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Recent News

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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Professor Reid published in Muséologies, Visual Arts Research and presented at Pedagogy conference

Dr. Natasha S. Reid, Assistant Professor in AVCE, was the guest co-editor for a special issue of Muséologies; published “Getting there: Exploring Art Museum Educators’ Paths to the Profession” in the Winter 2014 issue of Visual Arts Research; and presented “Multicultural Art Education in Contemporary Art Museums: Museum Educators of Color Reflect on their Professional Experiences“ at the 2014 Curriculum and Pedagogy conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in November. Read more about some of her 2014 work by clicking below.

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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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MFA Alumna Clare Benson 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar

Art MFA alumna, Clare Benson, has been selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Sweden. She will join over 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948.  Congratulations, Clare!

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Upcoming Events

2014-2015 VASE Series

Venue Center for Creative Photography

October 1, 2014 - May 1, 2015

2014-2015 VASE Series event image Home/Land: Visual Art in the North American Borderlands. In this first year of this two-part series internationally recognized artists and scholars will address diverse aesthetic responses to contemporary relations between Mexico, the United States and Canada. Examining issues such as location, territory, human rights, and environmental politics within the richness of aesthetic experience, speakers will demonstrate how art practice and scholarship can produce critical awareness in a transnational age.

2015 University of Arizona Photography Division Exhibition

Venue Lionel Rombach Gallery

March 26, 2015

2015 University of Arizona Photography Division Exhibition event image Opening Reception: Thur, April 2 from 3:00-5:00pm | Participating Artists: Justice Amarillas, Ernesto Esquer, Joseph Fertitta, Maya Heilman-Hall, Stephanie Jiha, Miguel Lopez-Vergara, Juncong Mo, Audrey Molloy, Rielle Oase, Cathryn Shiel, Ellen Walmer, and Brittany Williams.

Angela Ellsworth, Volume I

Venue Joseph Gross Gallery

February 3, 2015 - April 10, 2015

Angela Ellsworth, Volume I event image Volume I is a solo exhibition of works examining the texture of history and memory. It features a selection of subtle objects, some in the form of cardboard boxes, and hardback book casings. Rubbed arduously and repeatedly with graphite, the interiors of boxes become velvety and reflective. This treatment brings to light both the stark geometrical architecture, and the essential emptiness and latent potential of these containers.


Venue Center for Creative Photography

March 31, 2015

VASE LECTURE: Dinh Q. Lê event image 5:30pm | Reception following at UAMA | Dinh Q. Lê will address how his artistic practice consistently challenges how our memories are recalled with context in contemporary life. Whether he provokes the dominance of film and media in the creation of historical legacy; the confluence of cultural tradition and contemporary tragedy in his woven photographs; the re-placement of everyday urban objects into artistic wonders; or documents the un-chronicled stories of those who endured the first helicopter war, his artistic investigations elucidate a commitment to the artistic process as a means of excavating history, and in uncovering and revealing alternate ideas of loss and redemption.