- Shared a bronze Anthem Award in Special Projects as an illustrator/animator for “Viruses, Vaccines, & COVID-19” — an explainer series produced by the American Museum of Natural History and the City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The second annual Anthem Awards, which also honored former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, celebrate purpose & mission-driven work from people, companies and organizations worldwide. Details
2022-23 Faculty Highlights
Regents Professor, Photography, Video and Imaging
- Formally inducted as a Regents Professor by the Arizona Board of Regents during the University of Arizona’s Outstanding Faculty Awards Ceremony on Feb. 15 at Crowder Hall. Story
- “Tell it to the River,” a mid-career survey of Alshaibi’s work, started Feb. 27 at the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, UAE. The solo exhibition, which runs through June 30, 2023, brings together significant parts of her practice over the last two decades.
Assistant Professor, Illustration and Design
Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing
- Interviewed by KAMP Student Radio on Feb. 6 on 1570-AM. Listen
- The “Soy de Tejas” exhibition in San Antonio featured work from Macias and Bella Maria Varela (MFA ’21). They are among 40 native Texan and Texas-based contemporary artists “who reflect the diverse and beautiful complexity of Latinx identities,” say the organizers of the exhibition, which is curated by Rigoberto Luna. The opening reception was Feb. 9 at the Centro de Artes.
Associate Dean for Research, Arizona Arts
- Featured along with Chris Rush in a mixed media and collage exhibition, “Again with the Real,” at the Etherton Gallery. The opening reception was Feb. 11.
- Gave a presentation, “Perspectives on Resilience,” on behalf of the Arizona Institute for Resilience on Feb. 2, along with Tioni Collins of Arizona Arts.
- Received a Barbara Thom postdoctoral fellowship from the prestigious Huntington Library near Los Angeles for the 2023-24 school year. The fellowship will allow Saracino to revise her dissertation on the Uppsala Map of Mexico-Tenochtitlan into her first book manuscript. Uppsala is the earliest known map of Mexico City, painted by indigenous Nahua artists after the Spanish Conquest (c. 1540).
- Attended the College Art Association conference from Feb. 15-18 in New York City. She co-organized a panel entitled “Ecocritical Art Histories of Indigenous Latin America” on Feb. 18.
- Presented a talk, “Love, Kinship and Connection: Relationships at Black Mountain College,” on Feb. 9 as part of the University of Arizona Museum of Art’s Spring 2023 Speaker Series. From 1933-1957 in the misty Blue Ridge Mountains, BMC was a hub of experiential education and fertile ground for artistic developments. There, incalculable relationships were forged or compounded between the famed and lesser-known alike – including one between Willem and Elaine de Kooning. A year before joining the School of Art, lydia curated an exhibition connecting ephemera from the Black Mountain Dreier Archive with objects from the Asheville (N.C.) Art Museum’s collection, with a focus on underrepresented artists within the prevailing Black Mountain College narratives.
Professor, Photography | Video | Imaging
- Featured in a University of Arizona Communications story, “UArizona helps launch archive sharing stories of detained immigrants,” on Feb. 20. Taylor collaborated on the project, which contains the stories and images of artwork and memorabilia of asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants incarcerated in Arizona. “My goal in all of this is to ensure that people’s experiences do not disappear. These are people who don’t get to write history. They don’t usually have their say,” Taylor said.
- Faculty members Amelia (Amy) Kraehe and gloria j. wilson and Ph.D. student K. Lynn Robinson helped lead a Feb. 16 webinar, “Creative Pathway to Servingness through the Arts,” part of the University of Arizona Hispanic Serving Institution – HSI Initiatives “Centering Servingness” series, presented with Faculty Affairs. They shared three new student programs from Arizona Arts: JustArts Fellowship for Student Leaders in the Arts; SALON, Student Artist Live Opportunity Night; and Rehearsals in Anti-Racism.
