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Phoenix Art Museum hires new education director

Phoenix Art Museum has announced that Kaela Hoskings will be joining the institution as its new Gerry Grout Education Director and will assume her new responsibilities at the Museum on August 17, 2015. Hoskings is currently the director of education at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, one of the premier artist residency and exhibition programs in the world.

During her tenure at Artpace, Hoskings expanded the museum’s community outreach and increased overall attendance for education participation by 77%. She was also responsible for cultivating interest and public support for large-scale programs, like Chalk it Up that had attendance of more than 22,000 in 2014, and created initiatives to leverage the organization’s mission with new audiences to include Artpace After Hours and You[th] Pace Teen Art Council resulting in an increase in educational funding opportunities.

One of Hoskings’ leading accomplishments is being awarded the “Museum Education Division Outstanding Art Educator of the Year 2014” from the Texas Art Education Association. A true student of education, she brings her classroom teaching experience to connect with the community and is no stranger to the funding, grant and administrative process. Hoskings is currently a member of the Texas Art Education Association, an executive board member of Contemporary Art Month and a proud member and representative of the Girl Scouts of the USA and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

“Kaela Hoskings is uniquely qualified to expand Phoenix Art Museum’s audience with her high energy, creativity and dedication to community outreach,” said Amada Cruz, The Sybil Harrington Director at Phoenix Art Museum. She added, “We are thrilled to have her leading the excellent education team at the Museum.”

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Details announced for 2016 Devoured Culinary Classic

Presented in partnership with Local First Arizona, Devour Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Devoured week of events featuring the seventh annual Devoured Culinary Classic will run from February 28 through March 6. The week long celebration of food and drink returns with an all-star lineup of local chefs, culinarians, winemakers, brewmasters, and mixologists.

The main event, the Devoured Culinary Classic, will be held on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, at Phoenix Art Museum, where the Dorrance Sculpture Garden will come alive with food, wine, and cocktail tastings, cooking demonstrations and interactive stations where attendees will have a unique opportunity to meet and interact with local Arizona chefs.

Tickets for the seventh annual Devoured Culinary Classic will go on sale in limited release on Monday, December 7, and to the public on Monday, December 14. Tickets will be available for purchase at devouredphoenix.com/tickets. Tickets for the 2016 Devoured Culinary Classic are available in several package options:

  • Beginning on Monday, December 7, 2015, Phoenix Art Museum Members and Local First Arizona Localists can purchase tickets a week before the general public at a rate of $89 for a single day ticket or $159 for a two-day ticket. Phoenix Art Museum Members can purchase tickets by calling 602-257-2124. Localists can purchase tickets by calling 602-956-0909 ext. 1 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11.
  • Tickets for the general public will be available for sale on Monday, December 14 at devouredphoenix.com/tickets. Tickets options include Single Day General Admission ($99), Two-Day General Admission ($179), and Single Day VIP ($150).

VIP ticket holders will have exclusive access to the general tasting area a full hour before General Admission ticket holders. VIP benefits also include access to private VIP lounge areas featuring exclusive chef access, menu tastings, and cocktail samplings.

The Devoured Culinary Classic will once again feature interactive chef demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday. These interactive demos, featuring Devour Phoenix chefs, will teach attendees how to master specific food and cocktail recipes as the chefs share their personal tricks and tips in the kitchen. Attendees will be able to sample what demonstrators have prepared while enjoying refreshingly cold drinks. Demonstrations are open to all ticketed attendees.

A star-studded collection of sommeliers, beverage directors, mixologists and craft beer experts round out the Devoured Culinary Classic line-up, including a diverse collection of wine from Quench Fine Wines. A full list of programming and participating restaurants will be announced on a rolling basis beginning November 1, 2015. Please visit devouredphoenix.com for more information.

Devoured Culinary Classic ticket holders will also have the opportunity to explore Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibitions including Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane – Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti.

The Devoured Culinary Classic will once again feature two pre-festival events; Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition and Palette to Palate. These events are each ticketed separately.

The Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition will kick off the week of events at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday February 28, a location for this event will be announced at a later date. Designed to celebrate Phoenix’s cocktail culture, “startenders” from nine metro-Phoenix bars and restaurants armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits convene for a mix-off of epic proportions. Participating bartenders will go head to head in a series of three rounds, shaking it to compete for the title of Best Cocktail of the Valley for 2016. Tickets will be $35 each.

Palette to Palate will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at the Renaissance Hotel Phoenix Downtown. The event blends the visual arts and culinary arts by pairing chefs and painters to interpret each other’s work for a show that is at once unique and insightful into the worlds of the two artists. The evening will feature Arizona wines and award winning chefs, paired with regional artists who will unveil new works at the event. Tickets will be $40 each.



Phoenix Art Museum exhibitions through end of 2015

Andy Warhol: Portraits
March 4—June 21, 2015

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol was at the forefront of the Pop Art movement and known for his brightly colored images. This exhibition examines Warhol’s fascination with celebrity culture and the “world famous,” featuring nearly 200 screen print paintings, drawings, videos, paintings and photographs from his student days in the 1940s to the New Wave-era 1980s. Also on view will be an installation of Warhol’s reflective Silver Clouds, helium-filled metalized balloons.

Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag
April 4—August 9, 2015

Following the prolonged trauma of World War II a renewed public appetite for color and pattern flourished in Britain. Czech-born Jacqueline Groag was one of the most versatile female designers of the post-war period. From the colorful and playful to the abstract and representational, Groag’s work contributed to Britain’s spirit of renewal and defined the popular “contemporary” style.

One-of-a-Kind: Unique Photographic Objects from the Center for Creative Photography
April 11—October 19, 2015

This unique photography exhibition covers the entire history of the photographic medium from the 1840s to the present day—works highlight several photographic processes from negative or digital capture to daguerreotypes and Polaroid prints. On view will be photographs by David Emitt Adams, Pierre Cordier, Betty Hahn, Bill Jay, Chris McCaw, Joyce Neimanas, Susan Rankaitis and Andy Warhol.

Hidden Histories in Latin American Art
May 9—August 23, 2015

The focus of this exhibition is an investigation of the means by which some Latin American and Latino artists spotlight stories or histories marginalized by the media in their artistic practice. Historically, many artists have sought to expose parallel truths existing outside of the mainstream. The artists in this exhibition explore neglected yet pressing histories, such as the violence against women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; the marginalization of indigenous communities in Guatemala; and the fate of civilians “disappeared” by military and paramilitary groups in Colombia.

