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Recent News

Faculty and Alumni selected for 2015 Arizona Biennial

Arizona Biennial 2015 | Tucson Museum of Art July 25–October 11, 2015 | 33 Artists selected out of 1,490 submissions by Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator SITE Santa Fe New Mexico, including School of Art Faculty (Bradford, McMahon, Zielinski), Students and Alumni (Boswell, Chehak, Da Costa, Felber, Kitagawa, Monaghan).

Read More The Art and Science of the Environment

"Marking Time to a Changing Climate," is now on display at the UA's Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building, home of the Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research. UA School of Art professor Ellen McMahon and David Breshears, a professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, organized an exhibition to encourage imagination, questioning and discovery around scientific matters. Read more at

MFA Students Thomas Saffle, Kejun Li and Jesse Chehak exhibited and presented their work to a standing room only crowd at the April 8th Artist Talk.

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Selena Valencia, First Annual Orvieto Prize awardee!

Selena Valencia, sophomore at the University of Arizona and a double major in Art History and Creative Writing, is the winner of the first annual Orvieto Prize, awarded by the Art History Division. The award is sponsored by a fund in the name of Stephanie Schaffer, a former student in Art History in the School of Art, which supports undergraduate research in Art History.

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Book Art Collective meeting first Wednesdays at 5:30pm

The Book Art Collective, an ASUA club, will be meeting the 1st Wednesday of every month @ 5:30 pm. Please come if you are interested in Artist’s Books, making books, and anything related to the book. The meetings will be at the Book Art and Letterpress Lab, 1035 Mabel. Just two blocks north of Speedway between Park and Freemont. (Entrance is on the backside of the building.)

Please join us!

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Upcoming Events

2015-2016 VASE Lecture Series

Venue Center for Creative Photography

September 17, 2015 - April 14, 2016

2015-2016 VASE Lecture Series event image SHIFTING/GROUND: VISUAL ART IN THE AGE OF GLOBAL TRANSITION | In the second year of this series, internationally recognized artists and scholars will address contemporary social and political issues within the richness of aesthetic experience. Speakers will demonstrate how art practice and scholarship can produce critical awareness in an age fraught with challenges such as the destabilization of international economic markets, widespread social uprising, and increased competition for natural resources.

Fireweather: The Dark Forest of Crystal Burn

Venue Joseph Gross Gallery

May 29, 2015 - August 31, 2015

Fireweather: The Dark Forest of Crystal Burn event image Fireweather is a collaborative installation by husband and wife team, Roy Wasson Valle and Koryn Woodward Wasson along with their good friend Jaime Chandler. The artists will be creating their inter-dimensional portal to join our world with the Land of Crystal Burn. Fireweather is an exploration of both wonder and temporal permanence, constructing a visible reminder that everything that has ever been or will ever be is present, it just happens to be at a different time. This exhibition is a continuation of Camp Dreamtree, commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art for the Scottsdale Civic Center Public Library, summer of 2014.

Ghosts, Ralph Ziman

Venue Joseph Gross Gallery

September 9, 2015 - November 4, 2015

Ghosts, Ralph Ziman event image The Joseph Gross Gallery is pleased to present South African born artist, Ralph Ziman’s, Ghosts. Ziman’s work confronts the complex socioeconomic and political circumstances of the multinational; multibilliondollar African arms trade industry that moves weapons exclusively to Africa’s interior borders.