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Recent News 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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Congratulations to 2015’s Student Poetry Contest broadside winners!

Congratulations to School of Art MFA and BFA students, Katherine Killian, Travis Boswell, Jiasi He, Jared Pinon, and Andrew Shuta, for being selected as the 2015 winners of the Student Poetry Broadside Contest. Join the Poetry Center on Thursday, May 7th at 7:00pm for a reading from all graduating Creative Writing MFA students, and a showing of the five student contest broadsides.

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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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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 BFA Senior Exhibition

Venue UA Student Union Memorial Center

April 6, 2015 - April 24, 2015

2015 BFA Senior Exhibition event image Reception: Friday, April 10 from 4-6pm. Student Union Gallery. University of Arizona School of Art is proud to present this year's Spring 2015 BFA graduates as they showcase their work in the Student Union Gallery. Come and support our graduating students!

2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Venue University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA)

April 17, 2015 - May 15, 2015

2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition event image Opening reception: April 23, 5:00-6:30pm | University of Arizona Museum of Art+Joseph Gross Gallery | The Master of Fine Arts Exhibition showcases work by current University of Arizona students in the School of Art: WILSON BUTTERWORTH, JESSE CHEHAK, ABIGAIL FELBER, SARAH GILL, SERGE J-F. LEVY, KEJUN LI, YUBITZA MCCOMBS, LEANNE C. MILLER, CHRISTOPHER NEWBERG, DOMINICK PULEO, THOMAS SAFFLE, and ALEX VON BERGEN.

Artist Talk: “Marking Time to a Changing Climate”

Venue University of Arizona

April 8, 2015

Artist Talk: “Marking Time to a Changing Climate” event image Art in the Tree-­Ring Research Building: Ellen McMahon (professor) and graduate students Thomas Saffle, Kejun Li and Jesse Chehak from the School of Art have created artwork for the spacious walls of the Bryan Banister Building on the University of Arizona campus. The exhibition of photographs, prints and paintings, “Marking Time to a Changing Climate” includes an 8-foot piece by McMahon and three works by Li in the lobby (which can be viewed during building hours, 8–5 Monday–Friday) as well as work by Chehak and Saffle on the 3rd and 4th floors which can be viewed on tours of the building or by special arrangement. Artists will speak about their work on site at noon on Wednesday April 8th.

First Year Experience Exhibition 2015

Venue Lionel Rombach Gallery

April 14, 2015 - April 23, 2015

First Year Experience Exhibition 2015 event image The First Year Experience Exhibition showcases the visionary force of students who are just beginning their pursuit of a career in the arts. Focusing on the diverse studio practices occurring in the first year at the University of Arizona School of Art, the artworks in this exhibition reflect the program’s devotion to the basics of fine craftsmanship and conceptual development. The First Year Experience program has been in place since 2009 and the annual exhibition is always a must see.