The Heat is ON

An annual exhibition of member artists of the Arizona Art Alliance Member Arts Organizations.
July 24 through August 31, 2022

Reception and awards ceremony July 24, 2022 |  2:00 pm | via zoom

One-hundred works of art were entered into the show.  Jurors, Gina DeGideo and Rossitsa Torodova had the daunting task of selecting the work for the exhibition.  Thirty nine pieces were ultimately selected for the show.

Meet the Jurors….

Gina DeGideo

Gina DeGideo is an Arizona artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University. Through photography, intermedia, and bookmaking, her work explores the human experience. Growing up in the desert and studying the ever-changing terrain, she is fascinated with the transitions and transformations found in the landscape, both man-made and natural, and personal relationships with nature. Her art has been exhibited extensively and belongs in many private collections.

Aside from making her own work, DeGideo is dedicated to supporting youth and adults in her community and abroad to access arts education. She co-founded the organization, Art for Life, bringing arts programming and arts supplies to in-need youth from impoverished areas internationally. With a passion for sharing art in a physical setting, DeGideo worked as Gallery Manager at the contemporary arts space Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona from 2012 – 2018, curating dozens of exhibitions and teaching a range of art workshops during her tenure. Most recently, she was a collective member of Eye Lounge Contemporary Arts in Phoenix, Arizona from 2018 – 2021. As a teaching artist and independent curator, she has worked with Scottsdale Public Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts, and Cattletrack Arts, among others. Currently, Gina is creating new work in her studio in Mesa, Arizona.


pictured from left:
Pages from the book Left Behinds (on display)
Playa Del Sol
03/22 – Grasping by Gina DeGideo

Rossitza Todorova

Rossitza Todorova is a Professor of Art at Truckee Meadows Community College and a professional Artist residing in Reno, Nevada. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2005 and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University in 2013.

Rossitza Todorova’s artwork has been recognized through exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her art is part of the permanent collections of the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, the John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona, the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona Art Museum in Tucson, Arizona, the Painting and Sculpture Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, and numerous private collections. She is a recipient of the 2015 Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Artist Grant and was a 2013 Squire, Sanders Art Fellow. Todorova’s artwork has been juried into catalogs and publications, including the 2013 Lark Crafts publication 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2, 2014, Studio Visit, Volume 25, the 2016 Superstition Review-Journal, Issue 18, 2019, Create! Magazine, Issue 14, and the 2021 Southwest Contemporary Magazine, Issue 3.


pictured from left:
Showing the Wind  |  Acrylic, silver leaf on linen  |  2021  |  30” x 40”
Silver on the Lake  |  Acrylic, silver leaf on linen  |  2021 |  24” x 40”
Faraway Nearby  |  Acrylic, silver leaf on linen  |  2020  |  30” x 40”

Congratulations to the Award Recipients

First Place
JOHN PEELE | Cool Summer Treat |  Oil On Canvas | 6 X 18
Second Place
A H SMITH | Autobiography No. 1  |  mixed media | 28 x 22
Third Place
MELANIE HARMAN | Market Day  |  Watercolor | 22 x 22
Honorable Mentions
Alan J Vaughn | Cider Corps 1 | Pen & Ink | 7 X 9
Dyanne Locati | Weaving Bushes in Nature | Water Media | 20 x 30
Julie Tarsha | Desert Dance | acrylic, graphite and artist crayon | 48 x 60
Rhonda Dicksion | Desert King | Colored Pencil | 13.5x 18
John Peelle | Is the Airport Open | Oil On Canvas | 25 X 34

Enjoy the slideshow of the show

Enjoy the Show!

Scroll down to see the artwork. Click on each to learn more about each artist.