those who would like to view it from home and we are open during the week as well as by appointment for those who want to have private viewings. The mood room has plenty of room to practice safe social distancing but we are limiting patrons who visit the video project room upstairs to 2 per viewing at this time. We will regulate access during regular gallery hours and we ask for your understanding and continued support in keeping our community healthy and safe.

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About Artlink Inc.

Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses, and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About mood room

The mood room is a new gallery concept by Artlink, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that seeks to address the needs of 21st century artistic practice. More than just an exhibition venue, the mood room is an interdisciplinary art space that was founded in 2020 via a partnership with Park Central and with support from Flinn Foundation and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Located in midtown Phoenix, the mood room aims to connect the services that Artlink provides to artists, art venues and partner organizations while supporting cultural creatives through new opportunities to exhibit, engage and grow the influence of their art practice.


Release: ‘James Angel: Turning Points’ Opens in the mood room

Artlink Announces the Opening of James Angel: Turning Points’ in the mood room at Park Central in midtown Phoenix

This is the first in a series of recovery exhibitions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artlink Inc. is proud to announce the opening of “James Angel: Turning Points” at the mood room in midtown Phoenix at Part Central on Saturday, July 18, 2020. This survey of paintings and videos includes work from 2006 to the present and the debut of a new series of paintings as part of the mood room’s commitment to showing works which were meant to be exhibited during the shelter-at-home period, but which were cancelled and not renewed at this time.

The mood room, a new gallery concept by Artlink, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, seeks to address the needs of 21st century artistic practice. This interdisciplinary art space was founded in 2020 via a partnership with Park Central with support from Flinn Foundation and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. The mood room was developed to support the creative community, and this show, previously scheduled to open at FOUND:RE Contemporary, is the first in a “recovery” series of exhibitions that comprises an effort to reschedule shows that cannot be rescheduled in their original venues due to COVID-19.

Artlink and mood room are adhering to public health restrictions and taking safety precautions as recommended by CDC and government leaders. Additional restrictions include a standard “please don’t touch” gallery policy, open house hours that extend over a longer period of time, capacity limitations, and masks will be required for entry.

James Angel: Turning Points The breadth of Angel’s art practice includes investigations into issues like science and physics, mutation and adaptation, non-linear dynamics and quantum mechanics, as well as science fiction and speculative futures in an effort to better understand our place in the cosmos. The range of pictorial imagery in this show, both abstract and naturalistic, represents Angel’s ongoing investigations into the hidden relationships that define the world around us. Motifs from geometry, iconography, nature, and the digital realm all collide on Angel’s canvasses, which speak to the different types of encounters we can have both within and beyond the visual spectrum.

Never hemmed in by a particular style or mode of expression, it is the interrelations between different works and larger groups of ideas that makes Angel’s oeuvre unique in the world of contemporary art today. Often hung in a bricolage format, the opened-ended nature of Angel’s installations allow viewers to draw their own conclusions by inviting multiple readings of any group of work in relation to a myriad of possible associations, connotations and disparate forms of pictorial denotation. This mid-career survey of an artist who has been exhibiting in the Valley for more than two decades represents an opportunity to celebrate the singular vision and commitment of one of Arizona’s most inspired voices.

James Angel: Turning Points

James Angel

Bio: James Angel is recognized as a major contributor to an emerging downtown Phoenix arts scene. He is one of the founders of the artist collective 3CARPILEUP and the annual Chaos Theory event. Angel has studied under and worked with several well-known artists and publishers and has exhibited in many galleries and museums. Most recently his work was included in the Bushwick Open Studios Event in New York, the Torrance Art Museum in California and awarded a place in Tilt Gallery’s recent juried exhibition, Infinite Possibilities: Art of Tomorrow.

The mood room Open House is Saturday, July 18, from noon to 9 p.m. at 3121 North 3rd Ave, unit 100, Phoenix, AZ. 85013. The artist will be there from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by special appointment. Questions and inquires about the exhibition can be directed to Grant Vetter at grant@artlinkphx.org or 480.760.1709. Visit moodroomphx.com or on Facebook, and Instagram.

Please Note: In keeping with local and national health recommendations for re-opening businesses we are taking the strictest precautions to sanitize our facilities and provide on-site guidelines for social distancing and other measures. We ask that you please join us in fighting the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask and observing current social distancing guidelines of six feet or more. We will be sharing work online for those who would like to view it from home and we are open during the week as well as by appointment for those who want to have private viewings. The mood room has plenty of room to practice safe social distancing but we are limiting patrons who visit the video project room upstairs to two per viewing at this time. We will regulate access during regular gallery hours and we ask for your understanding and continued support in keeping our community healthy and safe.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses, and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram.

About mood room
The mood room is a new gallery concept by Artlink, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that seeks to address the needs of 21st century artistic practice. More than just an exhibition venue, the mood room is an interdisciplinary art space that was founded in 2020 via a partnership with Park Central and with support from Flinn Foundation and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Located in midtown Phoenix, the mood room aims to connect the services that Artlink provides to artists, art venues and partner organizations while supporting cultural creatives through new opportunities to exhibit, engage and grow the influence of their art practice. Visit moodroomphx.com.


Call to Artists: Park Central Catalina Garage Murals

150 W. Catalina St., south view, midtown Phoenix.

The following call for artists of all practices is presented by Plaza Companies, Holualoa Companies, Dignity Health, and Park Central Community Facilities District (“Owners”) with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is August 11, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time).

BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW

Owners are interested in working with an artist or artist team to creatively address an exterior wall located on the south side of the new Park Central Garage located on Catalina St.

