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ASU Art Museum examines soul of Arizona

The ASU Art Museum's free admission and air conditioning are a draw for families in the summer, writes Kaila White, of the Arizona Republic, in a recent article about the museum's summer show Collecting Arizona, which, she says, is well tailored for families.

Complete with paintings, photographs, sculptures and hands-on stations geared toward children, Collecting Arizona delves into the history of the state with a separate gallery focused on contemporary Arizona. Historical images range from cowboys on horseback to Edward Curtis' image of a Native American, while contemporary portraits convey the cultural diversity of the state, as well as land development.

Phoenix-resident Patricia Sannit, a ceramicist whose work is included in the show, told White, "It's beautiful and awe-inspiring how much we have affected and changed the surface of the land."

"All the works are either about Arizona or made by artists who were from or worked in Arizona," White writes, including work by the ASU community.

Whether you identify with the Wild West or the New West, writes White, the exhibit aims to speak to anyone, particularly to Arizona families, invited to attend Family Fun Day this Saturday, July 14.

For more information on the ASU Art Museum, visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu.