Yuma Art Center
About the Yuma Art Center
Our vision is for all members of our community to live creative lives by being a part of the arts in Yuma.
The City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department manages the Yuma Art Center in Historic Downtown Yuma. The Yuma Art Center advances the arts by providing distinct opportunities for community participation and artistic growth. With over 100,000 visitors each year, the Yuma Art Center annually produces two full length theatre productions, over twenty visual art exhibitions, holds nearly fifty unique performing and visual arts classes, facilitates the annual summer mural program, screens dozens of films, supports the North End Artists Cooperative, coordinates festivals and special events, and advances public art throughout Yuma. Advocacy is strengthened through the City of Yuma Parks, Arts and Culture Commission as well as the Ad-Hoc Public Art Committee.
The Yuma Art Center's signature events include:
YumaCon: October 7, 2017 at the Yuma Civic Center
Tribute of the Muses: October 14, 2017 in the Yuma Art Center and Historic Yuma Theatre
Children's Festival of the Arts: November 4, 2017 on Historic Main Street
North End Art Walk: November 17, 2017 on Historic Main Street
Art in the Park: January 13, 2018 in Gateway Park
Dinner Theatre Production: February 14-17, 2018 in the Yuma Art Center
Dancing with the Yuma Stars: March 10, 2018 in the Yuma Art Center and Historic Yuma Theatre
ARTbeat 11: April 21, 2018 on Historic Main Street
The Yuma Art Center features:
- The 643 seat Historic Yuma Theatre which dates to 1912
- The restored United Building featuring the North End Artists Cooperative
- Four Visual Art Galleries
- Multipurpose Classrooms and Artist Studios
- Pottery Studio
- Artisan Gift Shop
- Black and White Photography Darkroom
Host your event at the Yuma Art Center
The Yuma Art Center is a great place to get creative and is a unique place to host your special event! Check out our rental information and Arty Party packages below.
Upcoming Events and Ticketing
In the Galleries
On display: August 12 - October 14
Opening Reception: August 25th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.
El Ojo de la Noche
Featurting works by Kathryn Maxwell. Maxwell’s interest in genetics and the broad connections among groups has translated into a body of work that explores the grandest connection of all-the relation of humans to the universe. This exhibit joins the Yuma Art Center from Phoenix where Maxwell resides and is a Professor of Art at Arizona State University.
Featuring works by Patrick Downing, Antonio Pasoz, and Arlene Towne. Whether you prefer abstract or realism, these pieces will evoke emotions and more specifically the memories attached to those emotions. The artists featured in this exhibit hail from Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.
The bright and colorful works in this exhibit showcase Grupo Matices, which is a network of artists representing the Yuma Art Center’s sister-art center, the Museo Regional of San Luis Rio Colorado Sonora, Mexico. This partnership broadens the cultural horizon of Yuma and celebrates the rich history of cross-cultural collaboration in the region.
Call to Vendors
Children's Festival of the Arts
Event Date: November 4, 2017
Location: Historic Main Street
Description: Children's Festival of the Arts features over 40 booths provided by various community organizations with hands-on art projects that children can create and take home. Various food vendors, entertainment, music and demonstrations by local artists will fill the day. In addition, attendees are invited to come and experience a display of outstanding youth art work from local area schools inside the Yuma Art Center galleries. 2017 marks 25 years of this fun, family friendly festival presented by the Parks and Recration Department and supported by dozens of local organizations.
Call to Artists
Sunniest Place on Earth All Media Juried Show
Application Deadline: October 20, 2017
Notification: October 31, 2017
Artwork Delivery Due: November 18, 2017
Opening Reception: December 15, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: November 25, 2017 – January 20, 2018
Pick Up Artwork: January 22, 2018
Application Fee: $30
Description: The Yuma Art Center invites artists from throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico for this all-media juried fine art show. Artists are encouraged to enter artwork in any media. The exhibition is open, but not limited, to the following: ceramic, drawing, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, mixed-media, painting, paper, photography, printmaking, and wood. Prizes include: first place, $1,000; second place, $650; third place, $350. Additional purchase prizes are expected.