Hidden Histories will include works by Teresa Margolles (Mexico, born 1963), Doris Salcedo (Colombia, 1958), Graciela Sacco (Argentina, 1956), Luis González Palma (Guatemala, 1957) and Annie López (US, 1958), among others. The exhibition encompasses approximately 1,400 square feet and includes works from the Phoenix Art Museum’s permanent collection as well as loans from other institutions and private collections.

From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection
June 7—September 7, 2015

Enjoy masterworks of American Modernism from the early 1910s to the post-war era. Artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove and Marsden Hartley explore a wide range of modernist approaches with emphasis given to American cubism, nature-based abstractions of the Stieglitz Circle and regional modernism from the American Southwest.

American and European Art from the 1920s and 1930s
June 13—November 15, 2015

From the highs of the Roaring ‘20s to the depths of the Depression and the beginnings of the Second World War, the art of the period expressed the interests and concerns of the era. This focused exhibition features highlights from the Museum’s collection.

Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art from Phoenix Art Museum’s Collection
September 5, 2015—March 6, 2016

View remarkable Spanish Colonial artworks created in the 17th and 18th centuries that were recently acquired by Phoenix Art Museum, including an 18th-century Mexican painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe that will be on display at the Museum for the first time.

Gianfranco Ferré Designs
October 24, 2015—February 28, 2016

According to Gianfranco Ferré, drawing is the expression of freedom and rigor, creativity and method, but also a working tool and the point of departure for a project. This exhibition brings together more than 80 sketches by Ferré both illustrative and technical along with examples of how the sketches are translated into a three-dimensional garment.

October 30—November 20, 2015

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold
October 3, 2015—January 31, 2016

Renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei took as his inspiration twelve bronze sculptures of Chinese zodiac creatures that once graced an elaborate Qing dynasty fountain in Yuanming Yuan, an 18th century imperial retreat outside Beijing designed by two European Jesuits. Their heads were looted by British and French troops in the Second Opium War in 1860. Today many view them as a symbol of cultural theft. The artist recreated them in 2010 as a subversive commentary on the nature of looting and repatriation. Also part of the exhibition will be a video about the artist and 18th-century Chinese bronze works from Phoenix Art Museum’s collection.

The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré
November 4, 2015—January 18, 2016

The white shirt became a hallmark of Gianfranco Ferre’s (1944- 2007) style. Trained initially as an architect, Ferre’s work is rooted in the philosophy that his customer wants functional, classic yet powerful clothes constructed from high quality materials. This exhibition includes drawings, technical details, sketches, photographs and videos in addition to Ferre’s virtuoso interpretations of this classic design.

Liliane Tomasko: The Last 10 Years
November 21, 2015—February 14, 2016

The artist’s paintings are veiled in darkness—evocative and emotionally charged. Over the last decade the underlying drawings beneath the layers of thick paint have evolved into her “inside out” paintings. A reversal of process, the colorful textiles are strewn, stacked and composed—undulating and transforming from abstraction to mountain vistas. From darkness into light, the viewer is transported to another time and space within these intimate, quiet and edgy interior settings.

Cameos: Sculpture in Miniature
November 28, 2015—April 17, 2016

Showcasing intricate carvings in gemstones, shell, and glass that measure just one to three inches each, this exhibition features more than 150 European cameos from the 18th and 19th centuries. Among the many detailed designs are biblical and mythological scenes, images of gods, goddesses and philosophers, as well as historical portraits.

Photographic Still Life
December 5, 2015—May 15, 2016

This exhibition will draw on the rich resources at the Center for Creative Photography to explore photography’s contribution to the still life genre and to contrast these photographic works to painted still lifes from the collection of Phoenix Art Museum. Photographers included are Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Josef Sudek, Arthur Tress, Jo Ann Callis and Jan Groover.

Top 5: Arizona Museums, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

American Modernism comes to Phoenix Art Museum

From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection will open at Phoenix Art Museum on June 7, 2015. The exhibition includes 65 objects of American modernism spanning more than fifty years by notable artists like Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O’Keeffe. The subject matter ranges from the skyscrapers of New York City to the adobe homes of the American Southwest. These objects are on loan from the Vilcek Foundation in New York that was started by Marica and Jan Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. With success in their respective careers in art history and biomedical science, the Vilceks are collectors of American modernism artworks. To complement the exhibition more than 30 paintings and sculpture of modernist American art from Phoenix Art Museum’s collection will also be on display.

All the paintings, drawings and sculpture that make up this exhibition will help show visitors the American response to European modernism. During this time period American artists began making abstract styles their own by using American subjects in their works. This exhibition explores four themes of American Modernism including nature’s great unfolding, town and country, the cubist impulse and our western roots.

“Modernists are known for their daring and bold compositions that break from academic traditions, and we are fortunate to bring to Phoenix so many strong examples by leading artists,” said Jerry Smith, curator of American and European art to 1950 and art of the American West at Phoenix Art Museum. “Most of these works have rarely been shown publicly,” added Smith.“Marica and Jan Vilcek and the Vilcek Foundation are well known and admired for their support of the arts, and our community will benefit through their desire to have their outstanding art collection travel the country for people to enjoy,” said Amada Cruz, The Sybil Harrington Director at Phoenix Art Museum. Cruz added, “This exhibition continues Phoenix Art Museum’s long history of collecting and exhibiting innovative American modernism.”

From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection will be at Phoenix Art Museum from June 7 to September 7, 2015. This exhibition is organized by The Philbrook Museum of Art. Support for the Phoenix venue was made possible through the generosity of UMB Bank and the Women’s Metropolitan Art Council, a support organization of Phoenix Art Museum.


Andy Warhol exhibit coming to Phoenix Art Museum

Andy Warhol: Portraits opens at Phoenix Art Museum on March 4, 2015. One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol was at the forefront of the Pop Art movement and known for his brightly colored images. This exhibition examines Warhol’s interest in capturing the likenesses of celebrities, as well as himself. On display will be more than 170 objects, including more than 90 screen print paintings, and more than 30 drawings, videos, paintings and photographs from his student days in the 1940s to the New Wave-era 1980s. Also on view will be an installation of Warhol’s reflective Silver Clouds, helium and air-filled metalized balloons.