Project: Park Central Catalina Garage Murals RFQ

Address: 150 W. Cataline St., Phoenix, AZ 85013

Budget: $31,500

Overview: Park Central combines its rich mid-century-modern history with a new focus on technology, innovation and design, that includes all of the most sought-after features in today’s office and retail market. With a nod toward its past and an eye toward the future, The recently renovated Park Central once again, puts its visitors and employees within close proximity of some of Phoenix’s hottest neighborhoods along with all the benefits of being at the heart of Midtown Phoenix.

The Catalina Garage is a 10-story parking structure with a capacity of approximately 2,000 parking spaces. The Garage site is approximately 1.9 acres and will be used by paid public parking customers and also by users, residents or customers of Park Central and other nearby destinations including Creighton University, Dignity Health, Millennium Apartments (to be completed in 2021), and more.

The six murals can be made in any genre including being wholly abstract, figurative, landscape-based, or any combination thereof, but should complement the design of the building, embrace a sense of community and be comprised of bold, bright and uplifting imagery. Incorporating inspiration from the site, from the history of the place, and a dynamic sense of space, color and composition are all greatly encouraged. With the completion of the Park Central remodel, and the many new tenants and businesses in the area, the mural will be a part of making Park Central come alive again, and be welcoming to visitors, patrons, families, and residents living in midtown Phoenix.

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to designers and artists living and working in the state of Arizona with the ability to produce exemplary art.

Artists must be registered as an Artlink Articipant. Find the registration form on here.

 

 


From the 2020 Artlink Annual Meeting

Artlink’s Annual meeting was held online on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Artlink board welcomed over 80 attendees, including artists, arts advocates, and representatives of the City of Phoenix, galleries, performing arts, and other arts organizations.

Present Board Members: Rick Naimark (Chair), Sally Russell (Vice Chair), Hillary Foose (Secretary), Brittany Butler, Bentley Calverley, Rembrandt Quiballo, Dorina Bustamante, Liliana Gomez, Tricee Thomas, R.J. Price and Catrina Kahler (President/CEO).

Welcome

The meeting opened with a welcome by Rick Naimark, who introduced an honored guest who is supporting Phoenix’s position as a proud Arts City, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.

Mayor Gallego recognized Phoenix City Council’s support of the arts community through its recent Coronavirus relief funds. She highlighted the arts role in helping build a better Phoenix during these challenging times, and the more than $400 million in economic benefit the arts industry generates for the city. Mayor Gallego will continue to push Congress for support of the arts and thanked Artlink for its decades of service.

Board Elections

Artlink Board Secretary provided an overview of the election of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors. By unanimous vote, the Artlink board renewed the terms of three directors:

  • Rick Naimark: ASU, Associate Vice President for Program Development Planning
  • Rembrandt Quiballo: Visual Artist
  • Dorina Bustamante: True North Studio, Partnerships
  • Liliana Gomez: Artist/Choreographer

This rounds out the current roster of the Artlink board:

  • Sally Russell: Licensing Product Manager, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
  • Hillary Foose: Valley Metro, Communication and Strategic Initiatives Director
  • Brittany Butler: Artist/Oasis on Grand, marketing director
  • Tricee Thomas: Fashion Designer/The Garment League Founder
  • R.J. Price: Downtown Phoenix Inc., Chief Marketing Officer
  • Catrina Kahler: Artlink President/CEO

The board elected the following officers:

  • Rick Naimark: Chair
  • Sally Russell: Vice Chair
  • Hillary Foose: Secretary
  • Brittany Butler: Treasurer

On behalf of the board, Rick Naimark announced Bentley Calverley is stepping down from the board, and thanked her for her significant contributions to the organization.

Annual Report

Rick Naimark introduced Artlink President/CEO Catrina Kahler who provided an overview to the organization’s year of activity.

Art Detour
COVID-19 unfortunately affected Art Detour 32, typically a highlight of the calendar year, and took steps to move forward and support artists financially affected by the pandemic.

After initially launching an artist relief effort via The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF), Artlink partnered with other organizations to generate additional support to fundraise for artists.

Artlink thanks Arizona Arts Commission, Arizona Community Foundation, City of Phoenix, Arts Foundation for Tucson & Southern Arizona for their partnership in allowing the organization to contribute to an effort that generated more than $175,000 for artists. More support is needed. Please donate here.

Articipants
Artlink’s Articipant program continues to grow, with a total of 748 annual registrations, representing a 42% from last year. This includes 700 artists from throughout Arizona, a 53% increase from last year.

Articipants are artists, arts venues, arts organizations and arts supporting businesses that contribute to our community.
Every registered artist is listed in artistaz.com directory, Arizona’s largest online artist directory. Artists can register here.

Partner Calls to Artists
Artlink seeks to create partnerships that link up and strengthen the community. In this effort, the organization facilitated and/or promoted calls to artists on behalf of partners, including the following:

  • Phoenix Art Museum (FOCA and Scult Award grants)
  • City of Phoenix/Downtown Phoenix Partnership (Giving Meters)
  • Block 23 (murals)
  • Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel/DPP (mural)
  • Miracle Mile on McDowell/PCA (mural)
  • Arizona Citizens for the Arts (Governor’s Arts Awards)
  • Wexford Science & Technology (wall and ceiling installations)
  • INFLUX (six Valley cities’ public art installations)

Partner Programs

  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar – ARTLAB artist studio/residency
  • FOUND:RE Phoenix – FOUND:RE Contemporary art program launched in February
  • Portland on the Park – In Residence pilot program facilitates the development of a permanent art collection for residential developments

