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Annually, the excellence of outstanding faculty, staff, and students in Arizona Arts is formally recognized by the awards listed below.

Student Awards

Creative Achievement Award

The Creative Achievement Award honors students who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship, creativity, innovation and passion for the arts. Selections are made by a designated committee within each school. The names are forwarded to the Dean’s office and presented at the annual Creative Achievement Awards Convocation in the fall.

CFA Outstanding Graduating Senior

The CFA Outstanding Senior award goes to a student who shows exceptional accomplishment in creative activity/scholarship, leadership, and citizenship (including outreach activities). This award is given twice during the academic year, at both the December and May graduation convocations. For both convocations, the Dean’s office selects one senior from those submitted by schools as the college’s Outstanding Graduating Senior, with the above-mentioned criteria receiving equal weight in the selection.

CFA Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

The CFA Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award goes to a graduate student who has shown exceptional teaching ability as exemplified through a demonstration of at least two semesters of excellent teaching. One student per School is nominated and their names are sent forward to the Dean’s Office. The selection is made by the Dean’s office.

Faculty Awards

The Charles and Irene Putnam Award

The Charles and Irene Putnam award is considered the College’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in teaching, as demonstrated by outstanding achievement in teaching during the eligible review period. Nominations are accepted from the Directors of the various Schools and must be submitted to the Dean’s office each spring. An Ad Hoc committee, composed of the five previous Putnam winners, reviews the dossiers, make the selection, and forwards the recommendation to the Dean.

James Anthony Award

The James R. Anthony Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching is awarded to a member of the College faculty who has consistently demonstrated a sustained level of outstanding achievement in teaching. This award is for the more senior faculty who should be recognized for the longevity of “excellence” and for sustaining their reputations for quality teaching over an extensive period of time. Anthony nominees (one per department/school) come forward as detailed letters of recommendation from the director/head and must be submitted to the Dean’s office. The College Advisory Committee selects the winner of the James Anthony Award.

The Roy A. & Stardust K. Johnson Faculty Mentoring Award

This award is given in the College of Fine Arts each year in recognition of outstanding faculty-to-faculty and/or faculty-to-GTA mentoring. Any faculty member and/or GTA in the respective unit may nominate a faculty candidate directly to the unit Director or Department Head. One final nomination for the Roy A & Stardust K. Johnson Faculty Mentoring Award should be made directly to the Deans’ Office. The Dean selects the winner from the nominations submitted by the Directors.

CFA Undergraduate Advising/Mentoring Award

This award goes to a faculty (including adjuncts/academic professionals) or Graduate Teaching Assistant who exhibit true excellence in undergraduate academic advising or mentoring. Nominations by students or faculty and endorsed by the School Director for the Undergraduate Advising/Mentoring Award should be made in the spring. The Dean selects the winner from the nominations submitted by the Directors.

Development Awards

College of Fine Arts Excellence in Fundraising Award

This award is presented to a member of the College’s faculty or administration who makes an important contribution to fundraising endeavors. Selection is made by the Development Office with approval by the Dean.

Pat Bjorhovde Excellence in Fundraising Award

This award is presented to a member of the College’s staff who makes an important contribution to fundraising endeavors. The recipient is selected by the Development Office, with approval by the Dean.

Arizona Arts Staff Awards

Shirley J. Heafy Award

Each year, we will honor a staff member who has worked in Arizona Arts or one of its units for no more than three years, and whose overall performance has been at an exemplary level of excellence.

Donna Altenhof Award

Each year, we will honor a staff member who has worked in the College of Fine Arts or one of its units for a minimum of eight years, and whose overall performance has been at an exemplary level of excellence for a sustained period of time.

Excellence In Service Awards

Each year, Arizona Arts will honor staff members who are providing outstanding service through their work.

One award will be conferred in each of the following categories:

  1. Student Services
  2. Community Engagement
  3. Office & Administrative
  4. Technical and Facilities

 

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2 days ago
Arizona Arts

In the spring of 2020, a talented group of MFA graduates lost the opportunity to display their artworks in a physical gallery due to the pandemic. Today we begin to run it back with the 2020 MFA Thesis Alumni Exhibition.