- The Rodeo de Tucson Group Show featured four paintings by Moira Geoffrion, chair of the School of Art Advisory Board and professor emerita. The opening reception was Feb. 3 at the Medicine Man Gallery. The show showcased more than 30 artists, including Howard Post (BFA ’72, MFA ’78). Details.
Regents Professor, Photography, Video and Imaging
- Presented the Hixson-Lied Visiting Scholar Lecture Nov. 9 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Art, Art History & Design.
- Gave an artist talk on Sept. 28 in support of her solo exhibition “Sama Alshaibi: Generation After Generation” at the Phoenix Art Museum. It was part of Arizona Arts’ 2023 Signature Series. The museum also awarded Alshaibi the 2021 Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award. Watch her Scult Lecture (6:25 mark)
Assistant Professor, Illustration and Design
- Antebi’s Illustration II students collaborated with the Florence Immigration Project in the spring. The group’s recent newsletter and annual report featured Robin Silverman’s and Gabriel Spencer’s artwork that accompanied a story about an Albanian teen named Luan, who was detained at the U.S.-Mexico border and coped with his sorrow by playing chess with himself on a makeshift board. Students contributed other projects being rolled out on social media. “I’m very proud of this group and how sensitively they approached the subject matter,” Prof. Antebi said. Read story
- Her spring motion arts students were so enthralled by the ants during their class visit to Biosphere 2 that they created a short film, “Who Put These Ants in my Biosphere?” The animated film is shown from the perspective of an ant colony exploring Biosphere 2 and was screened at The Loft Cinema for the School of Theatre, Film & Television’s Magic Hour. Eight motion arts students were then selected to dive deeper into focused animation work that reflects Biosphere 2 and Arizona Institutes for Resilient Ecosystems and Societies (AIRES) research through a Science in Motion 2022 Summer Residency in Animation, co-directed by Antebi and Aaron Bugaj. Watch video
- Antebi was selected for the Center for University Education Scholarship 2022 Spanning Boundaries Challenge. Antebi joins faculty and staff from Biosphere 2, CAPLA and the W.A. Franke Honors College who will engage students, faculty and Borderland communities in community-driven research around sustainable food and water solutions. The project aims to lay foundations for strong bi-national relationships, while providing new opportunities for students and faculty to have a measurable societal impact.
- Her Animation 1 students created a video for a November character turnaround assignment that encouraged them to use unique characters to offer more inclusive and diverse story possibilities. Watch video
- In October, Antebi’s animation students wrapped up a puppet animation/rig exercise. Watch video
Professor of Art & Ceramics
- Chabot’s commentary and images of sculptural work were included in the hand-building section of “Experience Clay,” 3rd edition, by Maureen Mackey, Davis Publications, Inc., Worcester, MA, 2022.
- “Surface Treatments for Ceramics,” an upcoming book on a group of international artists’ ceramic surface treatments by Claire Ireland, will include text description, commentary and imagery of Chabot’s “reverse inlay” technique of “memory fossils and fragments.” The technique transforms the surfaces into what appear to be fossils and archaeological remains that Chabot uses in sculptures and tile murals. The book is set to be published in early 2023, London.
- Chabot gave a lecture about her work on Sept. 15 at the Recital Hall at Pima Community College’s Center for the Arts complex. Her work was part of “A Tribute to Clay,” an invitational group exhibition at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery that ran from Aug. 29 to Oct. 8.
