Director's Message

    James Marshall, Radiate, 2014. Latex paint on wall. Commissioned by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Sean Deckert

A Museum Should Exist at the Heart of a Community

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), situated on a twenty-one acre, beautifully landscaped park in the middle of downtown Scottsdale, presents the best of contemporary art, architecture and design from around the world and from around the corner. Our nine to twelve exhibitions per year rotate continually so that a visitor will always experience the most current works of art that represent the thinking of the best and the brightest.

Our diverse and exciting programming embraces the worlds of music, literature, dance, performance and film. We create education opportunities for all ages and for all backgrounds and interests. Arizona and world politics, Japanese flower arranging, the science of optics, piñata making and the latest ideas about food production and distribution have all been examined in recent SMoCA community programs.

SMoCA frequently collaborates with institutions and communities both in Arizona and outside of the state. The City of Scottsdale, Arizona State University, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Warhol Foundation, the Graham Foundation and the Tremaine Foundation have all assisted the museum in its creation of exhibitions and programs. Thousands of individuals, business, and groups have also given time, money, ideas and energy to help the Museum grow and prosper over a fifteen year history.

When you enter the Museum you will discover a surprise in the outdoor courtyard: one of the most beautiful James Turrell Skyspaces in the world. Always free for viewing during Museum hours, this space transports visitors to a place of quiet contemplation, a place of introspection. In this space you will remember why you seek art, why you visited SMoCA, why you now treasure a small institution in the middle of an oasis known as Scottsdale.

Visit SMoCA and discover the heart of a community.

Jennifer McCabe
Director and Chief Curator, SMoCA

SMoCA’s Mission Statement

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art champions creativity, innovation and the vitality of the visual arts. We seek to build and to educate audiences for modern and contemporary art, as well as to provide opportunities for the artistic community— locally, nationally and internationally. SMoCA provides a memorable experience of art, architecture and design by exploring new curatorial approaches and by highlighting cultural context. We interpret, exhibit, collect and preserve works in these media.


SMoCA Advisory Council 2018-2019


  • Liz Cohen
  • Oscar De las salas
  • Russell Goldstein
  • Alexandra In-Albon
  • David Itzkowitz, Chair
  • Eric Jungermann
  • Stephanie Lanman
  • Charles Lucking
  • Mark Paratore
  • Audra Petrolle
  • Dorothy Lincoln-Smith, Board Member Emeritus


  • David Itzkowitz, Chair