Artlink Events/Initiatives

  • Artlink Artist Council – The AAC members are artists contributing to Artlink organization community, while creating a connection with emerging artists, as well as administration of TAFF grant for a selected artist exhibition (Diana Calderon)
    Art Detour – pivoted to promoting artists and Articipants
  • Gala – the artists continued with the exhibition while being cognizant of public health concerns. Artists were able to photograph their work and a video was produced to promote and honor the work. See the video here.
  • Park Central – Artlink’s new home, where the interdisciplinary art space, the mood room has become a key component of Park Central’s arts & culture plan in partnership with The Garment League. See the mood room here.
  • Make Music Day – introduced by Articipant Liaison Leslie Criger, MMD is June 21 each year where Artlink serves as Phoenix chapter and featured programming between 7a – 9p, largely working with musicians as part of virtual event and with local partnerships including Valley Metro and Heritage Square
    Future calls for Valley Metro Artsline artist program are upcoming—be on the lookout

Financial Report

  • Large beginning balance ($155,260), as we took in grant and sponsor money for a two-year period, with funds allocated to spend in this year, but limited by COVID. The bulk of this will be carried forward (total $104,751) to this upcoming year (projected ending balance $18,468) .
  • Partners like Park Central, Valley Metro and others will have artist calls in the coming weeks.
  • We are planning to hold Art Detour in the this spring. If this is not possible, we will do our best to adjust earlier in the year to avoid any unnecessary spending.
  • We hope to continue to take in grants and sponsorships with a number of significant artists calls planned for this year.

Q&A

Any plans to bring First Friday back in any form?

  • Unfortunately, COVID will prevent Artlink’s hosting of trolley transportation on First Fridays. The organization is working to promote artists through the directory and their social media pages, and position PUG to support promotions.

When is the next call for Portland on Park?

  • The current exhibition runs through mid-October. The next call is coming in a couple of months.

Are there plans to add artist spaces at Park Central?

  • Yes, Artlink is ramping up efforts now with a local architecture firm to develop a new space. Keep an eye out for an upcoming survey.

Would Artlink be interested in a proposal for an art/talk/fashion show next year?

  • Yes, these cross-pollination of art forms are a focus. No one medium works in a silo, and we all benefit when they connect.

Why do police get more funding (than the arts)?

  • (Rick Naimark responding to a question posed earlier in the meeting) The city is trying to shift dialogue and funding—you’re seeing that. Glad there’s focus on this shift; art is something that people understand better than ever in terms of its healing power, promoting justice, etc. Artlink is a part of that dialogue.

Acknowledgements

Artlink thanks its staff, Articipants and volunteers and to you reading this recap and engaging in the arts and culture community. Special thanks to Articipant Liason Leslie Criger and Curatorial Programs Director Grant Vetter.

About Artlink Inc.

Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses, and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Artlink Annual Meeting

You’re invited!

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

The agenda includes a special guest appearance by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and a look back on – and forward to – an active year of collaborative partnerships and events.

Event: Artlink Annual Meeting
When: Monday, June 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Online
RegisterPlease RSVP before 3:00 p.m. on June 29. The Zoom meeting link/call-in number will be distributed prior to the meeting.


Make Music Day PHX 2020

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world – and in PHX! – on June 21.

This isn’t your typical music festival! Make Music is open to anyone who wants to participate. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical genre — is invited perform in celebration of our collective love of music!

More than 1,000 cities in 120 countries will take part in Make Music Day 2020, further demonstrating the power of music to unite and uplift people, spread joy and build community amid this challenging and unprecedented time.

Together with our partner Valley Metro, Artlink is excited to feature local musicians along the Artsline and beyond!

Make Music PHX will take place on the Artlink social media channels with a variety of genres and styles of making music.

Follow #makemusicdayPHX  to see and participate with an amazing array of local music talent.

June 21 | The Schedule

Featured performances include:

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Live @ Valley Metro Light Rail Stop Roosevelt & Central
Jazz Trio featuring: Gabriel Bey (trumpet), Garrison Jones (keyboard) and Buddy Banks (drums)
Soloist: rx Soul

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Recorded performance
Priscilla Rose Band

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Recorded @ Heritage Square
Tindal Muzic

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Live from Home
JAM Now

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Live from Home
Mike Sparks

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Recorded performance
SoSco Flute & Guitar Duo

1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Live streaming a Junk Jam! Grab your Pots and Pans!
Henri Benard

2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Recorded Songs from the studio
Lorin Drexler

2:10 p.m.
Live Cross Promotion
Cultural Coalition Az

2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Live @ Park Central
Michael Clayden

3:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Live from Home
DJSpeakerbox 

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Live from Home
Ron Bowen

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Recorded performance
Oliverio Balcells

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Live from Home
Michael Brandon Vela & Erica Erskine

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Surprise performance
Don Harrington

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Recorded performance
Jennifer Buljan

Schedule subject to change. Join us online for any additional surprises!

This Sunday, June 21, Phoenix artist Antoinette Cauley will be participating in a national initiative for #MakeMusicDay called This American Song! Fifty songwriters have each been paired with a person from one of the fifty states to write a song inspired by their personal story. Afterwards, videos of all fifty songs will be available at makemusicday.org @makemusicday

Did you know that you can get to know over 700 visual and performing Arizona artists from the comfort of your own phone or desktop? Visit ArtistsAZ.com and see what the artists are up to in their studios on the Artist Activity page.

 


Release: Three Artists Commissioned for Wexford Science & Technology’s 850 N. 5th St. Project

The newest addition to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus opens in 2020

Artlink Inc. is pleased to join Wexford Science & Technology, LLC in the announcement of three artists who have been selected to create art installations for “850 N. 5th St.,” the newest addition to Phoenix’s Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. Following a statewide open call to artists and a competitive review process, Christine Cassano of Mesa, Kayla Newnam of Phoenix and Jennyfer Stratman of Phoenix will be commissioned to create ceiling and wall installations for the multi-use lobby of Wexford’s 227,000 square foot building scheduled to open in October 2020.

Located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus adjacent to Arizona State University’s Phoenix Campus, in the Evans Churchill neighborhood and the Roosevelt Row Arts District, 850 N. 5th St. is designed by Wexford to function as an innovation hub, combining ASU research, entrepreneurial activity, corporate engagement, workforce development, and integration with the dynamic local arts community.

