Arizona Art History

with an emphasis on representational art


Other online information:

The Amerind Museum, located in Dragoon, Arizona, says on its website: "Today, Amerind Museum exhibitions tell the story of America's first peoples from Alaska to South America and from the last Ice Age to the present. Amerind's Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery features works on western themes by such artists as Carl Oscar Borg, William Leigh, Frederic Remington, and Andy Tsihnahjinnie, and one room in the Art Gallery is reserved for the presentation of contemporary Native American art." Accessed 12/18

Arizona (sampling of artists and works connected to state) from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.

The Arizona State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts website, accessed in 2013, contains a gallery of paintings by historic women artists of Arizona. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

List of historic Arizona artists from Blue Coyote Gallery. Accessed July, 2015

The Mesa Art League was founded in Mesa, AZ in 1930. Its website says "Attracted by the peacefulness and beauty of the area, a significant number of artists began to make Mesa, Arizona their home. This core population of artists has continued to grow into the Art League that exists today. " Accessed April, 2016.

"Museum displays art from Arizona's pioneer women" by Betsey Bruner, Arizona Daily Sun, from Accessed July, 2015

"The Navajo Blanket" By Charles Fletcher Lummis from The Worker and His Work: Readings in Present-day Literature Presenting Some of the Activities by which Men and Women the World Over Make a Living, By Stella Stewart Center. Published by J.B. Lippincott company, 1920. Original from the University of California. Digitized Oct 29, 2007. 350 pages. Full view available through Google Books. Accessed July, 2015

The Navajos, By Oscar H. Lipps. Published by The Torch press, 1909. Original from the University of California. Digitized Oct 19, 2007. See chapter IX "Their Arts and Crafts, pages 81-93. 136 pages. Full view available through Google Books.

Navajo Weaving at Arizona State Museum is an online exhibit presented by the Arizona State Museum. It includes two main sections covering 19th century blankets and 20th century rugs. Each section has multiple pages describing numerous aspects of its topic. Multimedia includes two videos, the first being an "Interview with Curator Ann Lane Hedlund" (Arizona Illustrated, KUAT). The second is A Loom with a View: Modern Navajo Weaving (Sierra Ornelas and Justin Thomas). The exhibit also contains six slideshows. Accessed February, 2016.

Painters of Grand Canyon from Accessed July, 2015

"Pioneer women: Arizona history through art at the Phippen Museum" by Sue Willoughby and Terry Munderloh, from December 1997 monthly archives, Sharlot Hall Museum. Accessed July, 2015

The Prescott Art Community in the 1930s from Andrew L. Christenson. Accessed July, 2015

Rainmakers from the Gods: Hopi Katsinam from Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Accessed July, 2015

Southern Arizona Folk Arts from University of Arizona (University of Arizona Library). Accessed August, 2015.

Weaving in the Margins: Navajo Men as Weavers from the Museum of New Mexico/Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Accessed July, 2015

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, a Smithsonian affiliate museum located in the arts district of Scottsdale, AZ, opened in 2015. The museum offers changing exhibits, including exhibits of contemporary and historic Western art. Accessed February, 2016

Women in the Arts and Architecture, a theme of Arizona Women's Heritage Trail. Accessed July, 2015


Hearing the Century: Voices of Arizona's Arts Past and Present, from KBAQ 89.5FM - Phoenix, includes stories about historic Arizona artists. In one segment "Scholar Betsy Fahlman shares the story of Lon Megargee's Statehood Murals." In another segment, "Ann-Mary Lutzick, Scholar and Director of the Winslow Old Trails Museum, shares insights on the vision of one of the southwest's greatest architects, Mary Colter."


(above: View of Heard Museum from Central Avenue #1, November, 2014. Photo © 2014 John Hazeltine)


Arizona Highways Television is a series of programs devoted to exploring the highways and byways of Arizona. The television programs were created in the spirit of Arizona Highways magazine, a division of the Arizona Department of Transportation. Arizona Highways Television was created in partnership with The Arizona Republic. Programs include:

Accessed May, 2015

Arizona Public Media offers

-- a June 3, 2008 video (05:04) to compliment the exhibit Lee Friedlander: American Monuments May 17, 2008 - August 3, 2008 at the Center for Creative Photography. The exhibit examines national identity as seen by a keen observer. Renowned photographer Lee Friedlander's work on American Monuments explores how we define ourselves. Accessed July, 2015

-- a May 27, 2008 video (05:04) on The Pottery Project. Explore the art of the potter and the science of the archaeologist as Arizona State Museum celebrates 2,000 years of Native pottery-making traditions in the Southwest. At over 20,000 whole vessels, ASM's collection of Southwest Indian pottery is the world's largest and most comprehensive. Eight years in the making, The Pottery Project features the Arnold and Doris Roland Wall of Pots, the Agnese and Emil Haury Southwest Native Nations Pottery Vault, a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory, and a brand new interpretive gallery. The exhibition, in the new gallery, includes a fully interactive, multi-media Virtual Vault; video interviews with archaeologists and Native potters, and hands-on experiences. Accessed July, 2015

-- a April 22, 2008 video (05:39) on Allan Mardon, who left a successful career in commercial illustration to pursue a career in fine art in Arizona. Mardon became inspired by the graphic beauty and history of his new surroundings and began to approach his canvas in an entirely different way. Arts producer Sooyeon Lee has the story. Accessed July, 2015

-- a April 8, 2008 video (05:14) on Neil Bernstein's controversial memorial works (paintings, sculpture and architectural structures) which are exhibited and acquired by museums and collectors throughout the world. The works are historically grounded in world events using an eclectic collision of disparate elements which range from the sacred to the profane. Accessed July, 2015

-- a February 5, 2008 video (05:14) on Louis David Valenzuela. Sculptor Louis David Valenzuela is doing everyting he can do to keep the Yaqui culture alive through his art. Valenzuela's Pascola masks are in the collection of the Arizona State Museum. In this story, you will see how and why he creates those sacred masks. Accessed July, 2015

-- a November 29, 2007 video (03:05) on Cristina Cardenas. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, painter Cristina Cardenas explores the disruption of stereotypes of gender, religion and culture through her art work. Accessed July, 2015

NAU-TV's Inside NAU Season 7 Episode 9 features a 3 minute, 46 second video featuring commentary by Fran Elliott and others related to the exhibition Arizona's Pioneering Women Artists. Accessed May 2015.


Suggested music to accompany reading of texts about Arizona Art History:

Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé. Available on various websites.

(clipart courtesy of Cliparet Panda)


12/10/18: TFAO wishes to thank Jim Murphy of Tucson, AZ for suggesting new content for this page.

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