- Other recent exhibitions: “My Body My Choice” Group Invitational Exhibition, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; “Three Artist Invitational, Stage(s)(ing),” Yun Gee Park Gallery, Tucson (new eccentric porcelain), 2021-22. Her work is represented by Yun Gee Park Gallery, Tucson, 2020-23
Carissa DiCindio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Art & Visual Culture Education
- DiCindio taught a graduate special topics course that is the first class-in-residence at the Center for Creative Photography. She worked with Meg Jackson Fox at the CCP to design and implement an exhibition on color photography using visitor-centered practices. More information
- From fascinating telescopes to a Coke can camera, the School of Art’s Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Studies and co-directors Carissa DiCindio (AVCE) and Irene Bald Romano (Art History) hosted an event on Nov. 4 in the John E. Greivenkamp Museum of Optics in the Meinel Optical Sciences Building. Museum interns Grace Gousman (undergraduate major in History with minors in Art History, Spanish, Linguistics, and Psychology) and Jennifer Weiss (graduate student in the M.A. program in Art History and in the M.S. program in Geosciences) gave a tour of the collection of cameras, telescopes, lenses, opera glasses, and many other objects and works of art related to optical science. Photos
Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing
- Co-curated “The Intimacy of Distance: Explorations of the Figure/Ground,” an exhibition of 17 photographers Sept. 10-Oct. 29 in Santa Monica, Calif. The show, at the new Marshall Gallery in Bergamot Station, will include works by Prof. Sama Raena Alshaibi), one former faculty member (Mark McKnight) and two UA SOA alumni (Ryan McIntosh, BFA ’06, and Alex Turner, MFA ’20). Go to tinyurl.com/3r2z4fpc for details.
- The William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif., presented a solo exhibition of paintings by Gipe from Aug. 6-Sept. 17. “Recent Pictures” draws from his themes of progress, industrialization and environment, including his Russian Drone paintings below. williamturnergallery.com/lawrence-gipe and lawrencegipe.com
- FASO, an exhibition created for Grad Critique, led by Gipe, held its reception on Nov. 18 at the Graduate Gallery.
- Gipe participated in Art Days on Nov. 12 at the School of Art, critiquing high school students’ portfolios.
Assistant Professor of Practice
- Participated in National Portfolio Day (NPD) on Oct. 22 at Mesa Community College. He and Prof. Karen Zimmermann reviewed high school students’ portfolios and gave them advise on attending the University of Arizona School of Art.
- In UA News’ “Four things you might not know about ‘Woman-Ochre‘ and Willem de Kooning,” Ivey talked about the artist, style and inspirations behind the recently returned painting “Woman-Ochre,” which went on display in early October at The University of Arizona Museum of Art after being stolen three decades ago.
- Organized by Kim, the School of Art hosted a new, ambitious virtual three-part symposium examining Asian photography from Korea and Taiwan, co-presented by the Center for Creative Photography and Arizona Arts. The virtual events featured artists, curators, scholars, and museum directors weighing in on photography practices and movements and their relation to colonialism, postcolonialism, gender issues and national identity. The third all-day session, “Photography and Southeast Asia: History and Practice,” was held Nov. 18. The free symposiums were held entirely online to accommodate a broader audience in Asia, the U.S. and other countries. The series was supported by grants from the Academy of Korean Studies and the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan. The events featured professional interpreters for English, Chinese and Korean.
Amelia (Amy) Kraehe
Associate Vice President, Equity in the Arts
- Kraehe received a 2022 Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Faculty Seed Grant for the interdisciplinary, collaborative project, “Creative Resistance among Undergraduates at Two Hispanic Serving Institutions: Arts Integrated Youth Participatory Action Research”. The fund aims to support scholarly research and creative work that enriches the university’s HIS designation and advances scholarship that directly impacts QT BIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) populations.
- Along with Prof. gloria j. wilson, Kraehe co-edited the book, “A Love Letter to This Bridge Called My Back,” an ode to the 1981 touchstone work for generations of feminist women of color—the seminal “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color” by Chicana feminist intellectuals Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa.
- Kraehe, along with Ohio State’s Joni Boyd Acuff, addressed issues of race in an accessible style and with a focus on classroom practice in their book, “Race and Art Education.” This book provides a well-informed introduction to essential concepts, vocabularies, strategies, and methods for engaging race and racialized human differences in a constructive, equity-oriented manner.
- Participated in the Wassaic Project, a non-profit organization in Wassaic, N.Y., that invites emerging contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and more to their residency programs — a community of artists — which includes visiting artist lectures, monthly artist presentations, studio visits, and 24-hour access to private studio spaces. “I know that I’ll be heading back to Tucson with a fresh crop of ideas to explore in my own studio. It’s also just been a dream spending time in New York,” he said… “I don’t exaggerate when I say that this career path has given me more than I could’ve ever expected and imagined.”
