Yuma Art Center

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    The City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains the Yuma Art Center, which features the 643 seats Historic Yuma Theatre.
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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.

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

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.

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In the Galleries

November 25 - January 20

Join us Friday, December 15 at 6pm to 8pm
for the opening of 3 new exhibits. Reception is free to attend and open to the public. The evening will include light hor 'dourves, live music and a cash bar.

Epic Visions - A Mystic in Time
Featuring the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center's  Louis Benesch Collection

The West Gallery features work by the late Louis Benesch, who specialized in classic southwest-style paintings and prints.The Benesch Collection is on display thanks to a special arrangement with the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center, which has works by Benesch on sale and on display throughout Yuma with a portion of their proceeds of art sales directly benefiting cancer care within Yuma County.

Sowing Stars, works by Michael Barkley

The north and south galleries feature works by Yuma’s own Michael Barkley in his first solo gallery exhibition entitled Sowing Stars. Barkley has taken to various live edge planks with pen and ink to create both abstract and realistic compositions utilizing the natural patterns and textures of each unique wood grain.

Sunniest Place on Earth All Media Juried Exhibition

Featured in the central gallery will be The Sunniest Place on Earth, an art show juried by Phoenix-based art collector Ben Wood. The show features 100 works by artists from across the United States and Mexico. The selected works represent all media and were chosen from a competitive application process. The show also will present $2,000 in cash prizes and the prestigious Best in Show award.

Call for Community Input

The Arizona Creative Communities Institute Team Yuma is seeking feedback and input regarding a large scale community art project to be implemented in spring 2018 throughout Yuma County. The results of this survey will be used for the Arizona Creative Communities Institute team from Yuma to research and understand Yuma's arts and cultural needs. The seven question survey can be completed online here: AZ CCI Survey 

Physical copies are available at the Yuma Art Center and the Littlewood Fine Art and Community Co-Op at 1480 S. 2nd Avenue.

About the program: In summer 2017, Yuma was selected as one of nine communities to participate in the inaugural Arizona Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI).  The institute offers small teams a unique opportunity to explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact, and to collaboratively design up to a 5-month embedded artist project. Yuma is working with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (ASU HIDA), with guidance from Southwest Folklife Alliance on the AZ Creative Communities Institute. AZ CCI teams are members of an active learning network, with opportunities to learn from and with local and national experts, as well as peers from other Arizona cities/towns and neighborhoods.

Call to Artists

Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex Sculpture Walk

Application Deadline: Ongoing. Next review deadline is February 9, 2018.
Installation Timeline: March to June, 2018
Eligiblity: All national and international artists who are 18 years of age or older are eliglbe to apply.
Description: The City of Yuma’s Ad Hoc Public Art Committee is seeking to purchase multiple sculptures for a permanent sculpture walk at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex (PAAC). This new facility is a state-of-the-art softball complex with six fields and is used for local, regional, and national softball tournaments. Since opening on September 1st, 2017 the complex has had over 50,000 visitors.




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NexGen Mural-A-Month Program

Timeline: One mural a month in 2018
Location: Yuma, Arizona
Deadline: Ongoing
Eligibility: All national and international artists who are 18 years of age and older are eligible to apply. Info: The NexGen Arts Committee is seeking muralists to create site-specific works of art throughout Yuma County. Muralists must have prior experience working on large scale public art projects. Through public art, NexGen strives to create a deepened sense of community pride for Yumans, while at the same time attracting visitors to invest in our community. Murals will also be promoted and featured on an interactive website designed for local community members and area visitors to follow self-guided tours of murals and all public art in the area. This program is supported by the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma and the City of Yuma.

Selection Process: The NexGen Arts Committee will work directly with local businesses and organizations to secure wall space, permits and necessary approval by the City of Yuma’s Design and Historic Review Commission. The selection of each mural will be determined in joint by individual property owners and the NexGen Art Committee. The Committee will work closely with the artist(s) selected to secure travel, lodging, supplies and a competitive artist stipend as needed for each mural. 

For more information contact NexGen Leadership Council at Murals@ArtinYuma.com

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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:  $25 - $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.



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.

Contact Us

Yuma Art Center &
Historic Yuma Theatre

254 S. Main Street
New Fall Winter Hours: Tues through Sat. 10am-8pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

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