Shemer Art Center and Museum Phoenix, Arizona

by PeggyHazelwood

The Shemer Art Center and Museum in Phoenix, Arizona holds special art exhibits like the Water in the Desert Exhibit and offers art classes to members and the general public.

Shemer Art Center and Museum Phoenix, Arizona

Shemer Art Center and Museum grounds
Shemer Art Center and Museum grounds
Peggy Hazelwood

History of the Shemer Art Museum

Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture

The Shemer Art Center and Museum is part of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, which was established in 1985. The Shemer Art Center and Museum came about through the efforts of Martha Shemer, who bought the house that is the art center and museum in 1984. She donated the house to the City of Phoenix if they agreed to operate and maintain the building as an art education center.

The Shemer Art Center and Museum Association (SACAMA) was formed in 1985 to operate the art center. Now the center is run in cooperation with the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.

The Shemer Art Center is located at 5005 East Camelback, Phoenix, Arizona 85018. The telephone number is 602-262-4727.

Art at the Shemer Art Museum

Statue of Woman with Water Bowl
Statue of Woman with Water Bowl
Peggy Hazelwood

Exhibitions at the Shemer

Varied Exhibits Provided for Public Viewing

The Shemer Art Center offers exhibitions throughout the year. The exhibit titled Seeking the Source:  Water in the Desert is running at the time of this writing. This exhibit runs from June 8 through July 27, 2011.

Water in the desert is of constant concern, and the exhibit details this journey through photography by Bryon Darby. The black and white photographs ranged from looks at dams, canals, and water that makes water available to the Phoenix and area population.

Previous exhibitions at the Shemer Art Center and Museum include the following:

  • Art Challenge Exhibit
  • Faculty / Student Exhibitions
  • Shemer "Alive" Exhibition
  • Joan C. Thompson "Diversions / Reminiscences"
  • Shemer "Point of Pride"

Sculptures at the Shemer Art Museum

Head Sculpture on the Shemer grounds
Head Sculpture on the Shemer grounds
Peggy Hazelwood

Rusty Tree Sculpture on the Shemer Art Center Grounds

Rusty Iron Tree on Grounds of Shemer Art Center
Rusty Iron Tree on Grounds of Shemer Art Center
Peggy Hazelwood

Adult Classes at the Shemer Art Center

To encourage art education and appreciation in the Phoenix community, the Shemer Art Center and Museum offers art classes and workshops for children and adults. The 2011 summer schedule includes the following adult classes:

  • Wheel Thrown Ceramics
  • Hand-Building Ceramics
  • Painting with Dry Pastel
  • Colored Pencil
  • Printmaking
  • Silver and Bronze Casting
  • Transparency in Art
  • Studio Painting, All Mediums
  • Found Objects

These adult classes are generally held for six or eight weeks and meet one day or evening per week.

Workshops held at the Shemer Museum last one, two, or three sessions. Recent workshops follow:

  • Higher and Higher:  Clay Totems
  • Plein Air for the Novice
  • Mat Cutting
  • Linocut Relief Printmaking

Art Supplies to Create Your Own Works of Art

Youth Classes at the Shemer Art Museum

A variety of art classes are offered for children and youth at the Shemer. The age range of the classes is from 9 years and older. Each class specifies the appropriate age range for each class. The following classes are offered for the summer 2013 session:

  • Polymer Clay
  • Paper Folding
  • Painting
  • Silkscreen Printing and Tie-Dye T-Shirts
  • Jewelry Making
  • Thinking Inside the Box
  • Fashion Design
  • Ceramics

The following classes for high school-age students are held on these dates:

  • Printmaking, Jewelry and Ceramics, June 10-14, 2013
  • Figure Drawing and Painting, June 17-21, 2013
  • Mixed Media, June 24-28, 2013

Thermostat Shaped Like a Chapel

Church Shaped Thermostat
Church Shaped Thermostat
Peggy Hazelwood

Have you visited any Phoenix art museums?

If you have, please share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Updated: 05/13/2013, PeggyHazelwood
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Mira on 08/11/2012

Hi Peggy, I wish there were art lessons at our National Art Museum as well. A few other institutions have started offering such lessons, but they're not as good as they would be if the Art Museum offered them. Also, the ones in the city at the moment are rather expensive. Anyway, great to find your article! :-)

Jimmie on 07/04/2011

I love to visit galleries and museums when I'm traveling anywhere. Thanks for the idea for AZ. (I've never been to that state, but you never know!)

petunia on 07/04/2011

Shemer Art Center sounds like a wonderful place to visit - and I really like that they offer so much for the children.

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