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.

Upcoming Events

Highlights of current and upcoming events from Arizona Arts


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


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


The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Arizona Repertory Theatre November 13 – November 24
Premium Blend
UA Dance November 13 – November 17
Luz Negra – A Sonic Metaphor on Human Perception
Fred Fox School of Music November 19
Broadway in Tucson November 19 – November 24

Ongoing Events

Edward Weston’s Leaves of Grass
Center for Creative Photography May 11 – November 30
A Portrait of Poetry: Photographs and Video by B.A. Van Sise
Center for Creative Photography June 1 – November 23
A New Unity: The Life and Afterlife of Bauhaus
UA Museum of Art August 31 – December 1
Crafting My Story: Experiences of Loss, Grief and Spiritual Live
UA Museum of Art September 7 – January 12
Selected works from Birds of Paradise by Sara Golish
School of Art: Joseph Gross Gallery September 12 – November 14

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