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 several 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:
Battle of the Bands: September 21, 2019
YumaCon: October 5, 2019
Tribute of the Muses: October 11, 2019
Rocky Horror Picture Show Midnight Madness: October 26, 2019
Children's Festival of the Arts: November 2, 2019
North End Art Walk: November 15, 2019
Art in the Park: January 11-12, 2020
Dinner Theatre: February 14-18, 2020
ARTbeat: April 17-18, 2020
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.
In the Galleries
Join the Yuma Art Center
as we open new exhibits!
August 23, 2019, 6pm - 8pm
The reception is free to attend and open to the public. Light hor dourves provided. Cash/credit bar available. Featuring music by Kevin Benbow.
Central Gallery: CARRYING ON - Works by George Strasburger"In general, these paintings depict humanity in I hope a noble and respectful way. These are people, alone and in groups "carrying on" through their situations, in a manner that represents us all as we carry on. Walking and carrying are metaphors for living and the emotional "baggage" that make us who we are. In addition, some figures represent our ways of relating to each other, or not relating. And other paintings are single character studies, all with a life and a story."
West Gallery:THE ARCHITECTURE OF SILENCE - Works by Pepe Belmonte
Pepe Belmonte’s Art Exposition “La Arquitectura del Silencio“(The Architecture of Silence), is a one-way ticket trip to the strings of our own soul membranes. It helps us understand that the soul, silence, and God are not separate elements and that one without the other cannot exist. In fact, it is very possible that they are made of the same materials. Each work is named after the Shriner Hospitals for Children, where the artist will donate all proceeds from art sales.
North & South Gallery:RE-invited to AT-TEND - Works by Cheryle Marine
“As I was taking a rubbing in the street of a manhole cover, a street woman stood over me and said, after a few moments of observation, ’Finding what is hidden within?’ Perception creates reality. By tracing, rubbing and casting the objects I surround myself with, I have an intimate opportunity to AT.TEND my reality and examine them in form and composition. This work investigates objects that contain memory in shape, purpose or a moment in time.”
Installation:COSMIC KALEIDISCOPE - Works by Sandy Kaminsky
We collect things along the journey of life. Mirrors reflect the image of how others see ourselves, but to also let us truly look and see who we are. Decorated with bobbles from our past to remind us of who we were, are and who we can become.
Tribute of the Muses - Art Award Nominations
This one night event celebrates and honors members of Yuma’s dynamic arts community. The event is presented by the City of Yuma’s Division of Arts and Culture and takes place on October 11, 2019 at the Yuma Art Center. The awards ceremony in the Historic Yuma Theatre is free to attend and is followed by a ticketed celebration and fundraiser for the Yuma Art Center in the galleries. The 2019 theme is “Arabian Nights.” Guests are encourage to dress in black tie or themed attire.
Nominees are generated by the public and the City of Yuma’s Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission selects the award recipients. City of Yuma Parks and Recreation employees and previous award recipients are not eligible for nomination. Nomination forms can be completed online via the links below, by emailing to Arts@yumaaz.gov, or by drop off or mail to the Yuma Art Center. Incomplete nominations will not be accepted. All nominations must be received in full by September 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm.2019
Tribute of the Muses Award Nominations
The Tribute of the Muses Award is presented to a distinguished and outstanding member of Yuma’s arts community who has shown exemplary devotion and excellence in the arts. Nominees may reflect acknowledged excellence in a chosen arts field, arts advocacy, philanthropy and/or arts education. Tribute of the Muses Award nominees should have a minimum of 5 years of arts recognition in Yuma.
Helios Award Nominations
The Helios Award is presented to an individual who is a recognized, up and coming voice within the Yuma arts community. Nominees may reflect acknowledged excellence in a chosen arts field, arts advocacy, philanthropy and/or arts education.
Artist and Vendor Opportunities
Tribute of the Muses Art Award
Application Deadline: September 5, 2019 by 4:00 pm
Notification: September 20, 2019
Artwork Due: October 3, 2019
Event Date: October 11, 2019
Artwork Budget: $350.00
Description: The desired commissioned artwork will be presented to the 2019 honoree of the Tribute of the Muses Award. Now in its 19th year, the award honors an outstanding member of Yuma’s arts community who has shown exemplary devotion and excellence in the arts. Its name references Greek mythology, as the nine daughters of Zeus - the Muses - were considered to be the inspiration for nine specific aspects of the arts and science, including poetry, dance, music, etc.