Criteria for selection: The exhibition is open to artists living and working in North America. All artwork must be of original idea and assembly and created within the last two years and not previously exhibited in a Yuma Art Center exhibition. Each artist may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration. Each piece must not exceed 36 x 36 x 36 inches.
Dinner Theatre: "The Games Afoot"
Audition Dates: October 29th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm and October 30th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Event Dates: February 14-17, 2018
Casting Call! It's time for auditions for our Annual Dinner Theatre Production! We're producing "The Games Afoot" by Ken Ludwig which will be directed by our inaugural Theatre Fellow, Ann Wilkinson. Come prepared to do cold readings from the show and be ready to improvise. Cast is 5 women, 3 men in varying ages. Performances will be February 14-17, 2018 and performers must be available for all performances and the week prior to the show. Have questions? Can't make the audition dates, but still interested? Contact us at Arts@yumaaz.gov
North End Art Walk
Event Date: November 17, 2017; 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Application Deadline: Day of Event
Location: Historic Main Street
Application Fee: FREE
Description: The North End Art Walk strolls back into Historic Downtown Yuma with another fun and eclectic evening of the best of local Yuma artists. The event pairs downtown merchants with local artists providing a wonderful opportunity for participants to sample the great business downtown and mingle with artists as they exhibit their works. Meet the businesses, meet the artists! Inside the Yuma Art Center patrons will be vote for the People’s Choice Award for their favorite artist – the artist with the most votes by 8:30 pm will take home a $250 cash prize! Download North End Art Walk Application
Holiday Art Bazaar
Event Date: December 9, 2017,
12:00 noon – 7:00 pm
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
Application Fee: $15
Location: Yuma Art Center
Description: There is nowhere like downtown Yuma for the holidays and giving the gift of local, handmade art has never been this special. Our art bazaar will feature area artists who will have a variety of works for sale ranging from jewelry and pottery, to photography and paintings, we’re sure to have something for everyone on your shopping list. This event will kick off in the afternoon and will close shortly after the Dorothy Young Light Parade turns onto to Main Street. The bazaar will take place throughout the galleries and artists will be provided with one 8 foot table and 2 chairs.
Art in the Park
Event Date: January 13, 2018, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Early Bird Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
Notification: December 8, 2017
Location: Gateway Park, Yuma, AZ
Application Fee: $35 - $110
Description: Art in the Park is a fine arts festival inspired by the infamous “Sunday in the Park on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat. This one day event takes place along the meandering Colorado River in Downtown Yuma’s Gateway Park. As they chat with artists and select their favorite works, art patrons are invited to sip a mimosa and stroll along the river. Application coming soon!
Event Date: April 21, 2018, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Early Bird Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
Notification: March 16, 2018
Location: Main Street, Yuma, AZ
Application Fee: $35 - $110
Description: ARTbeat is an award winning juried fine arts festival that fills Historic Downtown Yuma with art. Celebrating its 11th year, this festival is named for our favorite news beat and is annually attended by thousands of visitors. Cash prizes and awards totaling over $1,500 are presented by the Yuma Art Center. Application coming soon!
Prospective Gallery Artists: The Yuma Art Center proudly presents works by local to international artists in all media. Exhibitions are selected, coordinated and curated by the Division of Arts and Culture. For consideration, please send your contact information, artist statement about the work you propose to exhibit, artistic resume, and four high resolution images of your work (Jpegs preferred) to Arts@YumaAz.gov with the subject line “Prospective Artist.” Please note that exhibitions are coordinated many months and often years in advance. Both emerging and professional artists are encouraged to submit proposals.
Prospective Gift Shop Artists: For inquiries about presenting artwork in the gift shop please contact the Yuma Art Center at 928-373-5202 or Arts@YumaAz.gov. Prior to presentation artists are met with and work is reviewed by appointment only. No walk-ins please. Please note that all artwork must be display ready (wired/framed/etc.) before consideration.
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