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Thought-Provokers: Tempe

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 Tempe that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jakob Owens

I’ve become someone who has directed/edited/shot music videos for some of the biggest artists in the industry and have amassed quite the social media following while doing so. Read more>>

Emily Thibodeau

Everyone has been asked the question, “If money didn’t matter, what would you dream job be?” Ever since I was twelve, my answer was a photographer. Read more>>

Brianna Voron

I was born and raised in Arizona by a speech pathologist and an aerospace engineer. Thanks to the loving support of my completely unartistic family, my life has been spent in the pursuit of art in all its forms. Read more>>

Jenni Kotlar

Through the ups and downs and many different outlets for my career, I am still discovering who I am as an artist. I’ve had many moments of frustration, thinking I’m not good enough or not “this” or not “that”. Read more>>

Anna Rochelle

I see the world in frames of matching or clashing colors. When I’m behind the camera, listening to someone’s story, or exploring new places I feel I am doing what I was born to do-connect and create! Read more>>

Jonathan Wright

I attribute my focus now to its small size and that gave me extra knowledge and appreciation of different art forms, which lead me to fall in love with printmaking. Read more>>

Joseph Demirjian

Music has always been a major part of my life growing up on dance-y, catchy Armenian music and later getting into rock n roll that opened the door to all types of music for me. Read more>>

Cody Matthieu

There were so many times I was in self-doubt and now that we been printed in British Vogue several times, I feel like I can accomplish anything. Read more>>

Abbi O’Leary

I began to realize that I had lost the passion that I once found with photojournalism from burnout and working on projects that did not fuel me. I decided to make the leap and start my own business. Read more>>

Danielle Caron

I’ve been interested in art for as long as I can remember; I always had doodles on my class notes growing up. Throughout middle and high school, I learned a lot of technical skills that have helped me along the way. Read more>>

Thomas Barnett

My story begins as a wedding and event photographer. There was always a market for it and it was an easy way in to the photo game. My first photography job was actually with the school system, yes, I was “The Picture Day Guy”. Read more>>


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