“Mixing scientific inquiry and artistic expression produces better innovation,” said Doug Woodruff, Wexford’s senior vice president and western executive. “We intentionally sited the first building of our ASU-anchored Knowledge Community to create a physical connection to Roosevelt Row and the local arts community.”

The artists were selected as part of an Artlink-facilitated request for qualifications (RFQ) in which Arizona artists with ties to the downtown Phoenix arts community were invited via an open call to submit their portfolios for review by an eight-member panel of Wexford representatives. From 86 total submissions, five accomplished artists were selected as finalists and presented outstanding proposals: Cassano, Newnam, and Stratman, as well as Jane Goat and Mary Shindell, both of Phoenix. The installations will be installed this summer.

The building’s architecture draws inspiration from the saguaro cactus, native to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, which acts as a metaphor for both sustainability and community. The interior program developed by HKS Architects is about an experience of placemaking that celebrates the DNA of life and creativity, setting the stage for artworks that dynamically reflect these themes.

“It was challenging to select only three installations due to the substantial artistic talent in the Phoenix area and the high quality of all of the submissions,” said Kyle Jardine, Wexford’s development director. “We are excited to make the vision of Christine, Kayla, and Jennyfer an integral part of the life and interaction of 850 N 5th Street, as it opens later this year.”

Anchored by Arizona State University, Wexford’s 850 N. 5th St. is a 227,000 square-foot research and innovation building designed as the first phase in developing a Knowledge Community that will continue to expand ASU’s research footprint in downtown and facilitate the growth of private sector biomedical, life science and health technology companies on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and across the greater Phoenix region.

The seven-story building will be anchored by ASU and Maricopa Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), and include common event space, a restaurant, and space for bioscience-related private businesses. The top three floors and the restaurant space are currently available for lease. Contact Kyle Jardine at (480) 779-7181.

About Artlink Inc.

Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses, and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About Wexford Science & Technology, LLC

Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, is a real estate company exclusively focused on partnering with universities, academic medical centers, and research companies to develop vibrant, mixed-use communities. Wexford’s communities are built on a foundation of discovery, innovation, and entrepreneurial activity that creates visible outcomes in the form of substantial economic growth, new and diverse jobs, and community transformation. Wexford targets strategic opportunities with top-tier research universities that are directly on or contiguous to dense, urban campuses. Presently Wexford has developed fifteen Knowledge Communities across the United States. For more information about Wexford, visit www.wexfordscitech.com


Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals to Receive $171,830 in Emergency Relief

Artlink is grateful for the leadership of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and partnership of Arizona Community Foundation, the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. These Artlink partners make it possible for the organization to provide support to artists: Downtown Phoenix Inc., Valley Metro, City of Phoenix Public Works, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Gould Evans+Canary, Wexford Science+Technology, and Arizona Center. We also extend our gratitude to community partners Phoenix Warehouse District and The Carmody Foundation. Read the fund announcement here.

  • DONORS: The response from the artist community demonstrates an overwhelming need for support. Please consider donating to the fund today.

A group of Arizona arts funders and service organizations announced they will provide $171,830 in emergency relief grants of up to $750 to 235 artists and arts professionals across the state.

One effort in a slate of crisis response strategies launched last month, the Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals was established as a collaborative fund to support artists and creatives experiencing cancelled events and terminated contracts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund was initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation, $15,000 from partners including Artlink Inc. and the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and $25,000 from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona in support of southern Arizona artists. The application process was managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona.

Open to residents of Arizona whose primary source of income is in artistic production, teaching artist residencies, cultural events, or contract work with nonprofit arts organizations, the online application opened on Saturday, April 4, 2020, and closed later that same day due to the high volume of submissions.

“We received 520 applications in the first 8 hours the application was live. In the days since, an additional 500 individuals signed up to be notified in the event the fund re-opens,” said Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. “This group of Arizonans documented a minimum of $1.5 million in cancelled contracts from March to June alone. The true income loss is likely 5-10 times greater, given the fact that applicants were only asked to substantiate immediate lost income up to $1,500. The job loss is simply staggering.”

Dempsey added, “These are Arizonans whose work is centered in innovation, who preserve cherished cultural traditions, who lead curriculum-supportive arts residencies in schools, and a thousand other things. Grants of this size won’t cover the full scope of their lost income, but we hope the funds provide some small measure of relief, because artists’ skills are important to all of us. In calm and in crisis, creative workers are critical contributors to our civic and economic life, to lifelong learning and community wellbeing.”

The 235 relief grants announced today represent 45% of the initial applicant pool. First-round recipients hail from cities and towns across Arizona, with 25% from rural/remote communities and 75% from urban metros. 46% of recipients identify as individuals of color. Recipients range in age from 18 to 75+, and collectively they specialize in dozens of creative disciplines.

After being considered in accordance with the stated commitments for the fund, applications were entered into a process for randomized selection. Value and need are accepted as fundamental conditions for this program; applications are not ranked according to subjective merit or persuasiveness.

“We came together as partners on this fund because we believe in Arizona’s artists and creatives. Their skills are essential in this moment, and their unique capacities—to uplift, connect, invent, and inspire—will be vital as we navigate a future recovery,” said Jacky Alling, Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Arizona Community Foundation. “We are honored to support artists now and remain committed to working alongside them beyond this crisis, to explore new ideas and advance community good.”

Partners on the Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals are still actively fundraising to support applicants who were not awarded relief grants in the first round. Individuals and organizations are invited to join in the effort and contribute to the fund at https://azarts.gov/grant/emergency-relief-fund/.

[Note to media: Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals are awarded to individuals experiencing financial distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus we have made a commitment not to share personal information of applicants or recipients. Funding partners can provide aggregated data for the program and can ask individual recipients if they are willing to be interviewed if that is of interest.]

