Established in 1959, the Phoenix Art Museum, provides access to art to both the local community and visitors from around the world through an excellent collection of art, and various exhibitions and events throughout the year. The largest art museum in the Southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum is home to a collection of art from around the world, including American, Asian, European and Latin American art, as well Contemporary, Modern, Photography, and Fashion.

The Museum hosts a variety of year-round art-related events such as festivals, live shows and performances, independent art films, and educational programs for students and adults. The Phoenix Art Museum can also be hired for private functions and special celebrations which can be enjoyed in the Museum's restaurant, Palette or the beautiful landscaped Dorrance Sculpture Garden. Next read: Best Things to Do in Phoenix, Arizona.

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The Phoenix Art Museum is home to a collection of art from around the world, including American, Western American, Asian, European and Latin American art, as well Contemporary, Modern, Photography, and Fashion.

The American collection traces the development of American artistic traditions from the late 18th century to the early 20th century and reflects the influence in naturalism stemming from European artistic traditions. Works range from early portrait and landscape painting in the 19th-century to the increasingly popular genre scenes, and the academic traditions of large-scale society painting. Artists that are represented in the collection include Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, Fitz Henry Lane, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Robert Henri, Gilbert Stuart, and John Singleton Copley.

A significant part of the Museum's collection is the Western collection and Art of the American West, which offers diverse interpretations of the region by current artists and those of the past. The collection features a range of subject matter in all manner of styles from abstract compositions to highly detailed images, and include works by early 19th-century explorer artists, members of the early 20th-century Taos School, and early Western modernists from New Mexico. Artists include Albert Bierstadt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ernest Blumenschein, Chuck Forsman, Ernest Martin Hennings, and Paul Pletka.

Housed in the Art of Asia galleries, the Asian collection focuses on the unique qualities in the arts of diverse Asian cultures, including China, India, Japan, Nepal, Tibet, Sri Lanka, and Java. The collection includes a Japanese tokonoma alcove and samurai armor, stunning sculptures carved from jade, and a Chinese “scholar’s rock,” as well as showcases cross-cultural comparisons between Asian and other cultures.

The European Collection explores the characteristics of the central European styles from Renaissance to Impressionism through more than 1,200 paintings, drawings, and sculptures dating back to the 14th century. Artists in the collection include Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Il Guercino), Auguste Rodin, Ferdinand-Victor-Eugene Delacroix, Marco Palmezzano, Claude Monet, Abraham Janssens, and Gustave Courbet.

The Latin American Collection encompasses over 500 works of art from the 18th through 20th centuries and features Spanish Colonial artworks such as religious portraits, and paintings, decorative arts, and furniture. The collection also boasts extraordinary works by Mexican painters and printmakers from the early- and mid-20th century. Mexican artists include Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Guadalupe Posada, Rufino Tamayo, and Alfredo Ramos Martínez, while contemporary Latin American artists featured include Jac Leirner, José Bedia, Rivane Neuenschwander, and Jesús Rafael Soto.

Established in the 1950s, the Contemporary Collection includes artworks in unique materials and media, including mirrored glass, computer-controlled LED lighting, and video, and ceramics, as well as traditional paintings, outdoor sculpture, and large-scale photography. The Contemporary Art collection features works by leading artists, including Anish Kapoor, Michal Rovner, Josiah McElheny, Sol LeWitt, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, and Donald Judd.

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The Modern Art Collection reflects the progressive art trends that begin in Europe and spread around the world and features works from the turn-of-the-20th century with over 2,400 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. The collection highlights the developments of Post-Impressionism, Geometric Abstraction, Surrealism, Regionalism and the American Scene, as well as the early stages of Abstract Expressionism and artists, range from Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Jean Cocteau to Stuart Davis, Milton Avery, Florine Stettheimer, and Hugo Robus.

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona collaborates with the Museum to present the world-renowned Photography collection, which features more than 80,000 works by 2,000 photographers. Based at the Norton Gallery, regular rotating exhibitions feature such artists as Lola Alvarez Bravo, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Richard Avedon.

The Fashion collection houses an array of fashions from the 18th to late 20th centuries and features more than 4,500 American and European garments, shoes and accessories. Emphasizing major American designers of the 20th century, the collection includes designers such as Claire McCardell, Galanos, and Adrian, as well as European Designers such as Chanel, Balenciaga, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent.

The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 North Central Avenue in Phoenix and is open Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. The Museum is home to the Lemon Art Research Library, a non-circulating research library with a collection of over 40,000 books, periodicals, artist files that reflect the strengths of the Museum's art collection. The library, which is the largest specialized fine arts library in the region, and includes materials with a focus on Asian, Latin American, Western American, European, Modern & Contemporary, and Fashion Design, is open to the public, free of charge.

The Museum features a variety of amenities, including the Palette Restaurant, a casual American restaurant that serves a seasonally focused menu that showcases local farmers and producers through an array of delicious cuisine, such as local meats, handcrafted cheeses, organic vegetables, olives and boutique beers and wines.

The Museum also has a Museum Store that offers an extensive selection of art books, home décor, jewelry, gifts, and children’s art books related to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, as well as education items and craft work from regional artists.

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1625 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685, Phone: 602-257-1880