- Two of Macias’ works, “Rise” and “Fall,” was part of the art exhibition “Lucha Libre: Beyond the Arenas” at the Arizona State University Art Museum, which opened Oct. 29. The first exhibition of its kind, “Lucha Libre” went beyond the sport’s popularity in contemporary culture to reveal its ancient roots, explore its influence on socio-political movements and link its relationships to the visual culture of Mexico and beyond.
- Exhibited in Son de Allá y Son de Acá, hosted by four Albuquerque, N.M., galleries, which brings together 60 Southwest artists. Curator: Rigoberto Luna. In conjunction with the show, Macias was mentioned in a Hyperallergic story about the importance of creating pathways and fellowship for Mexican-American, Chicanx, and Latinx artists throughout the Southwest.
- “Everything and Nothing at Once,” a 2021 Macias project funded by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, has been digitally archived in the University of Arizona Libraries’ Special Collection. Macias, who was raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, created two-dimensional works that navigate the artist’s own Mexican-American identity, physical and sociological divisions along the U.S. / Mexico border, and the ever-shifting contemporary American political landscape within a pandemic.
- Had work featured last winter in West Issue 156 of New American Paintings, the 2021 Review of 40 Artists in the Western United States You Need to Discover. Curator: Lauren R. O’Connell
- Other exhibitions: “Everyday MEMEing,” Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ. Curators: Melissa Koury, Dr. Grant Vetter, and Lauren O’Connell. “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland,” Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NM Curator: Diana Molina.
Associate Dean for Research, Arizona Arts
- McMahon was featured during Women’s History Month in a series spotlighting women researchers working on climaterelated issues. “Motivating people to work together… will require a cultural shift only possible through a well-considered combination of artistic and scientific means,” said McMahon. “I have seen how art/science collaborations can raise awareness about and catalyze a public response to environmental risks and help us to imagine and work together toward more sustainable futures.”
Sarah J. Moore
Professor of Art History
- Moore was the Terra Foundation for American Art visiting professor at the Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan for the 2021-22 academic year. The foundation is considered the most prestigious in support of American art scholarship. Moore taught virtually in the fall and in-person this spring classes in American art in the global studies program. Moore also served as a keynote speaker at the Inaugural Biennial International Conference, Institute for the Study of International Expositions, a global network of researchers interested in world’s fairs and expositions.
- She presented research, “Slow Trees in Manhattan,” related to her current book project at the Counter Image International Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, in July. The manuscript, “Slow Landscape: Trees and the History of Art in the United States,” is framed on the argument that trees are among the primary drivers of history in the United States and have informed shifting discourses of national identity from the moment of earliest contact with European settler colonists to the present day. Each chapter of the book comprises a close visual and contextual analysis of a particular moment, image, or place when trees played a defining role in the construction of contested notions of nation-ness. The entanglements of history, time, materiality, and nature serve as the conceptual framing device of the text while eco-criticism provides the methodological model.
- Moore criss-crossed the U.S. this fall, including presenting a paper on landscape at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, on Sept. 30. Her paper, “Neither Land nor Landscape: Time Landscape as In-Between Formation,” examines artist Alan Sonfist’s environmental land art sculpture for New York City that visualized how the city looked before urbanization. The paper is part of a larger book project for which Moore was granted a sabbatical leave in Spring 2023.
- Romano edited and co-authored a major publication with 15 scholars from the U.S., Germany, Italy, Poland, Britain, France, Greece), entitled “The Fate of Antiquities in the Nazi Era.” It’s scheduled to be published soon as a special issue of the Journal of the International Association of Research Institutes.
- Romano was featured in a story by UANews’ Kyle Mittan: “A Woman’s Dying Wish Leads to Returning a Piece of History,” after receiving an intriguing voicemail from a woman speaking English with a French accent. The woman said she had a collection of artifacts acquired from the African country of Mauritania and wanted the artifacts returned because, “I’m dying of cancer.” The voicemail led to the repatriation of artifacts to Mauritania.
