The Arizona State University Art Museum specializes in contemporary American and British ceramics but that's not all. From its humble beginnings as a library with a small book collection, the museum has grown to more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection.
The Arizona State University Art Museum boasts a spectacular collection of contemporary American and British ceramics, but amazingly began as a small display among stacks of books at the school's Matthews Library.
Eventually, when a new library was built, the art stayed and interest grew.
From its humble beginnings in 1952, the ASU Art Museum now occupies more than 10,000 square feet of exhibition space, with more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection.
Along the way, the museum acquired more space, including five large galleries, storage and administrative offices.
Contemporary artists are highlighted and emphasized, along with Latin American Art.
Experience an architectural landmark and unprecedented performances at Grady Gammage Auditorium, located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. As one of the largest university-based performing centers in the world, ASU Gammage presents the Broadway Across America series along with entertainers in the field of dance, music and performing arts.
Arizona State University Gammage is a wildly popular venue in the Phoenix area, known for staging big-name Broadway shows and hosting top-notch entertainers and performers.
ASU Gammage is a spectacular building from the outside as well. In fact, it was was of the last designs by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The $2.46 million building is one of the largest performing arts centers in the world based within a university setting. The main stage of ASU Gammage seats 3,000 spectators, with 3 levels of seating. The arrangement means that no seat is more than 115 feet from the stage.
Outside, two pedestrian bridges span 200 feet to the entrance, and folds of concrete mimic the feel of stage curtains. ASU Gammage is Frank Loyd Wright's only public building design in Arizona.
ASU Gammage is the go-to theater for Broadway Across America in Arizona. Previous performances have included "Mama Mia!," "Wicked," "Mary Poppins," "Shrek The Musical," "Hair" and "Young Frankenstein."INFO
View a spectacular performance of dance artistry and athleticism with Ballet Arizona, Phoenix's premier professional dance company. Classics and contemporary interpretations are a regular part of the season, with performances such as "The Nutcracker" and "Modern Masters."
View art on the cutting edge at Bentley Projects, a place where national and local artists exhibit their work. Painters, sculptors, photographers and videographers are among the prominent exhibitors on display.
If you enjoy Broadway productions in an intimate setting, then Chandler Center for the Arts is your kind of theater. The entertainment venue also specializes in bringing top-name performers to the stage, especially jazz and adult contemporary musicians.
The Herberger Theater Center is an incubator for the cutting-edge arts and entertainment scene in Phoenix. Part of the theater's mission is to educate and intrigue children in the fine art of live performances. Some of the lively productions are staged for children and feature local, talented child actors.
The Herberger Theater Center is not only a performing arts center, but is known in the Phoenix area as a cultivator and advocate for the arts community.
The theater center helped to revitalize downtown Phoenix during 1989, when the city was undergoing major redevelopment and renovation. Since then, the Herberger Theater Center has remained true to its original mission, by driving the cultural and educational development of the greater Phoenix area. Every year, the theater hosts 175,000 patrons and 30,000 school children.
The Herberger Theater Center is home to three theater groups: the Actors Theatre, the Arizona Theatre Company and the Center Dance Ensemble.
To round out the inviting beauty of the center, visitors can view the works of Arizona artists in the Upper Steele Pavilion.
Recent productions at the Herberger Theater Center include "Ain't Misbehavin'," "The Screwtape Letters," "Woody Guthrie's American Song" and "Seussical the Musical."
Get your groove on at the Marquee Theatre, an intimate entertainment venue that showcases cutting edge talent and college bands on the brink of superstardom. And they're in good company. Bands like Bad Religion, Social Distortion and Jimmy Eat World have all performed here.
To put it simply, the Marquee Theatre rocks downtown Tempe like no other.
The historic landmark is now owned and run by Lucky Man Concerts, the southwest's No. 1 event producer. And what a ride it's been.
As one of the top clubs in the area, the Marquee Theatre has hosted well-known bands like New Found Glory, Owl City, AFI and Jack's Mannequin.
The Marquee Theatre has interesting neighbors that give the club much of its flavor. It's adjacent to the Salt River and is also neighbor to Arizona State University, where a large college crowd comes out to hear the likes of performers such as Gary Hoey, Shawn Johnson, Soulfly, Bad Religion, Social Distortion and Jimmy Eat World
The Phoenix Convention Center is the hub of activity in the arts and cultural scene in Phoenix. The flexible arena is able to stage small intimate affairs to large-scale stage productions. In fact, it has been named one of the Top 20 convention centers in the U.S.
The hustle and bustle of Phoenix is captured in one of its main attractions, the Phoenix Convention Center.
The center, dubbed as "Arizona's latest greatest wonder," was expanded in 2008 and hasn't looked back since. Able to accommodate everything from a small seminar to a lunchtime event, to a multi-day conference or even a formal gala, the Phoenix Convention Center is known for its versatility and hospitality. In fact, it now boasts nearly 1 million square feet of meeting and event space, placing it in the position as one of the Top 20 convention centers in the U.S.
As a jewel in the Arizona desert, the Phoenix Convention Center takes advantage of the natural beauty of its surroundings. Native metals, stones and other materials were used to build out the convention center. Plus, the architecture interacts with the natural light and sunsets of the area, showcasing magnificent views.
Inside, artwork from regional, national and international artists are on display for your viewing pleasure.
Other venues include the Executive Conference Center, Symphony Hall or Orpheum Theatre.
Symphony Hall a gathering place for all of the top Phoenix arts and cultural institutions. The completely renovated entertainment venue is home to the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona. A dazzling interior complements the stunning performances that set the bar here, including touring Broadway productions.
The Phoenix Symphony has been making its mark on the Phoenix cultural scene since 1947. Today, the musicians perform almost 200 concerts and presentations in the region at Symphony Hall.
Originally, the symphony began with a group of talented musicians getting together occasionally to perform sporadic concerts throughout the years. As interest grew, the Phoenix Symphony became an official body with an annual season from September through the beginning of June.
The Phoenix Symphony is sensitive to the needs of the community, not only in its performances but also to draw and attract young and old alike to the magic of orchestral performances. The symphony collaborates with many artistic partners from the region, including the Phoenix Art Museum and the Phoenix Theatre.
Themes throughout the year have included a regular series of Classics, Symphony Pops, Chamber Orchestra, and Family offerings, as well as special community presentations celebrating various holidays and area events. There have also been special performances including the Rediscovered Masters series, and a festival of the World's greatest piano concertos.
Take in a live stage performance at one of the oldest community theaters in the nation, the Phoenix Theatre. This entertainment organization stages major programs that span the generations, including main stage productions, a children's theater series, and a festival of new works by established and emerging playwrights.
The Phoenix Theatre enjoys the distinction of being the oldest arts institution in Arizona, as well as one of the oldest arts organizations in the country.
With its heavyweight reputation, the Phoenix Theatre delivers on the promise of entertainment for all ages. The versatile theater was founded in 1920 as Phoenix Little Theatre, and includes the following major programs and performance areas:
Recent productions at The Phoenix Theatre include "Les Misérables," "Hairspray," and "Noises Off."
The Nash preserves the cultural treasure of American music history, showcases live performance and ensures the future of the art of jazz for generations to come. Educational and performance programs include: classic jazz and new music; performances by student musicians, local pros and touring artists; weekly jazz jam sessions; workshops; master classes; and clinics.