A uniquely American art form, jazz is the root of many music genres we enjoy today. Its influences reach beyond performance and into the visual arts, inspiring new ideas and styles. Jazz It Up! looks at the enduring impact of this important form of artistic expression on contemporary art as well as the celebrated musicians, who have become significant icons in American popular culture.
Rudy Gutierrez, Coltrane Blue, 2008, Acrylic on board, 30 X 40 inches.
Curatorial Spotlight: Rudy Gutierrez
Part of the Jazz It Up! exhibition, this bonus feature highlights the bold paintings of New York artist Rudy Gutierrez. Incorporating a variety of cross-cultural references, Gutierrez uses vivid colors and broad-brush strokes to dynamically capture the energy of his subjects.
- Season Kick-Off: Get Jazzed Festival on Mesa Arts Center campus
- Musical Entertainment by Blaise Lantana and Dennis Rowland with Jesse McGuire in Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum Courtyard
- Exhibiting Artists in Attendance
- Cash Bar
FREE and OPEN to the Public!
Larry Poncho Brown
Michael A. Cummings
Jim S. Smoote II
James Gilbert Todd, Jr.