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Thought-Provokers: Phoenix

Phoenix has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Phoenix that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Dominic Mena

Strange Lot began after showing my bedroom demos to Tim Lormor (drummer). We decided to be equals in songwriting duties and put out an EP a month after forming. From there we released an album shortly after which reached #73 on the CMJ Top 100 and was placed in the Top 10 Best Albums of 2015 by Phoenix Artists. Read more>>

Mary Allison

I knew then that one aspect of my purpose was to remind “adults” that there is room in adulthood for innocence and childlike demeanor. Innocence does not have to coexist with naivety, and power does not have to come from force. Your innocence may indeed contain all of the power you seek. Read more>>

Brandon Epperson and Nikolas Williams

Desert Punks started as a simple “hashtag” via Instagram. We used this to tag our artwork and encouraged others to do the same. We quickly developed the idea to create a platform encouraging all forms of creation. We want to bridge the gap between all mediums to create a space where people can share their love of adventure and art. Read more>>

Joe Genovese

As chapter president of the Phoenix chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, I have assembled a team of like-minded volunteers, and in the nine months since our inception, we have built 124 bunk beds (or 248 beds) with sponsorship dollars from churches, corporations, and generous individuals. Read more>>

Natalie Newton

I benefited greatly from understanding the time investment that each drawing requires and the commitment it takes to launch a career as an artist. As a recent graduate, I am just beginning my journey as a biologist and artist, and I eagerly await the next chapter in both of these areas. Read more>>

Michael Herbert Dorn

There is no question that exhibition sales are traditionally an important component of measuring an artist’s success. But, I want to create work that is skillfully executed, and that exemplifies criticality in terms of contemporary visual culture. Successful work is work that ventures beyond the cultural status quo—it recodes the cultural cues. Read more>>

Bronwyn Dierssen

Being able to preserve a history that has been erased and suppressed while showing the incredible beauty and strength through artwork is extremely powerful. My portraits try to create a balance of realistic features and rougher areas so you can see how I built up the drawing to give the viewer more insight into my process. Read more>>

Adelaide Marcus

Upon graduating, I took that on full time as an independent contractor working with about a dozen agents and hand fulls of collaborators. Interestingly enough, my degree, psychology, is seemingly was “the arts,” however, all of my learnings, passions, and interests come into play in my visionary art and overall life expression! Read more>>

Celena Santa Cruz

I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ! I now live in the city of angels, LA.Songwriting depends on my mood. If I’m sad, happy, heartbroken, etc. I just take my life incidents or someone else’s that I’ve witnessed or heard about and turn those stories into songs. It’s a true experience to hear the final recording of a song that you e created! Pretty amazing! Read more>>

After the Calm

We are a five-piece band from Phoenix, Arizona (Logan Miracle – Vox, David Nunez – Guitar, Jon Habermacher – Guitar, Henry Cota Jr. – Bass, Kody Rattler – Drums). The band formed five years ago on Memorial Day. It started as just a jam session that a few of us took part of. We can credit Discover Card as being the hub of most of our connections. It seems like everyone we know either worked there or is best friends from someone that worked there lol. Read more>>

Aspire Unique

I wanted to give up. It’s like being misunderstood your entire life and after so many attempts of communicating verbally, I was drawn to express myself through music and digital art. I have this energy inside of me that craves to connect. Don’t we all? Read more>>

Rachel Lauver

My art is for me before it is for anyone else but I hope that through my own experiences I can offer an avenue for healing in others. I try to make art that is thought-provoking or at least inspires people to look into what I’m talking about or referencing. My hope is not to tell people what to think, just to encourage them to think about it. Read more>>

Thai Ngo

I was amazed of what you can do with the setting and RAW images, you can change day to night, simple to gorgeous, etc. just like a magician. So with that said, I got my very first DSLR camera, it’s the Canon t3i and yes I’m still using it. “Your products depend more on your skill and knowledge rather than most expensive, newest gears”. Read more>>

Brittini Renee

Sculpture, paintings, recycled art, and even writing are just some of my methods of creation and inspiration. My art is often inspired by feelings, emotions, ideals, truth, and lies. While some creations show nature and beauty, others show a hidden message or story. Read more>>

Dancin’ Stone

While growing up in North Carolina my cousin visiting from Germany showed me the art of freestyling. He explained how it was something fun to do while at a party with friends etc. I was very intrigued by this and began freestyling not only with my friends at party’s but in my private time as well. Those freestyles soon became written lyrics that were incorporated into songs. Read more>>

Matt Bloomfield

Two years later, I made the move to Flagstaff, where I fell deeper in love with Arizona and the Southwest as a whole. I wasn’t a photographer when I lived back in Indiana; I never even owned my own camera. I knew I had to buy my own camera so I could capture all the beauty I was experiencing. Read more>>

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