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 54-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector. Through robust programs, research initiatives, and strategic grantmaking, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts. More information can be found at azarts.gov.

About the Arizona Community Foundation
Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the nation with more than $960 million in trust and endowment assets, and is certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Since inception, ACF and its affiliates have awarded more than $783 million in grants, scholarships, and loans to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies. More information is available at azfoundation.org.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, business and community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org.

About the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and funding agency. We consist of staff, a board of directors, and community members who serve on grant panels and committees and are passionate about the arts. The Arts Foundation provides arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance and professional development opportunities, and manages the creation of public art for the City of Tucson and Pima County. Visit artsfoundtucson.org.

About the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was established to champion the City’s arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit. POAC invests grants to nonprofit arts organizations to ensure cultural services and opportunities are accessible to Phoenix residents of all ages; manages an award-winning public art program that works in neighborhoods with local, national, and international artists to create a more vibrant city; and promotes and professional development opportunities for youth, artists, and administrators to help sustain a healthy cultural sector. Visit phoenix.gov/arts for more information.


Donate: Emergency Relief Grants for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals

On March 19, Artlink announced the transition of The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF) application guidelines to address the current crisis and the large impact it may have on artists for some time to come. Concurrently, Arizona Commission on the Arts worked with Arizona Community Foundation to develop a similar fund. To avoid donor confusion, and so that the pathway to artist support could be most efficient, Artlink committed its promotion and TAFF funding to date to this fund, with the hope that this collaboration will provide a larger and more meaningful benefit to the artist community.

  • UPDATE: Due to a volume of submissions, the application portal is temporarily closed. Read more about the fund
  • ARTISTS: If you were not able to apply and would like to be notified in the event this opportunity reopens, please complete this form.
  • DONORS: The response from the artist community demonstrates an overwhelming need for support. Please consider donating to the fund today.

As part of broader crisis response strategies, Arizona arts funders and service organizations have set up a collaborative fund to provide emergency relief grants of $500-$1,500 to artists and arts professionals experiencing cancelled events and residencies or terminated contracts due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The grant is open to individual residents of Arizona, 18 years of age or older, whose primary source of income is related to artistic production, teaching artist residencies, arts and cultural events, or contract work with nonprofit arts organizations. The online application will open Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Additional information can be found at https://azarts.gov/grant/emergency-relief-fund/.

The Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals has been initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation (using funding already dedicated to individual artist support), and another $25,000 from other partners. The submission process will be managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona. Other generous fund partners include Artlink Inc., the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

The fund is collaborative in nature; other individuals and organizations are invited to join in the effort and contribute to the fund at https://arizonacommunityfoundation.kimbia.com/covid19azartists. Based on the experiences of other communities with similar funds, the fund’s partner institutions anticipate requests will significantly outpace initially-available funds.

According to Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the fund addresses an urgent need.

“Some have balked at relief for the creative sector in this crisis. Let me be clear: this relief is about human beings who make up a significant percentage of our workforce, who are among the least likely to have employer-based healthcare, and who are facing unprecedented loss of income due to widespread cancellation of events and contracts. Every artist and creative sector worker that I know has to buy groceries, care for kids or elders, and pay rent and utilities and taxes, while contributing outsized benefits to our civic and economic life, lifelong learning and community wellbeing.”

Dempsey added, “Already in this crisis, artists and creatives have stepped up—adapting their work to virtual platforms, providing educational opportunities for our kids at home, and discovering new creative ways to engage our elders from a safe distance. Make no mistake, when we begin to navigate a recovery, artists’ skills—to adapt, invent, inspire, to imagine and reimagine—will be more valuable, more essential to our collective human cause, than ever before.”

“Acknowledging that this relief effort won’t fully account for any individual’s lost income and is but one relief initiative in the works, it is an honor to work with generous partners to facilitate this particular program of support.”

Beyond this program of support for individuals, several Arizona arts funders and service organizations have begun rolling out relief strategies for arts and cultural organizations, with additional collaborative support strategies in development.

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 53-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector. Through robust programs, research initiatives, and strategic grantmaking, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts. More information can be found at azarts.gov.

About Arizona Community Foundation
Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the nation with more than $960 million in trust and endowment assets, and is certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Since inception, ACF and its affiliates have awarded more than $783 million in grants, scholarships, and loans to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies. More information is available at azfoundation.org.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, business and community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org.

About the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and funding agency. We consist of staff, a board of directors, and community members who serve on grant panels and committees and are passionate about the arts. The Arts Foundation provides arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance and professional development opportunities, and manages the creation of public art for the City of Tucson and Pima County. https://artsfoundtucson.org/

About City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture supports the development of the arts and cultural community in Phoenix and seeks to raise the level of awareness and participation of city residents in the preservation, expansion and enjoyment of arts and culture. Visit https://www.phoenix.gov/arts for more information.


Call to Artists: Wexford Wall and Ceiling Installations

The following call for artists of all practices is presented by Wexford Science + Technology (“Wexford”) with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, April 14 , 2020 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time).

BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW

Wexford is interested in working with artists to creatively address the lobby of the new Phoenix Biomedical Campus building.

Project: Wexford/ASU 850 N. 5th St. Lobby Installations RFQ

Address: 850 N. 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Budget: $14,000 per installation (two wall installations/one ceiling installation)

Overview: Located adjacent to ASU’s downtown campus, 850 N. 5th St at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC) expands the downtown biomedical corridor to the northern edges of the urban core. Designed to integrate research, entrepreneurial activity, and corporate engagement, the building offers opportunities for meaningful collaboration with the building tenants and community. 850 N. 5th St serves as a bridge between the surrounding neighborhoods, the academic community and the professional community.

