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Public art in Chandler is now this Bugg’s life

June 12th, 2017 development
Public art in Chandler is now this Bugg’s life

When he joined the organization earlier this year, Chandler visual arts coordinator Peter Bugg initially thought his new job might be too good to be true.

“Everyone was so welcoming and enthusiastic about working for the city, and there was a lot of enthusiasm for the local art scene,” Bugg said. “Even though I have been in the Valley for 11 years, I was pleasantly surprised to find such strong community support for the arts. But now I’m a believer.”

Prior to joining the City of Chandler, Bugg served as curator of programming at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. As Chandler’s visual arts coordinator, he manages the Vision Gallery, curates the gallery inside the Center for the Arts, oversees the Chandler Public Art program and serves as the liaison to the Chandler Arts Commission.

Bugg came to the Valley in 2006 to study photography at Arizona State University. After earning a master of fine arts degree in 2010, he worked with fine arts, art history, and museum studies students as the director for ASU’s student art galleries.

“I was teaching and working with these students, helping them develop and fine-tune their ideas through public art projects and exhibitions,” Bugg said. “It was a rewarding experience, and I see a similar opportunity to help local artists develop and exhibit their works through the Vision Gallery and elsewhere in Chandler.”

Developing the artistic talents of local artists in Chandler starts at an early age with the gallery’s free Vision Kidz program. Children and teens ages 6 to 16 can participate in workshops taught by professional artists using a variety of materials and techniques, such as watercolors, Chinese Calligraphy, printmaking, wire sculpture and more. Vision Kidz workshops are offered 26 Saturdays each year, with a limit of three classes per student. The schedule is released in the fall and classes fill up quickly.

“Thanks to donations, grants and proceeds from art sales, we are able to offer Vision Kidz workshops at no charge and open them to a wider, more diverse audience,” Bugg said. “I get inspired by watching these kids tap into their natural talents, explore their creativity and expand their understanding of how art influences their lives. We hope these experiences stay with them for a lifetime.”

For more information on Vision Kidz workshops, visit or call 480-782-2697. Vision Gallery is located at 10 E. Chicago St., in the Chandler City Hall complex.