Scottsdale Public Art hosts evening mystery party Aug. 27

Professor McGee (submitted photo)

Professor McGee, played by artist Nathaniel Lewis (submitted photo)

To celebrate the success of its exhibition Nathaniel Lewis Presents: The Catacombs of Professor McGee, Scottsdale Public Art will host a mystery-themed party on Aug. 27 open to all ages at the Gallery @ The Library at Scottsdale Civic Center.

After the library closes, Professor McGee will invite guests to join him in solving two grand mysteries: why did his house reappear in 2016, and what happened to his dear wife, Nora McGee.

Beginning at 7 p.m., families and party-goers will embark on the “Mysterious Conundrum Grand Exploratory Expedition” (“MCGEE” for short) by interviewing famous historical figures as they mingle with guests discussing their unique contributions to the worlds of science and art.

This free event will also include children-friendly crafts, vendors, movie screenings, music, snacks and refreshments by BRIO Tuscan Grille at the Scottsdale Quarter, the CLUE board game, and a raffle of artworks from the exhibition.

Attendees can have their picture taken in the Ye’Olde Selfie Booth and party with Professor McGee himself. Guests are encouraged to come dressed as a 1900s historical figure or an exhibit-themed costume, according to a press release.

Nathaniel Lewis Presents: The Catacombs of Professor McGee is the latest exhibition curated by Scottsdale Public Art at the Gallery @ The Library, Scottsdale Civic Center. Artist-in-residence and Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Grant winner Nathaniel Lewis transformed the gallery into the 19th-century home of the eccentric Professor McGee, where visitors young and old learn about archaeology, fossils, history and the Scientific Method, and discover fantastic creatures and secret passageways.

Nathaniel Lewis Presents: The Catacombs of Professor McGee is on view through Aug. 31 and has been made possible by a generous donation from the Carstens Family Funds.

The Gallery @ The Library is at 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. For more information visit

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