ArtExhibitionsGuarding the Art: A Frontline Perspective

Guarding the Art: A Frontline Perspective

January 19 – December 1, 2024 Located in Rineberg Gallery and Ballinger Gallery

Guarding the Art: A Frontline Perspective features works from the Phoenix Art Museum Collection selected by 13 guest curators from the Museum’s security, event-rentals, and retail-services teams, all of whom regularly engage with artworks and visitors in the galleries.

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About the Exhibition

Conceived by the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), which is led by Asma Naeem, PhD, the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, and BMA Trustee Amy Elias, Guarding the Art provided the opportunity for these guest curators to draw from their unique insights and perspectives and create an original exhibition, including didactics, interpretation materials, object labels, and an illustrated catalogue. They worked closely with mentoring curator Susana Torruella Leval, Director Emerita and former chief curator of El Museo del Barrio, and PhxArt organizing curator, Christian Ramírez, the Cohn Assistant Curator of Contemporary and Community Art Initiatives. They also collaborated with the Museum’s registration and preparation team, marketing and communications, the education and engagement department, and all administrative teams critical to presenting our exhibitions to the community.

PhxArt followed the model developed by the BMA after its 2022 exhibition debut and presents its own exhibition – the first national iteration of the exhibition – to Arizona audiences. 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 Guest Curators

Guarding the Art Guest Curators

Teresa Andreno /// Retail Sales Lead Associate
Lindsay Caglio /// Security Dispatch Operator
Devin Carreon /// Gallery Attendant
John Hatch /// Gallery Attendant
Rachel Hawthorne /// Event Specialist
Brielle Lee /// Gallery Attendant
Saul Millan /// Gallery Attendant
Sarah Jean (SJ) Molina /// Senior Event Specialist
Martha Montour /// Gallery Attendant
Destiny Montoya /// Gallery Attendant
Myia Ramirez /// Gallery Attendant
Juan José Oliveros Saldaña /// Gallery Attendant
Savaughna Yohannes /// Gallery Attendant


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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