Photography Exhibition Celebrates Arizona's Centennial

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Phoenix Art Museum Presents Iconic Arizona, Public Invited to Submit Photos

Iconic Arizona

Phoenix Art Museum commemorates the 100th year of Arizona statehood by drawing examples from one of the state's treasures—the photographic collection at the Center for Creative Photography.

Iconic Arizona provides a unique opportunity to explore so many of the state’s most interesting and beautiful landmarks in one place.

For decades photographers have flocked to Arizona to document the state’s stunning vistas, unique natural wonders and striking saguaros. Iconic Arizona: Celebrating the Centennial with Photographs from the Center for Creative Photography opening November 12, 2011, at Phoenix Art Museum provides a visual tour of the places and landmarks that make Arizona unique.

Pulled from the Center for Creative Photography’s vast archives, this stunning exhibition visits 13 different sights including the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Monument Valley through the lens of 40 noteworthy photographers. Highlights include works by the Center’s most beloved photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Aaron Siskind, as well as images from Arizona photographers like David Muench, Dick Arentz and John Schafer.    

“Iconic Arizona provides a unique opportunity to explore so many of the state’s most interesting and beautiful landmarks in one place. I hope it reminds each visitor of the treasures Arizona has to offer, including the photographic collection at the Center for Creative Photography,” commented Rebecca Senf, Norton Photography Curator, Phoenix Art Museum. “We’re very pleased that the exhibition has been designated an official Arizona Centennial 2012 event sanctioned by the Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation Sanctioned Events Committee and look forward to celebrating the Centennial with the community.”

In conjunction with Iconic Arizona the Museum is inviting Arizona lovers to submit their favorite sunsets, landmarks, street scenes, state parks or any other subject that answers the question, “What’s your iconic Arizona?” Beginning November 1, 2011, the public can upload images at Photographs will be included in a digital slideshow in the Norton Photography Gallery and online at the exhibition dedicated web site.

Exhibition Details
Iconic Arizona is presented by Phoenix Art Museum and The Center for Creative Photography. The exhibition is on view in the Norton Photography Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum November 12, 2011 – March 4, 2012.

Entrance to the exhibition is included with general museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (65+), $8 for full-time college students with ID, $4 for children ages 6-17 and free for children under 6 and for museum members. *Effective December 18, 2011, general admission prices will change to the following rates: $12 adults; $10 senior citizens (65+) and full-time students with ID; $6 children ages 6 to 17; Children under 6 and Phoenix Art Museum members receive free admission.

Museum hours are Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Thursday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays.

A Landmark Photography Partnership
In 2006, Phoenix Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson inaugurated a highly innovative and unprecedented collaboration to bring the finest in photography to Phoenix Art Museum visitors. It established a vibrant new photography exhibition program at the Museum, while bringing the Center’s world-renowned collections to new and larger audiences.

The Center for Creative Photography is one of the world’s largest repositories of materials chronicling photography. Founded in 1975, it now houses 4 million archival items and 80,000 fine prints by photographers including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, W. Eugene Smith, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, and Garry Winogrand.

About Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Art Museum is the Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts. Popular international exhibitions are shown along side the Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 18,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. A vibrant destination for more than fifty years, Phoenix Art Museum presents festivals, live performances, independent art films and educational programs that enlighten, entertain and stimulate. Visitors also enjoy PhxArtKids an interactive space for children, vibrant photography exhibitions through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, the lushly landscaped Sculpture Garden, dining at Arcadia Farms at Phoenix Art Museum, and shopping at The Museum Store.

To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit, or call the 24-hour recorded information line at (602) 257-1222.


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