Phoenix Center for the Arts announces October gallery opening

A view from one of last year's galleries at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. (submitted photo)

A view from one of last year’s galleries at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. (submitted photo)

The Phoenix Center for the Arts has announced an exhibition showcasing student work in its new gallery space, opening 6 p.m. Oct. 7.

Committed to high quality, accessible arts education, Phoenix Center for the Arts continues to remain heavily involved with the local art community, according to a press release.

The center’s new public gallery space will host bimonthly, first and third Friday artist receptions. The gallery will remain open to the public during business hours, seven days a week. Each upcoming gallery exhibition will feature a different thematic focus, the release stated.

The juried artwork for the October showcase represents a diverse student population of varying ages and skill sets. Younger students participate in a variety of visual arts courses, surrounded by an environment designed to foster childhood creativity.

Adult classes at the center include not only drawing, painting, printmaking and photography courses for all levels, but also expert instruction in three-dimensional mediums, such as ceramics, glass, metals/jewelry and mosaics.

Since it’s inception in 1975, Phoenix Center for the Arts has offered high-quality, cost effective, community-focus arts education programs for students from all walks of life. In fact, the center hosts an array of over 600 adult and youth classes in a variety of mediums every single year, the release stated.

Classes are held at both the main Phoenix Center for the Arts campus downtown and at their new north Phoenix location, Thunderbird Arts Center.

“It’s one small move for a gallery, one large move for our center,” said Phoenix Center for the Arts Director Joseph Benesh, in the release. “As a community organization, the most important word and concept for us is ‘community.’ Therefore, to honor our students who are at the core of our community, we’re moving the gallery to a room that will have better visibility to the public. It will also serve as a better space when others want to use it.”

Phoenix Center for the Arts seeks to not only encourage tangible student/instructor involvement with the opening of the new gallery space, but also community involvement and support.

The student exhibition is a free event. Phoenix Center for the Arts is at 1202 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix.

For more about Phoenix Center for the Arts, visit or call 602-254-3100.

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