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.
The Yuma Art Center's signature events include: Tribute of the Muses, Children's Festival of the Arts, YumaCon, North End Art Walk, Art in the Park, ARTbeat, and an annual dinner theatre production.
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 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
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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
"Las Damas de Llamas" paintings by Hector D. Llamas
On display March 4 – May 20
In “Las Damas de Llamas,” artist Hector Llamas presents vibrant and mysterious figures who feature cultural imagery, popular references and traditional illusions through vivid colors and bold paint strokes. In this series, his “dames and gents” are dramatic, but balance modern elegance and sometimes futuristic approaches with traditional Mexican culture. Llamas was raised just across the border in San Luis Rio Colorado Sonora, but it is no stranger to Yuma having received an associates from AWC where he took his first art class with George Tompkins. Decades later, Llamas is a fulltime artist, framer, and gallery manager in Phoenix. Llamas also holds a BFA from Arizona State University.
"Hidden Beauty" microscopic photography by Robert Schaal
On display March 4 – May 20
Robert Schaal’s exhibition, “Hidden Beauty” finds beauty in the unseen. As a microscopic photographer, Schaal uses household items like slat, bleach or plant food and zeros in on their unique shapes and colors that are imperceptible to the naked eye. Schaal encourages you to “let your imagination go when viewing these prints, pretend you are a child again, peering into the clouds to see what you see.” Schaal is a self-taught photographer his works were most recently on display at the AWC Campus Gallery in 2016.
"Ad Astra Per Aspera” paintings by Elizabeth Daniel
On display April 4 – May 20
Artist Elizabeth Daniel has a need for instant gratification. Her paintings are finished quickly, each challenge accepted and then furiously worked on until completion. “My medium of choice is acrylic paints, chosen solely based on the fact that they dry quickly and allow me to move on to the next stages more quickly than with oil.” Daniel’s technique involves quick layers of detail work which build up to the finished product. As a new resident of Tonganoxie, Kansas, Daniel works as a full time artist, art instructor, and mother.
Call to Artists
Prospective Gallery Artists: The Yuma Art Center proudly presents work from local to international artists. Exhibitions are selected, coordinated and curated by the Division of Arts and Culture. For consideration, please send your contact information, an artist statement and resume, and four high resolution images of your work (Jpegs preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Prospective Artist.” Please note that exhibitions are coordinated many months and often years in advance.
Historic Yuma Theatre
254 S. Main Street
Hours:Tues through Sat. 10am-8pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
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