Photo of Andy SchulzI am delighted to share with you our inaugural edition of “State of the Arts,” which provides a selective – yet extensive — overview of our wide-ranging accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff from July 2018 through 2019. Like me, I’m sure you’ll be amazed by the sheer volume of talent we have here at the University. And this is only a partial accounting.

For a deeper dive into these achievements, this Impact Report provides links inviting you to “read more,” which will connect you to news stories.

In addition to detailing individual accomplishments, this report captures the crucial role we are playing in activating the University of Arizona strategic plan. The items included in “Engaging Arizona,” “Global Impact,” and “Creative Innovations” detail the many ways we are achieving goals outlined in the UA strategic plan, and ensuring that the arts play a central part in realizing the UA’s land-grant mission.

Finally, the extraordinary year we have just completed would not have been possible without the equally extraordinary support provided by our many patrons and donors.  Indeed, 2018-19 was a record-setting year for arts philanthropy. None of what we do would be possible without the generous partnership of those who share our belief in the transformative power of the arts for our students, our university, and our communities.

With warmest best wishes,
Andrew Schulz Signature
Andy Schulz
Dean, College of Fine Arts
Vice President for the Arts


Standout Students

Karlito Miller Espinosa was accepted into the Whitney Independent Study Program

Faculty Focus

Cynthia Stokes took opera to new heights … the outdoor six-story ENR2 courtyard

New Faces/Roles

We’ve assembled the Arizona Arts leadership team to direct our new division

Alumni Pride

Brad Slater is our 2019 Alumni of the Year and he’ll be honored at Homecoming.

Engaging Arizona

Arizona Arts in School is providing weekly art classes this year in 83 schools.

Global Impact

UAMA partnered with the Getty to conserve our Willem de Kooning painting Woman-Ochre.

Creative Innovations

The new Arts Administration minor was made official and is now available this fall semester.

By the Numbers

College of Fine Arts enrollment continues a four-year trend of steady growth.


A record-breaking year of fundraising, our donors supported CFA with over $9 million in gifts.

In Memorium

We remembered three beloved artists, educators, and long-time friends this past year.

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Upcoming Events

Highlights of current and upcoming events from Arizona Arts


UA String Symposium
September 21. Fred Fox School of Music
Venue: Fred Fox School of Music
The Legend of Georgia McBride
September 21 – October 6. Arizona Repertory Theatre
Venue: Tornabene Theatre
Erin Wright, Lisanne Skyler: The Art of Films on Art
September 24. School of Theatre, Film & Television
Venue: MOCA Tucson


Jazz in AZ
October 1 – 3. School of Dance
Venue: Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
Smokey Robinson – Celebrating 60 Years of Motown
October 5. UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall
In the Room with David Hume Kennerly
October 11. CCP/UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall
Tucson Meet Yourself
October 11 – 13. Southwest Folklife Alliance
Venue: Downtown Tucson
Family Weekend
October 11 – 13. University of Arizona
Venue: UA Campus
TENWEST Impact Festival
October 11 – 20. TENWEST
Venue: Tucson Convention Center
Lia Downs’ Dia De Los Muerto: AL CHILE
October 16. UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall
TV Comedy Pilot Table Read (TENWEST)
October 17. Hanson FilmTV Institute
Venue: Leo Rich Theater
October 19 – November 3. Arizona Repertory Theatre
Venue: Marroney Theatre
UA Dance 2019/2020 Season Preview
October 20. School of Dance
Venue: Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
Hello Dolly!
October 22 – 27. 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

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


Ongoing Events

CANCELED: Ansel Adams: Signature Style
Center for Creative Photography
CANCELED: Contemporary Art Gallery
UA Museum of Art
CANCELED: The Qualities of LIGHT
Center for Creative Photography
CANCELED: Modern Art Gallery
UA Museum of Art

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Even Ansel Had to Earn a Living: Virtual talk with Rebecca Senf is this morning at 11am PT. Becky Senf Ccp will speak about and read short excerpts from her new book "Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams," which reveals details about how the photographer’s early decades changed the course of his successful career. Bring questions for a lively discussion with this Ansel Adams scholar. Co-organized by the Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA) and the Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, AZ), registration is required for this free virtual talk.

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This Wednesday at 11am PT, the CCP and Center for Photographic Art present "Even Ansel Adams Had to Earn a Living: Looking at His Early Commercial Work and How it Influenced His Art with Dr. Rebecca Senf (Becky Senf Ccp)."

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