The building’s design purposefully invites the neighborhood to participate in its success through the first floor program elements that are visually porous and accessible. As part of a specific place, the building architecture draws inspiration from the saguaro cactus as a metaphor for sustainability and community. The saguaro has thrived in  the local bioclimatic conditions with a symbiotic relationship to wildlife across its long life. The architecture for 850 N. 5th St creates a hub for the Phoenix downtown biology science and technology knowledge community to thrive.

Subtle references to the saguaro are embedded in the modern architecture of the building creating an elegant solution that is appropriate to its space building and interior space orientation, as well as the directionally systemic relationship between glazing and shading systems are critical in the design, as well as performance.

The visual references of the Sonoran Desert and the Saguaro’s iconic form plays on your senses because you can also interpret the patterns and shapes as a story about electrical connections found in biology and technology. Holistically, the interior program is about the experience of place that celebrates the DNA of life.

Note: This opportunity is open to designers and artists living and working in the state of Arizona; have the ability to produce exemplary art; and have personal connections to the downtown Phoenix community.


STATUS UPDATE: Detour Online and GIVE

A New Way to Detour: Click and GIVE

To our fellow community members,

Thank you to all who have reached out with support during the universally challenging time. As an organization born from artists, we are “artist-strong” and we share this collective strength with you.

It wasn’t so long ago we planned to celebrate you with tonight, with a toast from Mayor Kate Gallego and an exhibition by members of the Artlink Artist Council and their invited artists. This doesn’t stop us from toasting you, our wonderful arts and culture community, for all that you do to make Phoenix a creative, arts-loving, cultural city!

CLICK | Detour Online

Art Detour is the Phoenix’s original art walk event and over its 32 years it has evolved to include a variety of artists, arts organizations, arts venues and businesses who regularly support the arts community. These are Articipants for whose support throughout the year we are very grateful.

We can no longer invite you to find your art inspiration en masse, but we can certainly encourage you to Detour online. With a few clicks you will find new art, new experiences and new people!

  • Visit artdetour.com and see the many destinations who may not be opening their doors but are looking forward to welcoming you to the website and social channels.
  • Visit artistsaz.com to see hundreds of visual and performing artists from throughout Arizona. We often scroll through the Artist Activity page to read about artists preparing for an exhibition, working in their studio and more. It’s a wonderful way to hear voices you might not otherwise hear.

GIVE | Detour Your Dollars

For every dollar you don’t spend on art or other essentials, we ask you to consider donating to artists in need.

Artlink is working to quickly address these needs and the artists and businesses that we serve. As of March 19 we will be modifying our TAFF application guidelines to address the current needs of artists throughout the state of Arizona.

TAFF: Emergency Fund for Artists in AZ will provide up to $500 in assistance to artists experiencing a loss of income due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Help AZ Artists in a time of need. Donate to TAFF NOW.

You can also text TAFFNOW to 855-202-2100 to get a link to donate.

TAFF is a program in partnership with the Artlink Artist Council, the exhibiting artists in the Art d’Core Exhibition. Consider the value of this exceptional showcase and give to keep art the core of our community.

Let this new Detour Begin!

We want to thank our partners Arizona Arts Commission, Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc. Park Central, Valley Metro, Reimagine Phoenix, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona Center, Gould Evans + Canary and all of our partners for what would have been a fabulous week-long celebration.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the Artlink’s supportive Board of Directors and tremendous Artlink team, particularly Leslie Criger, Erik Karvonen and Grant Vetter, for so steadfastly continuing their work during this uncertain time. They have been in constant communication with Articipating artists and venues, helping them navigate updates or providing a kind word of encouragement.

We are most certainly in this together.

Sincerely,
Catrina Kahler
President/CEO
Artlink Inc.

P.S. Coming soon: the Art d’Core Exhibition will be online!

Your safety and well-being is, as always, the highest importance to all of us here at Artlink. In response to growing concerns surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), Artlink is closely monitoring the recommendations of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), and the City of Phoenix. We are taking these public health recommendations seriously.

Safety recommendations from public health authorities include the following:

  • If you are sick, please stay home and away from others.
  • Avoid handshakes or hugs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Hold a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw that tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and with soap and water.
  • If opportunity for hand washing is not available, use hand sanitizers.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To learn more about Coronavirus, including updates, prevention tips and frequently asked questions, go to the CDC website.

 


STATUS UPDATE: Art Detour 32

Dear fellow community members,

Artlink is deeply committed to the health and well-being of our community. Like so many, we have been carefully monitoring the news and impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our organization was built on the cultural health of our community, and we are taking necessary steps as we navigate the plans for the annual Art Detour event.

While Art Detour is a celebration of our arts and culture community, it is also an invitation to support the artists, organizations and businesses who contribute so much to our community’s vibrant culture. We have been actively gathering information and input from these Artlink Articipants, and members of the Artlink Artist Council and Board of Directors. The following modifications to the Art Detour 32 schedule reflects this collective feedback.

THE FOLLOWING IS AS OF THIS DATE, MARCH 13, AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Most Detour Destinations will be open for business 3/20-3/22
The majority of “Articipating” Art Detour destinations are locally-owned, small businesses that are currently planning to maintain their regular hours of operation, while also taking additional safety precautions. Please exercise your own best judgement at all times when venturing out in support of these businesses, who also want to keep our community safe and healthy. Find the current list of destinations here and feel free to contact the businesses directly.

Art d’Core Gala: the art will go on without the gala
The opening night gala celebration is cancelled. However, in honor of their months of preparation and artistic collaborations, the exhibition will still be open for viewing. For those who do not want  to come on-site for any reason, we will establish a virtual gallery for people to see the exhibition online from the comfort of their own homes. Refunds to those who have purchased Gala tickets will be offered.

