Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) in the state of Arizona is a museum in the Old Town district of downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. The museum is dedicated to exhibiting modern works of art, design and architecture. The Museum has four galleries that house various exhibitions, curated from their growing permanent collection and rotating shows. Knight Rise skyspace, by Arizona artist James Turrell, is permanently on view.[2]

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
Civic Plaza and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts.jpg
Location7374 E. 2nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
Coordinates33°29′30″N 111°55′23″W / 33.491709°N 111.923034°W / 33.491709; -111.923034
DirectorJennifer McCabe


SMoCA was conceived in 1988 and opened in February 1999.[3][4] The now-evocative, minimalist building is a complete retrofit by Phoenix-based architect Will Bruder of a former movie theater.[3][5]

The museum is run for the city by Scottsdale Arts, a non-profit corporation.[6]

SMoCA has featured major exhibitions from artists such as Lydia Okumura, James Marshall, Paolo Soleri, Squidsoup, Mel Roman, and Olafur Eliasson.

Atrium at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts.


  1. ^ Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: About, SMoCA, 2008, retrieved 2008-12-09
  2. ^ "Director's Message". SMoCA. 2019-02-12. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  3. ^ a b Christine Bailey (3 January 2011). Explorer's Guide Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona & Central Arizona: A Great Destination. Countryman Press. pp. 101–. ISBN 978-1-58157-118-9.
  4. ^ Rubin, Rich (27 Jan 1999). "Culture blossoming in Arizona desert: Scottsdale will open a top-notch museum of contemporary art while the Heard Museum in Phoenix will see a major expansion". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. ProQuest 384488385.
  5. ^ Architectural Digest. John C. Brasfield Publishing Corporation. 2008.
  6. ^ Bartkowski, Becky (2016-12-06). "Jennifer McCabe and Natalie Marsh Join SMoCA, Scottsdale Arts". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2017-07-25.

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