Big Gay Art Show
December 6-22, 2023
The Big Gay Art Show is a juried art show that exhibits and sells artwork in support of the LGBTQ+ community and allies. In the past, Sedona Arts Center hosted and promoted this event. In 2022, SAC took over hosting the event at the request of Sedona Pride. This much anticipated, well attended exhibition is open to all artists in any medium and of any level. In 2012, the Big Gay Art Show was conceptualized by a small group – some connected to SAC and others in the Sedona Pride organization. The event began as an effort to offer the LGBTQ+ community a voice in the local art scene. Since that first show, SAC has welcomed hundreds of emerging and professional artists to Sedona to share their work throughout the history of the event.
Out of the Fire: Student Ceramics Show
January 26-28, 2024
This is our annual exhibition of student and faculty work from the Sedona Arts Center’s Ceramics Department. All work in the Exhibition has been produced at the Arts Center during Classes and Open Studios. The Ceramics Department is headed by Dennis Ott, winner of the 2018 Governor’s Arts Award of Arizona for Arts Education and the City of Sedona Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Instruction. Students of Dennis Ott, Neil Kennedy and Laura Howe and their work will be featured in this weekend pop-up show and sale.
Vision & Sound: An African American Experience
February 1-March 29, 2024
Sedona Arts Center presents exhibits and a series of events featuring the works of African-American artists and advocates in Sedona, Peoria and Goodyear for the third year in partnership with the ASU Center for the Study of Race & Democracy, the City of Peoria, and the City of Goodyear. Now in its 9th year (3rd led by Sedona Arts Center), Vision and Sound: An African American Experience (V & S) uses personal perspective, cultural traditions, and the beauty of the arts to provide audiences insights into the accomplishments of African Americans and promotes inclusion in and through the arts and culture. Vision and Sound is presented during Black History Month and offers opportunities for the public to explore African American cultures and experiences. To expand the reach and impact of the exhibition, SAC introduced a Symposium in 2023 entitled Understanding Culture and Race Through the Arts which featured two keynote speakers, a DEI workshop and panel discussions with participating artists. This will be repeated in 2024 with an expanded agenda and more in-depth discussions. In addition, programs, events and exhibits will be held in Goodyear, Peoria and Glendale during the celebration. Artists will conduct live demonstrations of their work at various events.
SAC Juried Members Show
March 4-29, 2024
The annual Juried Members Show features about 75 artists from across the country who are Members of the Arts Center. This exhibit offers a wide variety of art forms and celebrates those who support the Arts Center.
DEADLINE for submission: January 20, 2024
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Celebrating 65 Years in Ceramics
April 3-26, 2024
Ceramics education has been integral to the Arts Center since it was founded. The Arts Center has educated and developed so many noteworthy ceramicists over the years that we couldn’t let this year pass without celebrating ceramics contribution to the arts in Arizona as well as the artists who’ve graced Sedona Arts Center’s halls over the years. This invitational will feature notable ceramicists from throughout Arizona and will include artist talks and demonstrations.
DEADLINE for submission: February 2, 2024
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Joella Jean Mahoney Exhibit & Sale
May 1-31, 2024
Long-time Sedona Arts Center artist, Joella Jean Mahoney will be celebrated posthumously with this retrospective and sale of her work. Joella Jean Mahoney was a committed artist since early childhood. Mahoney was a Professor of Art Emerita, University of La Verne where she began developing the Art Department in 1964. She held a B.A. in Art from Northern Arizona University and an MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University. Mahoney was known for her dramatic, large-scale landscapes in oil. Even though she developed a flower series, a figure series, and a horse series, the canyon landscape of the Colorado Plateau became the major motif of her paintings. These landscapes contain all the elements of her huge originality; the spontaneous brush strokes, the inventive shapes, lambent color, and monumental scale of work and vision. Mahoney’s distinctive style that bridges realism and abstraction uses color and structure to share with the viewer the spiritual content of experiencing the miracle of nature and life. Presented in partnership with National Museum of Women in the Arts – AZ Committee, more than 50 of Joella’s works will be available for viewing and sale.
¡Que Hermoso! – A Celebration of Latinx Artists
June 5-28, 2024
This will be the second year of this unique exhibit featuring deeply moving imagery that celebrates Latinx cultural identity and traditions. Encompassing a variety of artists and art forms, this vibrant exhibition highlights histories, familism, forgotten stories, and rich personal and collective experiences