This decision was made in consideration of our guests and participating artists. The artworks are viewable in-the-round, and at your leisure, within a 30,000 square foot warehouse space at Park Central. Viewing does not require close contact with fellow patrons. The open hours will span several days so that visitors can view the artwork while avoiding large crowds. Art d’Core exhibition hours: 3/19 1-9p, 3/20 1-9p, 3/21 1-5p, 3/22 11a-4p, 3/25-3/28 1-5p.

We ask visitors to exercise caution when considering a visit to this or any other venue. This includes staying home if you feel any flu-like symptoms, if you’ve recently traveled, or are a member of a vulnerable population.

Detour Selects Exhibition in “mood room” @ Artlink HQ
This show invited Artlink Articipant venues to select one artwork that represents their exhibitions. Due to the restricted capacity for patrons to view the exhibition, this show at the mood room has been postponed until further notice.

The following have been removed from the Art Detour schedule:
Creative City Symposium, Modern Phoenix Expo and Home Tour, Grand Avenue trolley, and studio tours. These and other modifications/cancellations will be reflected on the online schedule of events.

We will continue to monitor the government and health authorities, take necessary action for public safety without hesitation, and keep you updated of any further changes.

Please continue to follow us on social media for announcements and for virtual Detour experiences.

A special note to Arizona artists: we send you our love and support during this challenging time. We understand and honor the symbiotic relationship you have with the community, creatively, socially and economically. Thank you for your steadfast contributions.

Sincerely,
Catrina Kahler
President/CEO
Artlink Inc.

Your safety and well-being is, as always, the highest importance to all of us here at Artlink. In response to growing concerns surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), Artlink is closely monitoring the recommendations of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), and the City of Phoenix. We are taking these public health recommendations seriously.

Safety recommendations from public health authorities include the following:

  • If you are sick, please stay home and away from others.
  • Avoid handshakes or hugs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Hold a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw that tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and with soap and water.
  • If opportunity for hand washing is not available, use hand sanitizers.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To learn more about Coronavirus, including updates, prevention tips and frequently asked questions, go to the CDC website.

 


Release: FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel Launches FOUND:RE Contemporary

New Artist-Centric Arts Program to Include an Expanded Focus on Art, Culture, Fashion, Music and Design

Downtown Phoenix’s arts and culture hotspot, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, located at 1100 North Central Avenue, is pleased to announce FOUND:RE Contemporary, a new elevated arts experience for locals and hotel guests.

FOUND:RE Contemporary will feature visual and performing arts in three galleries, an art lounge and a number of auxiliary showcase spaces including mural walls, a sculpture yard, and much more. The innovative program will present emerging and established artists through a regular series of art exhibitions and special events in partnership with Artlink Inc., 501(c)3 a nonprofit that promotes art events and initiatives.

The launch of FOUND:RE Contemporary is Thursday, February 20, from 6 to 10 p.m., with two opening exhibitions that are free and open to the public:

“Geometric Elegance: Art in the Age of Computational Beauty,” is the first property-wide exhibit in a cycle of exhibitions that will be revolving three times a year. It will feature the very best painters and sculptors working today, each approaching geometric art from a different angle, expanding on the visual opulence of Hard Edge painting, the optical effects of large-scale murals and the monumental impact of sculptural forms. Artists included this show are James Angel, Rowan Burkham, Hollis Cooper, Jeff Davis, Peter Deise, Leenie Engel, Lori Fenn, Daniel Funkhouser, Richard Galling, Danielle Hacche, Lisa Von Hoffner, Travis Ivey, Mike Jacobs, Carrie Marill, Mark Pomilio, Travis Rice, Rembrandt Quiballo, Jayson Ward, RJ Ward, Grant Wiggins, and Ben Willis.

“In Sequence,” is a two person exhibition featuring the work of Jeff Davis and Grant Wiggins. Both artists work in series to create abstract, graphic, and bold imagery but use radically different means and subject matter as inspiration for their individual artistic practices. This month long exhibition will be held in the new FOUND:RE Contemporary gallery, which is a standalone building on the property at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, just off the historic Portland Street.

“In addition to the First and Third Friday Art Walks and upcoming Art Detour, FOUND:RE Contemporary will invite art lovers from throughout the city and across the nation to enjoy exhibits embracing the entire spectrum of visual art as well film, fashion, and music,” said Tim Sprague, Managing Partner.

The expanded program in concert with Artlink will support the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel’s 360-degree view of greater Phoenix, by connecting cultural tourists with the region’s thriving arts and culture community. “With the exceptional growth of the Arts District and that of the metropolitan area, the launch of FOUND:RE Contemporary is a natural next step in the hotel’s connection with this exciting environment,” said General Manager, Renee Gonzales.

For more information about FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, FOUND:RE Contemporary, and its ever-evolving art program that aims to provide guests with an unparalleled and one-of-a-kind experience, Please call 602-875-8005 or visit www.foundrehotels.com.

For regular updates, please follow along on social media, Facebook: FOUND:RE Phoenix, Twitter and Instagram: @foundrephx.

About FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel: FOUND:RE Phoenix is a 104 room hotel with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The hotel enhances the city’s arts offerings with an impressive collection of contemporary art and creative guest programming woven into the entire guest experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, MATCH Restaurant & Lounge and art gallery, FOUND:RE Contemporary.


Salon Forty Eight Opens Jan 23

Salon Forty Eight: The inaugural exhibition of Artlink’s new gallery space at Park Central

Salon Forty Eight is a “salon style” exhibition that welcomes 48 artists who have never had the opportunity to participate in an Artlink or Artlink powered project. It opens the same night as and directly from Artlink’s Annual Juried Exhibition, which also debuts the work of 48 artist from across the valley the very same evening. Kick off the 2020 Spring Exhibition season in style!

