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Message from the Dean  | Black Lives Matter

Our nation, our city, our university, and our communities are grieving the continued violent murders of Black people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. They are a reminder of the systemic racism that has been a long-standing part of our history. George Floyd’s senseless death leaves us heartbroken and angry ,  and because it is not an isolated event, the anguish that we all share is palpable.

In Arizona Arts we stand recommitted to the important work of effecting change within our communities. This is not a time to be quiet. Our promise is to speak up and take concrete action in this moment and beyond, because not to do so comes with a price. We stand with the victims of racism and anti-Blackness who experience the violence of social inequity often with fatal consequences. We will listen and support efforts to undo systemic injustice, and we invite you to hold us accountable as we pledge to focus on the power of art to create positive change.

Standing in Solidarity


Wonder Makes Us Find a Way

“My Song” is our song, performed by Arizona Arts students. Wonder. It’s what fuels our Bear Down spirit. While the world is at home hoping, many of us are out helping. That’s because no matter what the setback, we keep coming back. To campus. To each other. To move the world forward. At the University of Arizona, wonder finds a way.

This is my song
And nothing can make it die
It’s been so long and it’s stronger
I know why
And I wonder if you really, really know
That as long as I live I will sing my song
That as long as I live I will sing my song
That as long as I live I will sing my song for you
— Written by Labi Siffre

Watch the video on YouTube


Southern Arizona artists in concert

Photo of Maxi Larrea

Argentinian tango guitarist Maxi Larrea

In May, UA Presents launched The Tucson Studio ( www.thetucsonstudio.com ), a resource for Southern Arizona artists that offers technical assistance with audio and video production for live performance, as well as a platform to showcase performances from local artists. The program launch includes resources on the website and a concert series, with the first set of performances filmed at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The Tucson Studio concert series releases every Thursday at 6pm and allows viewers to donate directly to the local artists.

The Tucson Studio


Arts in a time of lockdown

Art of all types has proven to be a key outlet for millions of Americans looking for entertainment and fulfillment while isolating, working and educating at home. Experts from the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts say one benefit of this extended stay-at-home period is a spotlight on the importance of arts in everyday life.

Arts Take Center Stage


Students playing ‘Counting Stars’

Zach Filkins of OneRepublic played their smash hit, Counting Stars, with the Lead Guitar and Arizona Arts in Schools students in Tucson and around the country in an exclusive rendition, forming a play-along classical guitar orchestra.

Counting Stars Video


Recognizing and embracing diversity

Ten curriculum grants were awarded by the Committee for Diversity & Inclusion to faculty for development of new courses or modifications to existing courses that reflect the aims of diversity and present an inclusive experience for student learning in the past academic year. Also, four students applied and were given Student Success Awards:

D&I year-end report


‘Art Sprouts’ blooms during quarantine

University of Arizona Museum of Art staff are taking to YouTube to bring family-friendly art activities to the Tucson community with a program called Art Sprouts. Chelsea Farrar, the museum’s Curator of Community Engagement, saw an opportunity to reach out to the Tucson arts community, especially young families.

Check out the videos!

The Center for Creative Photography is collaborating with The Life Cinema’s summer program, “Loft Kids Fest art Home 2020,” which offers free films and activities for kids online July 17-26. CCP’s contribution is a fun, animated video, “Make Your Own Movie Projector,” using items found around the house.


10 Seconds to Respond

You’ve got 10-seconds to respond…  provides a platform to share artistic thoughts and also to form connections with other artists and audiences from a deeper perspective. In the spirit of the surrealist game Exquisite Corpse, each 10-second video is created in response to the previous ones, organically unfolding into a living piece made by beautiful minds.  Want to play?

  1. Watch the current video.
  2. Create a 10-second video in response. (Leave one second blank at the beginning and end)
  3. Send your video to Prof. Joseph Farbrook (farbrook@arizona.edu) to add it to the video thread.

Watch the video grow with our combined creative energy!


Paul Ivey has received the Superior Teaching Award from the Humanities Seminars Program for the third time! All Humanities Seminars Program courses are taught by present and former University of Arizona professors selected for their scholarly accomplishments and exceptional teaching abilities.
Congratulations, Alex Turner for your Critical Mass MFA Scholarship award from Photo Lucida.

Coming Soon to YouTube
Aug. 8 – 9, 2020
The School of Theatre, Film & Television’s annual showcase of Senior Thesis films will be screened on YouTube this year, along with a full schedule of events to be announced soon.

New sculptures on Broadway make Tucson art accessible amid museum closures, #ThisIsTucson | 06.08
The art project “Rhythms of Nature” consists of six different sites on Broadway and includes pillars, beaches, sundial

New Black Lives Matter murals by Tucson artists focus on hope and love, #ThisIsTucson | 06.06
Robbie Lee Harris, Adia Jamille, To-Re-Nee Wolf and Camila Ibarra have painted Black Lives Matter murals on Tucson walls

Tips for a long summer home with the kids, #ThisIsTucson | 05.24
Online activities from Tucson orgs, including UAMA, Arizona Arts in Schools

UA Presents teams up with Tucson Botanical Gardens for concert series,
Arizona Daily Star | 05.19
A feature on website, concert series launch with comments from Chad Herzog

Quarantined Visions: Part One, Artillery magazine | 05.20
Feature written by Lawrence Gipe about an online exhibition of work created during the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning with images from China

Arizona appoints alum to lead Fred Fox School of Music, Arizona Daily News | 05.16
Dr. Lori Wiest is interviewed about her new CFA leadership role

