The Southwest Invitational was born in 1966, the same year as the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and for decades the annual touring exhibition received support from the Arts Commission to present Arizona’s most exciting contemporary artists in galleries and venues throughout the state.
When a fire destroyed the Yuma Art Center in mid-90’s, the Southwest Invitational went on an extended hiatus. This spring, it returns.
On April 10, 2015, at the Yuma Arts Center, 100 artists will be exhibited in what organizers are calling “the largest visual arts event in the state of Arizona.” A selection of the exhibition will then be toured throughout the state from June 2015 through August 2016.
Yuma Art Center
April 10, 2015-May 30, 2015
West Valley Art HQ
June 26, 2015- August 7, 2015
Prescott College Art Gallery At Sam Hill Warehouse
September 5, 2015-October 17, 2015
Tubac Center Of The Arts
October 28, 2015-December 28, 2015
Coconino Center For The Arts
January 12, 2016-February 17, 2016
Phoenix Airport Museum
February 27, 2016-August 15, 2016
Bold indicates artists who will be part of the touring exhibition.Annie Alexander
Anne Marie Carrington
Priscilla HansonStephanie Haughton
Tess Mosko Sherer
Judy PhillipsPatricia Redding
Onna Jeanna Voellmer
Visit the Yuma Fine Arts Association website for more information about the Southwest Invitational.
Photo of Yuma Arts Center, courtesy of www.yumafinearts.org