Gallery 37 Murals
The West Valley Art Council (WVAC) rolls out Gallery 37 each summer as a partnership between the organization and cities of the West Valley. The WVAC uses a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts to support Gallery 37. As a community project Gallery 37 joins a teaching artist and high school and community college students to design and execute. Local artists and students applied to WVAC to become part of the project. The artist works with the students to develop a design. The design mockup is presented at an Arts Commission meeting. Under the direction of the artist, the students produced the mural, while earning credit at the community college level.
Current mural project:
The rendition of the art to be installed at 83rd Avenue and Deer Village Parkway. The mural will be added to the concrete sound wall.
Gallery 37 murals completed in 2017:
"People of the Sun" mural
Barrel Cactus - Sculpture by Gordon Heuther
These iconic Barrel Cactus sculptures are being considered as an addition to Deer Village Park before the end of 2018. The artist is renowned International Sculptor, Gordon Huether. Gordon Huether Studio resides in Napa, CA and one of his public sculptures, Aureole, is on display at Peoria's Centennial Plaza in the City Hall Complex. The Barrel Cactus sculptures will be made of dichroic glass and the heights of the three pieces will be ten, six and four feet with diameters of 11’-6”, 5’-8” and 3’ respectively. Water-jet cut curved safety laminated dichroic glass will be mounted to aluminum-channeled pipes and substructures and sit atop poured round concrete, low-profile foundations.
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Public Art Projects Along Happy Valley Road
Project: Happy Valley Road & Lake Pleasant Parkway
For this location, Jeff Zischke's concept was approved by Mayor and Council after juried presentations on Sept 14 and 20 2017. The artwork is currently being built and it is expected to be installed this Fall 2018. Watch Zischke's presentation
September 2018 Update: Construction of the massive base structure is underway and will soon be transported to its final destination for completion. The lighted structure will welcome one and all to Peoria’s gateway from the north! Watch a video about Blooming Spire on Facebook.
Jeff Zischke at his Studio and Blooming Spire in Transit.
Peoria Arts Grant Program
The Peoria Arts Division administers an arts grant program with the goal of maintaining and increasing the number of arts opportunities available in Peoria. Non-profit arts organizations are encouraged to apply for arts grants for programs that serve the community. The Peoria Arts Commission awards individual grants up to $5,000.
The projects must take place in Peoria and demonstrate a direct benefit to the community. For more information about the grant programs, please contact Arts and Theater Manager Marylou Stephens 623-773-7968 or Arts Coordinator Susan Hardiman at 623-773-5193.
The City of Peoria welcomes talented artists to help promote the Arts in the community. Submit an online Artist Application.
Volunteer in the Arts
Helpful Art Links
Americans for the Arts
The Western States Arts Federation
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts
West Valley Arts Council
West Valley Art Museum
Arizona Broadway Theatre
Peoria Fine Arts Association (PFAA)
Susan Hardiman, Arts Coordinator
623-773-5254 | Susan.Hardiman@peoriaaz.gov
André Licardi, Arts Coordinator
623-773-5193 | Andre.Licardi@PeoriaAz.gov
Marylou Stephens, Arts & Theater Manager
623-773-7968 | Marylou.Stephens@peoriaaz.gov