Phoenix art museum mandala art museum has announced its plans to close its doors on March 11th, 2018, after more than a decade of service.
The Phoenix Art Museum and Mandala Garden Museum, located on the campus of the University of Phoenix, will be closed to the public on the day of the official opening of the new Phoenix Art Festival, which is expected to begin March 12th.
The museum is home to some of the most spectacular flowering artworks in the world, including more than 250 sculptures that have been exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museums, including many works by acclaimed Japanese artists like Yoshihiro Tsugumiya and Kazuo Ishiguro.
“The mandala gardens are a place for art lovers and visitors alike to be inspired by nature and their art, but also have a moment to reflect on the meaning of life, the importance of love, and how to be better human beings,” said Dan Lattin, CEO of Phoenix Art Foundation.
“Mandelas are an integral part of our cultural heritage, and we are honored to be able to preserve their beautiful beauty and history.
We are thankful to all of our loyal patrons and staff for their patronage, and look forward to welcoming new friends and returning visitors.”
The Mandala Art Museum was founded in 1989, and has a diverse collection of approximately 70,000 sculptures and other works, along with hundreds of books, magazines, art prints and more.
It opened in 2017 with a dedicated exhibition space in the building that now houses a private collection of artworks, and an open-air amphitheater that seats about 200 people.
The Mandala Gardens is home a new collection of more than 60,000 flower artworks that are displayed throughout the year and also features sculptures by artists like Kazuo Yoshihira and Masaaki Shirakawa.
The garden also features works by some of Arizona’s most notable artists including Yuji Matsui, Masato Nakayama, and Takashi Mori.
“We have worked for years to ensure the best care and protection for our fragile plants and our beautiful, diverse collections of flowers, which include more than 30,000 flowering art works,” said Lattins family.
“We have taken great pride in being a resource for the community, and will continue to provide a place of beauty and fun for our community.”
The Phoenix Arts Foundation will continue the efforts to preserve the gardens and gardens for other art lovers.
The foundation will be donating the gardens to the Arizona Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
“I am grateful for the support of the Arizona State Legislature and Governor Jan Brewer, who has made mandala gardening a priority, and for the people of Arizona who have supported us for so long,” said Bob Gorman, CEO and president of the Phoenix Arts Institute.
“With these efforts, we hope to inspire generations of gardeners and art lovers to love their own gardens even more.”