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Guarding the Art

02/10/2024 to 07/28/2024 Located in Rineberg Gallery and Ballinger Gallery

Guarding the Art challenges traditional museum hierarchies, highlighting artworks from the PhxArt Collection chosen by guest curators selected from the Museum’s frontline staff.

About the Exhibition

Guarding the Art will feature works from the Phoenix Art Museum Collection selected by guest curators from the Museum’s security, visitor services, facilities, event-rentals, and retail-services teams, all of whom regularly engage with artworks and visitors in the galleries. This unprecedented initiative was conceived in Baltimore by Amy Elias, longtime Trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Drawing from their unique insights and perspectives on the art and guest experience, Guarding the Art curators will create an exhibition, didactic and interpretation materials, object labels, and a publication, working in collaboration with Museum staff across marketing and communications, preparation and registration, education and engagement, and other departments. In addition, the team will work with a renowned art historian and scholar who will provide additional mentorship and professional development support.

PhxArt will follow the model developed by the BMA after its 2022 exhibition debut and present its own exhibition—the first national iteration of the initiative—to Arizona audiences in 2024. The project, which challenges traditional museum hierarchies and fosters dialogue about who can and should talk about art, is the first of its kind at Phoenix Art Museum.


Guarding the Art was founded by the Baltimore Museum of Art with generous support from the Pearlstone Family Fund. Its presentation at Phoenix Art Museum is made possible through the generosity of Presenting Sponsor PNC Bank.

About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.


On view for a limited time, exhibitions present art from across the centuries and the globe, from iconic fashion to Old Master paintings, contemporary photography to historical objects of Asia.


Featuring more than 20,000 objects, the collection spans the globe, bringing the world to our city, and our city to the world.


Since 1986, Phoenix Art Museum has awarded more than $350,000 to over 200 Arizona-based artists through two annual artist awards opportunities.


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