Named “One of the 10 Best Museums in Phoenix” by USA Today and

“One of Phoenix’s 10 Best-Kept Secrets” by The Culture Trip

Dear Members of our Shemer Family:

In support of current precautions being taken by the City of Phoenix to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the incredibly tough decision to temporarily stop offering classes, workshops and lectures, and close the Shemer to the general public beginning Tuesday, March 17, through April 30, or until further notice.  We have also rescheduled our Art in the Garden & Sparkling Tea event to Saturday, October 10, 2020!

We take the safety of our employees, instructors, students, artists and visitors very seriously and want to protect everyone, although we know how much you want to be here!  We will continue evaluating this issue on a daily basis, in partnership with the City, and will release additional details on our website as we have more information to share.  Thank you for your patience. We appreciate your understanding and support!



The Shemer Art Center is located at the southeast corner of Camelback Road and East Arcadia Lane (48th Street) in Phoenix. Set at the base of Camelback Mountain, the site offers panoramic views of the beautiful Arcadia neighborhood, framed by a touch of nostalgia.

In 1919, developers led by Seymour Jordan formed the Arcadia Water Company and began drilling wells with the intent to sell home sites in the newly named Arcadia neighborhood. To house the foreman of the water company, the first home in Arcadia was built.

In July 1984, long-time Phoenix resident and real estate investor Martha Shemer purchased the twice-renovated, Sante-Fe mission-style home and land. Working with Mayor Terry Goddard, Mrs. Shemer donated the home to the City of Phoenix, not only to preserve the historical property but to also ensure it was used as a community center for city residents.

Today, the Shemer Art Center has become a cultural center for all ages. It is a “home for the arts” that provides a unique and inviting atmosphere for residents and visitors to enjoy and learn about visual art, through classes, lectures, workshops, exhibits and events. Areas of instruction offered year-round by professional teaching artists include drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, fused glass, mixed media, photography and jewelry-making. Additional features of the Shemer Art Center include a boutique gift shop plus an outdoor sculpture garden, both featuring beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art created by some of Arizona’s most talented artists, for viewing and for sale.

There is no doubt that “Art Lives Here!”  In 1992 the Shemer Art Center was designated as one of the City of Phoenix’s Points of Pride. It was named “One of the 10 Best Museums in Phoenix” by USA Today and “One of Phoenix’s 10 Best Kept Secrets” by The Culture Trip!


5005 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 | 602.262.4727 |

Admission: FREE!

Suggested Donation:
$7 / person
$10 / couple

Regular Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed Sundays* & Mondays

* with exception of events

The Shemer Art Center is proud to partner with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.  It is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and is a member of Local First Arizona.

City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation

Local First