The portrait subjects range from Prince and Queen Elizabeth II to Jackie Kennedy and Sylvester Stallone, along with many whose 15 minutes of fame has since faded. There are also several paintings, photographs, photobooth pictures and Polaroids of Warhol himself that predate today’s fascination with “selfies.” In working closely with The Andy Warhol Museum, Phoenix Art Museum was able to secure this exhibition of portraits. “This is a great opportunity to explore a single aspect of Warhol’s art, that spans the entirety of the artist’s career,” said Jerry Smith, curator of American and European art to 1950 and art of the American West at Phoenix Art Museum.


More than 25 years after his death, Andy Warhol undeniably remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. If he was alive today Warhol undoubtedly would be heavily involved with the fame, celebrities, reality television, ”selfies”, blogs, the Internet and social media with which modern day culture is obsessed. “Warhol recognized early on the growing trend of celebrity worship in our society, and of the powerful cult of famous personalities that dominates popular culture today,” said Amada Cruz, The Sybil Harrington Director at Phoenix Art Museum. She added, “He documented his social circle of society swans, movie stars and the demimonde of the 1960s and 1970s, providing a glamorous view of that era.”

Andy Warhol: Portraits will be on view at Phoenix Art Museum from March 4 to June 21, 2015. The exhibition was organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Support was made possible through the generosity of Sue and Bud Selig, JPMorgan Chase & Co., J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Contemporary Forum (a support organization of Phoenix Art Museum), APS, Cohn Financial Group, LLC, Sharron and Delbert R. Lewis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Sharon and Lloyd Powell, Heather and Michael Greenbaum, Cox and The Phoenician. For additional information about the exhibition please visit phxart.org/exhibition/warholportraits.


Works by Leonardo da Vinci coming to Phoenix

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation will open at Phoenix Art Museum on January 24, 2015. The exhibition is focused around the Codex Leicester—comprised of 18 double-page and double-sided sheets (72 pages total). This is the only manuscript by Leonardo in a private American collection and one of the world’s most important intellectual manuscripts.

Focused primarily on Leonardo’s study of water and the moon, the codex pages display his creative process, the way he reasoned through a concept, and how he influenced artists throughout centuries. Along with the Codex Leicester will be 31 additional artworks by artists ranging from Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet, to Ansel Adams and Bill Viola. Included will be paintings, photographs and a video installation, depicting a broad range of subject matter including water, waves, shells, peppers, milk, geysers, leaves, sand, oceans and the moon. The oldest of the accompanying artworks included will be Jacopo de’ Barbari’s massive View of Venice (1500), the first printed image to receive a copyright, and the most recent will be Devorah Sperber’s After the Mona Lisa 8 (2010), a work comprised of more than 1400 spools of thread. The exhibition as a whole will help visitors better understand how Leonardo da Vinci’s observational skills have continued to be practiced by modern-day artists. Leonardo’s in depth study, notes and illustrations on the movement of water are especially relevant to the people of Arizona.

There’s no question that Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the most intriguing people to ever live. Brilliant in the arts, sciences and engineering, he was driven by a deep sense of curiosity about the world around him, recording his observations on scores of paper sheets that were later gathered and bound as manuscripts, or codices. Leonardo’s active mind and working method are defined in this exhibition by three primary characteristics: curiosity, direct observation and thinking on paper. These characteristics are vital parts of the creative process and they pave the way toward great discoveries and inventions. “This exhibition of Leonardo’s Codex Leicester will be groundbreaking in its approach, bringing Leonardo into a broad artistic context that explores his continuing influence on artists into our own time,” said Jerry Smith, curator of American and European art to 1950 and art of the American West at Phoenix Art Museum.

Making Leonardo da Vinci and the Codex Leicester relevant for today’s audience is the goal of this exhibition. Visitors and academic institutions will participate in programs developed around ideas expressed by Leonardo in the Codex Leicester. “Leonardo was a true Renaissance master and we are able to celebrate his genius through the Codex Leicester,” said James K. Ballinger, The Sybil Harrington Director at Phoenix Art Museum. He added, “This will be the first time original work by the hand of Leonardo will be presented in Arizona, and we are pleased the Museum can create a platform for our community to better understand the challenges we face regarding water resources in the future. This is exactly the kind of project we should be presenting for our visitors.”

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observationwill be on view at Phoenix Art Museum from January 24 to April 12, 2015. Support was made possible through the generosity of The Dorrance Family Foundation, SRP, J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation, Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Virginia M. Ullman Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, Friends of European Art (a Museum support organization), Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Foundation, and The Phoenician. For additional information about the exhibition please visit phxart.org/exhibition/codexleicester.

Top 5: Arizona Museums, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Phoenix Art Museum’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals color us intrigued

This year, take a different approach to Black Friday. Avoid the stress of parking and crowds – Phoenix Art Museum will open at 8 a.m. and the first 55 nonmembers will receive a complimentary annual membership.

Black Friday

8 to 10 a.m.

10% off in The Museum Store, 20% off for Museum members.
Complimentary doughnuts and coffee (while supplies last).
FREE admission to The West Select exhibition.
20% off memberships (some restrictions apply).
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

10% off in Palette at Phoenix Art Museum for Museum members.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entire Museum opens, regular admission resumes.


Cyber Monday – December 1

12 a.m. (midnight) MST | Online only at http://store.phxart.org/

Forget Cyber Monday at one of those big box stores. Instead, make your Cyber Monday purchase count this year and support your local Museum at the same time! Phoenix Art Museum is offering the following for all items purchased online Monday, December 1, 12 a.m. (midnight) MST.

Cyber Monday Offers (Online Only)

Free domestic shipping on any order $5.00 and over, 12 a.m. (midnight).
Free gift wrap on any item(s) purchased. On the shipping page, customers can note what items they want wrapped, give special instructions (Christmas paper, Hanukkah paper, generic holiday, etc.) and/or enter a gift message.
Members receive 10% off by entering promotion code “Member.”
Valid online only, not in-store.
All proceeds support the general operating fund of Phoenix Art Museum.

Amada Cruz

Phoenix Art Museum Names New Director

The Phoenix Art Museum Board of Trustees has named Amada Cruz as The Sybil Harrington Director of the Phoenix Art Museum, succeeding James K. Ballinger, who announced his intention to retire this past April.

Cruz, currently Executive Director at San Antonio-based Artpace, one of the premier artist residency and exhibition programs in the world, will assume her new responsibilities on Feb. 1, 2015. Her selection, with counsel and guidance from one of the nation’s most respected executive leadership and search firms, Russell Reynolds Associates, concludes an intensive seven-month process conducted by the Museum’s executive committee, which served as the search committee.

