Scottsdale Library Launches Wright Design Exhibit

2017 Taliesin West, front evening; Photo: Andrew Pielage

Opening reception slated for Sept. 21

© 2018 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottdale, AZ. Courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York). All rights reserved.

Valley residents are invited to learn more about the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright’s impact on Arizona architecture through Footprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona from Sept. 15 – Dec. 31 at the Gallery @ the Library, Scottsdale Civic Center, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard.

“Frank Lloyd Wright believed the United States needed an architecture of its own, but also believed that the dramatically different geographic areas of the country called for designs that were appropriate to their character,” said Margo Stipe, director and curator of collections for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “He was enchanted by Arizona and said it ‘seems to cry out for a space-loving architecture of its own.’”

The American Institute of Architects has called Wright the “greatest American architect of all time.” Celebrate his work with this exhibition, which features images and artifacts connected to notable Wright-designed buildings in the Grand Canyon State, including Taliesin West in Scottsdale, the David & Gladys Wright House in Phoenix and the Harold Price Sr. House in Paradise Valley.

Footprints on the Desert offers a brief introduction to Wright’s ideas about how to build in the Southwest,” Stipe said. “Centered around Taliesin West, the architect’s iconic winter home here, the exhibit features designs, built and unbuilt, of what both public and private spaces could be when designed with an appreciation for the brutal power and incredible beauty of the desert. The takeaway, we hope, will be inspiration and the understanding that our living spaces matter — and that so much more is possible than most of what is being built today.”

An opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 21, from 6:30–8pm. The keynote speaker will be Scottsdale architect Vernon Swaback, a Wright apprentice and former director of planning for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. In addition to the reception four free workshops will be offered at the library throughout the exhibitions run, the first of which is scheduled for October 8.

This project was made possible, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in cooperation with Scottsdale Public Art, the City of Scottsdale, the Arizona Heritage Center and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

For information about the exhibition, visit and click on the “Temporary Art/Exhibitions” link or call 480.874.4645.

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Receives Grants To Support Engagement At Taliesin West

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced that it is the recipient of several grants to fund vital technology updates and digital access opportunities for the community. The grants will allow Taliesin West to continue its evolution from a traditional house museum to an engaging site infused with interactive, technology-enhanced experiences.

“We’re very excited that our new approach to sharing Wright’s legacy of beauty and sustainability is winning the support of our community,” said Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Foundation. “Ongoing investment from foundations, corporate supporters and most critically our individual donors and members, will allow us to take this work to more schools and to offer more programs, to our visitors.”

In its first grant to the Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded $307,100 to improve the Foundation’s core information technology operations. This work will make Taliesin West more accessible and address the significant challenges posed by running a large, internationally known nonprofit on a historic property. The funds will provide for the installation of a full mile of fiber-optic cable to the Taliesin West campus, ensuring reliable internet connectivity that gives the Foundation the ability to create web-based programming on- and off-campus.

“We look forward to being able to broadcast interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education programs to distant schools, as well as live and virtual tours for people with mobility challenges,” said DeDee Ludwig-Palit, director of education for the Foundation.

The grant will also fund new systems for volunteer engagement, allowing the Foundation to expand its work. Together, the improvements will allow the Foundation to serve thousands of additional users each year through expanded internet-reliant programming.

American Express donated $40,000 to fund two projects at Taliesin West, including informative new kiosks for the visitor entry court to enhance the guest experience. The kiosks will provide digital access to Wright’s archived drawings, manuscripts, talks, art, artifacts and areas of the property not currently accessible to the public. These funds will also support enhanced security at Taliesin West through relocation and restoration of the vehicle entry gates created by Wright’s apprentices.

In 2017, the Foundation was also the recipient of grants from The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Society of Architectural Historians, ON Semiconductor, Southwestern Foundation for Education and Historical Preservation, Scottsdale Arts, and the Rio Salado Architectural Foundation.

“Many of these grants come from new supporters who have not previously funded our work. It’s a great vote of confidence, and we hope that their support will encourage others to get behind our work,” said Graff.

The Foundation maintains two large National Historic Landmarks, Taliesin in Wisconsin and Taliesin West in Arizona, as well as the community outreach programs and preservation needs of both properties. Grants fund 20 percent of the Foundation’s annual budget.

Taliesin West is located at 12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale. Learn more at and


Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition Opens At Phoenix Art Museum

 “A building is not just a place to be. It is a way to be.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

FLW at Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, 1955. Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona

Frank Lloyd Wright was a champion of organic architecture. His visionary designs emphasized the use of natural materials, harmonious integration of building and landscape and high functionality. Many concepts developed in Wright’s revolutionary work are central to today’s sustainable, green architecture movement.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century explores the tenets of Wright’s organic architecture – appropriateness to time, place and people – through the current perspective of green building; specifically, the concepts of energy, materials, site, climate, space efficiency, pre-fabricated technology, transportation and urban planning. It is the first exhibition to explore Wright and his relevance today through a survey of more than 40 projects, including his vision for the decentralized city, presented through rarely seen drawings, scale models, furniture, films and photographs.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and opens at PhoenixArt Museum on December 18. The exhibition closes on April 29.

For more information, call 602.257.1222 or visit

Fallingwater FLW – Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann House, “Fallingwater,” Mill Run, Pennsylvania, 1934-37 © 1936 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona
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