Raven Chacon (Diné) honors matriarchal Indigenous resistance at the Harwood Museum in a unique grouping of visual, video, and sound works that will be shown in New Mexico for the first time.
Tucson, Arizona is home to an incredible community of creative people. Southwest Contemporary visited in November 2023 to discover the local art scene.
Jeannie Hua’s Tailings Focuses on a Dark History Involving Chinese Americans, Mining Waste, and a Burial Site
Las Vegas artist Jeannie Hua conceptually illustrates the Tonopah tailings burial site and asks the viewer to ponder the historic neglect of Asian Americans who settled in the American West.
Blue Lotus Artists’ Collective, or BLAC, is a new Tucson gallery—and perhaps the first of its kind—dedicated to elevating local, national, and international Black artists.
Snakebite Creation Space’s Geneva Foster Gluck and Racheal Rios invite artists to install exhibitions that push their practices in new directions while challenging the constraints of a typical gallery show.
Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, known as MOCA Tucson, supports regional and local artists through grants, community events, peer connections, and more. Here’s why artists and curators say that matters.
Twin Flames: The George Floyd Uprising from Minneapolis to Phoenix at ASU Art Museum displays signs, artworks, and other community offerings from George Floyd Square.
Artists and preservationists Beatrice Moore and Tony Zahn recall how they established Phoenix’s Grand Avenue arts district despite wanting to do the opposite.
Ceramicist Elaine Parks, in the under-appreciated northern Nevada landscape, carefully combs the environment to find and fashion objects that command awareness and attention.
From contemporary Korean photography to a time-spanning collection of Andean fiber arts and a bubbling biennial on the U.S.-Mexico border, let these exhibitions across the Southwest be bright lights on these short, dark days.
Del Harrow, a Colorado-based ceramicist, combines ancient practices and contemporary technologies to create historically informed objects that tell stories toward a more sustainable future.
Ronald Rael Constructs an Architecture of the Borderlands with 3D-Printed Adobe and Regional Histories
Ronald Rael, who was born and raised in the San Luis Valley, harnesses the inherent contradictions between heritage and digital-build practices in his 3D-printed adobe works.
“I’m Here, We’re Here”: The Work of Manuel Carrillo in Conversation with Delilah Montoya and Maryssa Rose Chavez
Though focused on a 20th-century photographer, Manuel Carrillo: Mexican Modernist illuminates a sense of community identity through beauty that connects to the work of artists practicing in the Southwest today.
The Appropriation in the Arts series of panel discussions at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Sedona Arts Center tackles topics ranging from mass-produced costume Navajo jewelry to spiritual colonialism.
Celebrated Boulder-based performer Andrea Gibson, known for their spoken word poetry on topics ranging from gun reform to mental health, succeeds Bobby LeFebre as the tenth poet laureate of Colorado.
Bloomberg Public Art Challenge funding will help Phoenix and Salt Lake City address climate change, and Houston examine homelessness, through temporary public art that engages artists and community members.
Cey Adams, Album Cover Designer of Iconic Public Enemy Record, Receives the Retrospective Treatment in North Texas
The first Cey Adams retrospective displays more than four decades of the artist’s commercial collaborations with global brands and hip-hop visuals that include Public Enemy and Beastie Boys album covers.
Amanda Dannáe Romero and sheri crider discuss the Sanitary Tortilla Factory exhibition featuring the work of system-impacted youth and the role of art in creating social change in New Mexico.
As Southwest art spaces such as Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum deal with art censorship allegations, national art censorship and art law experts weigh in on the broader issue.
Nani Chacon, Hand and Machine, and Working Classroom PAHTIA Mural Collaboration Celebrates Healing, Empowers Education
Nani Chacon, Hand and Machine, and Working Classroom student artists collaborated to create PAHTIA, an interactive, site-specific space for healing via art and technology at Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Ben Aleck's exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art looks at thirty years of work by the artist and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe member who has witnessed key Native American political moments.
Grand County, Utah commissioners censored a quote by a historic Black cowboy about racial and class equality in a mural proposed by artist Chip Thomas.
Janna Ireland’s Spectral Photographs of Nevada Architecture Explore Paul R. Williams’s Expansive Footing in the Silver State
Paul R. Williams, the first Black architect to be licensed to work in the Western United States, is the subject of a multi-venue exhibition of photographs by artist Janna Ireland.
Todd Dobbs’s captivating journey of AI-generated imagery and its complex relationship with human perception—packaged in a witty exploration of art and technology—challenges assumptions about the “typical American.”
Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts Unveils New Gallery in a Celebration that Commemorates Past, Present, and Future
The Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, a Salt Lake City organization that promotes marginalized artists, aims to revitalize its mission with a new exhibition space centered on community-based programming.
Check out these Southwest art exhibitions for fall 2023, featuring the churning creativity of community, the crisis of climate change, and cowboys.
Rat Fink Museum, curiously located in rural and religious Utah, celebrates Ed "Big Daddy" Roth’s inventive style that continues to influence present-day contemporary art.
Exhibition by “Under-Understood” Louise Nevelson Reclaims the Late Artist’s Place in American Art History
The World Outside: Louise Nevelson at Midcentury at the Amon Carter takes a fresh look at the influential artist through a historical lens, and argues that the world shaped her.
Photojournalist Russel Albert Daniels posits his family history as a bridge to larger investigations into Indigenous histories and the legacy of colonial violence and displacement in the American Southwest.
Amy Ernst, who "tried to run away" from her art-making family legacy, which includes Philipp, Max, and Jimmy Ernst, showcases abstract surrealist collages at Sedona City Hall.
Byron T. Seeley of Monk King Bird Pottery makes the most of his time making and selling art in a former uranium mine boomtown with a current population of twenty-two.
Kimball Art Center completes the year-long exhibition project Between Life and Land with the closing chapter entitled Crisis.
Groundswell at the Nasher Expands the Conversation Around Land Art to Include a Multiplicity of Perspectives
Groundswell: Women of Land Art features twelve artists—some names familiar, some fresh—all working concurrently yet in the shadow of their male Land Art counterparts.
The Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum in Las Vegas, dedicated to the late artist, traces Abbey’s prolific but underappreciated career that remained cemented in Southern Nevada.
Hole N” The Rock—a 1930s excavated cave that honors Jesus Christ and Franklin Delano Roosevelt—is a feat of do-it-yourself architecture just off Highway 191 near Moab, Utah.
How Four 2023 Latinx Artist Fellows Are Working in the Southwest–And Where You Can See Their Artwork
The four Southwest-based winners of a 2023 Latinx Artist Fellowship—who each received $50,000 in unrestricted funds—include Margarita Cabrera, Verónica Gaona, Postcommodity, and Daisy Quezada Ureña.