Happy Holidays from Arizona Arts

College of Fine Arts celebrates fall graduates

Congratulations to our students graduating in the College of Fine Arts’ 2019 Fall Graduation Convocation on Dec. 19 at Crowder Hall. Our keynote speaker is Derek van der Merwe, the COO of Arizona Athletics and the CFA Outstanding Senior is Amanda Coote from the School of Theatre, Film & Television. The event will be live streamed and available for viewing online.

>> KEYNOTE: Derek van der Merwe


Lisanne Skyler’s Five Favorite Art Documentaries

On the occasion of the re-release of her film, we decided to ask Skyler for her favorite art documentaries and why. What makes a documentary or any film special? Skyler says finding that human element that makes the film relatable is key. So here we go … in no particular order.

>> Five Favorite Art Docs

TFTV’s Film Program ranks in the Top 25 in ‘The Wrap’

The School of Theatre, Film & Television has jumped 10 spots from last in year The Wrap’s annual Top 50 U.S. Film Schools and is now one of the Top 25 Film Schools in the U.S., as ranked by Hollywood professionals

>> What did they say about us?

Wonder Makes Me Reach | Hayley Meier

Photo of Hayley MeierThe University of Arizona is profiling Wildcats, and UA Dance Ensemble member Hayley Meier, an MFA Candidate shares her journey and how wonder fuels her.

>> A focus on choreography

Student Spotlight: Jack Zager

University of Arizona first-year music student Jack Zager and his writing partner, Rhiannon Lewis, won a juried competition for short musicals this fall at Showsearch 2019 in Los Angeles, produced by the Foundation of New American Musicals and directed by Arizona alumnus Richard Israel.

>> Get to know Jack Zager

USNews feature on Arizona Arts in Schools

On Dec. 10, Arizona Arts partnered the University of Arizona’s Government & Community Relations to host the Community Partner Breakfast on the stage at Centennial Hall. Attendees included civic, political, education, art and tourism administrators, including two mayors. Speakers discussed the many community partnerships that emanate from Arizona Arts, including Dean Andy Schulz, Chad Herzog (UA Presents), Anne Breckenridge Barrett (Center for Creative Photography), Brad Richter (Arizona Arts in Schools), Chelsea Farrar (Museum of Art), Vicky Westover (Hanson FilmTV Institute) and Tyler Meier (Poetry Center).

Brad Richter and our community outreach program are profiled by USNews in a three-part article that examines how three people turned wonder into discovery and change.

>> (Scroll to) How can art change lives?

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Upcoming Events

Highlights of current and upcoming events from Arizona Arts


Maceo Parker
January 10. UA Presents/Tucson Jazz Festival
Venue: Centennial Hall
The Play That Goes Wrong
January 14 – 19. Broadway in Tucson
Venue: Centennial Hall
Tucson Desert Song Festival
January 15 – February 16. Fred Fox School of Music
Venue: Various Locations
Art Song in America
January 15. Fred Fox School of Music
Venue: Holsclaw Hall
Legacies of LIGHT
January 17 – 19. Center for Creative Photography
Venue: Center for Creative Photography
Kronos Quartet
January 18. UA Presents
Venue: Crowder Hall
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
January 22. UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall
A 1919 Centennial Celebration
January 26. Fred Fox School of Music
Venue: Holsclaw Hall
Cirque Mechanics
January 26. UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall
Thomas Hampson: Song of America
January 28. UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall
Darious Britt: Thriving in the Era of Social Media
January 28. School of Theatre, Film & Television
Venue: ENR2 Building, Room S107
Black Violin
January 30. UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall

Now on View

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

The Snake Eats Its Tail
Through January 23, 2020. School of Art
Venue: Joseph Gross Gallery

David Hume Kennerly: Witness to History
Through March 11, 2020. Center for Creative Photography
Venue: Old Main

American Art Gallery: 1925-1945
Through May 16, 2020. UA Museum of Art
Venue: UA Museum of Art

The Qualities of LIGHT
Through May 30, 2020. Center for Creative Photography
Venue: Center for Creative Photography


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
UA Presents

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