Arts & Culture: Galleries

Prescott is a smallish town steeped in frontier legends and Western imagery, yet has a thriving art gallery scene with a wide range of media, styles and techniques. Some feature work from preeminent artists of the Southwest, while others serve as launching pads for up-and-comers and breakout creators. No matter what the budget, ideal artworks for everyone’s taste can be found. 

Arts Prescott Gallery
134 S. Montezuma St., Prescott: 928-776-7717
This cooperative gallery for local artists opened in 1994 and presents its pieces in a warm, inviting setting. This charming Whiskey Row storefront keeps its inventory fresh and exciting, making it the ideal place to find once-in-a-lifetime gifts for special people in your life, including yourself. Dedicated to the “shop local” philosophy, the gallery features wall art, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and woven pieces including fabric and baskets. 

Ian Russell Gallery of Fine Art
130 S. Montezuma St., Prescott: 928-445-7009
Opened in 2007, this outlet in the historic downtown has featured artists from Greater Prescott, Northern Arizona and throughout the Southwest. Besides covering its walls and floor with one-, two- and three-dimensional original pieces, it has Prescott’s only in-house giclee shop, printing high-quality reproductions on canvas, tile and paper. Fine jeweler and goldsmith Geoffrey Brown has his shop set up in the back, too. 

Mountain Artists Guild
228 N. Alarcon St., Prescott: 928-776-4009
A place for emerging artists of all media to stage and sell their work in a fine-art gallery setting, while learning skills such as matting, framing and display of their work in such a setting. The Main Gallery features a wall with a changing lineup of a featured artist or group of artists. All shows include at least 100 items under $100. 

Phippen Museum of Western Art
4701 AZ-89, Prescott: 928-778-1385
Founded in honor of Western painter George Phippen, this 17,000 square-foot facility houses museum-quality Western art creations, as well as three galleries which host exhibitions and shows several times a year. Its largest event of the year is the Western Art Show and Sale, held every Memorial Day weekend at downtown’s Courthouse Plaza. 

Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk
This established monthly event has 17 participating locations throughout downtown Prescott, including galleries, studios and more destinations. Each of these presents a signature event and exhibit, with the artist always on hand. These include a huge number of artists and styles for the public to enjoy. Each walk begins 5 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month. For more information visit
www.artthe4th.com. 

’Tis Art Center and Gallery
105 S. Cortez St., Prescott: 928-775-0223
This nonprofit displays affordable paintings, sculpture and other artworks from Greater Prescott creators in a museum-like space, while a comfortable parlor displays some of the finest jewelry and other wearable art in the state. Exhibits change monthly. ’Tis also sponsors art classes for children and rents classroom space for adult courses at its Art Annex building a few blocks away. 

Yavapai College Art Gallery
1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott: 928-776-2031
Offers an experience of excellence, diversity, and vitality in fine contemporary visual art. The gallery features work by Yavapai college art students, art faculty, local artists, and nationally known artists in approximately eight exhibitions each year. It has been open for over thirty years and is committed to educating its students and sharing and promoting arts in the Prescott area.