- Romano’s research was featured in a story by the New York Times’ Milton Esterow, “New Research Tracks Ancient Artifacts Stolen by the Nazis,” and republished nationally and internationally in other outlets.
- She was featured in story, “MFA Boston to return marble head looted during world War II to Italy,” and also featured in a news release and the Boston Globe.
- Romano gave two public lectures in the fall on different topics: Sept. 22 — “ASMOSIA at 34 years: The Trajectory of Research on Ancient Stone and its Relevance to Art Historical Questions,” public keynote address at the 13th International Conference of the Association of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA), Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Oct. 14 – “Exhibiting Classical Antiquity during the Nazi Era,” invited lecture, Department of Art History, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
- Over the summer, Saracino participated in “Plantation Knowledge,” an international workshop organized as part of the Migrating Knowledge Project. It was hosted by the Global South Studies Center at the University of Cologne, Germany. All the participants are presently working on essays for an edited volume to be published by an academic press.
- Saracino presented a paper, “The Ayer Map of Teotihuacan as Embodied Action & Performance,” after being invited to the 21st Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library in Chicago. This year’s event, held Nov. 3-4, was titled, “Mapping as Performance.”
- How might a Charles Dickens tale find a homeland in the Sonoran Borderlands? Saracino participated in an interdisciplinary collaboration with other UA faculty on Oct. 25, . From digital installation to performance, sonic experiments to film, cartography to micro-publication, the exhibition explores questions about the relationship between arts and public-engagement, literature and everyday places, and authors and readers.. Professors across departments are participating in a field studio together and producing creative projects based on our reading of the Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield. The products of this studio form a key resource for a new undergraduate 15-week GE course, conceived as the pedagogical outcome of the studio, where UArizona students might forge their unique authority as readers with the power to make such books matter in our time. This course will be offered through the Department of Public and Applied Humanities, as part of UArizona’s College of Humanities Fearless Inquiries Project, whose aims include supporting curricular (re) design work as part of the Dorrance Dean’s Award for Opening the Canon. We will debut our creations at the Public Humanities Festival at the end of October.
Gallery Director / Joseph F Gross Endowed Curator
- She participated in a Nov. 3 panel, “The Critical Eye: Curators in Conversation” — at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. Joining her was Taína Caragol, curator of painting, sculpture, and Latinx art and history at the National Portrait Gallery; Julio César Morales, an artist, educator, writer and senior curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum; and TMA’s chief curator, Dr. Julie Sasse.
- School of Art Galleries opened its first show of the 2022-2023 year, “Delivery Systems,” in the Joseph Gross Gallery in September. “Delivery Systems” asked artists to exhibit artworks alongside the materials, mechanisms and collateral that they’ve utilized to get that artwork to the gallery, communicate its specific installation, and present it in a thoughtfully resolved manner. The show was juried, installed, programmed and interpreted by students in the Gallery Management class, with guidance from gallery director/curator lydia see and a dynamic group of preparators, exhibition designers and registrars from local museums, including the UA Museum of Art, Arizona Historical Society, Center for Creative Photography and Tucson Museum of Art. The exhibition served as the experiential learning framework for the class, providing students with experience in all aspects of exhibition design, curation, and planning. Follow along @gallerypraxis for behind the scenes Gallery Mgmt. class content and details about this and other upcoming shows.
Professor / First Year Experience Program Chair
- Over the summer, Setzer finished an overview video his project exhibited at the 2021 Venie Biennale. “The Corridor: Climate Change, Border Permeability, and Ecosystem Resilience” — an installation with Dan Majka of The Nature Conservatory, asked where will animals move to survive as climate change alters habitats and disrupts ecosystems. It utilized a three-channel video and sound immersion to address the relationship between border permeability and ecosystem resilience in a time of climate change.
