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 12-16, 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 for the opening reception of several new gallery exhibitions.
The reception is open to the public and free to attend. Light hor dourves will be provided.
A cash/credit bar will be available.
New exhibitions include:
Central Gallery: Adaptations Paintings and mixed media works by Alonso Delgadillo, Jeff Falk, Scott Jones and Moka Davis. On display November 30, 2019 through February 1, 2020
West Gallery: Sunniest Place on Earth All Media Juried Show
This exhibit features artworks in a variety of media and was juried by Tobias Flores. Participating artists include: Julia Aubrey, Carol Avery, Dale Balmer, Amanda Carbajal, Ty Cook, Diana Creighton, TJ Conley, Nathan Downing, Judith Harris, Holly Hendrick, Scott Jones, Andrew Layne, Teresa Mallet, Fernando Mendoza, Judy Phillips, Jesus Miguel Pulido, Catherine Rone, Arlene Towne, Robert Schaal, Rebecca Taylor, Carol Taylor, and Howard Willis. On display November 30, 2019 through January 11, 2020
North and South Galleries: Grounded Encaustic paintings by Mark Wall
On display November 30, 2019 through February 15, 2020
North Gallery: Gravity Steven Scott Philippi
On display November 30, 2019 through February 15, 2020
Gallery 254: Life Lines Paintings works by Yao Yao Crilly
On display November 30, 2019 through February 1, 2020
Artist and Vendor Opportunities
Vendor Information and Presentation
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!
Art in the Park
Date: January 12-13, 2020
Time: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Gateway Park
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.
Event Date: Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2020
Time: To Be Announced
Location: Historic Main Street
Description: ARTbeat is an award winning juried fine arts festival that fills Historic Downtown Yuma with art! Celebrating its 13th year, this festival is named for our favorite news beat and is annually attended by thousands of visitors. Art and food vendor booths available.
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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