Tempe Artists Guild

TAG provides opportunities for visual art that energize and educate residents of Tempe and the surrounding areas by providing a Speaker Series, Exhibitions, Art Workshops, and Outreach Projects. We welcome adults interested in artistic growth to join us as we seek to inspire creativity and art appreciation. TAG is a 501c3 charitable organization.

Have time for art?  Boost your skills with TAG!

We are:

•working adults who create art for pleasure
•retirees who finally have time to pursue our passion
•students connecting with our local creative community
•serious artists broadening our reach
•creative adults who want to support artistic growth in ourselves and our community

Benefits of Participation

TAG welcomes artists working in all mediums, at any level, to join our creative community. You don’t need to live in Tempe, AZ to benefit from the inspiration shared by the talented artists in our Speaker Series or Workshops. Joining our community is easy! The $50 fee entitles you to:

  • Participate in the entire Speaker Series (10 live presentations by accomplished artists, with audience questions encouraged)
  • Submit your own artwork to be critiqued by the guest artist during select Speaker Series events
  • Upload images of your work on your personal page on the TAG website
  • Exhibit your art in the TAG Exhibitions (virtual and in-person)
  • Vote in TAG elections of officers for the Board of Directors
  • Receive emails about all activities, with Zoom login links for Speaker Series
  • Participate in virtual and in-person exhibitions sponsored by the Arizona Artist Alliance

Note:  The $50 fee includes activities between March 1 and February 28.  Full time students can join for $25.  The reduced fee of $35 ($15 for students) includes activities between September 1 and February 28.  Art Workshops are priced at $40 for those enrolled in the Speaker Series, and $50 for those not enrolled in the Speaker Series.

Our History

In 1964, the Tempe Art League (TAL) was formed. Throughout the years, the league provided scholarships to the Tempe School Districts and held many art shows to promote art in the community. TAL continued for almost 32 years and was dissolved in 2002. A few of the members continued to meet for critique, socializing, and art conversation and referred to themselves as TAG, which stood for Tempe Art Group.

In February 2007, the small Tempe Art Group decided to become a true art league again. The Tempe Artists Guild, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, was formed in May 2007. Howard Simpson was elected TAG's first president.
TAG has grown and developed into a serious art league. We arehttps://tempeartistsguild.org/about/ members of the Arizona Art Alliance, hold our own art shows, collaborate with the City of Tempe in various projects, sponsor scholarships, host workshops, and offer critiques and inspiring programs at our gatherings.
Please support our business partners in creativity because they support us!

Our Activities

Speaker Series

Exhibitions and Shows

Art Workshops


Hawthorne project fingerprint paintings


TAG members offer varied art-making activities to dementia patients at Hawthorn Court (photo) and Friendship Village (video).


With the guidance of local professional artist Such Styles, seventy-five eighth grade students at this Tempe elementary school transformed the face of unused lockers into an amazing mural.

City of tempe arts mini grant for school mural

Awards & Recognitions

close up of certificate

“TAG truly embodies the spirit of artistic engagement and community enrichment.” – Tempe Mayor Corey Woods

“Creativity takes courage.”Henri Matisse