RSVP for Salon Forty Eight and the Artlink Juried Exhibition


20th Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition Presents 48 Exceptional Works

Artlink Inc. is pleased to present 48 exceptional works in the 20th Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition. This exhibit has been a premier showcase for emerging and established artists throughout the state, debuting a wide cross-section of the most accomplished art being made in Arizona today. The event is one of the largest group exhibitions held in Arizona, and this year it will take place in a 20,000 square foot warehouse in Park Central, which has also become the new home of Artlink, a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization that has been supporting artists for 32 years. This incredible venue sets the stage for a multi-media exhibition of painting, photography, sculpture, performance art and fashion design that creates a dynamic survey of contemporary forms of artistic expression from across the state.

Each year three outstanding artists receive cash awards as part of the juried process which is funded by Artlink. The first place award winner will receive $5,000, the runner-up will receive $1,500, and the second runner-up will receive $750.

Winners will be announced at the opening reception of the exhibition which takes place on Thursday, January 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the newly renovated Park Central, located at 3121 N. 3rd Ave. in midtown Phoenix. Everyone is invited to attend. RSVP Here.

A panel of prestigious jurors from the Arizona arts community has selected 48 inspired works from the 450 pieces that were submitted for consideration. For the 20th year celebration of the Artlink Juried Exhibition, a dedicated panel of gallerists, curators and artists representing the visual arts, the performing arts, and fashion design participated in curating the largest multi-media showcase ever organized by Artlink Inc. The members of the jury for this exhibition included Bentley Calverley, Liliana Gomez, Rembrandt Quiballo, Sally Russell, and Tricee Thomas, all of whom are esteemed members of Artlink’s Board of Directors.

The artists selected by the jury include: Malena Barnhart, Elijah Bourque, Rowan Burkam, Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Estevan Curiel, Ashley Czajkowski, Kenosha Drucker, Tal Dvir, Steffi Faircloth, Rigo Flores, Rick Gayle, Jenny Gerena, Estephania Gonzalez, Jay Hall, Alicia Ireland, Travis Rhett Ivey, Brendon Edward Kahn, Erik Karvonen, Eric Kasper, Yuna Kim, David Knorr, Wen-Hang Lin, Lizzy Lubitsky, Kris Manzanares, Daniel Mariotti, Abbey Messmer, Mary Meyer, John Randall Nelson, Ronna Nemitz, Danny Neumann, Brianna Noble, Nicole L Olson, Hector M Ortega, Diego Perez, Cyd Peroni, Brandi Read, Jason Ripper, Chelsi Rossi, Patricia Sannit, Melissa Sclafani, George Strasburger, Chelsie Tamala, Chris Vena, Joan Waters, Christy Wittmer, Yuko Yabuki, John David Yanke, and Hyewon Yoon.

The exhibition will be open to the public on January 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. and will remain open by appointment thereafter. The exhibition will close on First Friday, February 7. The majority of works are available for purchase.

RSVP Today

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 and initiatives, including complimentary shuttles during the monthly First Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Park Central, Marriott International, True North Studio, Valley Metro, Phoenix Convention Center, Reimagine Phoenix, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue.


Artist Information Meeting: Calls, Art Detour 32 + More

Have Questions About Calls, Art Detour or…?

Let’s get those questions answered! Artists are invited to join Artlink staff for an informal meeting on Monday, December 2, to discuss open calls to artists, Art Detour 32 and more. PLUS, you’ll see the exhibition space at Park Central where the Juried and Gala events will take place (see calls here).

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Artlink HQ @ Park Central, 3121 N. 3rd Ave. Suite 100 (If driving, park on the WEST side of Park Central, near the Sun Worshiper statue. Artlink is located in the Geare Building.)
RSVP Here


Mixed Media Happy Hour

Get ready to Mix, Mingle and kick off the Fall Arts Season!

Join us at Dust Cutter in the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel to learn about – and share! – what’s special about the upcoming season, while enjoying complimentary sips, bites + other drink specials with artists, arts advocates and community.

Plus – you’ll be the first to hear the announcement from our hosts and friends from Downtown Phoenix Partnership about downtown’s newest mural that will be created on the west side of the hotel! Meet Clyde the artist and see the unveiling of the creative concept that’s soon to appear on Central Ave.

You won’t want to miss this one!

Mixed Media Happy Hour is hosted by Artlink in partnership with Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Thanks to Marriott Bonvoy for supporting this special celebration of Phoenix’s arts and culture community. Find out how you can experience the arts scene and extend your stay here.

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (program at 6:15 p.m.)
Host Venue: Dust Cutter At Renaissance Downtown Phoenix Hotel, 100 N 1st Street, Phoenix 85004

Eventbrite - Mixed Media Happy Hour


Call to Artists: ARTLAB Residency UPDATED

The following call for artists of all practices is presented by Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is Monday, August 7, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time). This information was updated on July 24 to reflect a new timeline.

BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW

When Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix first opened its doors in 2012, local art was central to the design of the property which has recently has debuted the next evolution of its “Art in Motion” theme with ARTLAB, powered by Artlink.

Located adjacent to the second floor of the hotel’s “Living Room” lobby space, the pop-up art studio will be transformed into a different exhibit every few weeks as a new artist in residence uses the space to bring their artwork to life. 

Project: ARTLAB Residency

Address: 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004.

Request: This open call is meant to select up to four artists for different residency periods that will take place through spring 2020 at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. This high-traffic space is a working studio with great visibility and is located in CityScape in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

Overview: ARTLAB represents a unique opportunity to work in a public art studio prominently positioned in the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. Featuring large saloon-style doors fabricated by local artist Doug Boyd of Artfully Rogue, ARTLAB is a working studio space designed with the needs of an artist in mind, including lighting, storage, exhibition space, and a customized moveable platform that serves as a splatter-ready studio floor.

Read more and submit here.