“Amada has a solid track record of building programs and new initiatives at Bard College, USA Artists and, most recently, Artpace,” said Phoenix Art Museum Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Patterson. “The search process was thorough, comprehensive and demanding and the search committee was unanimous in choosing Amada as the new director to build upon the remarkable foundation established by Jim Ballinger and his staff. She brings a very high-energy, creative and entrepreneurial approach to museum leadership and we are confident she can lead us to the next level of distinction.”

Ballinger, who has been the Museum director for 32 years and will celebrate his 40th anniversary with the museum in December, will assist in the transition “for as long as my input, assistance and counsel is needed to ensure that the transition is smooth so Amada can hit the ground running and continue the Museum’s forward progress,” he said. “She is a highly respected arts professional whose diverse experience, extensive background, knowledge and innovative spirit will serve Phoenix Art Museum and our community well for years to come.”

Susan Berresford, former President of the Ford Foundation, lauded the choice of Cruz. “Amada Cruz is a true star, bringing sophisticated knowledge of arts and artists and a determination to build institutions that nurture artists and their work,” she said. “Phoenix Art Museum has chosen someone who is smart, imaginative and a pleasure to work with. Bravo.”

As chief executive at Artpace, Cruz, who was born in Havana, Cuba, is responsible for the artistic and programmatic vision of the organization and serves as chief fundraiser. Artpace residencies, which are awarded by nomination and selected by a panel of international art professionals or a guest curator, are highly coveted. Artpace is an internationally respected public institution and a cornerstone of contemporary art.

“Phoenix Art Museum is a world-class educational and cultural institution, and reflects Jim Ballinger’s passion, vision, leadership and deep commitment to excellence,” Cruz said. “He has also built an extraordinary team of exceptionally talented, knowledgeable and devoted professionals whose contributions to the Museum’s success can not be overstated. I look forward to what we can achieve together for the people of Arizona and the entire Southwest.”

Previously, Cruz had served as Program Director for United States Artists in Los Angeles where she was responsible for all programming activities of a Ford and Rockefeller Foundations initiative. She also had been Executive Director of Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue in New York City, which awarded grants to visual artists in San Francisco, Houston and Chicago. Her experience also includes positions as Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College; Acting Chief Curator and Manilow Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; and Associate Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution. She began her career as a Curatorial Intern at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Cruz has served as a juror and advisor for numerous selections panels for institutional and individual grants across the country.

The Phoenix Art Museum is planning a series of events celebrating Ballinger’s tenure and legacy. Additional information will be released in the weeks ahead.

For more information about Phoenix Art Museum, visit www.phxart.org.

Richard Baudet

Paulo Bruscky’s ‘Art Is Our Last Hope,’ mail art comes to PAM

Defying the restrictions of Brazil’s military dictatorship in the ’70s, Paulo Bruscky explored the role of art in society through various mediums that can be seen at the Phoenix Art Museum from Sept. 6 to Dec. 28.

Bruscky found his inspiration on the streets of Brazil, where he explored a wide range of issues that challenged the socio-political status quo. He looked to impact people outside of the galleries and museums to see what role art played in society.



At the peak of the military rule, Brazilians did not have the freedom of having public gatherings. A short film,“Arte/Pare,” features Bruscky in action as he stretches a red ribbon across the Boa Vista Bridge, gridlocking traffic for 45 minutes. This act was intended to symbolize the firm control by the Federal Police in the 1970s. Bruscky produced art in many different forms and led by example by bringing art to the masses in Brazilian society.

“He is a multi-faceted artist. He is not only one of the world’s first artist to use the Xerox machine as an artistic device, but he is also a poet, a pioneering male artist, a photographer, filmmaker, and performance artist,” said Vanessa Davidson, The Phoenix Art Museum’s Shawn and Joe Lampe Curator of Latin American Art.

Bruscky’s work was first displayed in the United States at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. The Phoenix Art Museum received the opportunity to feature The Paulo Bruscky: Art Is Our Last Hope exhibition, including many pieces that came directly from art collectors in Brazil.

“[The exhibition] is the first one to include mail art. It is unique because it focuses on art forms that emerged in the ‘70s and ‘80s that aren’t often seen, such as Xerox art, mail art, sound art and video art,” Davidson said.

Philip Carey

Philip Carey

Walking the streets of Brazil with a sign hung by rope that read, “What is art, what is it for?,” Bruscky posed in store windows and quietly sat in local shops. Bruscky wanted people to experience that every man is an artist through their own interpretation.

“My favorite piece is a piece called, ‘What is art, what is it for?,’ and it questions the role of art in society during the dark era of the Brazilian dictatorships, created in 1978. I think that it really brings to the floor some of the most sensual aspects that preoccupied Bruscky in the ‘70s,” Davidson said.

John Bennett

John Bennett

Humor and irreverence were powerful artistic strategies Bruscky used in his work to connect with the daily reality of Brazilian citizens in an era of repression and censorship, according to Davidson.

Passport portraits of unidentified Brazilians are cut in half, connecting their hairlines to their chins. Bruscky shows in a 12-photo collage, “Personas,” the difficulty in identifying the people who disappeared and fell victim to the dictatorship’s violence.

Scattered among the walls, stamped envelopes are seen by people entering the exhibit and words with pictures are explored on the backs to show the contents of the letters. Mail art connected people internationally with the intent of drawing attention to the world developing around them.

“In his mail art, he would create work that would announce the abuse of a dictatorship on everyday Brazilian citizens and he would print and write slogans on the outside of his envelopes and words inside the envelopes,” Davidson said. “He would send these abroad to other countries, not only in Latin America, but throughout America, Europe and Asia. People he was corresponding with got a sense of what it was like to live in Brazil under the military regime through his mailing.”

Experience The Paulo Bruscky: Art Is Our Last Hope exhibition for yourself at the Phoenix Art Museum. Bruscky will host a meet-and-greet on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the museum.

Rebecca Senf. (Photo provided.)

Phoenix Art Museum exhibit shares self-published photobooks

The INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks will be at Phoenix Art Museum from August 23 to September 28, 2014. It explores the ways photographic artists are using newly available commercial technologies to self-publish photobooks. Entries were accepted until the end of July when a jury of seven industry professionals reviewed the 271 photobooks that came from 12 countries to select the 151 that will be on display to the public as part of the exhibition. The selected photobooks represent the diverse examples that were received and will be presented on tables in the gallery for visitors to easily view and enjoy.

