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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.

Sabrina Betzel

My photography journey started my junior year of high school. In photography class we learned the basics of film and digital photography and my love grew from there. I kept taking pictures on the weekends of friends or anything I could find. Read more>>

Mikey Foster Estes

I think that one of the most foundational aspects of my practice can be traced back to age ten. It was 2001, I was obsessed with MTV, and I wanted to be a star. My brother is a musician, so we had music software like Fruity Loops and Cakewalk on the family computer. Read more>>

TY Nguyen

I’ve been fascinated with art since my early years. Watching over my father’s shoulder as he’d draw my favorite cartoon characters. I thought it was pure magic. I wanted to be able to do the same and it quickly became the first thing I’d actually care for. Read more>>

Sam An

I came back to Arizona and ended up in Phoenix. I am primarily known now as the musician Lana Del Rabies on the LA based record label Deathbomb Arc. Other mediums I work in include video, photography, design, installation, performance and mixed media collage. Read more>>

Dianna Taylor

Teaching has been a great way for me to challenge myself artistically and keep my imagination loose, kids always help with that. Recently I decided to go back to school and get my MA in Arts and Visual Culture Education and will have it completed by next spring. Read more>>

Krisie Ramsey

Creativity definitely runs in my bloodlines. I was introduced to art by my mother, renowned batik artist, Katalin Ehling, who always encouraged me to unleash my creativity, regardless of medium, and supports my artistic endeavors today. Read more>>

Jessie Dahling

My partner, Anne Trauter, and I have been working in the food and beverage industry for over a decade when we realized there was a need for better branding and design, particularly in foodservice. In addition to restaurants, we noticed that people behind the scenes––food manufacturers, processors, and growers–all had great stories to tell, but didn’t know how to tell them. Read more>>

April Kraus

My interest in photography sparked in my teens, when I dabbled (for about 5 whole minutes) in modeling. I wasn’t very good at it, but I found the cameras and photographers fascinating. From there, I took an intro class at community college and I was hooked. Read more>>

Mary Wilhelm

Honestly, I didn’t come into this world with this deep calling to be a painter. My first job aspiration at the wise age of 5 was to be a taxi driver, and then a paleontologist! Growing up in Florida, when I wasn’t riding my alligator through an orange grove to get a Pub sub from Publix (kidding!). Read more>>

Emily Karamov

My only real savior from isolation was my hobby – I was obsessed with animation, video games, and all things technological, so at 9 or 10 years old I spent most of my free time making animated short films on my dad’s computer with MS Paint and Windows Movie Maker in the hopes of becoming a professional animator. Read more>>


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