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Arizona’s works of art have a variety of inspirations, from American Indian history and Old West tales to the state’s renowned natural features.
These influences and more can be seen in Arizona’s galleries, where countless pieces of art, crafts, and other artifacts can be found. Ranging from traditional oil paintings of Southwestern landscapes to avant-garde sculpture and beyond, Arizona has a flourishing art scene across the state, from major cities to remote desert communities.
In Old Town Scottsdale, dozens of galleries – offering a wide range of art from Native American and Western to modern and contemporary – open their doors during the traditional Thursday night Scottsdale ArtWalk. In downtown Phoenix, thousands of locals and visitors take to the streets for a laid-back, self-guided art walk during First Fridays. Must-see galleries in the Phoenix and Tucson regions include the Heard Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: SMoCA, Phoenix Art Museum, and MOCA: Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson.
Sedona – Arizona’s original artist’s community – is a top destination for art lovers, while historic Jerome and Bisbee have also become a haven for artists. Check the Events Calendar for towns you plan to visit to learn about art-related happenings. After all, artwork is an excellent souvenir.