DWVibnxiTi0TKguZqkIDs4oOQclBQqSUL1wIoZv7sQ0Phoenix Art Museum’s Norton Family Curator of Photography Rebecca Senf, Ph.D., was inspired to create this exhibition in Phoenix after learning about the DIY: Photographers & Books exhibition that was at Cleveland Museum of Art in 2012. A librarian, retail sales manager, two photography curators, two photography authors, and the founder of a photobook library made up the jury of seven industry professionals. Submissions were accepted until the end of July and the jury was overwhelmed by the nearly 300 submissions received. The photobooks came from 12 countries including Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine and the U.S. Within the U.S. alone books came from 31 states and Puerto Rico.

Rebecca Senf, Ph.D., said, “This is the first time I’ve done a big juried exhibition and it was such an exciting process.” She added, “Reviewing the books with my colleagues was enjoyable and it was a pleasure to discover so many wonderful books. I cannot wait to share what we discovered with the Phoenix Art Museum audience.”

The INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks was organized by Phoenix Art Museum, INFOCUS,Phoenix Art Museum’s photography support organization, and the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. For additional information about the exhibition please visit phxart.org/exhibition/infocusphotobooks.

Nicole France-Stanton, office managing partner, Quarles & Brady.

Stanton named ‘Woman Worth Watching’

The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix Office Managing Partner Nicole Stanton has been selected by Profiles in Diversity Journal to be honored at its 13th Annual Women Worth Watching® Awards. Stanton will join trailblazing female leaders from across the country in this honor and will be featured in the September/October issue of the magazine.

“Women Worth Watching award winners are role models to young women beginning their careers, and an inspiration to women in the pipeline,” says Profiles in Diversity Journal editor, Kathie Sandlin. “We are proud to tell their stories on lessons learned and obstacles overcome.”

In addition to her position as office manager partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, Stanton is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. Her experience includes defense of local and national law firms in legal malpractice actions and other business litigation disputes.

In the Phoenix community, Stanton serves as a founding board member and past president of the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum as well as a member of Chart 100 Women. She also is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, teaching professional responsibility. A graduate of Valley Leadership Class XXIX, Stanton was the YWCA of Maricopa County’s 2011 Tribute to Women honoree, in the Business Leader category. She also was honored as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Business” by AZ Business Magazine.

Stanton recently has been appointed to serve as a member of the Business Court Advisory Committee, newly established by order of Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, which is examining current processes for resolving business cases in the Superior Court of Arizona as well as reviewing business court models, processes, rules and procedures in other jurisdictions.

Stanton received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

La gran tentación o La gran ilusión [The Great Temptation or The Grand Illusion]
Oil, wood, burlap, canvas, paper, cardboard, glass, leather and metals including chicken wire, sheet metal, tin-plate, iron, smashed cans, and coins; wicker matt, buttons, plastic containers, aluminum foil, vegetal tow, feathers, sequins, lithographic images, staples and nails on plywood
96 7/16 x 95 1/16 in.
Malba - Fundación Constantini, Buenos Aires

Antonio Berni exhibit shares raw, universal struggle

Juanito va a la ciudad [Juanito Goes to the City] 1963 Wood, paint, industrial trash, cardboard, scrap metal, and fabric on wood. 129 x79 in.  The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund

Juanito va a la ciudad [Juanito Goes to the City]
Wood, paint, industrial trash, cardboard, scrap metal, and fabric on wood.
129 x79 in.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund

A boy stands in a dark and rustic town. There is nothing distinctive about this boy; he is an “everyman.” Old cloth, cardboard and metals surround him, materials muted by dirt and age. This is the setting of  “Juanito Goes to the City,” or “Juanito va a la ciudad,” an assemblage in the exhibition Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Berni started the Juanito and Ramona installations in 1958 as a way to express the culture of Buenos Aires through the eyes of two young fictional characters.

The 20th Century Argentinian artist utilized industrial materials and textiles in most of his pieces related to Juanito Laguna and Ramon Montiel.

His artwork became an easily accessible narrative, said the Sybil Harrington Director James Ballinger. Berni created lives for these two, Juanito a young boy living in an impoverished town on the outskirts of Buenos Aires and Ramona a young working class woman lured into prostitution.

Berni chronicles the characters’ lives using materials that would come from their worlds, said Vanessa Davidson, Joe Lampe Curator of Latin American Art. For Juanito, Berni used metals from the shantytowns where he would have lived, along with woods and textiles. Ramona was detailed with costume jewelry and lace.

The characters are national icons throughout Argentina, said Michael Wellen, Assistant Curator of Latin American and Latino Art at Museum of Fine Arts Houston. They are rooted to Buenos Aires and realities there. However, Wellen said people from around the world have been able to connect to Juanito and Ramona’s problems.

In every piece, Juanito’s physical traits are different. His common name and differing looks are meant connect the viewer to this boy, Wellen said.

Berni’s wood blocks are unlike any other. They hang on the stark white walls, carved and layered with materials. Fabrics and metals are adhered to the wood, creating an entirely new art form.

Wood block is the means by which a print can be made; it is not usually considered the work of art. However, in Berni’s work, there is always a wooden base with collaged materials from the city, Wellen said.

Hanging next to the blocks of wood are the prints that go with them. Berni found a new way to create these wood block prints, which included making his own paper and at times hand painting the prints.

Berni’s artwork, consisting of paintings, assemblages and wood block prints, give social comment with an air of whimsy and humor, Ballinger said.

The exhibition is a tribute to Berni, to Ramona and Juanito. Walking through the exhibit, there is a sense of kinship with these two characters. One can find him or herself in these youths, regardless of social standing or background. Juanito and Ramona had hopes, dreams and fears – which can be felt in every piece.

The assemblages are dirty and worn, yet beautiful in their own right. Each piece adds another layer to a world unseen by many. While the lives of Ramona and Juanito are based almost 50 years ago, they still hold true and not just in Buenos Aires, but in communities around the world.

Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona will be at the Phoenix Art Museum until September 21, before moving on to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Things to do this weekend

The Valley is not resting this Independence Day weekend and neither should you! From a music festival, firework displays at the zoo and Tempe Town Lake, a movie festival and a beer pong tournament, there is no excuse for being bored this holiday weekend.

