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Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA) is a not-for-profit organization which compliments other regional cultural institutions while differentiating itself through collaboration and community partnerships and by offering new portals of entry for enjoying, understanding, and interpreting contemporary art. phICA was envisioned and is structured to be organic and efficient and is a non-collecting institution with a primary focus on exhibition projects, artist residencies, and arts incubation activities.

The founding Board of Directors first met to discuss their mutual vision in October 2007, officially founded the organization in 2009 with the first exhibition project launched in February 2011.

phICA Founders phICA phOUNDERS, 11-20-15

phICA Founders
Left to Right: Greg Esser,
Ted G. Decker, Eddie Shea
phICA phOUNDERS, 11-20-15

 

Engage with phICA this Season!

Onloaded 4
October 21, 2016 – May 14, 2017

Take Aim
Northlight Gallery, ASU
October 21 – December 2, 2016

Emerging Curators Initiative Season 2
Fall, 2016 – Spring, 2017

phICA NEWS!

We are thrilled to announce that phICA has been awarded a Community Investment Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in the 2017 grant cycle, our fourth from the state’s arts agency. Because of increases in the Commission’s budget, phICA received twice the amount received last year! The Arts Commission receives its funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Arizona. The grant will support phICA’s Onloaded 4 project of 9 exhibitions in repurposed shipping containers, October, 2015 – May, 2016, and Take Aim, an exhibition about hunting curated by William LeGuillon in collaboration with Arizona State University’s Northlight Gallery in Downtown Phoenix.

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phICA is both pleased and proud to announce that Elnaz Bokharachi has received a $1,000 grant from Axosoft and Lawdan Shojaee, Chief Executive Officer, in support of her exhibition of art work of Azi Amiri and related exhibition activities in her installment of the Emerging Curators Initiative.

We are thrilled to announce that phICA has been awarded a Community Investment Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in the 2016 grant cycle, our third from the state’s arts agency. The Arts Commission receives its funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Arizona. The grant will support phICA’s Onloaded 3 project of 13 exhibitions in repurposed shipping containers, October, 2015 – May, 2016.

Also, the Scottsdale League for the Arts has awarded a grant to phICA for our innovative and recently launched Emerging Curator Initiative for 2015-16. This is our second grant from this long-time funder of arts and culture projects and the presenting organization for the renowned annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival.   (11/27/15)

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phICA welcomes Cory Slawson and Elnaz Boharachi to the team! Cory, a fine arts student at Mesa Community and Scottsdale Community Colleges, will be our Logistics Manager for the 2015-16 exhibition season as well as one of phICA’s Emerging Curators (February 2016). He was one of our original Onloaded 1 artists in Spring, 2014. 

Ellee will be our Social Media Manager this season and will be promoting our projects and initiatives while building audience across three social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Ellie recently earned a Master of Arts degree in Art History from Arizona State University. She is also participating in our new Emerging Curator Initiative this season (February, 2016).
(10/1/15)

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We are thrilled to announce that we have received notification that phICA has been awarded a Community Investment Grant (Level 1) from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in the 2015 grant cycle, our second from the state agency. The Arts Commission receives its funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Arizona. The grant will support phICA’s Onloaded 2 project, October, 2014 – April, 2015.

 Likewise, we are pleased to announce that we have recently received notification from Scottsdale League for the Arts that we have been awarded a grant, our first from this long-time funder of arts and culture projects and the presenting organization for the renowned annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival. This grant will also support phICA’s Onloaded 2 project, October, 2014 – April, 2015. (10/5/14)

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We are thrilled to announce that we have just received notification that phICA has been awarded a Community Investment Grant (Level 1) from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in the 2014 grant cycle, our first from the state agency. The amount was more than double what it would have been because of the one-time allocation of additional funds for FY2014 grant-making in the amount of $1 million from the Arizona State Legislature announced in June, 2013. The Arts Commission receives its funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Arizona. The grant will support a phICA project in 4th quarter of 2013/early 2014 which will be announced later this fall. (8/8/13)

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We are thrilled to announce the generous support by Macy’s of phICA’s exhibition projects especially as they relate to “culture, collaboration and innovation with Brazil.” We received the announcement with the following encouragement, “we extend our best wishes for your continued success. It is a pleasure to be counted among your current supporters.”

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phICA and Ted Decker on You Tube!

Rio de Janeiro visual artist and musician Edgar Duvivier made and posted a video of Ted Decker guiding him through the recent exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro.

Click here to view this video!

In an impromptu manner, Decker, speaking in Portuguese (people who speak Portuguese claim to understand what he said!), discussed phICA’s exhibit Sue Chenoweth: Real and Applied and a concurrent exhibition he co-curated titled O espaço entre (The Space Between) which included 7 artists based in Phoenix in their first international exhibition.

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Putting Phoenix and phICA on the international map! Ted Decker connects Rio de Janeiro and Phoenix mayors!

Ted presented a packet of information and an introductory letter to Rio de Janeiro Prefeito (Mayor) Eduardo Paes from Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton who also made a video welcoming people to the exhibition of Sue Chenoweth’s work at Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro. The video played for audiences during the 6-week exhibition. We hope that this introduction will lead to future discussions about cultural tourism and trade between these dynamic cities with equally dynamic mayors.

phICA gratefully acknowledges the amazing, professional volunteer support of community art leader Vicki Stouffer. Vicki is working diligently to help us take phICA to the next level by writing grants, helping with project coordination, and analyzing new strategic initiatives.

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The solo exhibition, Sue Chenoweth: Real and Applied will open at Modified Arts, Phoenix, on November 16 (Third Friday) and will run through December 31st, 2012. A small concurrent exhibition curated by Ted G. Decker and Vicki Stouffer will showcase art made by artists who have attended artist’s residencies. phICA will present impactful educational programming that encourages artists to include artist residencies as one of the strategies in their professional practice.

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Ted Decker has been invited to speak about phICA at the ENARTE Conference at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) on July 23 and 24, 2012. This conference attracts 800+ people from throughout Brazil. Decker will speak about phICA as an innovative model for community engagement with visual art. Phoenix-based artist Sue Chenoweth will also speak with artists and art students attending the conference about her experiences as a professional artist.

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Ted is introducing Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to Rio de Janeiro Prefeito (Mayor) Eduardo Paes. Mayor Stanton will make a video welcoming people in Rio to Sue Chenoweth’s solo exhibit and will invite them and Mayor Paes to visit Phoenix. We hope that this introduction will lead to future discussions about cultural tourism and trade between these dynamic cities with equally dynamic mayors.