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Manifestos: A Poster Show of Life Lessons and Rules by Phoenix Creatives


In 2012, eight Phoenix designers and artists were each given a manifesto penned by a Phoenix creative. The instructions were simple — illustrate one of the 10 life lessons included in the manifesto — and the results were inspiring.

On  January 18, 2013 downtown Phoenix’s Drive-Thru Gallery hosted poster show of the designs and manifestos curated by Claire Lawton that were written by Deborah Sussman, Tom Leveen, Kim Porter, Jill Anderson, Jo Novelli, Clint Bolick, Vermon Pierre, and James Garcia, and illustrated by Anton Anger, Jon Ashcroft, Peter Storch, John Walters, Safwat Saleem, Nina Miller, Nicole Stumphauzer, and Casebeer Jones.

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Published: Phoenix New Times, January 2013

The Jackalope Flea: An Arts and Crafts Supply Sale in Downtown Phoenix


In January, Phoenix New Times invited a dozen or so artists and collectives to clean out their supply closets and sell their goods in the parking lot.

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Published: Phoenix New Times, January 2013

You Are Here: Maps of Phoenix by Local Artists at Regular Gallery


In October 2011, Claire Lawton curated an exhibition of maps of Phoenix created by local artists.  The maps were on exhibition at Regular Gallery in downtown Phoenix through October and November. The show also included a lineup of local historians and map experts who talked about their interests and crafts.

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Published: Phoenix New Times, October 2011

Downtown Phoenix’s First Friday: An Illustrated Guide to April 5


From October 2010 to May 2013, I drew field guides to downtown Phoenix’s First Friday, an art walk that includes exhibition openings, live performances, restaurant events, and typical shenanigans.

Maps included art shows in the three main neighborhoods in downtown Phoenix’s arts district as well as a limited-edition sticker created by a local artist. A few hundred of these maps were distributed throughout Phoenix as well as a number of stickers that were collected by local artists and art fans.

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Published: Phoenix New Times, April 2013