Cool off with the arts

SCOTTSDALE ­– As the temperatures rise throughout the Valley, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) presents a wide range of exciting and diverse events, to keep art lovers cool in a 68-degree museum. This season is packed with artist-led talks and workshops and the return of fan favorites Mystery at the Museum and Art Handlers Triathlon. Additionally, several events relate to the 2019 summer exhibitions. These events offer guests the opportunity to engage with artists, the community and museumgoers to consider the questions and themes explored throughout the Museum. All events take place in SMoCA Lounge unless noted otherwise. Free events at SMoCA fill quickly and are first come, first served; early arrival is encouraged. Visitors can RSVP and purchase tickets at

Sunset in the Skyspace

Friday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $10

Spend the longest day of the year at SMoCA. Celebrate the summer solstice by watching the sunset in James Turrell’s “Knight Rise” Skyspace, Refreshments included.

The Studio @SMoCA: Simply Succulents with Dig it

Saturday, July 6, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tickets: Pair $45 Invidual $30

Horticulture experts from Dig It Gardens in Phoenix will show participants how to create and care for their own succulent terrarium. Materials provided. Light refreshments included.

Beer ‘n Bingo
Friday, July 19, 7:00 p.m.

SMoCA Lounge

Tickets: $15 (includes one drink)

Anwar Newton hosts an evening of craft beer and bingo with a SMoCA twist. This is not your grandmother’s bingo night! One free beer sample per person. Cash bar and snacks included.

Mystery in the Museum: The Cryptic Caper
Saturday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: Pair $30, Individual $20

Join SMoCA for an evening filled with curious puzzles, brainteasers and riddles as another mystery unfolds in the Museum. Cash bar and light bites are included.

The Studio @SMoCA: Upcycling with Janel Garza
Saturday, August 31, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SMoCA Lounge

Tickets: Pair $45, Individual $30
Does that particular denim jacket need an update? Participants will learn how to upcycle clothing in this textile workshop with local artist Janel Garza. She will teach basic techniques on how to use paint and textiles to refresh clothing items. Participants can bring their own clothing or use some provided by SMoCA. Additional materials provided. Light refreshments are included.

The Studio @SMoCA: Selfie Portraits with Antoinette Cauley
Saturday, September 21, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SMoCA Lounge

Tickets: Pair $45, Individual $30
Forget about photo filters! Participants can take part in an all-level workshop with local portrait artist Antoinette Cauley to turn their own selfie into a portrait. Materials and light refreshments included.

Artist Talk: Shizu Saldamando
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
SMoCA Lounge
Tickets: Free Admission
Join artist Shizu Saldamando in conversation with writer Raquel Gutiérrez, the author of the essay accompanying the exhibition, as they discuss art and underground culture.

Round Table Discussion: Glass in the Contemporary
Saturday, October 5, 4:00 p.m.

SMoCA Lounge

Tickets: Free with Museum Admission
Please join artists, curators and scholars for a discussion on the multifaceted approaches in forming contemporary glass art. Learn about the ways artists in the exhibition “Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art” are enhancing established techniques and exploring contemporary discourse through the material of glass.

Art Handlers Triathlon
Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: Free Admission
Join SMoCA for this fourth annual event, where art world professionals and museum workers step into the spotlight to compete for the coveted Golden Level trophy. Spectators can select their favorite Valley institution, and cheer them on as they install, handle and package artwork with precision, tenacity and white gloves. Cash bar.

Through its partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach — serving more than 400,000 participants annually.

SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ARTFounded in 1999, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) explores the best of contemporary art, architecture and design. Global in its focus, the Museum is a unique and vital cultural resource for the Southwest, serving local audiences as well as visitors from the United States and abroad. Designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, SMoCA’s minimalist building (an ingenious renovation of a former movie theater) has four galleries for showcasing changing exhibitions and works from the Museum’s collection, along with SMoCA Lounge, a living, functional art installation and space for community engagement. The Museum presents a wide variety of educational programs and special events for adults and families, including lectures, readings, performances, docent-led tours, workshops and classes. SMoCA also features an outdoor sculpture garden housing James Turrell’s “Knight Rise,” one of the renowned artist’s public skyspaces, and “Scrim Wall,” a monumental curtain of translucent glass panels by James Carpenter Design Associates. The Museum’s retail store, Shop@SMoCA, offers classic design objects and furnishings, contemporary jewelry, art and architecture books, and imaginative gifts for all occasions.

VISITOR INFORMATIONScottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 

HOURS AND ADMISSIONTuesday – Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Admission: $10 adults, $7 students, seniors (65+) and veterans; free for members and children under 15
Free on Thursdays and every second Saturday of the month