NEWS RELEASE

Contact:
Casey Blake, 602-771-6536, cblake@azarts.gov
Rey Torres, 602-926-3233, rtorres@azleg.gov

PHOENIX, AZ (January 13, 2012)—Visions of Arizona, an exhibition conceived by State Representative Debbie Lesko and developed through a partnership between the Arizona State House of Representatives, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Art Alliance, is now on view throughout the second floor of the House of Representatives office building at the Arizona Capitol complex, alongside legislative leadership offices and conference rooms. The exhibition provides visibility for Arizona professional artists and celebrates the lush, wide-ranging beauty of the Arizona landscape.

The collection of artwork on loan is made possible through the volunteer efforts of the Arizona Art Alliance, who managed the statewide open call to artists. A review panel convened by the Arizona Commission on the Arts recommended 25 artworks from a juried pool of over 300 submissions. The exhibited artworks were selected in consultation with the House Majority Whip, Representative Debbie Lesko.

Artists selected for the exhibition will be honored at a reception on January 19, 2012.

Representative Lesko says of the exhibition, “I am pleased to introduce the work of Arizona artists to the hallways of the House of Representatives during our state’s Centennial year. The work featured in this exhibition captures and commemorates aspects of our state that are unique and timeless. ”

Arts Commission Executive Director, Bob Booker says of the collaboration, “The artworks on view feature a broad range of Arizona themes and styles that capture the imagination. The Arts Commission extends thanks to our partners in the House of Representatives and the Arizona Art Alliance for making this exceptional collaboration a possibility. It is our hope that visitors to the House of Representatives will have the opportunity to become familiar with the work of Arizona visual artists.”

The exhibition, which coincides with Arizona’s Centennial year, will remain on display until November 2012. Artwork can be viewed by visitors to the Capitol between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

For more information about the exhibition, to view the selected works and learn about the artists, visit http://azarts.gov/programs/visions-of-arizona-exhibition/.

Arizona State House of Representatives
http://www.azhouse.gov/

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is an agency of the State of Arizona that supports a statewide arts network. The Arizona Commission on the Arts supports access to quality arts and arts education opportunities for all Arizona citizens; the development and retention of statewide jobs in the nonprofit arts, culture and education sectors; and increased economic impact in local communities through arts-based partnerships that develop tax and small business revenue. For more information, visit www.azarts.gov.

We imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.

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