Press RoomPhoenix Art Museum announces new in-gallery art-education experience, presents virtual events and artist spotlights through October 2020

Phoenix Art Museum announces new in-gallery art-education experience, presents virtual events and artist spotlights through October 2020

Sep, 23, 2020

Special Events and Programs

Phoenix Art Museum announces new in-gallery art-education experience, presents virtual events and artist spotlights through October 2020

PHOENIX (September 23, 2020) – Beginning October 7 for Members and October 14 for the general public, visitors to Phoenix Art Museum will enjoy a new, virtual in-gallery experience that virtually connects them with Museum Docents so they can learn more about artworks on view in one of the Museum’s latest headlining exhibitions, Teresita Fernández: Elemental. The new program will serve as a virtual alternative to daily, public, Docent-led tours, which, in addition to all in-person Museum events, tours, and public programs, remain suspended until further notice as part of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to prioritize the health and well-being of its visitors, staff, and volunteers. The Museum will also continue to present virtual events through October 2020, in addition to continuing its biweekly PhxArtist Spotlight series, which showcases Arizona artists across the institution’s bilingual blog and social media channels.

For information on new visitor policies and procedures that will take effect when the Museum re-opens to Members on October 1 and to the general public on October 14, click here.

Dial-A-Docent | Teresita Fernández: Elemental In-Gallery Experience
Available beginning October 7
Wednesdays | 11 am – noon and 4 – 6pm
Thursday – Sunday | 11 am – noon

Beginning October 7, Phoenix Art Museum will launch its new “Dial-A-Docent” program, a new virtual in-gallery experience in Teresita Fernández: Elemental. The program will enable visitors to safely engage with and learn from volunteer educators from the Museum’s Docent Corps through Zoom, a video-conference platform. Members and visitors will be able to access the virtual experience on their personal devices as they explore the first floor of the new exhibition, whose premiere was postponed due to the Museum’s COVID-19 closure. Login information for the “Dial-A-Docent” program will be available on-site.


Presented by Phoenix Art Museum, PhxArtist Spotlight is a new weekly series that explores what inspires and motivates Valley creatives, while leveraging the Museum’s reach in its community to support and expand awareness of working artists, many of whom have been deeply impacted by the economic effects of COVID-19. Twice a month, the Museum highlights a different artist working in Arizona, posting a Q&A with the artist and images of their work on the Museum’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter channels and on the Museum’s bilingual blog. The artist is also highlighted in a monthly email sent to Museum Members, Circles of Support donors, and an email subscriber list of more than 67,000 followers.

For more information on the series and to nominate artists for a future PhxArtist Spotlight, click here. For recent spotlights on artists Danny Upshaw, Manny Burruel, Christopher S. “Boats” Oshana, and Angela Zapata, click here.


Weekly Virtual Mindfulness Sessions

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Noon
Scientific studies show the art of mindfulness can relieve anxiety, depression, pain, and stress and actually change the way we feel, think, work, and play by opening new pathways in the brain. Presented in collaboration with Hospice of the Valley, this free, 30-minute, at-home mindfulness session promotes living in the moment. This session is hosted on Zoom, a video-conference platform. For more information, click here.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Virtual Programming + Special-Admission Pricing

October 12, 14–18
On October 12, Phoenix Art Museum will present a virtual art-making activity as part of a live-stream celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day hosted by Indigenous Peoples’ Day Arizona. More information will be posted soon on and

From October 14 through October 18, Phoenix Art Museum will offer free admission to all visitors with tribal IDs.

Virtual Slow Art at Home | Guided Meditation with Phoenix Art Museum

October 22 | Noon
Guided by a Museum educator, this pay-what-you-wish #PhxArtatHome meditation session provides an opportunity to connect with the present moment and create a deeper understanding of a work of art from the Museum’s collection. October’s Slow Art will be presented through Zoom, a video-conference platform. For more information and to RSVP, click here.


Virtual Exhibition Tour | India: Fashion’s Muse

Helen Jean, the Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, takes viewers on a virtual tour of India: Fashion’s Muse. Featuring more than 50 stunning ensembles and accessories, the Museum’s latest fashion exhibition celebrates the extraordinary craftsmanship of fashions from India as well as the global trends and couture fantasies they’ve inspired across centuries. In addition to traditional garments and designer works by Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Halston, and Chanel, Fashion’s Muse features contemporary ensembles by Anamika Khanna to illustrate how Indian fashion designers today are merging traditional practices and techniques with modern materials and sensibilities. Click here to experience the virtual tour.

Virtual Exhibition Preview and Audio Guides | Teresita Fernández: Elemental

Virtually preview the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Teresita Fernández: Elemental, the first mid-career retrospective of the internationally acclaimed conceptual artist. Fernández is best known for her immersive installations and sculptures and her monumental public art commissions. Click here for virtual exhibition and audio guides to learn more about how her work challenges conventional definitions of the landscape and explores the relationship between material, history, nature, and place.

About Phoenix Art Museum

Since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has provided millions of guests with access to world-class art and experiences in an effort to ignite imaginations, create meaningful connections, and serve as a brave space for all people who wish to experience the transformative power of art. Located in Phoenix’s Central Corridor, the Museum is a vibrant destination for the visual arts and the largest art museum in the southwestern United States. Each year, more than 300,000 guests engage with critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions and the Museum’s collection of more than 20,000 works of American and Western American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. The Museum also presents a comprehensive film program, live performances, and educational programs designed for visitors of all ages, along with vibrant photography exhibitions made possible through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit, or call 602.257.1880.

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