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Recent News

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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UA Visual Communications Professors and Student honored with UCDA Award

Ground|Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River designed by UA School of Art Visual Communication Professors, Ellen McMahon, Kelly Leslie, and then MFA candidate, Jonathan Black, was named "Best in Show." Ground|Water also received the "Gold Award" in the Book Category and one of three "Judge's Awards." It is in the permanent collection of the UCDA.

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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.

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.

Internet Trash | Barron, Butterworth, Shuta, Von Bergen

Venue Lionel Rombach Gallery

January 21, 2015 - January 29, 2015

Internet Trash | Barron, Butterworth, Shuta, Von Bergen event image Internet Trash is a group exhibition featuring new work by Anthony Barron, Wilson Butterworth, Andrew Shuta, and Alex Von Bergen. In the midst of all the activity and circulation online, trash is bound to accumulate. Internet Trash can be seen as a recycling program enacted to deal with this mess.

Mark Mulroney, Something’s Dripping

Venue Joseph Gross Gallery

November 19, 2014 - January 29, 2015

Mark Mulroney, Something’s Dripping event image Artist Talk and Reception: Nov 20, 2014, 5pm -7pm | Mark Mulroney describes his process of creating the site-specific installation, Something’s Dripping, as similar to writing a screenplay for a 1980s sitcom. Recognizable characters inhabit his subversive Disney-like world, but they are teased into a bizarre Saturday morning cartoon. Mulroney’s paintings, drawings, and sculptural works within Something’s Dripping illustrate a pubescent threshold between innocence and the loss of incorruptibility.

VASE Lecture: Raul Cabra

Venue Center for Creative Photography

February 4, 2015

VASE Lecture: Raul Cabra event image Oax-i-fornia: The Craft of Design and the Design of Craft. Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 5:30pm, CCP, Rm 108. Oax-i-fornia is an interdisciplinary academic project bringing together design and art students with artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico since 2005. The project’s goal is to create a collaborative space fueled by the notion of play as a generative force to produce first, poetic, conceptually-driven objects rooted in traditional techniques but engaging a contemporary world view; and second, an additional set of intimately personal visual expressions of travel, dislocation, and “the other,” through pieces that are, ultimately, profound meditations on the “self.”

Visiting Artist Lecture: Ray Troll

Venue Art Building

February 3, 2015

Visiting Artist Lecture: Ray Troll event image Alaskan artist Ray Troll, a 2011 Guggenhiem Fellow, has appeared on the Discovery Channel, lectured at Cornell, Harvard and Yale, shown work at the Smithsonian and has even had a fish named after him. He will share the twists and turns of his unique fish inspired career, the backstories of his 9 illustrated and co-authored books and time as the art director for the Miami Museum of Science’s major traveling exhibit “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches” currently on tour across the country.