Professor, Art & Visual Culture Education
- Co-edited the 2022 book, “Counternarratives from Asian American Art Educators: Identities, Pedagogies, and Practice Beyond the Western Paradigm,” along with Maria Lim, Oksun Lee and Sandrine Han. An e-book is available now, and the hard copy will be out later. It’s his second book released this year – and he was the leading editor on both.
- Received the COMC J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr. Award from the National Art Education Association in spring 2022. The Committee on Multiethnic Concerns award honors individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of art education in advancing and promoting education, investigation, and celebration of cultural and ethnic heritage within our global community.
- Co-edited the 2022 book, “Borderless: Global Narratives in Art Education,” with Karen Hutzel. In collaboration with: Margaret Baguley, Jesús Caballero, Paulo Esteireiro, Jana Jiroutová, Mira Kallio-Tavin, Martin Kerby, María Isabel Moreno Montoro, Elle Pierman, Petra Sobánová, Fu-ju Yang.
- Taylor collaborated on a project called, “DETAINED: Voices from the Migrant Incarceration System” with Principal Investigator Anita Huizar-Hernández, associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Taylor captured images taken via drones of 28 privately operated ICE detention center on the border throughout Arizona and the Southwest. The project documented the experiences of former asylum seekers and undocumented migrants who were incarcerated by immigration authorities in Arizona.
gloria j. wilson
Associate Professor, Art & Visual Culture Education
- Co-edited the 2022 book, “A Love Letter to This Bridge Called My Back,” with Prof. Amelia (Amy) Kraehe and Joni Boyd Acuff. It honors the 1981 seminal book by Chicana feminist intellectuals Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. wilson talked about the book with her other contributors on Oct. 21 at the School of Dance’s Stevie Eller theater. Photos
Professor, School of Art Assistant Director
- Zimmermann and her Visual Narratives and the Artist Book students were featured in the Fall 2022 issue of “Parenthesis,” the Journal of the Fine Press Book Association.
- A triple collaboration between Nicole Antebi‘s Illustration II, Lisa Watanabe‘s Typography I, and Karen Zimmermann‘s Letterpress and the Multiple resulted in a Riso-printed book featuring text, recipes, and illustrations designed by students in these courses and inspired by UAMA’s The Art of Food exhibition.
- Students enjoyed their first project — “Chancescapes” — in the special topic Process + Play class (Art 404), as they try to create an illustration or design for a poster of a fictitious play, environment or world. The class, led by Associate Prof. Kelly Leslie and Asst. Prof. of Practice Lisa Watanabe, is being developed to better integrate illustrators, designers and animators. “This way, (students) can share their unique approaches to visual problem solving,” Leslie said. “The new class, when on the books, will be required and explores play, chance and failure as components to growth and discovery.” Photos
- Philip Zimmermann (Illustration + Design) was a winner in the AIGA ‘50 Books | 50 Covers’ competition for the best designed books of 2020 with his book, “Delirium.” Zimmermann retired in 2019 after 10 years of teaching at School of Art. The competition is considered the most competitive and coveted honor for book design. AIGA, the professional association for design, had 696 design entries from 36 countries this year.
- Robert H. Colescott, a Regents’ Professor Emeritus at the School of Art, is being remembered with a retrospective traveling exhibition, “Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott.” Considered one of the most important and critical painters of his generation, the Colescott exhibition has been venerated by no less than Roberta Smith, the co-chief art critic for The New York Times.
- Margaret (Bailey) Doogan, a School of Art professor emerita, died on July 4 at age 80. Doogan taught art at the University of Arizona for 30 years. An acclaimed artist, Doogan’s paintings and drawings addressed issues of women and aging in society. She inspired students in her classroom and was an outspoken advocate for women artists and designers across the nation. “With powerful imagery, combining bite and humor, (Peggy) called out sexism and misogyny in academia as well as in the Tucson art community and the art world,” said Ellen McMahon, a School of Art professor. Doogan mentored McMahon, a graduate student who took all three design courses that Doogan taught. Obit