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Past Exhibits

Missed an exhibition? Learn about exhibits previously on display at Heard Museum Phoenix or the former Heard Museum North Scottsdale! If you'd like to order a previous exhibition's catalog (when printed) please visit our online shop or call Books & More at 602.251.0258 if you have any questions.


Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

April 22, 2017 - July 9, 2017

Organized by The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, we are fortunate to offer this retrospective of the work of contemporary Oregon artist Rick Bartow (1946-2016). Featuring 115 drawings, paintings, prints, mixed-media works and, sculpture, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain will explore the artist’s career, from the 1970s ...

Beauty Speaks for Us

February 10, 2017 - March 31, 2017

The Heard Museum’s new Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery opens to the public on February 10, 2017. The inaugural exhibition, Beauty Speaks for Us, will be a presentation of more than 200 rarely seen masterworks selected from private Phoenix collections and the Heard’s own collection of more than 40,000 works of art. This will be a ...

It’s Your Turn: A Home Studio

May 21, 2016 - March 19, 2017

Now that you have explored and learned about the Native people in the Southwest in the HOME exhibit, take some time to expand on your learning with these fun hands-on activities, which will help to deepen your understanding of what you saw. We also invite you to revisit the HOME exhibit after you complete your ...

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

October 15, 2016 - January 8, 2017

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist surveys the career of one of today’s most accomplished American Indian artists. Over the course of more than four decades, WalkingStick has avidly explored her own hybrid cultural identity, engaging Native ...

Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings

October 2, 2015 - October 31, 2016

This exhibit displays a complete body of work by one of the 20th century’s most significant artists. Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings features all 23 first editions of the Santa Clara Pueblo artist’s collection of copper plate etchings completed by the artist from 1980 to 1984. This is the first time this body of work ...

Personal Journeys: American Indian Landscapes

February 27, 2016 - September 28, 2016

Personal Journeys:American Indian Landscapes will explore the unique relationship American Indians have with land and how that has been expressed in art. Native artists use a variety of media and processes to express their stories, individual creations built on layers of cultural teachings, historical events, personal experiences and spiritual insights. Land as a subject matter ...

Gifted! Recent Additions to the Heard Collection

December 19, 2015 - May 1, 2016

The Heard Museum’s permanent collection is at the heart of its exhibits and programs. Gifted celebrates the gifted people who made the art, and the gifted collectors with an eye for art who generously gave their art to the museum. In addition, some donors have provided purchase funds, recognizing the museum’s need to buy the ...

The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century

April 5, 2014 - April 24, 2016

The Heard pays homage to the birth of a child and a modern Indian nation through the art of an acclaimed family of artists. In 1914, the Chiricahua Apache people were released from their status as prisoners of war and given allotments of land in and around Fort Sill, Okla. The descendants of Sam and ...

Confluence: Inter-generational Collaborations

February 6, 2016 - April 17, 2016

This exhibit will consist of works co-created by seven pairs of American Indian artists from the greater Southwest region. Each pair consists of one established mentor artist and one emerging artist (age 16 to 20). Each partnership will involve the co-creation of a collaborative piece or series of pieces, depending on the medium. The exhibit ...

Every Picture Tells a Story

September 9, 2002 - April 17, 2016

Explore seven regions and see how American Indian artists reflect their environments in their artwork in this interactive gallery perfect for families. Spot the different wildlife and vegetation illustrated in the artwork, then try your hand at making a hummingbird, bandolier bag, Northwest Coast button blanket, bow guard or Inuit felt design. It's fun for everyone!