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Ellen McMahon

Associate Dean

Professor, Art

Art Bldg, Room 207D
520-621-1493

MFA – Vermont College, MS – University of Arizona

Ellen McMahon uses a range of media (artist books, writing, painting, drawing, photography, design and video) to investigate the relationship between visual art, daily life, and the ways we frame and study social and environmental problems.

McMahon came to the University of Arizona in 1980 to study Scientific Illustration (MS in Biology 1983). After several years of professional experience as an illustrator and graphic designer, she received an MFA in visual art (Vermont College, 1996) and was hired in a tenure track position in the UofA School of Art. Between 1990 and 2005 her work addressed the social and cultural construction of motherhood and the politics of intimacy in the mother-child relationship. Since 2005, fueled by her conviction that art and design are foundational in effecting positive change, she has developed a number of projects that support individual creative inquiry among her peers and students through interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships with community organizations.

In 2007 McMahon received a Fulbright Fellowship to work as an artist/designer with the Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans in Mexico and presented her work as a delegate to the World Design Congress (ICOGRADA) in Cuba.  From 2010-2012, she served as initiator and director of a collaborative faculty research project focused on regional water, which included 29 participants from art, design, humanities, the natural and social sciences, as well as city and regional water managers. The resulting book which McMahon art directed and co-edited, Ground|Water: Interdisciplinary Responses to a Dry River received national and international design awards and has been collected by over 40 public institutions worldwide.

McMahon’s artist books are in 15 public collections in several countries. Her visual work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and in solo exhibitions “Redressing the Mother” at AIR Gallery in New York, “Maternal Matters” at Cal State San Marcos, and “In Nature | Of Nature | Perceptions of Place” at University of Wyoming. Her published writings include personal essays about motherhood, op-eds about design and the environment, and technical papers about scientific illustration.  Her autobiographic essays are published in Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood (Seven Stories Press, 2002), The Oldest We’ve Ever Been: Seven True Stories of Midlife Transition (University of Arizona Press, 2008), and The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art (Demeter Press, 2010). Her design work is featured in Clean New World: Culture, Politics, and Graphic Design, (MIT Press, 2002) and Graphic Design: Sustainable Principles and Practices, (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016).

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Arizona Arts

TODAY … CCP OPEN HOUSE!!!
Open to the Public | Free Admission

Visit the Center for Creative Photography anytime between 12 – 7p to see the new Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery, a pop-up installation in the lobby, and our brand-new library nook. Enjoy grab and go snacks and art activities, a live DJ from 4-7p. Free parking behind the CCP from 5-7p.

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TODAY … CCP OPEN HOUSE!!! 
Open to the Public | Free Admission

Visit the Center for Creative Photography anytime between 12 – 7p to see the new Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery, a pop-up installation in the lobby, and our brand-new library nook. Enjoy grab and go snacks and art activities, a live DJ from 4-7p. Free parking behind the CCP from 5-7p.

Part of the Arizona Arts Signature Series!

Image: Installation view of Photojournalism 20/20: A Think Tank for an Unimaginable Present”
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Tucson Lifestyle Magazine interviews Adriana Gallego (BFA ’97, Painting and Drawing), alumna from the University of Arizona School of Art, and executive director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Learn how that organization connects artists to each other, the community and to needed resources. Photo: Ed Flores
 
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Alumna Amy Duddleston earned two Emmy nominations as editor of the HBOs Mare of Easttown, career firsts.

Shes edited Dexter, American Gods, The Killing and My Own Private Idaho and worked with directors like Gus Van Sant, the Russo Brothers, Lisa Cholodenko, Agnieska Holland and others.  

https://azart.fyi/EditingEmmyNoms

Duddleston (BFA ’86, General Fine Arts), as a student, actually worked in the editing room when Revenge of the Nerds was filmed on campus in Tucson.

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