Exhibits Previously Displayed 

  • Humans of Tempe
    On loan from the Tempe History Museum
    On display from May 21, 2021 – June 13, 2022
    • Loosely based on the Humans of New York idea, four photographers, working with the Tempe History Museum, gathered short interviews and informal portraits of random folks on the streets of Tempe. Each photo and caption provide a small glimpse into the psyche, problems, adventures, worries and dreams of some of the people inhabiting our cities. These portraits and stories remind us that we are all human — our problems may not be that bad, that we are not alone, and that others may share the same joy and pain as we do.
  • The Psychological Logic of Collage
    Hand-cut collage on paper and acrylic paintings by Raphaele Cohen-Bacry
    On display from October 20, 2021 – March 31, 2022
    • This exhibit is a collection of hand-cut collages on paper alongside "make-believe collage" large paintings on canvas by pharmacist and artist Raphael Cohen-Bacry. Her artwork strives to put the viewer in an unknown and surprising context — to be intriguing and go against the illusion of comfort and safe familiarity in order to stimulate the mind.
  • Have Passport - Will Travel
    Photography by Paula Cullison
    On display from February 21, 2020 – February 24, 2022
    • The focus of this international travel photography exhibit is to show the interconnectedness of all humanity. Paula’s goal is to encourage students and others to think globally and experience other cultures. Through travel one gains a better understanding of other cultures and the commonality of the human experience.

  • Faces of Hope
    Photographs from the Arizona Women’s Partnership
    On display from February 21, 2020 – July 24, 2020
    Currently on display virtually
    • The Faces of Hope photography project showcases the many underserved women and children who have been assisted by and benefited from the services provided by grants awarded annually to qualified non-profits by the Arizona Women's Partnership. The Arizona Women's Partnership, Inc., created by Paula Cullison, is an all volunteer philanthropic non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the status of Arizona women and empowering women's grass roots organizations through mini-grants and publicity.
  • Spiritual Awareness, Unity and Healing
    Paintings by Grace Andrea Haynes, MD
    On display from July 25, 2019 – August 6, 2020
    • As a physician who specializes in family medicine, Dr. Haynes aims to integrate traditional medical practices with art and spirituality. Her travels have taken her far and wide, and she uses the knowledge gained to inform her paintings. Human figures, often highly stylized, grace her canvases and depict the spiritual reflection of the human connection. She believes art is the reflection of one’s inner soul. It is the spirit within us that resonates with our past, present and future.
  • From House Calls to Hospitals
    Graphic panels from the Tempe History Museum
    On display from May 9, 2017 – December 18, 2019
    • From House Calls to Hospitals is the story of medicine in Tempe from territorial times until the first hospital in 1944. The exhibit shows how local residents recruited their first trained physician Dr. John L. Gregg, who would be proceeded by many talented physicians, including Tempe’s first mayor Dr. Fenn J. Hart. Through the exhibit, discover how Tempe doctors went beyond health care to make significant contributions to their community and to Arizona.
  • I Have a Name
    Photographs by Jon Linton
    On display from October 4, 2018 – December 17, 2019
    • This exhibit is focused on a homeless campaign, whose enduring mission endeavors to create greater understanding and compassion for the nearly 3.5 million Americans who call the street home, and features imagery that documents the homeless. It is the sincere hope of this exhibition to provide the viewer an opportunity for pause and to change the way we see or perhaps more importantly do not see the homeless.
  • Ashes to Ashes
    Drawings by Julie Comnick
    On display from September 28, 2019 – December 16, 2019
    • Julie Comnick’s paintings and drawings engage the pictorial languages of representation and narration to pose questions about social circumstances and practices. Her exhibit Ashes to Ashes is a series of drawings depicting recent Arizona wildfires, rendered with charcoal samples personally collected from each fire site. The collection represents 14 significant wildfires from 1990 to the present. The objective of these drawings is to reverse the public perception as viewers gain a renewed appreciation for the necessity of wildfire toward sustaining the longevity of our shared landscape.
  • Socially Engaged Imagination: Concepts and Reflections
    Paintings by Chris Boyd
    On display from December 7, 2018 – September 28, 2019
    • Chris Boyd is a Phoenix-based muralist who received a PhD in Psychology, with a specialization in Transformative Social Change at Saybrook University in Oakland, California. His artwork is designed to cultivate a socially engaged imagination to develop ways to challenge and change existing power structures by working to decolonize the mind, as well as imagine new, more humane ways of existing inclusively.
  • Food is Medicine
    Paintings by Will Beger
    On display from April 8, 2019 – July 29, 2019
    • Will Beger is a Phoenix-based artist who tends not to follow the rules or instructions. His paintings are bohemian and vibrant. The things he paints are fun and different. They are not overdone or too complex. He strives to make his work bring smiles to people’s faces and get them feeling good. Plants, fruits, animals and geology inspire the bulk of it. The fruits and vegetables that he paints are very cellular and bold. They take on a very different look when viewed up close versus from afar. Up close, the cells are very apparent and stark. From a distance, the cellular blocked strokes blend together like the pixels of a digitized image. It is hoped that this exhibit helps you to think about healthy diets and the health benefits from food.
  • Southwest Landscapes
    Paintings by Will Beger
    On display from April 8, 2019 – July 29, 2019
    • Doing unexpected things gives Beger satisfaction. These untraditional, unscripted instincts have fueled his art development. Studying geology in college and growing up in the Sonoran Desert have influenced his paintings. He enjoys adding a modern retro twist to the rich history of southwestern art. His images are not so much landscapes as symbols of them. He defines mountains, mesas and cacti through the manipulation of color. Observation of his large-scale landscape paintings demands that the eye of the viewer devises much of what it sees.
