Art by Nik Ridley


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It has to dance.
— Nik Ridley


“My passion is creating unique residential, corporate, and event-specific art. From exhibitions, fundraising events, and live paintings, to trainings and youth workshops, I use art to facilitate memorable experiences.” - Nik Ridley

I recently relocated from Denver, Colorado, to the Valley of the Sun, bringing with me more than 20 years in the arts industry (poetry, theater, spoken word, music and fine art). A proud Purdue Boilermaker, I found myself enchanted by the beauty, culture and freedom of the Southwest, and I have been fortunate to have such a rich, artistic journey.

Currently, I’m a Resident Artist at Phoenix Center for the Arts Thunderbird Arts Center, where I also serve as the Youth Department Head. In addition, I am a Member of Arizona State University - Gammage Teaching Artists Program (produced in collaboration with the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, teaching the Kennedy Center arts integration method via public school residencies.

As the founder of AZCRU, an Art+Apparel company and collective based in Phoenix, Arizona, I provide fine art for both residential and business interiors, and exhibits in galleries and art spaces, and provide online/social media marketing and design consultation.

"Fine art allows me the freedom to express color, rhythm, text, and content in infinite ways. Design provides a structure for the ideas. And when placed on the right cloth, it's like a living stage, pen, and canvas all rolled into one."

Nik also works as a consultant in marketing and design and is the author of "Love Is Active: A Small Guide to Save Your Mind."


• Teaching Artist, ASU Gammage Teaching Artists Program
produced in collaboration with the Kennedy Center - Washington, D.C. (2019-current)
• Youth Department Head, Phoenix Center for the Arts (2019-current)
• Resident Artist, Phoenix Center for the Arts (2019-current)
• Featured Artist, ASU Center for Mindfulness (2019)
• Featured Artist, Mesa Arts Center (2019)
• Artist Feature, ArtDetour 31 (2019)
• Founder, AZCRU (2018)
• Featured Artist, Phoenix Center for the Arts - "AR 2.0" (2018)
• Author, "Love Is Active - A Small Guide to Save Your Mind" (2017)
• Resident Artist, EDGY Gallery - Mesa, AZ (2017)
• Producer, Art:Educated Youth Art Documentary (2016)
• Designer, NE Denver GoWell App (2016)
• Presenter, RAW Artists (2016)
• Volunteer Graphic Design, Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation (2014)
• Grantee/Cultural Partner, Arts & Venues Denver (2014-current)
• Producer, FETE Caribbean Holiday Art & Food Festival @ Arts & Venues Denver McNichols Bldg. (2014)
• Playwright, Masque the Musical (2011)
• Resident Artist, Euell Wilson Center (2006)
• Asst. Education Director, Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance Company (2006)
• Resident Artist, Weisser Youth Center (2005)
• Resident Artist, Fort Wayne African-American Museum (2004)
• Resident Artist, Denver Public Schools (2003)
Purdue University Cultural Arts Series

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1020 N 5th St
Downtown PHX, 85004
(480) 546-9198
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