IN FLUX returns to Scottsdale with new public works by Yuke Li, Shirley Wagner and more

Scottsdale has joined five other cities in the Phoenix metro area to showcase new temporary works of art as part of the IN FLUX 10 cycle. Six pieces by four artists will be exhibited at various locations in South Scottsdale throughout the year. next.

“We are thrilled that Scottsdale Public Art has a total of four IN FLUX commissions for Cycle 10, including a new site. This gives us the opportunity to teach an additional artist about the public art process,” said Tanya. Galin, Public Art Manager for Scottsdale Public Art. “The more artists understand the process and gain experience, the more confident they feel applying to public art calls. This then diversifies our pool of artists for public art projects.”

Promotional partner Artlink, a non-profit organization based in the Valley that supports artists by providing the programs and resources needed to develop their careers, facilitated the call for artists on behalf of IN FLUX partner cities. Artlink and Scottsdale Public Art share similar goals to help artists expand their skills, apply creativity in innovative ways, and gain recognition for their work.

In Scottsdale, the locations and performers in this current cycle include:

  • Yuke Li, a visual artist who trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York, created a mural depicting water and the desert, cool and hot, on a city-owned water riser and on the concrete pit site of the Salt River project on the south side. of Thomas Road between North 81st Way and North 82nd Street.

  • Shirley Wagner, a Tuscan artist who has been crafting wall assemblies in her Arizona studio for three decades, created three dynamic and colorful sculptures, each 8 feet tall, for Miller Plaza at the northeast corner of Miller Road and Indian School Road.

  • Christopher Luper, who holds an MFA from Arizona State University in sculpture, specializing in foundry, created a sculpture on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Roosevelt Street.

  • Hector Ortega, whose work focuses on multidisciplinary artistic practice, has created a sculpture inspired by the interconnections we all share in our daily lives at the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Oak Street.

IN FLUX, now in its 10th cycle, offers the selected artists the opportunity to broaden their skills, challenge their creativity and gain recognition from the public.

“I have always been inspired by public art and the power it has to imprint a place in our minds, the power of artists and communities to come together and bring something to the public that we all have. – a sense of pride, place, hope, ownership and concern for our world to nurture its people,” Ortega said. “Ultimately, I work to bring those feelings and sentiments to others, while inspiring others to return their artistic talents.”

Participants received between $5,000 and $10,000 in payment for their temporary works, exhibited for up to two years starting in June 2022. In addition to funding, IN FLUX’s six partner cities offer artists a crucial platform to gain exposure that could lead to future commissioned work. The organization promotes a notion of the valley as a unique artistic community, creating connections between municipal governments, local businesses, artists and the public.

To see IN FLUX’s previous works and learn more, visit

About IN FLUX:

IN FLUX is a strategic partnership of six organizations: City of Avondale Public Art, Chandler Arts Commission, City of Glendale Public Art Program, City of Peoria – Arts & Culture, Scottsdale Public Art and City of Tempe Public Art. The intentions of this multi-city partnership are to connect community organizations, city governments, local businesses, artists and the public, while offering creatives a chance to expand their skills, challenge their creativity and to gain public recognition for their work. It was started in 2010 by Scottsdale Public Art as an initiative for temporary installations in vacant storefronts. IN FLUX Cycle 10 is supported by Artlink Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization. For more information about IN FLUX, its artists, past projects and current opportunities, follow IN FLUX on instagram and Facebook or visit

About ArtLink:

Artlink keeps the arts at the heart of our development by connecting artists, businesses and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports stakeholders in the arts and cultural community, amplifying its collective strength. For more information on Artlink, please visit Connect socially with Artlink on Facebook, Twitter, instagram and Youtube.


Through its partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the non-profit organization Scottsdale Arts creates diverse and inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active and lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant multidisciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four renowned branches – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach – serving over 400,000 attendees each year.


Scottsdale Public Art’s mission is to make Scottsdale one of the nation’s most desirable communities in which to live, work and visit by incorporating art and design projects everywhere. In 1985, the City of Scottsdale established Scottsdale Public Art with the goal of improving the quality of life for its residents and visitors. Since then, over 100 permanent and temporary public works of art have been commissioned throughout the community. Scottsdale’s program and projects have won local, regional and national awards.

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