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School of Art Alum Danny Martin Paints Mural Inside Arizona Stadium

Danny Martin puts the finishing touches on a mural. The mural depicts a skeleton carrying a football and dressed in football gear. The skeleton is surrounded by saguaro cacti, and A Mountain is painted in the background.

Underneath the bright lights of Arizona Stadium, a never-before-seen sight emerged on Saturday.  Standing over 10-feet-tall, a black-and-white skeleton wearing a football uniform and surrounded by bold Tucson-esque colors, was unveiled to the public.  It is at Arizona Stadium to stay, painted on a wall near Gate 6 of the stadium.

Danny Martin, a Tucson artist and Arizona alum, unveiled his newest mural shortly before the kickoff between Arizona and Texas Tech on Sept. 14.  The mural, which is stylistically inspired by The Day of the Dead and Tucson’s All Souls Procession, displays Martin’s love of Tucson and UA football.  According to the plaque that accompanies Martin’s mural, the project was “commissioned to explore themes directly related to the vibrant cultural heritage of the Southwest and the history of Arizona football on campus.”

Danny Martin, a local Tucson artist, paints intently while standing on a scissor lift with palm trees in the background.

The main subject of the mural, a skeleton sporting football gear, is surrounded by saguaro cacti and wearing a jersey with the number 22 on the front.  The number, which was worn by UA football player Art Luppino, was not picked randomly. For Martin, using Luppino’s number was his way of incorporating Tucson’s storied past into the mural.  Luppino, who earned two consecutive NCAA rushing titles during the 1950s, is one of only nine players to have their jersey number retired by the University and is a member of the UA Sports Hall of Fame.   

Martin said that he hopes the mural provides viewers a “genuine reflection of Tucson and the University of Arizona Stadium,” but he does not mind if people just want to stand in front of the mural and just take pictures.  “There’s always going to be a hopefully deeper conceptual meanings, but then it’s also really important for me that there also be a surface-level entertainment appreciation level,” Martin said.   

Martin, who has created over 100 murals, graduated from UA in 2008 with a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking.  According to Martin, he was drawn to printmaking because of how accessible it is as an art form.

The appeal of printmaking is, to Martin, “being able to keep your price point low, and having a lot of multiples.” But, more importantly, his degree was also what allowed him to become a full-time artist.  “My degree actually allowed me to stay in Tucson – because I was able to teach for 10 years – until I was actually able to make a complete living off of just my art.”

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2 days ago
Arizona Arts

Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019, Art & Visual Culture Education).

We are proud of you. Good luck with your new role.

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University of Arizona School of Art
Arizona Alumni🌟 Please join us in welcoming Sadie Shaw to the Arts Foundation team as the Community Design Manager!

Sadie will lead SaludArte, a new private public partnership between Pima County Health Department (PCHD) and the Arts Foundation.

Sadie is an artist, art educator, oral historian, community organizer and Governing Board Member of the Tucson Unified School District.

To learn more about Sadie and her new role as the Community Design Manager, click the link below!

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Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019,  Art & Visual Culture Education). 

We are proud of you. Good luck with your new role.

Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
University of Arizona School of Art
Arizona Alumni
2 days ago
Arizona Arts

The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).

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Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.

“Not long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”

“I’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. “This is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

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The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).
 
https://azart.fyi/LUTEtix
 
Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.
 
“Not long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”
 
“I’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. “This is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

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3 days ago
Arizona Arts

Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions.

🔗 azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes:

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Carlos Garcia Ramirez
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Dorthea Stephenson
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
Joshua Barbre
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions. 

🔗 https://azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes: 

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Carlos Garcia Ramirez
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Dorthea Stephenson
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
Joshua Barbre
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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