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Bud Selig gives $2.5 million to Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum Board announced a $2.5M gift from Suzanne and Bud Selig to be used toward the funding of a Chief Curator, a position that is transformational for a museum of its size. This significant contribution is one of the largest gifts Phoenix Art Museum has received in recent years.

Suzanne Selig, who is a member of Phoenix Art Museum’s Board of Trustees and her husband Bud, the Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball are avid supporters of the arts and actively contribute to several cultural organizations in their home state of Wisconsin. “Bud and I truly love Phoenix Art Museum and wanted our contribution to be applied toward something that is instrumental in the growth of this wonderful institution,” said Sue Selig. “This museum holds a special place in our hearts and we hope our contribution allows it to develop into a museum that is recognized both nationally and internationally.

Recently at Phoenix Art Museum the position of Chief Curator has been the responsibility of the Museum’s director; making it a stand-alone position will allow the Director to concentrate efforts on fundraising and expanding the international visibility of the museum.

Amada Cruz, The Sybil Harrington Director of Phoenix Art Museum added, “As the first Chief Curator in over a decade, The Selig Family Chief Curator will develop an overall exhibitions and collections strategy that benefits the largest art museum in the Southwest. This position will allow our Museum to move to its next phase of expanded programming and enhanced visitor experiences.”

The Selig Family Chief Curator will have curatorial oversight of exhibitions, collections, and programming, and will provide strategic leadership to the Museum’s curatorial staff.  Along with curatorial responsibilities, this position will also assist with fundraising for exhibitions and art acquisitions.

“We are both grateful and honored by the generous gift from Sue and Bud Selig,” said Phoenix Art Museum Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Patterson. “Their gift will enable the Phoenix Art Museum to add a Chief Curator to our talented curatorial team that we were not otherwise in a position to do; this will enable the Museum to reach new heights in curatorial excellence.”

The search for The Selig Family Chief Curator will begin immediately.

Free museums in Arizona

Free Museums In Arizona

Every year, the International Council of Museums chooses a day in May as International Museum Day. This year that day is on Friday, May 18. Many Central Arizona museums are hosts of special events during this month and offer discounted or free admission. However, getting your daily dose of culture doesn’t have to break the bank or wait until May each year. The following is a current list of free museums in Arizona:


  • Arizona Capitol Museum
    Free admission every day
    More than 20 exhibits help tell the story of Arizona’s growth as a state from its territorial days to the present.

    1700 W. Washington
    (602) 926-3620
  • Gallery at City Hall
    Free admission every day
    The City of Phoenix’s historic and contemporary art collection. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    200 W. Washington St.
    (602) 262-6213
  • The Phoenix Art Museum, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and First Friday
    Free admission every first Friday of the month
    The Phoenix Art Museum and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix grant free admittance during First Friday. Although not exactly your typical museum, First Friday is held every first Friday of the month, hence the name. Art exhibits are strewn throughout Downtown Phoenix, and local vendors sell their handmade crafts.

    1625 N. Central Ave.
    (602) 257-1222


  • Katydid Insect Museum
    Children under the age of 3, free
    Although not exactly free, this museum’s entrance fee is only $4 for adults. The Katydid Insect Museum is for the bug lovers and the non-squeamish. You can either take a guided tour or wander amongst the thousands of mounted bugs and insects in labeled display cases.

    5060 W. Bethany Home Rd., #7
    (623) 931 8718
  • The Bead Museum
    Free admission on Thursday after 5 p.m.
    This museum offers a collection of more than 100,000 bead-related artifacts that explore how beads were used in art and as currency throughout the years.

    5754 W. Glenn Dr.
    (623) 931-2737
  • Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical Area
    Free admission every day
    This 17-acre park/museum hybrid features 13 original historic buildings, a rose garden, a barnyard and historic orchards. The Sahuaro Ranch Park is one of Arizona’s oldest ranches.

    9802 N. 59th Ave.
    (623) 930-4200


  • African American Multicultural Museum
    Free admission every day
    The focus of this museum is on African American culture. Exhibits feature art and historical items that change quarterly.

    617 N. Scottsdale Rd., #A
    (480) 314-4400
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    Free admission all day Thursday and on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, or SMoCa, has exhibits that present contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.

    7374 E. Second St.
    (480) 874-4665
  • Scottsdale Historical Museum
    Free admission every day
    “The mission of the Scottsdale Historical Museum is to present, preserve and interpret through research, exhibits and educational programming, the prehistory, history and cultural heritage of Scottsdale and the Southwest.”

    7333 E. Scottsdale Mall
    (480) 945-4499


  • Mesa Contemporary Arts Center
    Free admission every first Sunday of the month
    The Arizona Museum for Youth and Arizona Museum of Natural History grant free admission on the first Sunday of every month from noon to 5 p.m. Special activities are also held such as a create-your-own-artwork for kids area and free outside performances in the MCA’s courtyard.

    One E. Main St.
    (480) 644-6500


  • ASU Museum of Anthropology
    Free admission every day
    Exhibits showcase current issues related to culture and society as well as archaeology and human origin. The museum is open Monday thru Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    900 S. Cady Mall
    (480) 965-6224
    ASU Tempe campus, building SHESC
  • Tempe Center for the Arts
    Free admission every day
    This performing and visual arts center is publicly owned and entrance is free. Includes a gallery with exhibits of two- and three-dimensional artwork by local and internationally recognized artists.

    700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
    (480) 350-2829
  • ASU Art Museum
    Free admission every day
    The ASU Art Museum has five modern galleries filled with contemporary art. The museum is located inside the Nelson Fine Arts Center and is closed on Sunday and Monday.

    Mill Ave. and 10th St.
    (480) 965-2787