Application Due: September 6, 2019 by 5:00 pm
Event Date: October 5, 2019 at the Yuma Civic Center
Description: Cosplay as your favorite character with many other fans, play video games, and attend panels! Meet new friends and talk with special guest groups and cosplay judges. Play tabletop games and explore the vendor gallery for all your geek merchandise needs! Celebrate the arts and see why YumaCon is the place where comics, anime, and pop culture collide!
Rocky Horror Picture Show Auditions
Audition Date: August 20, 2019, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (drop in, no appointment needed)
Rehearsal Period: September – October 2019
Production Dates: October 26, 2019
Description: The performers will be showcased as a shadow cast during the Midnight Madness screening. This means actor will act out the movie in real time as it is projected on the big screen. Come prepared to act out a short scene from the film for the role of your choice. Previous experience not required. All performers must be over the age of 18 at the audition. Must be available for a technical rehearsal on October 25, 2019.
Sunniest Place on Earth All Media Juried Show
Application Deadline: September 27, 2019
Notification: October 17, 2019
Artwork Delivery Due: November 23, 2019
Opening Reception: December 13, 2019 (6-8pm)
Exhibition Dates: November 30, 2019 – January 11, 2020
Pick Up Artwork: January 17, 2020
Application Fee: $30
Description: The Yuma Art Center invites artists fromthroughout the United States, Canada and Mexico for this all-media juried artshow. Artists are encouraged to enter artwork in any media. The exhibition isopen to all visual media, including but not limited, to the following: ceramic,drawing, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed-media, painting, paper,photography, printmaking, and wood. Prizes include: first place, $750; secondplace, $450; third place, $250. Additional purchase prizes are expected.
Holiday Art Bazaar
Event Date: November 30, 2019
Time: 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Description: Celebrate Small Business Saturday by supporting local artists! Deck the walls with art this holiday season and give the gift of handmade art! Located in the galleries of the Yuma Art Center, the bazaar will feature area artists who will have unique giftables and custom artwork available for purchase. From ceramics to jewelry, you are sure to find something special for everyone on your gift list. Free to attend and open to the public!
Vendor Applications Coming Soon!
North End Art Walk
Date: November 15, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Historic Downtown Yuma
Application Deadline: TBA
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 visit the great businesses downtown and mingle with artists as they exhibit their works. Meet the businesses, meet the artists!
Vendor Applications Coming Soon!
Art in the Park
Date: January 12-13, 2020
Time: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Gateway Park
Application Deadline: TBA
Description: Art in the Park is an alfresco fine arts festival presented by the Yuma Art Center in scenic Gateway Park. Modeled after Georges Seurat’s stoic painting, Sunday on La Grande Jatte, the event features dozens of local and regional artists alongside the banks of the meandering Colorado River. Come for a leisure afternoon in the park and enjoy a mimosa or spirited libation while perusing a wide variety of art displays.
Vendor applications coming soon!
MOMO Artist Residency
The Yuma Art Center has a new look thanks to MOMO and his crew of Lynnea Holland-Weiss and Dan Bortz who created this large-scale mural on the building's back, west-facing wall. MOMO specializes in creating artpieces in public spaces, using handmade tools to design and install murals. His works can be seen worldwide and are notably in the Miami Dolphin Stadium, Facebook Headquarters in San Franciso and in Sydney, Australia.
The mural proposal, shown in the photo, was approved by the City's Design and Historic Review Commission; the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission; and the Ad-Hoc Public Art Committee. The artwork was privately funded by the McKivergan family, and the artist's residency was also supported by the Historic Coronado Hotel, LG Paint and Sun Rentals.
In addition to the commissioned mural, Momo created 11 additional works of art around Yuma identified in this brochure.
Prospective Exhibition Artists
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.
Historic Yuma Theatre
254 S. Main Street
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Fall/Spring Hours (September through May):
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
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