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SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM Celebrates “The Human Touch”
Exhibition Reflects People and Diversity

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January. 17, 2013) – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) together with RBC Wealth Management-U.S. are pleased to announce the opening of The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection, a distinctive exhibition celebrating people and diversity. The exhibition will be on display at SMoCA January 19 – April 28, 2013.

From serious to whimsical, realistic to abstract, the exhibition features artworks devoted to creative interpretations of the human figure, reflecting astounding diversity in media and the people portrayed. The exhibition features work made by both established artists—John Baldessari, Ann Hamilton, Kerry James Marshall, and Elizabeth Peyton—and those rising in their careers—Luis Gispert, Chen Qiulin, Michael Vasquez and Kehinde Wiley.

“Visitors will find that a number of the artists in The Human Touch are challenging us to dismantle racial, ethnic and gender stereotypes and rethink many of the assumptions we hold about one another,” said Emily Stamey, Associate Curator, SMoCA.

For more than 19 years, RBC Wealth Management has collected and presented art that reflects the society in which we live and work. The corporate collection, permanently displayed at the firm’s headquarters in Minneapolis, has grown to more than 400 pieces. Nearly 50 pieces from the collection comprise The Human Touch art tour, which is visiting cities across the country where RBC Wealth Management offices are located.

“By supporting the arts, we hope to help foster communication, dialogue and a greater appreciation for the role that the arts play in shaping our world,” said Tim Cowdrey, Scottsdale Branch Director, RBC Wealth Management-U.S. “We’re proud to bring this magnificent collection to Arizona.”

The Exhibition:
Who: SMoCA and RBC Wealth Management
What: The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection
When: January 19 - April 28, 2013
Where: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), 7374 East Second Street, Scottsdale. For gallery hours and ticket information, 480-874-4666 or
Free Public Opening Celebration: Friday, February 8 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

About RBC Wealth Management – U.S.
In the United States, RBC Wealth Management operates as a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC. Founded in 1909, RBC Capital Markets, LLC. is a member of the New York Stock Exchange, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, and other major securities exchanges. RBC Wealth Management has more than $235 billion of assets under administration and nearly 2,000 financial advisors operating in 200 locations in 42 states.

About SMoCA
Immerse yourself in the unexpected: SMoCA is a museum where contemporary art and culture intersect as a form of education, communication, entertainment – and endless fascination. As the only museum in Arizona solely devoted to the art, architecture and design of our time, we support the artists of today—the potential Picassos and Frank Lloyd Wrights of tomorrow. Carefully selected work, often created specifically for SMoCA, is presented through changing exhibitions in a stunning building designed by renowned architect, Will Bruder. A visit to the campus is a chance to have it all: experience the James Turrell viewing chamber, one of only a handful of public “skyspaces” in the world, rolling park greens filled with award-winning public art, an adjacent performing arts center, a gallery dedicated to children’s art and two unique gift stores for shopping. The Scottsdale Cultural Council, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, to administer certain city arts and cultural projects and to manage the city-owned Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Public Art. The programs of the Scottsdale Cultural Council are made possible, in part, by the support of members and donors and grants received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts through appropriations from the Arizona State Legislature.

Media Contacts
Ann Wasik, RBC Wealth Management, 612-313-1275,
Lesley Oliver, SMoCA, 480-874-4654,

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