Art Interrupted, AZPM’s Arizona Illustrated | 05.16
Looks at how the pandemic interrupted thesis projects and the BFA/MFA exhibitions, including interviews with Kenzie Wells, Fabiola Bedoya, Alex Turner and Leah Netsky, along with Colin Blakely and Brooke Grucella

Sugar Hill, AZPM’s Arizona Illustrated | 05.16
Sadie Shaw (BFA ’19, Art & Visual Culture Education) is interviewed in a 10-minute piece about the Sugar Hill, Tucson’s historically black neighborhood. She’s the neighborhood president and creator of the Sugar Hill Oral History Project

Kathy Cluff earns music degree decades in the making, KOLD13 | 05.14
Feature on a music student who graduated in May after a 30-year break from school. Cluff is a grandmother with 35 grandchildren

Honoring Arizona Class of 2020: Christopher Mason, KVOA News 4 | 05.14
Feature on theatre student who enrolled at the University after a career as an air traffic controller; inspired by his son’s musical theatre experience

“Woman-Ochre” won’t be coming back to Tucson any time soon,
Tucson Weekly | 05.14
Looks at local art museums with comments from Jill McCleary

The Painting Behind the Door, Tablet | 05.13
A story of the de Kooning theft with comments from Olivia Miller

Savarese accepted into teaching assistant position for her musical passion, Daily Wildcat | 05.11
Music’s Outstanding Senior Maria Savarese will teach at Oklahoma State University, play for Tulsa Symphony Orchestra


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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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2 days ago
Arizona Arts

In the spring of 2020, a talented group of MFA graduates lost the opportunity to display their artworks in a physical gallery due to the pandemic. Today we begin to run it back with the 2020 MFA Thesis Alumni Exhibition.

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The University of Arizona School of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art and Center for Creative Photography are co-hosting exhibition, displaying the artwork in four galleries.

FEATURING ARTISTS: Erin DiGiovanni, Zach Gotschalk (works pictured), Mijoung Kim, Marisa Lewon, Dorsey Kaufmann, Martin Krafft, Elena Makansi, Leah Netsky, Jared Robison, Marina Shaltout, Kaitlyn Jo Smith, Alex Turner, Kenzie Wells.

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In the spring of 2020, a talented group of MFA graduates lost the opportunity to display their artworks in a physical gallery due to the pandemic. Today we begin to run it back with the 2020 MFA Thesis Alumni Exhibition. 

https://azart.fyi/2020MFAAlumni

The University of Arizona School of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art and Center for Creative Photography are co-hosting exhibition, displaying the artwork in four galleries. 

FEATURING ARTISTS: Erin DiGiovanni, Zach Gotschalk (works pictured), Mijoung Kim, Marisa Lewon, Dorsey Kaufmann, Martin Krafft, Elena Makansi, Leah Netsky, Jared Robison, Marina Shaltout, Kaitlyn Jo Smith, Alex Turner, Kenzie Wells.

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3 days ago
Arizona Arts

Faye Ruiz's senior thesis film from "I Dream in Widescreen 2020" has been acquired for national distribution by Kino Lorber and DEDZA FILMS, who are featuring the works of nine emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities worldwide.

The screenings begin today.
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“Dedza is committed to changing the landscape for emerging, underrepresented filmmakers and I’m elated to be a part of their first collection of short films and honored to have my film chosen to play on such a wide platform,” said Ruiz. “I’m grateful to The University of Arizona and the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television for providing me with the filmmaking resources and faculty mentorship to bring ‘The Lights Are On, No One’s Home’ to life and out into the world.”

Written and directed by Faye Ruiz
Produced by Ramani Menjugas
Cinematography by Martin Somoza and Zach Lovvorn
Starring Faye Ruiz and Adriana Acedo Campillo

All TFTV students or graduates.
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Faye Ruizs senior thesis film from I Dream in Widescreen 2020 has been acquired for national distribution by Kino Lorber and DEDZA FILMS, who are featuring the works of nine emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities worldwide. 

The screenings begin today.
https://azart.fyi/FayeRuizFilm

“Dedza is committed to changing the landscape for emerging, underrepresented filmmakers and I’m elated to be a part of their first collection of short films and honored to have my film chosen to play on such a wide platform,” said Ruiz. “I’m grateful to The University of Arizona and the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television for providing me with the filmmaking resources and faculty mentorship to bring ‘The Lights Are On, No One’s Home’ to life and out into the world.”

Written and directed by Faye Ruiz
Produced by Ramani Menjugas 
Cinematography by Martin Somoza and Zach Lovvorn
Starring Faye Ruiz and Adriana Acedo Campillo

All TFTV students or graduates.
The University of Arizona Alumni Association
5 days ago
Arizona Arts

Andres Hernandez is one of the many talented artists featured in the University of Arizona School of Art 2021 BFA illustration and Design Capstone Show. His thesis project was rebranding the National History Museum at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.

"This museum is one of my favorite places to visit while in Mexico City,” said Andrés. 'I decided to make it my thesis project because it would combine my love for design, art, my heritage, and history all in one project."

For more on Andrés, other artists and show, please visit bfacapstone.art.arizona.edu.

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Andres Hernandez is one of the many talented artists featured in the University of Arizona School of Art 2021 BFA illustration and Design Capstone Show. His thesis project was rebranding the National History Museum at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.

This museum is one of my favorite places to visit while in Mexico City,” said Andrés. I decided to make it my thesis project because it would combine my love for design, art, my heritage, and history all in one project.

For more on Andrés, other artists and show, please visit bfacapstone.art.arizona.edu.

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