Truly a "home for the arts" the Shemer Art Center is located in the very first home built in Arcadia at the base of Camelback Mountain.Put Shemer Art Center and Museum and other Phoenix attractions into our Phoenix online road trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
Its unique charm and atmosphere provide the perfect setting for visitors to experience visual art classes, workshops, lectures, exhibitions and events. A boutique gift shop and outdoor sculpture garden also assist in showcasing emerging and established Arizona artists.
The Shemer Art Center was established in 1984 when Martha Shemer purchased the home (originally built in 1919) and donated it to the City of Phoenix. In 1985 a non-profit organization called SACAMA (Shemer Art Center and Museum Association) was formed to provide support and input into the operation of the art center. In 2010, the Shemer Art Center faced the threat of closing when the City of Phoenix announced it could no longer manage the day-to-day operations. But SACAMA took on the challenge of maintaining the Shemer and growing it into a viable art center. Today it continues to serve its mission as a welcoming and historic art center for the entire state of Arizona.
As a non-profit organization entirely funded by the community, the Shemer Art Center (its board and staff) invites your participation! Consider taking a class, becoming a member, browsing the gift shop and attending one of our upcoming events! Your help will allow us to fulfill Martha's dream!.
Shemer Art Center and Museum Reviews
Just returned from Family Fun Night Water Color class with John Erwin at Shemer Art Center. Had so much fun learning how to water color in 2 hours. What a great way to spend a hot evening in Phoenix. ... more »
Thoroughly enjoyable. Located in what was once a private home on lovely grounds. Small, intimate museum that focuses mostly on sculpture - both large and small. Donation requested but not required for... more »
Enrolled my daughter in a week long summer art camp program here and she loved it. The instructors and staff are friendly and I was surprised by the amount of drawings, paintings and sculpture she accomplished during the week she was there. She is excited to come back next summer!
Wedding & Reception - In November of 2018 our daughter was married at Shemer Art Center. We had 160 guests and it was a lovely event. The staff, especially the President/Exec Director Shonna James, was very accommodating and helpful. It was a perfect inside/outside venue, and we have a lifetime of wonderful memories to share.
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