Arizona Artists Guild is an organization devoted to visual art in all media.
The Arizona Artists Guild was founded in 1928, just 16 years after Arizona’s statehood. AAG was then and continues to be a place for artists of all types to gather together for creative sharing and learning. Since that time many notable artists have come through our doors. Today AAG has over 300 active members ranging in artistic experience from the beginner to the retired master.
Arizona Artists Guild continues its tradition of promoting excellence in the arts in all media. Our members’ artwork runs the gamut: with some steeped in tradition while others explore the contemporary techniques of this digital era; from figurative to non-objective. Our workshops, programs and exhibitions convey this diversity.
All who are interested in the creative aspects of life are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, participate in our workshops and join our guild. As artists, we are united in the joys and the struggles of making something new and communicating a message, of mastering tools, materials, and ideas. It’s the creative journey that binds us. We all know that as easy as it may look, making art is not easy.
Arizona Artists Guild is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization led by volunteers dedicated to providing and promoting opportunities in the visual arts including exhibitions, education, and outreach programs.
Membership is made up of professional as well as aspiring artists working in a variety of media. The Guild offers five types of membership: Associate, Juried, Honorary, Golden and Life.
AAG is conveniently located on 7th Avenue just South of Union Hills at 18411 N. 7th Ave., in Phoenix, AZ 85023 (Mailing address is P. O. Box 41534, Phoenix, AZ 85080).
Join us at our open meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May (no meeting in December). Guests are welcome
A pre-meeting social hour begins at 5 p.m. with a pot-luck finger-food buffet, (feel free to bring a brown bag dinner). From 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. you are welcome to participate in our gentle critique session. Please only bring one piece of work to be critiqued
Our general meeting is held at 7 p.m. with our program featuring a guest presenter starting at 7:30.
AAG is conveniently located on 7th Avenue just South of Union Hills at 18411 N. 7th Ave., in Phoenix, AZ 85023
Art Supply Exchange
The Art Supply Exchange is one of AAG’s most popular programs.
Donated gently-used art supplies are available at reasonable prices.
Books, books, books $5 each!!
Proceeds benefit the various programs at AAG along with:
opportunities for artistic growth
exploration of new media inexpensively
It’s always a great time to stock up on materials and supplies.
The Art Supply Exchange is open Open During General meetings and
Open Studios: Monday 8 to Noon and Wednesdays 1:00 to 4:00
If you find yourself cleaning out and have gently used supplies, AAG would welcome the donation.
Contact Alicia Plogman for more information | 602-944-9713
AAG Membership Information
For nearly 100 years AAG boasts a vibrant community of artists working in a wide array of mediums. AAG members tend to be open-minded and generally encouraging to one another. This diversity inspires and ignites creativity.
There are three classifications of membership: Associate, Juried, and Life Members. Associate Member: must be at least 18 years of age. Upon joining AAG one is an Associate Member. Associate Membership benefits include: attending AAG meetings, social activities, Open Studio, Life Drawing, and workshops, receive a discount on AAG Workshops adnd exhibition fees and are eligible to enter AAG sponsored art exhibitions designated by the Board. Juried Member: once the Associate member’s artwork has been accepted in three (3) AAG juried exhibitions they are eligible to apply for Juried Member Status. In addition to the benefits of the Associate Member, Juried Members may participate in special events and opportunites designated for Juried Members only. Life Member shall be approved by a quorum vote of the Board and shall have the same privileges as Juried Members.
Yearly dues are $45 which provides online access to the newsletter and the membership directory by download. For $55 yearly you can have the newsletter and directory mailed to you.
Supplying judges for local, state and national art exhibits
Providing a voice for civic matters relating to the arts
Availing a meeting space for other community arts organizations
Continuing a long-standing tradition of art leadership in the state since 1928
Maintaining a cadre of instructors for schools and community
Providing free Art instruction sessions for US Military Veterans, survivors of suicide.
An art exhibition in partnership with The Beatitudes Assisted Living Community, a senior care facility in central Phoenix.
Since 1993, AAG has provided financial aid to Arizona’s college level fine-art students.
