PHOENIX — Phoenix Art Museum has launched a new weekly series that showcases Arizona artists on the institution’s new bilingual blog and across its social media channels.

The initiative reflects the museum’s commitment to use its platform to amplify the voices and work of the local artist community, a press release from the museum said.

The museum will continue to present virtual events through August as part of its ongoing commitment to engage audiences with exhibitions and collections from the safety and comfort of their homes during the time of COVID-19. Access the museum at https://phxart.org.

PhxArtist Spotlight

Presented by Phoenix Art Museum, PhxArtist Spotlight is a new weekly series that explores what inspires and motivates Valley creatives while leveraging the museum’s reach in its community to support and expand awareness of working artists, many of them deeply impacted by the economic effects of COVID-19.

Each Tuesday, the museum will highlight a different artist working in Arizona, hosting a Q&A with the artist and images of their work on the museum’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels and bilingual blog. The artist will also be highlighted in a monthly email sent to museum members, Circles of Support donors and an email subscriber list of more than 67,000 followers.

Virtual events

Weekly virtual mindfulness sessions are planned at noon Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Scientific studies show the art of mindfulness can relieve anxiety, depression, pain and stress and actually change the way we feel, think, work and play by opening new pathways in the brain, according to the press release.

Presented in collaboration with Hospice of the Valley, the free, 30-minute, at-home mindfulness sessions promote living in the moment. This sessions are hosted on Zoom, a video conference platform.

Art at Home

Guided by a museum educator, a pay-what-you-wish at-home meditation session provides an opportunity to connect with the present moment and create a deeper understanding of a work of art from the museum’s collection. It’s presented through Zoom and will be at noon on Aug. 27.

Virtual exhibition tour

Helen Jean, the Jacquie Dorrance curator of fashion design at Phoenix Art Museum, takes viewers on a virtual tour of India: “Fashion’s Muse.”

Featuring more than 50 stunning ensembles and accessories, the museum’s latest fashion exhibition celebrates the extraordinary craftsmanship of fashions from India as well as the global trends and couture fantasies they’ve inspired across centuries.

In addition to traditional garments and designer works by Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Halston and Chanel, “Fashion’s Muse” features contemporary ensembles by Anamika Khanna to illustrate how Indian fashion designers today are merging traditional practices and techniques with modern materials and sensibilities.

Teresita Fernández

Virtually preview the museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Teresita Fernández: Elemental,” the first mid-career retrospective of the internationally acclaimed conceptual artist. Fernández is best known for her immersive installations and sculptures and her monumental public art commissions.

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