Play is more than amusement. It has a profound influence on most aspects of life.
During play, children interact socially, build vocabulary, problem solve, exercise imagination and creativity and learn strategy. That learning continues into adulthood, too.
The Artful Play! Games & Toys exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other artworks. Art and hands-on activities will provide visitors a chance to develop ideas, learn about play in other cultures, go back in time to experience vintage games and explore the process of designing toys and inventing games.
Activities are created with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts in mind. Also, several classes, workshops and “Meet the Artist/Expert” events will be offered.
We will begin accepting POGO Pass for admission to Artful Play! Games & Toys starting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
Corinne Geertsen - Game
Mindy Sue Wittock - Imaginary Friend
Educational & Art Programs
Hands-on activities in the exhibition aim to engage the entire family. Young artists & explorers will enjoy:
Creating a virtual pinball game
Designing paper plane and test launching on target
Exploring games popular around the world
Building on a giant wall structure
Competing in a racing game
Playing life-size games, including charades on stage
Using imagination in the giant playhouse
Creating paper dolls
Testing your skills on our magnetic board game
Tanya Harsch - Courting Adventure
The Artful Play! Games & Toys exhibition contains 54 artworks by 19 artist, which includes 16 artists from the United States and one artist each from Australia, United Kingdom and France. Artwork media comprise mixed-media collage, digital art prints, paintings, soft fabric sculpture, found object sculpture, and Lego brick sculpture..
Arizona artists are: Corinne Geertsen, Shachi Kale, Deborah McMillion-Nering, Linda Whiting and Bruce Nelson.
Artists from around the country: Chaim Gingold and Luke Iannini, California; Nance Danforth, Florida; John Padlo, Idaho; Tanya Harsch, Maine; Jennifer Maher Coleman, Kenny Colors, Nathan Sawaya, New York; Joel Carson Jones, Pennsylvania; Liana Bennett, Patrick Clark, Washington; Mindy Sue Wittock, Wisconsin.
Global artists; Loui Jover, Australia; Famous When Dead, United Kingdom; and Pierre-Adrien Sollier, France.