Awarding scholarships to Arizona students
Sponsoring classes through The Guild School of Art
Offering critique sessions to improve skills
Life Drawing sessions weekly year round
Open studio sessions
Promoting quality artwork for public viewing and appreciation
Encouraging members to participate in state and national exhibits
Offering support for members to further their careers
Providing opportunities for members to display their work
Board of Directors:
President: Tom Mura Past President: David Bradley Director: Alice Pelchat Director: Alicia Plogman Director: Carmen Timm Director: Carole Matthews Director: Tess Mosko Scherer
President: Tom Mura Secretary: Ann Osgood Treasurer: Joan McGue
Vice President: David Bradley Meeting Programs: David Bradley Guild School of Art Workshop: Carmen Timm Guild School of Art Workshop Committee: Carole Matthews Scholarships Chair: Tess Mosko Scherer Life Drawing Chair: John Heckman Life Drawing Co-Chair: Richard Orbon Sculptors’ Group Chair John Kaskela Sculptors’ Group Chair: Melanie Mead Open Studio Chair: Alicia Plogman Open Studio Co-Chair: Jim Kinne Open Studio Co-Chair: John Erwin Artist of the Month Co-Chair: Warren Mitch Artist of the Month Co-Chair: Linda Thiel
Community Outreach Program
VP’s of Community Outreach Program: Tess Mosko Scherer
Bruce Sink Veterans and Survivors of Suicide Outreach Programs:
Tess Mosko Scherer
Bruce Sink Senior Center Exhibitions:
Beatitudes: Hank Keneally
Vice President: Tess Mosko Scherer Exhibition Committee Members: Laura Cohen-Hogan, Joan McGue, Melanie Harman, Suzie Blackwell, Vivian Andersen, Kimber Jones Exhibition Receptions: Carole Matthews, Linnea Goetze Exhibition Committee Installation Team: John Erwin, Tess Mosko Scherer,David Bradley
Vice President: Vivian Andersen Newsletter Editor: Suzie Blackwell Newsletter Distribution: Alice Pelchat Webmaster: Vivian Andersen Historian: Carole Matthews Historian: Marjorie Rogers E-Blast: Vivian Andersen Social Media: Patrick Williams
Vice President | Laura Cohen-Hogan Committee Member | Ann Osgood
Vice President | Jim Kinne Co-Vice President | Alicia Plogman Calendar of Events | Kimber Jones Non-Member Liaison | Alicia Plogman Art Supply Exchange | Alicia Plogman Art Supply Exchange | Alice Pelchat Reference Library | Alice Pelchat
Vice President: Tom Sharp Vice President: (open) Committee Members: Jim Kinne Hospitality Chair: (open) Hospitality Co-Chair: Linnea Goetze Reception Raffle: Linda Thiel Reception Raffle: Jennifer Henry
THE AAG Building IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR GROUP USE
The Arizona Artists Guild would like its Casa to be your organization’s Casa for seminars, art demonstrations, workshops, art exhibits or general meetings. Completed Nov. 1 2009, the building is located at 18411 N. 7th Ave. in Phoenix, AZ 85023. We are centrally located in a quiet area between 3 main freeways; the I-17 to the west, the 101 (north loop) and the 51 Parkway to the east. We have ample parking, good lighting, inside and outside, and plenty of eateries and stores just a mile south on Bell Rd. and a couple of small but good places just across the street. We have clean ADA approved rest rooms and WiFi on site.
Click on Calendar of Events to see what’s going on in our building at any time of the year and to see if your desired dates are available. Email email@example.com to schedule a date for your event.
Your contribution will ensure we continue spreading positive, transformative change to members and non-members alike through our exhibitions, workshops and programs. It is because of your involvement AAG continues to thrive after 89 years.
Simply click the Donate link below, select the amount that is right for you, be it one time or recurring monthly.
Arizona Artists Guild is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that provides opportunities for artists including scholarships for college and university Fine Art majors. Your donation can create a scholarship for a deserving college student that will mean so much towards their achieving their goals towards becoming a successful artist.In your estate planning consider making a bequest to Arizona Artists Guild to create a long term scholarship endowment, in your own name or that of someone significant to you who your wish to memorialize.