Join Phoenix artist Joe Willie Smith and Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections and exhibitions for Scottsdale Public Art—the co-curators of WEST—Arizona Artists of Color—on Friday, February 19, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a virtual art reception as they chat with some of the featured artists from the exhibition, now on display at the Civic Center Public Gallery inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. The virtual exhibition will be hosted on Zoom.
WEST—Arizona Artists of Color aims to show the West as these artists know it—with a rich cultural history. Their work in Arizona shows the universal need to belong, to be accepted, and to be seen, as well as shedding light on the struggle to make social connections and understand one another. The artists in this exhibition express their solidarity with the human condition and the need to be free of prejudice and injustice.
This exhibition combines the talents of some well-recognized names along with emerging artists, who are equally challenged to have their work exhibited. We are pleased to present the work of the following artists: Gloria Martinez-Granados, Eugene Grigsby, Annie Lopez, Stephen Marc, Hugo Medina, Sebastiao Pereira, Joe Ray, Safwat Saleem, Joe Willie Smith, Ani Tung, Claire A. Warden, and Frank Ybarra.