  • The Language of Memory
    Paintings by Diane L. Silver 
    On display from April 1, 2019 – June 17, 2019
    • The paintings of Diane Silver reflect feelings of dreams, hopes, memories and social concerns. Visual language is created using words, writing, gestural marks, photographic imagery, drawings and paint. Her paintings are truly captured moments in time. The language of memory is a language of poetry — fragments of half-remembered moments, lines that connect and then disconnect, distorted forms that combine new images. Our memories are important to all of us in defining and explaining who we are, despite their unreliability.
  • Feel Well/Do Well
    Clay masks created by first- and second-year medical students and first-year physician assistant students under the guidance of arts in health practitioner Lisa Swanson
    On display from July 27, 2018 – April 8, 2019
    • Students used the creative process of mask making to foster self-expression and the exploration of personal and professional identity.
  • Hardscrabble Lives: Lessons in Observation
    Paintings by Sam Woolcott
    On display from December 11, 2018 – March 31, 2019
    • Painter, rambler, observer and architect-at-heart, Woolcott’s work is fundamentally about stories — sometimes about nature, other times about the built environment — but foremost about how people interact with place. Her work — abstracted, layered and deep — contains architectural, mechanical and nautical elements, providing viewers with ephemeral glimpses into the artist’s world. Layers and abstraction create opportunities for deep observation. Deceptively uncomplicated, Woolcott’s work is rife with complexities. Deconstructed dwellings, allusions to water — or the lack thereof — in arid lands and fragments of lives long since passed, all reveal their stories with enough scrutiny. Observe, contemplate, consider the possibilities, but most of all, enjoy this glimpse into Woolcott’s world.
  • Deferred Dreams/Untold Stories
    Paintings from artists represented by Xico, Inc.
    ​On display from May 16 – September 7, 2018
    • This exhibit featured work related to the theme of DACA, DREAMers, immigrants and the children of immigrants. From personal stories and experiences to cultural stories and experiences, this exhibition explores how art can inspire, comfort, communicate and bring attention to these topics.
  • Nothing in Stasis
    Paintings by Monica Aissa Martinez
    On display from November 16, 2017 – April 6, 2018
    • Monica Aissa Martinez is a Phoenix-based artist — who is of the region, rather than merely inhabiting the region. Her heritage is reflected in subtle and not-so subtle ways in her work. Anatomy, human and animal, is the focus of  her current body of work; her creations are like maps of the body. Inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Martinez observes, “He created all of the original anatomy work. Everyone should know about him. He should be part of any medical education.” As you view the exhibition ask yourself, "Who am I? What am I? What is the world? What is my relationship to it?"
  • The Artwork of David Tineo
    Paintings by David Tineo
    On display from February 13 – November 30, 2017, located on the fifth floor of the HSEB
    • David Tineo is a globally recognized painter and muralist, whose bold, colorful works bring the myths, legends and history of the American southwest to life. His canvases are brilliant. The figures in his paintings are larger than life. From his brush come stories that embrace traditional Mexican folktales and the spiritual truths behind them. His works also offer unique perspectives on the paradox of Mexican-American identity in the United States. There is more to David Tineo’s artwork than can be seen by the naked eye. We know this simply because the artist himself cannot see his work. David Tineo is blind and has been so for the last ten years. Though his career as a teacher was cut short by macular degeneration that left him legally blind, it could not stop him from being an artist.
  • Male Deconstructed
    Paintings by Jon Wassom
    On display from August 21 – October 23, 2017
    • Active in the Phoenix art scene since 2010, Male Deconstructed is Wassom’s seventh solo exhibition. His knowledge of human anatomy, learned in massage therapy school, is evident in this body of work. Diver, black belt, gymnast, musician and former professional figure skater, Jon Wassom draws on his passion for movement and rhythm in his paintings and drawings. Inspired by realists and abstract expressionists alike — such as Diebenkorn, Klimt, Rembrandt, Hopper, Pollock, Van Gogh and de Kooning — Wassom blends the two styles, generally starting each piece with a loose textural abstraction and then rendering the image utilizing the movement and abstract qualities underneath. Wassom works from high-contrast black and white photograph — both found online and his own — putting his own spin on the figures, abstracting them, adding color and interjecting his own emotions and response to the source image. How ambiguous can an image be before someone asks: “Who is it?”
  • 100 Years 100 Ranchers
    Photographs by Scott Baxter
    On display from November 1, 2015 – February 28, 2016
    • Baxter’s work in the series has captured the portraits of various subjects; it has also created a greater awareness of the ranching culture and heritage in Arizona for residents and visitors; and it showcases the extraordinary beauty and diversity of landscapes in the State. His work gives them their due recognition for persevering through extreme challenges — land development pressures, drought, economic difficulties — to survive.
  • Quadriplegia
    Artwork by Sheila Pitt
    On display from March 1 – July 10, 2016
    • Sheila Pitt’s works on paper entitled, Quadriplegia, reflect her experience as a quadriplegic by combining themes of pain and frustration into her art work that documents her slow and steady recovery.
  • Martin Luther King Dr.: Honoring an American Hero
    Photographs by Susan Berger
    On display from July 12, 2016 – August 21, 2017, located on the fifth floor of the HSEB
    • Berger embarked on trips around the country to photograph streets that have been renamed to honor Martin Luther King Blvd. The series, in black and white, records everyday Americana.