Along with its traditional southwestern themed art, Scottsdale is gaining an international reputation for its new and vibrant art scene. Upcoming and underrated, Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries. Dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from all over the world, the galleries offer a dazzling and diverse array of work in a wide variety of media.
A favorite Scottsdale destination on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9pm is the Scottsdale Downtown Art Walk. Numerous festivals line the streets of old town throughout the year including April’s highly popular and annual Scottsdale Culinary and Arts Festival. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as SMoCA, presents exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, architecture and design from around the globe. The museum was designed by architect Will Bruder and is host to many events including the popular and hip “SMoCA nights”.