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Experience the power of contemplation and meditation through the compelling sculpture of Creek artist Retha Walden Gambaro. This award-winning sculptor did not begin her stellar career until age 52, yet she has captured the hearts of collectors and institutions up and down the East Coast. This is believed to be the first exhibit for Gambaro west of the Mississippi.
Gambaro was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Arizona. After moving to Washington, D.C., Gambaro and her husband Stephen owned and operated a very successful art gallery on Capitol Hill, which provided the venue to introduce many American Indian artists to the region. She was also the president of the Amerindian Circle at the Smithsonian Institution, which led the effort to create the National Museum of the American Indian. Gambaro chaired a star-studded gala at the Kennedy Center, which was the kick-off of the fundraising effort for NMAI.
Gambaro works in stone, transferring her work into bronze through the lost-wax process. Her evocative work has won her numerous awards, including the Take Pride in America Award, awarded by the State of Virginia for her exhibitWhere Legends Live: Showcase of Native American Art, and Best of Show awards at art events including the Art League of Northern Virginia.
She has also been commissioned to create sculptures for the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, the International Franchise Foundation in Hawaii, Howard University and the city of Bedford, Virginia. Gambaro has also exhibited in such diverse venues as the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, the Yah-Ta-hey Gallery in New London, Connecticut, and the Slater Museum in Norwich, Connecticut.
This event also marks the grand opening of the museum’s new Nichols Sculpture Garden, which replaces the HOMEgarden. This new space will create an outdoor exhibit gallery while preserving the spirit of the garden atmosphere with native trees and the wonderful ambience of the Heard Museum campus.
With 11 exhibition galleries, there's much to see at the Heard. Guests frequently spend from two to five hours perusing the galleries. You can plan your visit ahead of time with our interactive map or download brochures in advance.
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
On Central Avenue, four blocks north of McDowell Road (Cross street: Encanto Blvd.)
1/2 mile north of Phoenix Art Museum
Museum Galleries – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Open until 9 p.m. on the third Friday of each month during NU.
Museum Shop & Berlin Gallery – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday,
11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
The Café at the Heard Museum – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Sunday
Coffee Cantina – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Books & More – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
The Heard Museum, the Heard Museum Shop, the Berlin Gallery and the Café at the Heard Museum are open 364 days a year - every day except December 25. Also, please note that the museum closes at 3 p.m. on December 24..
Adults – $15
Seniors 65+ – $13.50
Students with ID – $7.50
Children 6-12 – $7.50
Children under 6 – Free
Heard Museum Members – Free ... Join today!
American Indians – Free
Free public guided tours are offered daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Additional tours may be scheduled depending on the season. Tours provide in-depth, personal interpretation of the museum’s exhibitions, collections and history. Tours include an in-depth look at the signature exhibit HOME: Native People in the Southwest at noon and 3 p.m., and a Highlights of the Heard tour at 2 p.m.
Ample free parking is available on the museum grounds. For weekend festivals, the Heard Museum receives permission for guests to park for free in the empty parking lots of highrises and businesses in a four-block radius of the museum. Look for signs along Central Avenue.
Easy Light Rail Access
Park and ride to the museum's front door! The Heard Museum Encanto/Central stop lets you off right at the museum's front entrance. There are many places to park and ride; click here for more information and to plan your trip.
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