Who We Are And What We Do

We began life in 2007 as the Benson Arts Commission.  To take a broader roll in the arts community by expanding beyond Benson city limits, the San Pedro River Arts Council was established in the fall of 2009, and incorporated in Arizona as a nonprofit.

Our Vision is… to create and support an environment in which visual artists have opportunities to learn, experiment and exhibit.


 Our Mission is…


Support art education in our schools.
Foster the growth and development of artists.
Provide opportunities to display artistic achievement.
Work with other organizations to strengthen the impact of the Arts Council on the community and artists.


 Our major Programs include…

Celebrate the Arts! consists of two month long judged exhibitions and sale at Cochise College, Benson Center.  In March of each year the exhibition is of visual arts excluding photography.  There is an annual Photography exhibition and sale in October.  An awards reception in held to recognize the outstanding artists and photographers.


Monthly individual artist exhibits and sale are held at Cochise College, Benson Center.  These exhibits are not judged.  They provide opportunity for member artists to place their work in a public venue, becoming better known as well as an opportunity to sell their work.  These month long shows are called “One With Art.”
September, 2012 saw the creation of a Strategic Alliance with the San Pedro Valley Arts & Historical Society.  This Alliance gives our member artists greater exposure and strengthens the impact of both the Arts Council and the Arts & Historical Society on the area.

We exist only through the contributions from people such as you.  Contributions in both money and effort.  The more volunteers we have, the more we can provide to the communities we serve.

Please take your time for a thorough visit to our site.  Here you can read about our events, visit with our member artists, learn about our leaders, volunteer to work with us and of course, make a valued contribution.

If you have any questions or comments, please use our “Contact Us” form.  We respond to all comments and questions.


Thank you for your time and interest and be sure to attend one of our events.  When you do, introduce yourself to one of our volunteers.  We would love to meet you.

San Pedro River Arts Council

San Pedro River Arts Council © 2016

PO Box 1358, Benson,
Arizona  85602-1358
(520) 586-2611