The fall/winter exhibition, “It’s a Dog’s Life,” is now open at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa. The exhibit features art, geography, history and science of canines through hands-on activities.
“Our education and exhibition team created an experience that places you inside the world of canines,” said Sunnee O’Rork, i.d.e.a. Museum executive director. “We’ve added several sensory activities for our guests, such as experiencing how canines see their world and being able to feel the size of their footprints.”
“It’s a Dog’s Life,” which runs through Jan. 22, 2017, takes guests on a journey through art and hands-on activities to explore the life and social impact of domestic dogs and their wild canine cousins, including wolves, foxes, jackals and dingoes. Visitors of all ages will learn about different breeds from around the world, including their habitats, social relationships, history and occupations.
“Through the beautiful and imaginative art on display and the fun activities, we create an atmosphere for families to engage together and learn more about the world around them,” O’Rork said. “We want our guests to discover art in new ways and to nurture their creative thinking.”
The exhibition is sponsored by the i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors Inc., the city of Mesa and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other financial contributions come from the Gila River Indian Community, Thunderbirds Charities and The Steele Foundation.
The Gila River Indian Community and Thunderbirds Charities support the Access for All – No Barriers to Learning fund, which helps pay for school field trips and free days at the museum. The Steele Foundation continues to provide funding for the ArtFul Tales Experience, an art and literacy program designed for children ages 2 to 5.
Artists featured in the exhibition are: Ron Burns, Tillamook Cheddar, Jim Dratfield, Rose Ann Feigenbaum, Elias Weiss Friedman, Ronnie Gould, Meg Harper, Kim Johnson, Carolyn Lavender, Lawrence Mclaughlin, Trevor Mikula, Dean Russo, Kendra Sollars, Maggie Stewart, Lauren Strohacker, Martha Tabor, Connie R. Townsend, and William Wegman. Art media includes painting, digital photography, mosaic, drawing, video installation, printmaking, and ceramic sculpture.
The i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa is located at 150 W. Pepper Place.