Independence Day Music Festival with Phillip Phillips
The American Idol will start off this long weekend right, headlining the fourth annual Independence Day Music Festival at Salt River fields.  Phillips won “American Idol” back in 2012 and has been busy ever since. He released a platinum debut, “The World From the Side of the Moon.” He first saw success with his inaugural five-times-platinum breakthrough of his “Idol” single, “Home” and his second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” also went platinum.  The opening acts are set to start performing at about 5:30 p.m. and the Independence Music Festival promises the “largest fireworks show in Metro Phoenix,” which is set to start after the show, at about 9:55 p.m.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, ticketmaster.com, Thursday July 3. 5:30 p.m. $20 to $40

4th of Zoo-Ly
The Phoenix Zoo celebrates Independence Day with a special 4th of Zoo-Ly! There will be plenty of family fun and exclusive evening access to the zoo with fun activities for everyone. The event features a classic summer BBQ, carousel rides, face painting, bounce houses and special animal guests. The evening will close with a bang with a special view of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular at a “VIP” seating area in the back of the zoo.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, tickets here , Friday, July 4, 7 to 10 p.m., SOLD OUT

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
The Tempe Town Lake Festival, featuring Tempe’s 63rd annual fireworks display over Tempe Town Lake, is always a major hit on July fourth. The festival features many attractions, including live music, splash park,  a climbing wall, and numerous culinary delights.  People will line the lakeshore and kick back on the grassy “beach” for a fireworks show that cannot be beat in terms of location in the valley.  The fireworks are shot from the Mill Street Bridge and nearby buildings and bridges are strung with colorful lights reflecting in the water. Also, lit-up and decorated boats float on the lake to add more color.
Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, http://www.tempe4th.com/ , Friday July 4. 5 p.m., $ 5 general admission, $30 children’s VIP garden tickets, and  $60 adult VIP garden tickets

Dawn to Dusk Film Festival
Escape the heat this weekend at the Phoenix Art Museum as it says goodbye to its Hollywood Costume exhibit with an all-day film festival! All-day screenings will highlight films from classic to contemporary. Enjoy an entire day of art, cinema, and surprises at the Museum and FilmBar. The schedule: “The Searchers” at 9 a.m., “The Birds” at 11:30 a.m. and “Taxi Driver” at 5 p.m. “Animal House” will also be shown at FilmBar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix, at 2 and 7 p.m. as part of the festival.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave Phoenix, tickets here, Sunday July 6, $20 and $10 for museum members.


Beer Pong Tournament
Fire House in Tempe will be racking up red cups in the classic pyramid formation, so perfect your arch for a beer pong tournament that comes with series prizes.  The second place prize is complimentary bottle service and the first place winners get a cash prize of $150 cash. Even if you do not sink that winning shot, you can still have beer as a consolation prize.
Firehouse Tempe, 4 East University Drive Tempe, Sunday July 6. 2 p.m.

Things to do this weekend

School’s out and there’s a long weekend ahead of us. If you’re not going camping, sitting poolside or catching up on “Game of Thrones,” give one of these events a try! Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us at @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Christopher Titus
It’s a disgusting understatement to say Christopher Titus has gone through some valleys in his life (schizophrenic mom and an unfaithful wife who also forged checks and drained his bank accounts during their 15-year marriage). Titus has a lot to be angry about, it’s just for our pleasure that his anger comes out in hilarious observations on life. On Titus’ “Angry Pursuit of Happiness” tour, he brings his hard humor reminiscent of the late greats (think George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Lenny Bruce, you get it).

Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., #200, Phoenix, May 24 and 25, times vary, standuplive.com, $25

“The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein”
Young Frankenstein, Paul KolnikWant a side order of kitsch with your night at Arizona Broadway Theatre? “Young Frankenstein” is a musical of monstrous proportions of entertainment. Dr. Frankenstein and a cast of funny characters overcome the complications of reanimating a corpse through numbers such as “The Transylvania Mania” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” (Also, check out the delicious menu for this particular show.)
Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, May 23 to June 22, times vary, azbroadway.org, tickets (http://azbroadway.org/index.php/the-shows/2013-2014-series/the-new-mel-brooks-musical-young-frankenstein)

“The Composer is Dead”
Composer is Dead, iTunes, WEBLooking for a way to make a night at the symphony fun for the family? Lemony Snicket has brought his “A Series of Unfortunate Events” to the orchestra pit for a dreadfully entertaining and interactive “whodunnit” show. The composer is dead and the crowd must figure out who did it. The diva violins, overlooks violas, sneaky clarinets and wallflower tuba are all possible culprits…
Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, Sunday, May 25, 2:30 p.m., $11 to $19

“Hollywood Costume”
478207119Those ruby slippers. That Dalmatian coat. A fedora and whip. Costumes are sometimes what propel beloved movie characters into pop culture icons, more so than scripts or special effects and makeup magic. The Phoenix Art Museum’s “Hollywood Costume” exhibit has set the Valley abuzz with its famous folds of fabric on display. The exhibit features more than 100 of the most iconic costumes — from “The Wizard of Oz” to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Titanic” and many, many others in an up-close showcase.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Tues/Thurs. noon to 5 p.m., Wed. noon to 8:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sat/Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., phxart.org, $20 adults, $10 children, free for children 5 and younger

Memorial Day Ride
469789901This annual charitable motorcycle ride through the northwest Valley is in its fourth year. Things rev up at 8 a.m. at Sanderson Ford, takes a stop at Veterans Memorial Cemetery before continuing to Westgate for an evening of entertainment.
Sanderson Ford, 6400 N. 51st Ave., Glendale, Saturday, May 24, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., aztributerides.com, $25 per rider


AZIMA’s TIM Awards set for March 20

The Arizona Interactive Marketing Association (AZIMA) will host its 2nd Annual TIM Awards from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs., March 20 at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Ave., in Phoenix. Named after Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, acknowledged father of the World Wide Web, the TIM Awards showcase Arizona talent and work in the interactive realm for calendar year 2013.

Twelve TIM awards will be given for “Best”: Website, Social Media Campaign, Integrated Interactive Campaign, Email Marketing Campaign, Display Ad (single or campaign), Rich Media Execution, Mobile Marketing Campaign, App, Blog, Online Video, Brand of the Year and Interactive Person of the Year.

