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Artists Make Marks with a Multitude of Materials

by Public Relations | Published On: Dec 01, 2015 | Last Updated: Dec 01, 2015

Phoenix, AZ – Two hundred pairs of eyes staring straight out at you may sound a little intimidating, but as a large-scale drawing of animals’ faces, it is intriguing.  The four-by-seven-foot graphite and gouache on canvas artwork by Phoenix artist Carolyn Lavender features two hundred different animal portraits and is part of the current exhibition titled, Drawing With Everything, which is on display at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 4, level 3.

Mapping a cell (using the city of Phoenix)The exhibition was assembled by the Phoenix Airport Museum and featured in eight display cases.  Each display case represents one type of drawing by one artist that best suits his/her vision.

Passengers traveling through Sky Harbor can explore a variety of drawings in different styles, methods and materials created by seven Arizona artists.

The artworks include a monolithic silver and black ink on paper work by Prescott artist Rebecca Davis; vibrant, colored-pencil on wood pieces by Scottsdale artist Mark McDowell; and intricately detailed works reminiscent of medical illustrations created with a multitude of materials by Phoenix artist Monica Aissa Martinez.

Unusual drawing materials are represented with narrative artworks on clay by Beth Shook of Gilbert; desert inspired drawings created on a computer by Mary Shindell of Phoenix; and abstract works drawn with rust by Tempe artist Jerry Jacobson

Drawing With Everything will be on display through February 28, 2016 and may be viewed for free, 24-hours a day.

PortraitThe Phoenix Airport Museum is one of the largest airport art museums in the U.S.  The museum includes an art collection of nearly 900 artworks, 35 exhibition spaces in six buildings and the Aviation History Collection.  For more information, visit

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(At left): Monica Aissa Martinez, Mapping a Human Cell, 2015, casein, graphite, gesso, color pencil and gouache on paper, 79 x 29”
(At right) Carolyn Lavender, Portrait, 2011, graphite and gouache on canvas, 45 x 86”.