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Bruce Munro

Scottsdale Public Art, SMoCA to host British installation artist

British artist Bruce Munro is taking his talents across the pond this year to delight Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) visitors with light-based art installations as part of a Valley-wide art series called Desert Radiance. An artist with international acclaim, Munro has been lauded across the world and participated in exhibits from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

The first exhibit in the Desert Radiance suite will open at SMoCA on October 3, 2015. Entitled, “Ferryman’s Crossing” (2015), it is part of the artist’s most recent series, Language and Light. In these pieces, Munro embeds significant texts into his compositions through use of long and short dashes of light in Morse code. This immersive artwork is inspired by a passage from Herman Hesse’s novel, “Siddhartha,” in which the protagonist finds spiritual unity through awareness of the present moment. For the exhibit, shimmering rows of reflective CDs are lit by dappled spotlights, evoking sunlight bouncing off the surface of flowing water. The exhibit will be on display through April 24, 2016, with varying admission prices for guests.

In addition, Scottsdale Public Art commissioned Munro to bring “Blooms,” (2015) to the Arizona Canal at Scottsdale Waterfront starting in early November 2015 as part of the Desert Radiance series. Seven circular platforms, each approximately 20 feet in diameter and crafted from 100, multi-colored, 10-foot long fiber-optic fishing rods, will float on the surface of the canal between the Soleri and Marshall Way bridges. The shape of each bloom resembles a blossoming water lily flower, with optical fibers gently illuminated by LED projectors.

The installation will remain on view through March 2016, is free to all visitors and will serve as the featured artwork during Scottsdale Public Art’s Canal Convergence event, held February 25-28, 2016. Canal Convergence is an annual event that celebrates the local landscape’s beauty and commemorates the city’s arts and culture environment, with interactive light-based art to activate the entire Waterfront area of the Arizona Canal.

“We are honored to welcome Bruce Munro’s creative efforts across the Valley,” Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO Neale Perl said. The Scottsdale Cultural Council is the management organization vested with the responsibility to oversee Scottsdale’s arts and culture entities: the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art. “As an artist held in such high regard internationally, it’s truly a momentous occasion for Scottsdale Public Art, SMoCA and our city to continue to work with individuals who further the footprint of the arts community in Scottsdale.”

Munro’s installations with Scottsdale Public Art and SMoCA will be in coordination with two additional pieces of his work at the Desert Botanical Garden and the Lisa Sette Gallery. Together, these four cultural institutions have named this collaborative effort with Munro Desert Radiance. Providentially, the joint project also falls during the United Nations’ 2015 International Year of Light, a worldwide effort to raise awareness about how light and its application in the environment promotes sustainable development and provides solutions to global challenges. Munro will explore the medium of light with inspiration from Arizona’s vast and complex landscape.

Munro is best known for creating large and immersive light-based installations inspired by his interest in the shared human experience. He has recorded ideas and images in sketchbooks for over 30 years. His responses and reflections to music, literature, science and the world around him serve as subject matter for his artwork. His diverse portfolio includes temporary and experiential as well as intimate story pieces.

“Between all our organizations, we have more than 3,000 items in our permanent collection from more than 600 artists and have hosted more than 400,000 visitors per year,” Perl said. “With the recent Valley-wide partnership with Munro, we are hopeful to inspire future collaborations with such renowned artists and drive even more arts and culture tourism to the City of Scottsdale.”

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Scottsdale Cultural Council CEO Resigns

Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO William H. Banchs has announced his resignation from the nonprofit organization effective August 31. Banchs plans to return to Miami to pursue new professional opportunities.

“During Bill’s five-and-a-half-year tenure he worked successfully to completely restructure and reorganize the Cultural Council’s governance and management, and to strengthen its development programs,” remarked Ellen Andres-Schneider, chair of the board of trustees.

“This was all done in accordance with a new strategic plan he helped to create. These positive developments took place during an unprecedented recession, which occupied the majority of Bill’s tenure. On behalf of the board of trustees, I want to thank Bill for his persistence and determination in bringing about these positive outcomes, which have helped pave the way toward a bright future for the Cultural Council,” Andres-Schneider added.

“I have been very fortunate to have served one of the most comprehensive cultural organizations in the nation. The artistic experiences I have had at the Scottsdale Cultural Council have been on par with the best I have ever seen or heard anywhere,” noted Bill Banchs. “I particularly wish to thank the City of Scottsdale for its commitment to the arts, the Cultural Council staff for its dedication to such high standards of artistic excellence, and the board of trustees for its active engagement and participation in our efforts to strengthen the organization and broaden its audiences and base of private-sector support.”

Banchs began his position with the Scottsdale Cultural Council in January 2008. He previously served as president of the Miami-based National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for 17 years.

The Cultural Council will appoint an interim CEO and begin a national search for a new president and CEO.

The Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

Scottsdale Arts Festival

43rd Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival Offers Food, Music and Fun for All Ages

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the 43rd annual Scottsdale Arts Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 8–10, in Scottsdale Civic Center Park.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival showcases nearly 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada who work in painting, sculpture, glass and ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the Festival’s online art auction.

Live Music

More than 20 Arizona bands and performers will provide continuous live music and entertainment on two stages throughout the weekend, including:

  • Alan Jones Jazz Quintet
  • The Blues Review Band
  • Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers
  • C.C. Ryder Express
  • Grantman and the Island Beat
  • Los Guys
  • Mario Moreno and the Ramblers
  • Nancy McCallion and Her Wee Band
  • Ritmo Latino
  • Sugahbeat

Food Trucks

Returning by popular demand, a dozen gourmet food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition will serve delicious world cuisine. Participating mobile eateries include:

  • The Grilled Cheese Truck
  • Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food
  • Jamburritos Cajun Grill Express
  • Luncha Libre
  • The Maine Lobster Lady
  • Mojo Bowl
  • Paletas Betty
  • Short Leash Hot Dogs
  • Spice it Up, Taste Rite!
  • Tom’s BBQ
  • Whiskey Ranch Wood-Fired Pizzas.

Also on the menu will be tastings of fine wines, beers and spirits courtesy of Young’s Market Company and Deep Eddy Vodka, cocktails and Friday happy-hour specials, and Barrie’s Original Kettle Korn.

Fun for the kids!

In collaboration with the Festival, Scottsdale Public Art will present Pink and Blue Dilemma: The Foam Incident by Baltimore artist Scott Pennington. Fun for kids and adults, this interactive work of art invites visitors to play with imagined ‘industrial waste’ made from non-toxic, water-based soap suds as Pennington’s pink-and-blue-clad ‘technicians’ attempt to contain it. Thirty-minute-long ‘foam incidents’ will occur five times a day throughout the Festival.

Exploring the theme of “The Art of Being a Kid,” Imagine Nation, the Festival’s family area, will offer participants of all ages the opportunity to connect with their inner child and engage their creativity through free arts activities, storytelling, dancing and more.

SMoCA

Throughout the Festival’s three days, admission will be free to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), which features the exhibitions Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti; The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection; and Mashup: New Video Art. Museum visitors will be invited to experience an “Inflatable,” a nomadic tent structure inspired by the Ant Farm, an experimental collective founded in San Francisco in 1968. Hands-on architecture-themed educational activities will be offered as well.

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43RD ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE ARTS FESTIVAL LINEUP OFFERS FUN FOR ALL

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the 43rd annual Scottsdale Arts Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 8–10, in Scottsdale Civic Center Park.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival showcases nearly 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada who work in painting, sculpture, glass and ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the Festival’s online art auction.

Live Music

More than 20 Arizona bands and performers will provide continuous live music and entertainment on two stages throughout the weekend, including:

  • Alan Jones Jazz Quintet
  • The Blues Review Band
  • Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers
  • C.C. Ryder Express
  • Grantman and the Island Beat
  • Los Guys
  • Mario Moreno and the Ramblers
  • Nancy McCallion and Her Wee Band
  • Ritmo Latino
  • Sugahbeat

Food Trucks

Returning by popular demand, a dozen gourmet food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition will serve delicious world cuisine. Participating mobile eateries include:

  • The Grilled Cheese Truck
  • Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food
  • Jamburritos Cajun Grill Express
  • Luncha Libre
  • The Maine Lobster Lady
  • Mojo Bowl
  • Paletas Betty
  • Short Leash Hot Dogs
  • Spice it Up, Taste Rite!
  • Tom’s BBQ
  • Whiskey Ranch Wood-Fired Pizzas.

Also on the menu will be tastings of fine wines, beers and spirits courtesy of Young’s Market Company and Deep Eddy Vodka, cocktails and Friday happy-hour specials, and Barrie’s Original Kettle Korn.

Fun for the kids!

In collaboration with the Festival, Scottsdale Public Art will present Pink and Blue Dilemma: The Foam Incident by Baltimore artist Scott Pennington. Fun for kids and adults, this interactive work of art invites visitors to play with imagined ‘industrial waste’ made from non-toxic, water-based soap suds as Pennington’s pink-and-blue-clad ‘technicians’ attempt to contain it. Thirty-minute-long ‘foam incidents’ will occur five times a day throughout the Festival.

Exploring the theme of “The Art of Being a Kid,” Imagine Nation, the Festival’s family area, will offer participants of all ages the opportunity to connect with their inner child and engage their creativity through free arts activities, storytelling, dancing and more.

SMoCA

Throughout the Festival’s three days, admission will be free to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), which features the exhibitions Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti; The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection; and Mashup: New Video Art. Museum visitors will be invited to experience an “Inflatable,” a nomadic tent structure inspired by the Ant Farm, an experimental collective founded in San Francisco in 1968. Hands-on architecture-themed educational activities will be offered as well.