Exhibits, Performance, Events
Transforming community through the arts:
June 3, Technology Will Save Us
First Friday: June 3, 2022, Technology Will Save Us, 6pm to 10pm FREE
Exhibit up through July 29,2022.
Taking his art in a new direction, Michael Farmer has created a series of challenging collage and assemblage artworks that wades into the intersection of art, politics, religion, and technology. The product of three plus years of dedication to a singular vision the works draw on the tradition of Robert Rauschenberg’s combines and the screen printed style and symbolism of the pop art era. It tackles such historical luminaries as Alan Turing and critiques the techno-billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos. By incorporating religious iconography and paraphernalia from Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Taoism, and technology ephemera like diskettes, punch cards, vacuum tubes, and circuit boards, Michael Farmer examines the disconnects and contradictions of the digital revolution. Each piece is full of artistic “Easter eggs” that can have viewers enraptured, entranced, and provoked. To quote recent viewers of the work, “This is what art should do.” More info TBA.
September 16, Chance Ty Edmonds
Friday: September 16 -30, 2022, Chance Ty Edmonds, 7pm to 10pm
Kicking off our 51st season, with a solo exhibition of the ever-popular Chance Ty Edmonds. An artist new to the valley from upstate New York, has been bouncing between New York and Phoenix for a couple years and now settled on the Valley of the Sun. Chance has earned attention by winning several Critic’s Choice awards at Alwun House with his intricate stylistic deco & neuvo inspired drawings. The artworks have almost a magnetic appeal as our Alwun House patrons greedily buying them as soon as the exhibits open. Mark your calendar for this exciting exhibit. More info TBA.
October 7-29, 2022, Monsters Menagerie
First Friday: October 7 – 29, 2022, Monsters Menagerie, 6pm to 10pm
The infamously provocative and uncensored Monsters Menagerie is a juried art exhibit, chock-full of grotesque and profane art in a variety of media from local artists. Demented creative works from menacing dark noir fantasies, satirical political demons, to monstrous and blood-curdling creations that scream for attention. Even politicians aren’t exempt from this artistic depictions of the social demons among us. Artists interested in exhibiting click here.
December 2, 2022 – January 6, 2023, LIGHTHOUSE
First Friday: December 2 – First Friday January 6, 2023, LIGHTHOUSE, 6pm to 10pm
With gallery lights off, art emits light installed throughout gallery and into the gardens. Infused interactive light installations creating a transcendent aesthetic experience. Selected artists displaying imaginative integration of mediums, from functional to conceptual; light-boxes, lamps, art shrines, video, interactive light installation, neon, LED, fire, mixed media. If it glows, flickers, flashes, video, neon, shines in a darkened room. Artists interested in exhibiting click here.
February 10, 2023 40th Exotic Art Show
PHANTASMAGORICAL Spectacular Opening: February 10, 2023
Exotic Art Show exhibit showcasing over 50 local and regional visual artists in this infamously provocative, playful, sensual or audacious, uninhibited passions that push the envelope. At 40 it is the longest-running exhibit of erotic and exotic art in the country. The Exotic Art Show is a special fundraiser for Phoenix’s original Alwun House nonprofit arts organization, since 1971. To use a ballet metaphor, Exotic has become Alwun’s “Nutcracker” of a fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting our community arts & cultural center. Artists interested in exhibiting click here.
Mayor Greg Stanton, stressed the importance of artists in bringing downtown Phoenix the success it experiences today. “Art is a gift,” Stanton said. “We wouldn’t have the momentum that we have, the other good things we have, without the artists.” He praised artists for helping make downtown what it is today and seeing potential in areas others did not, including himself. “Anytime you see me at a groundbreaking for some new development, be clear: I’m thinking about the artists that help find the beautiful nooks and crannies in our town … you are our eyes and ears. As we look at pioneers Alwun House — Kim Moody (Founder 1971) and Dana Johnson” “You were here first, and everything else we’ve done is on your shoulders.” Alwun House appreciates Mayor Stanton’s inclusion of artist and gallery owners in inter-departmental city planning.
“I love this place! And fell in love with The Alwun House back when I was in the 7th grade. My first piece was sold here. It was a still life done w pastels entered by Mrs. Wilnow, my art teacher. Years later my son Victor Solis while still in elementary school, also had his art exhibited and proudly sold 5 pieces of art. He is now 16 and a sophomore at North. Proud to say we are artists at heart. Thank you Alwun House for the beautiful memories and the opportunities given.”