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Innovative artists, scholars earn Creative Achievement Awards

The Creative Achievement Award recognizes exceptional creativity in students who have earned respect as innovative and talented artists and scholars. Awardees demonstrate exceptional scholarship, creativity, innovation, and passion for the arts. The College of Fine Arts honored these students on Sept. 24 in a virtual ceremony. Congratulations to the following awardees!

>> Read the full biographies, recommendation letters


Grace Anne Liatti

School of Art
Grace Anne Liatti (Undergraduate, Art History)

Grace is a senior Art History major with a double minor in Religious Studies and French. Apart from her overall 4.0 GPA, Grace has impressed a number of faculty with her dedication to art historical scholarship, her outstanding performance in every class she has taken, and her commitment to social justice issues.


Kyle Halford

Photo by Ed Flores Photography

School of Dance
Kyle Halford (Undergraduate)

Kyle is a creativity-fueled dance student whom is also extremely hard working. He sets high standards for himself and continually seeks opportunity to further his vast capabilities. Kyle is most certain to be a shining light in the performing arts upon his graduation.


Eduardo Zambrana

Photo by Ed Flores Photography

School of Dance
Eduardo Zambrana (Graduate)

Eduardo is a wonderfully professional student, dancer, choreographer and artist. As a dancer, Eduardo is strong across all styles – ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz. As a member of the UA Dance Ensemble, Eduardo has performed many masterworks, including those by Nacho Duato, Larry Keigwin and Martha Graham.


Kaissy Yau

Fred Fox School of Music
Kaissy Yau (Undergraduate)

Kaissy Yau is the Pressor Scholar and UA Honors Scholar. An international student from Hong Kong, her studies are underwritten by her International Excellence Tuition Scholarship. Her inexhaustible work ethic is evidenced by her success as a performer, maintenance of a 4.0 GPA, impact as volunteer and instructor of the New Horizons Band, and leadership as President of the College of Fine Arts Ambassadors.


Andrés Pantoja

Fred Fox School of Music
Andrés Pantoja (Graduate)

Andrés Pantoja is a DMA candidate in the Guitar Performance program. Since entering the MM program at the Fred Fox School of Music, he has completed all of his coursework with a 4.0 GPA. As a performer, Andrés has had outstanding results and has won numerous guitar competitions.


Matthew Potwardowski

School of Theatre, Film & Television
Matthew Potwardowski (Undergraduate, Film & Television)

Matthew is a senior BFA Film and Television major who is the recipient of the Erik Anderson Scholarship awarded to students who excel in editing. Matt is held in high regard by his professors who concur he is an extraordinary student.


Marina Oloño

School of Theatre, Film & Television
Marina Oloño (Undergraduate, Theatre)

Marina is a senior Theatre Studies major whose level of academic rigor has placed her on the Dean’s List every semester. She has demonstrated many shows of leadership and discipline throughout her four years. In 2018, she designed the playbills and the social media campaign for two seasons of the Studio Series.


Rebekah Clark

School of Theatre, Film & Television
Rebekah Clark (Graduate)

Rebekah Clark is a third year MFA candidate focusing in scenic design, who has always impressed with her artistic abilities that are rooted in passion, exploration, and theory. A veteran to the Arizona Repertory Theatre, her attention to the details of the script, its dramaturgy, and the nuance of space have made her not only an invaluable artistic voice in the Scenic design program, but has led her to opportunities to succeed on larger projects.

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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.

Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
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!

artsfoundtucson.org/welcome-to-the-team-sadie-shaw/
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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).

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

Arizona Men's Basketball | Arizona Alumni | Arizona Athletics | Arizona A-Club Letterwinners | AZ Desert Swarm | Arizona Arts Live
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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

Arizona Mens Basketball | Arizona Alumni | Arizona Athletics | Arizona A-Club Letterwinners | AZ Desert Swarm | Arizona Arts Live

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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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