Roger Hurni, of Off Madison Ave, received AZIMA’s coveted 2013 Interactive Marketing Person of the Year TIM award last year. “It was quite an honor to have won this award. To me, the AZIMA TIM Awards are a demonstration of the amazing, cutting edge work being done in Arizona by companies from all kinds of industries,” said Hurni.

Guests to the TIM awards ceremony will have a chance to network with top digital marketing professionals and view Phoenix Art Museum’s current exhibits before enjoying a delicious sit-down dinner and awards presentation. The official program will kick off with keynote speaker Marcus Sheridan, president and founder of The Sales Lion. Sheridan is best known for skillfully using content and inbound marketing efforts to increase traffic to his website and becoming one of the largest pool installers in the U.S. during the Great Recession. In 2009, he started his sales, marketing and personal development blog, The Sales Lion, to teach others about content and inbound marketing.

AZIMA offers four options for event registration: $75 for a single seat; $50 for a single seat if an AZIMA Corporate/VIP member; $700 for a Table of 10; and $475 for a Table of 10 for Corporate/VIP members.

To learn more, visit www.azimaawards.com or www.joinazima.org.


Close Will Attend Hollywood Costume pARTy Opening

Six-time Academy Award® nominee, actress and producer Glenn Close, will be the guest of honor for the ninth annual pARTy hosted at Phoenix Art Museum on March 22. The gala will celebrate the opening and final scheduled stop of the international Hollywood Costume exhibit and attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to experience the show before it opens to the public on March 26.

A world-class exhibition that originated at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hollywood Costume showcases more than 100 iconic Hollywood costumes throughout a century of cinema, many of which have never been publicly displayed or seen beyond the secure walls of studio archives. As part of the exhibit, two costumes worn by Close will be on view – the gray and black houndstooth skirt and jacket worn by Cruella de Vil in “102 Dalmatians” and the 18th century inspired gown of Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil from “Dangerous Liaisons.”

In addition to costumes from Hollywood film characters, there will also be two gowns worn by Close on display as part of a second exhibit, Hollywood Red Carpet. The Giorgio Armani silk gown worn as the nominee for Best Actress Award for “Fatal Attraction” (1988), and the dark green Zac Posen gown and jacket worn as a nominee for Best Actress in the film, “Albert Nobbs” (2011).

Attendees of the pARTy will enjoy a first-class event where every detail is meticulously planned. From world-renown ‘get on the floor and dance’ band ensembles, to contemporary cuisine that will engage one’s culinary senses; the pARTy is truly an experience that should not be missed.

To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, contact Jan Nesburg at 602-257-2101. Tickets are $750 per person and tables start at $7,500.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Hollywood Costume at Phoenix Art Museum, visit phxart.org/hollywoodtickets.

The Phoenix Art Museum would anchor the retail portion of the project.

Scottsdale Developer to Revisit Mixed-Use Project in Carefree

The professionally laid back town of Carefree could soon be home to Arizona’s newest “Main Street” condo and commercial project, aptly named Easy Street both for the street it fronts and its cool, casual lifestyle.

Butte Development is revisiting plans for the $90 million mixed-use project near Cave Creek Road and Tom Darlington Road.  The project includes 80 ultra-luxurious, amenity-stocked condos and approximately 50,000-square-feet of retail and commercial space.

Butte is working closely with the Phoenix Art Museum and the town of Carefree to consider a 10,000-square-foot satellite museum at the project.  Current discussions include an exhibit schedule that rotates seven times per year and a 1,500-square-foot multipurpose community center.

The Phoenix Art Museum satellite fits strategically into the town of Carefree’s current revitalization plans and builds on the already robust arts community in the area.  The village feel of the town will be enhanced by the museum and other planned revitalization efforts creating an atmosphere similar to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Carmel, California.

Phoenix Art Museum Director Jim Ballinger is excited about the possibilities at Easy Street.

“We are doing due diligence research.  We are very interested in the possibility of a quality outreach program in the Northeast Valley.  If the community support is there, we will respond to that request,” Ballinger said.

The Phoenix Art Museum would anchor the retail portion of the project with other tenants to include chef-driven restaurants, a sidewalk café, art galleries, boutique clothing, custom jewelers and unique home accessories.

The town of Carefree also voiced strong support for this potential development.  Mayor David Schwan stated that “Both the Easy Street development and the Phoenix Art Museum would be welcome additions to Carefree, and help bring to life the recent Urban Land Institute recommendations that the Carefree Village Center has enormous appeal and even greater potential.”

Ed Lewis, President of Butte said, “Easy Street will be built like towns used to be built with two stories of residential over retail.  The warm pedestrian friendly environment and the residential component above will add a neighborhood feel to the area.”

Easy Street condos will have ten-foot ceilings, spacious balconies and views of the big sky, mountains, stars and the Sonoran Desert for which Carefree is famous. Other balconies look over the pool/spa area or Easy Street’s strolling ambiance in the heart of Carefree.

The project, which covers almost four and a half acres, would be built in two phases.  If negotiations with the Phoenix Art Museum and the town of Carefree are successful, Butte hopes to break ground on the south phase of the project by year-end.

Phoenix-based Ryan Companies is the general contractor; Kendle Design Collaborative in Scottsdale is the design architect.  Butte Realty will be heading sales efforts


Arizona Costume Institute Nouveau Fundraiser Raises the Fashion Bar in Phoenix

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The opening of the #DigitalPrintFashion exhibition

Love fashion? Love the fashion exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum? Then grab your kitten heels and support our state’s notable institution with at the Arizona Costume Institute Nouveau (under-35) division’s ridiculously swanky, 1950s-themed fundraiser at 7 p.m. October 11 in the Great Hall at Phoenix Art Museum. Poet Elizabeth Winder of Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 will join in a chat, book signing and glamourous cocktail party to celebrate and appreciate Sylvia Plath’s experience as guest editor at Mademoiselle in 1950s NYC.

The evening, which will transport guests to the scene of fashion editing in the 1950s, dazzling parties, places and of course, fashion, is open to all and any. Just wear your 1950s best and glam it up! Proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will directly support the Arizona Costume Institute and fashion acquisitions, events and the work of curator Dennita Sewell.

Gift bags, raffles, (surprises) and glorious fashion will abound. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Time to go vintage shopping!