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The University of Arizona School of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art and Center for Creative Photography are co-hosting exhibition, displaying the artwork in four galleries.

FEATURING ARTISTS: Erin DiGiovanni, Zach Gotschalk (works pictured), Mijoung Kim, Marisa Lewon, Dorsey Kaufmann, Martin Krafft, Elena Makansi, Leah Netsky, Jared Robison, Marina Shaltout, Kaitlyn Jo Smith, Alex Turner, Kenzie Wells.

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In the spring of 2020, a talented group of MFA graduates lost the opportunity to display their artworks in a physical gallery due to the pandemic. Today we begin to run it back with the 2020 MFA Thesis Alumni Exhibition. 

https://azart.fyi/2020MFAAlumni

The University of Arizona School of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art and Center for Creative Photography are co-hosting exhibition, displaying the artwork in four galleries. 

FEATURING ARTISTS: Erin DiGiovanni, Zach Gotschalk (works pictured), Mijoung Kim, Marisa Lewon, Dorsey Kaufmann, Martin Krafft, Elena Makansi, Leah Netsky, Jared Robison, Marina Shaltout, Kaitlyn Jo Smith, Alex Turner, Kenzie Wells.

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3 days ago
Arizona Arts

Faye Ruiz's senior thesis film from "I Dream in Widescreen 2020" has been acquired for national distribution by Kino Lorber and DEDZA FILMS, who are featuring the works of nine emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities worldwide.

The screenings begin today.
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“Dedza is committed to changing the landscape for emerging, underrepresented filmmakers and I’m elated to be a part of their first collection of short films and honored to have my film chosen to play on such a wide platform,” said Ruiz. “I’m grateful to The University of Arizona and the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television for providing me with the filmmaking resources and faculty mentorship to bring ‘The Lights Are On, No One’s Home’ to life and out into the world.”

Written and directed by Faye Ruiz
Produced by Ramani Menjugas
Cinematography by Martin Somoza and Zach Lovvorn
Starring Faye Ruiz and Adriana Acedo Campillo

All TFTV students or graduates.
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Faye Ruizs senior thesis film from I Dream in Widescreen 2020 has been acquired for national distribution by Kino Lorber and DEDZA FILMS, who are featuring the works of nine emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities worldwide. 

The screenings begin today.
https://azart.fyi/FayeRuizFilm

“Dedza is committed to changing the landscape for emerging, underrepresented filmmakers and I’m elated to be a part of their first collection of short films and honored to have my film chosen to play on such a wide platform,” said Ruiz. “I’m grateful to The University of Arizona and the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television for providing me with the filmmaking resources and faculty mentorship to bring ‘The Lights Are On, No One’s Home’ to life and out into the world.”

Written and directed by Faye Ruiz
Produced by Ramani Menjugas 
Cinematography by Martin Somoza and Zach Lovvorn
Starring Faye Ruiz and Adriana Acedo Campillo

All TFTV students or graduates.
The University of Arizona Alumni Association
5 days ago
Arizona Arts

Andres Hernandez is one of the many talented artists featured in the University of Arizona School of Art 2021 BFA illustration and Design Capstone Show. His thesis project was rebranding the National History Museum at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.

"This museum is one of my favorite places to visit while in Mexico City,” said Andrés. 'I decided to make it my thesis project because it would combine my love for design, art, my heritage, and history all in one project."

For more on Andrés, other artists and show, please visit bfacapstone.art.arizona.edu.

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Andres Hernandez is one of the many talented artists featured in the University of Arizona School of Art 2021 BFA illustration and Design Capstone Show. His thesis project was rebranding the National History Museum at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.

This museum is one of my favorite places to visit while in Mexico City,” said Andrés. I decided to make it my thesis project because it would combine my love for design, art, my heritage, and history all in one project.

For more on Andrés, other artists and show, please visit bfacapstone.art.arizona.edu.

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