Kennerly Archive acquired by UA Center for Creative Photography

Photo of George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter

David Hume Kennerly, George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, United States Presidents Gather Two Weeks before Barack Obama’s Inauguration, Oval Office of the White House, Washington, D.C., 2009. Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona: David Hume Kennerly Archive. © Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents

The University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography has acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly.

Kennerly is one of the most celebrated photojournalists of the modern era. His images have appeared in hundreds of publications around the world, including on the covers of Time, Newsweek and Life. He has photographed 10 U.S. presidents, from Lyndon B. Johnson to Donald Trump, and leading world figures including Queen Elizabeth II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Anwar El Sadat, Fidel Castro, Deng Xioping and many others.

Spanning more than 50 years of history dating from 1965, the David Hume Kennerly archive features nearly 1 million images, prints, objects, memorabilia, correspondence and documents. Read more.

>> Visit the Kennerly microsite

Kennerly, Meacham discuss the impact of photography

The Center for Creative Photography, UA Presents, and Arizona Arts presented “In the Room with David Hume Kennerly Featuring Jon Meacham Presented by Bank of America,” to a packed house at Centennial Hall, Oct. 11. The event brought together two Pulitzer Prize winners: photographer David Hume Kennerly and his friend and former Newsweek colleague Jon Meacham. Together, they probed the dynamic effect that photography can have on the way we feel and understand our world. The event was free to the public.

>> Kennerly exhibition at Old Main

Arizona Arts, Humanities ranked 11th among U.S. public institutions

The University of Arizona is one of the world’s top institutions for arts and humanities studies. According to Times Higher Education, the university ranks No. 11 among U.S. public institutions and No. 80 out of 536 colleges and universities worldwide. “Our tradition of excellence in the arts and humanities is one of the foundational elements in our strategic plan,” said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. “I am proud that these rankings reflect our commitment to fostering a culture of creativity and humanistic scholarship.”

>> More about the rankings

Murals, public art will become a ‘defining feature’ of University identity

Photo of The Cactus Comet Rides Again mural

“The Cactus Comet Rides Again,” by Danny Martin. Photo: UA News

Arizona Athletics commissioned School of Art alumnus Danny Martin (MFA ’08) to paint a mural, “The Cactus Comet Rides Again” on Arizona Stadium celebrating the cultural heritage of the Southwest and the history of Arizona football.  “It was a humbling experience to be invited back by my alma mater to do something on that scale,” Martin said.

>> More public art on the way

Alumni Pride … John Matter earns Emmy for Game of Thrones

UA alumnus John Matter (BA, Media Arts ’01) earned an Emmy Award for his work on the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones, at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in September. John was part of the GOT team that won the Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series; Matter served as the dialogue editor for the series.

>> Learn more about John

Olive Road Arts Block Party

Photo from the Block Party

The CCP photo booth at the Olive Road Arts Block Party. Photo: Eli Giclas

Arizona Arts and its neighbors threw an incredible Block Party on Oct. 1. Over 500 guests enjoyed food, music, and performances from UA Dance, Eller’s Ellervator Pitch, a CAPLA VR experience, the Speak-Easy Xylophone Ragtime Band, and a performance by theatre students of stage combat, plus more.

>> See Block Party photos

Meet the new CFA Faculty for 2019-20

The College of Fine Arts features some of the most accomplished faculty in the world in our classrooms, studios, and stages. This fall a whole new class of faculty have joined the staff and we thought you’d enjoy learning about their backgrounds, areas of interests and career highlights with the following biographies. 

>> Our amazing professors

Nine CFA students earn Creative Achievement Awards

The College of Fine Arts honored students for their 2018-2019 academic and creative performance at the annual Achievement Awards Convocation at Crowder Hall as part of Family Weekend on Oct. 11. The nine Creative Achievement Award winners were selected for demonstrating exceptional scholarship, creativity, innovation and passion for the arts. The College also celebrated 480 students with Academic Distinction Awards.

>> Who are these high achievers?

A New Unity: The Life and Afterlife of Bauhaus

Hommage a l’Hexagone (Portfolio), by Victor Vasarely, 1969, screenprint, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Glickman.

A University of Arizona Museum of Art exhibition evokes the true spirit of Bauhaus by bringing together the Department of German Studies; the Letterpress Lab; the Schools of Art, Music and Theatre; and CAPLA. Collaborations like these fueled the innovation that led to Bauhaus’ global and lasting reputation. “We really wanted to feature the afterlife as much as the life of the Bauhaus because of the amazing collection we have at the UAMA,” says exhibition curator Morah Riedl, Ed Slowik Curatorial Intern and recent MA alumna in Art History.

Read about the collaboration

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Upcoming Events

Highlights of current and upcoming events from Arizona Arts


October 20. Arizona Choir/UA Symphonic Choir
Venue: Catalina United Methodist Church
Hello Dolly!
October 22 – 27. Broadway in Tucson
Venue: Centennial Hall
October 19 – November 3. Arizona Repertory Theatre
Venue: Marroney Theatre


2019 School of Art Faculty Exhibition
September 14 – January 5. UA Museum of Art


International Guitar Festival
October 24 – November 9. Fred Fox School of Music
Venue: Holsclaw Hall/Centennial Hall
66th Annual Band Day
October 26. Pride of Arizona
Venue: Arizona Stadium
The President’s Own … United States Marine Band
October 28. UA Presents
Alumni of the Year
October 31. University of Arizona
Venue: Student Union Grand Ballroom


European Guitar Quartet
November 6. UA Presents
Venue: Marroney Theatre
“Creating Good-Enough Containers,” A Talk on Queerness in Museum Education
November 6. UA Museum of Art
Venue: Center for Creative Photography
Rhondda Rips It Up
November 8 – 10. Arizona Opera Theatre
Venue: Crowder Hall
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
November 13 – 24. Arizona Repertory Theatre
Venue: Tornabene Theatre
Farruquito – Master of Gypsy Flamenco
November 13. UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall
Premium Blend
November 13 – 17. UA Dance
Venue: Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
Luz Negra – A Sonic Metaphor on Human Perception
November 19. Fred Fox School of Music
Venue: Crowder Hall
November 19 – 24. Broadway in Tucson
Venue: Centennial Hall

Now on View

Selected works from Birds of Paradise by Sara Golish
Through November 14, 2019. School of Art: Joseph Gross Gallery

A Portrait of Poetry: Photographs and Video by B.A. Van Sise
Through November 23, 2019. Center for Creative Photography

Edward Weston’s Leaves of Grass
Through November 30, 2019. Center for Creative Photography

A New Unity: The Life and Afterlife of Bauhaus
Through December 1, 2019. UA Museum of Art

2019 School of Art Faculty Exhibition
Through January 5, 2020. UA Museum of Art

Crafting My Story: Experiences of Loss, Grief and Spiritual Live
Through January 12, 2020. UA Museum of Art


MFA Thesis Gallery
School of Art
Quintetto Profano
Fred Fox School of Music
I Dream in Widescreen
School of Theatre, Film & Television
Virtual Showcase with Zach Filkins of OneRepublic
Arizona Arts in Schools
Freedom Must Be Lived: Marion Palfi’s America
Center for Creative Photography
Southern Arizona artists in concert at The Tucson Studio
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