Arizona Costume Institute Nouveau Fundraiser Raises the Fashion Bar in Phoenix

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The opening of the #DigitalPrintFashion exhibition

Love fashion? Love the fashion exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum? Then grab your kitten heels and support our state’s notable institution with at the Arizona Costume Institute Nouveau (under-35) division’s ridiculously swanky, 1950s-themed fundraiser at 7 p.m. October 11 in the Great Hall at Phoenix Art Museum. Poet Elizabeth Winder of Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 will join in a chat, book signing and glamourous cocktail party to celebrate and appreciate Sylvia Plath’s experience as guest editor at Mademoiselle in 1950s NYC.

The evening, which will transport guests to the scene of fashion editing in the 1950s, dazzling parties, places and of course, fashion, is open to all and any. Just wear your 1950s best and glam it up! Proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will directly support the Arizona Costume Institute and fashion acquisitions, events and the work of curator Dennita Sewell.

Gift bags, raffles, (surprises) and glorious fashion will abound. To purchase tickets, click here.

Time to go vintage shopping!


R&R Partners Wins Big

R&R Partners’ government and public affairs and public relations practices were big winners at the 2013 Best of the Capitol Awards held this week at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Jim Norton, R&R’s government and public affairs director, was recognized as Best Lobbyist. Norton, an instrumental force behind the passage of key legislation over the past 20 years represents many of the state’s most well-known companies and trade associations.

Jeff Gray, government and public affairs deputy director client services, took home Best Lobbyist Under 40 and is considered a rising star.

David Weissman, R&R’s public relations director, known for his adept, high-profile-client reputation management skills, accepted the award for Best PR Firm on behalf of his team.


R&R Partners Wins Big

R&R Partners’ government and public affairs and public relations practices were big winners at the 2013 Best of the Capitol Awards held this week at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Jim Norton, R&R’s government and public affairs director, was recognized as Best Lobbyist. Norton, an instrumental force behind the passage of key legislation over the past 20 years represents many of the state’s most well-known companies and trade associations.

Jeff Gray, government and public affairs deputy director client services, took home Best Lobbyist Under 40 and is considered a rising star.

David Weissman, R&R’s public relations director, known for his adept, high-profile-client reputation management skills, accepted the award for Best PR Firm on behalf of his team.


Phoenix Attorney Appointed to AZ Humane Society Board

The law firm of Morris, Hall & Kinghorn, P.L.L.C (MHK) announced that partner Ronald G. Wilson has been appointed to the Arizona Humane Society’s Board of Directors.

Wilson has dedicated much of his time to serving and participating on various boards in the past.   When asked about this new appointment, Wilson stated “I look forward to working with the Humane Society and their endeavors to help all homeless animals. It is an honor to be appointed and to have the opportunity to work with a caring staff and board members.”   Previously he has served as president for the Phoenix Art Museum Men’s art council, the Greater Southwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the Terrance retirement community just to name a few

Since 1957, the Arizona Humane Society has been committed to helping all animals and believes that every pet deserves a good life. They have grown to become the largest animal welfare and protection agency in Arizona.

Wilson has been a partner with Morris, Hall and Kinghorn since 2006 and focuses only on estate planning.  He has worldwide experience and education in estate planning and trust law, and is an Accredited Estate Planner from the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.

MHK devotes its practice to estate planning matters and has helped thousands of families and individuals to meet their long-term estate planning and financial goals. The firm is a premier member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA).

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Phoenix Art Museum To Host Ripe Awards, Awarding Valley's Top Five Chefs

The Phoenix Art Museum has announced the Valley’s top five chefs who will be recognized at the annual Ripe Awards on January 31. The chefs include Josh Hebert of Posh, Charleen Badman of FnB and Bodega, Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House, Greg LaPrad of Morning Glory Cafe and Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe and Barrio Queen.

These diverse and gifted chefs have been identified for their yearning passion for cooking by creating exquisite dishes that embody artistic vision and culinary expertise.

Ryan O’Donovan, member of the Men’s Arts Council, says, “The fusion of art and the culinary arts combining to raise awareness of the gifted chefs and artisans residing in the Phoenix metro area is monumental and stands to be recognized.”

About the chefs:

Ripe Awards chefs

(Left to right): Bernie Kantak, Charleen Badman, Silvana Salcido Esparza, Greg La Prad and Josh Hebert

Bernie Kantak, Citizen Public House First up is Bernie Kantak, chef and co-owner of Citizen Public House in Scottsdale. Not only has Kantak made quite a name for himself in the Valley, but he has also been featured on the Food Network and covered in the pages of Food & Wine and Bon Appetit. Kantak’s reputation revolves around his groundbreaking menus that make the locals crave his delicious delicatessens.
Charleen Badman, FnB and Bodega Up next is Charleen Badman, executive chef and co-owner of FnB and Bodega in Scottsdale. Badman’s approach to cooking involves simple and ingredient-driven recipes that build the overall foundations of her restaurants. Badman received formal training under some of the world’s best female chefs, making her a huge threat in this year’s awards.
Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Café and Barrio Queen Silvana Salcido Esparza, executive chef and owner of Barrio Café and Barrio Queen, was inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame and nominated for the James Beard Award — so this award show isn’t her first. Esparza incorporates a Mexican flare that lures her loyal customers in and makes them go wild. With her experience and loyal followers, Esparza definitely has a chance for the Ripe award.
Greg LaPrad, Quiessence and Morning Glory Café Next is Greg LaPrad, chef and owner of Quiessence and Morning Glory Café. With his fascinating culinary style influenced in Tuscany, LaPrad’s method to cooking is unlike anything Phoenix has seen. With his innovative slow food movement, LaPrad has not only won the hearts of the locals, but he has made quite a name for himself in the Valley.
Josh Hebert, Posh Josh Hebert is the executive chef and owner of Posh in Scottsdale. Posh is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and the Valley’s first venue to serve “improvisational cuisine.” Hebert has trained in some of the world’s most notable kitchens and his passion for the culinary arts seeps through every bite.

This class of truly talented professionals will be honored on January 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum. Guests will be wined and dined as nominated chefs serve up their signature cuisines. Guests will also have the chance to view a spectacular art show from local artist Lalo Cota. Tickets are $65 — and be sure to come with an empty stomach.

For more information about the Ripe Awards, visit ripephx.com.

Ripe Awards

Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
When: January 31, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $65 per person (purchase tickets here)
Website: ripephx.com

Top 5: Arizona Museums, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Museums (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Museums — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 478-6000
At the first global musical-insturment museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 257-1222
The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works.

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-8848
Experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-ARTS (2787)
SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.

Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 574-0462
Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum.


Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012