Arizona Arts brings together the highly-regarded academic programs of the College of Fine Arts with world-renowned offerings from Arizona Arts Live, Arizona Arts in Schools, Center of Creative Photography, and the University of Arizona Museum of Art. This new division aims to bring the transformative power of the arts to all through an accessible platform for finding new and engaging arts experiences on this website.

We believe the arts hold the power to expand human potential by encouraging us to engage different perspectives and cultures. By highlighting Tucson and the University of Arizona as a premier arts destination, we seek to expose the world to the boundless talent and creative energy fueling Southern Arizona. Only through collaboration among our various arts organizations and including all stakeholders can we fully realize our creative potential. From this effort comes a more connected community and, ultimately, a more meaningful human experience for all.

Land Acknowledgment

“We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.”

Press & Announcements

Alumna earns Emmy nominations for editing ‘Mare of Easttown’

09/20/21
When Amy E. Duddleston, ACE, was studying at the University of Arizona as a fine arts student, she got a job in the editing room for a film being shot on
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Arizona Arts launches ‘Signature Series’

09/14/21
Arizona Arts Signature Series 2021 is launching this fall at the University of Arizona. With this series, Arizona Arts will showcase the division’s most
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Arizona Arts Live launches 2021-22 season

09/02/21
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Arts Live launches its second season this fall ushering in the best in live performance from around the world to Southern Arizona
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Patterson begins 41st year directing Bolton Guitar Studies

09/01/21
Did you know the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music is home to one of the world’s finest guitar programs? That’s right. If you want to
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School of Art renovations underway, thanks to $6M gift

08/30/21
Construction has begun on University of Arizona School of Art renovations, including a new entrance and patio. These improvements are thanks to a generous
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Aaron Coleman earns Provost Award for Innovation in Teaching

08/10/21
School of Art Associate Professor Aaron Coleman was selected as the recipient of the Provost Award for Innovation in Teaching. Coleman earned the honor after
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School of Theatre, Film & Television announces 2021/22 season

08/07/21
The School of Theatre, Film & Television’s 2021/2022 theatre season, the return of live, in-person performances, will open in October with the Arizona
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John Milbauer appointed CFA Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

07/28/21
Arizona Arts announces the appointment of John Milbauer as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the College of Fine Arts, beginning Aug.
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Whitney Herr-Buchholz joins Arizona Arts development team

07/27/21
Whitney Herr-Buchholz has joined Arizona Arts as Director of Development, beginning July 26.  “It is a great pleasure welcoming Whitney as the
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Kraehe joins Arizona Arts as first AVP for Equity in the Arts

07/27/21
Dr. Amelia (Amy) Kraehe has been appointed the inaugural Associate Vice President for Equity in the Arts for Arizona Arts at the University of Arizona,
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UAMA earns highest national recognition; 40 years of AAM accreditation

07/23/21
The University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded
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Center for Creative Photography receives prestigious Henry Luce Foundation grant

07/23/21
The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) has received a $255,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund an exhibition featuring the work of Louis
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Philip Zimmermann selected by AIGA for one of the year’s best designed books

07/19/21
School of Art Professor Philip Zimmermann (Illustration + Design) was a winner in the AIGA ‘50 Books | 50 Covers’ competition for the best designed books
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Bringing a bird back to life in 2D, 3D art forms

07/02/21
Yes, you read that right. Artist Mariel Miranda, second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Photography, Video and Imaging program, will bring a dead
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Nolan Veneklasen to document the Tucson Chinese Lion Dance Troupe

06/29/21
What do martial arts, filmmaking, and the University of Arizona all have in common? The answer is Nolan Veneklasen, 2019 BFA Film & Television
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Antebi, Taylor participating in the ‘Digital Borderlands’ storytelling project

06/18/21
Two University of Arizona School of Art faculty, Assistant Professor Nicole Antebi and Professor David Taylor, are members of collaborative
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‘Tangencies’ brings people together at Biosphere 2

06/17/21
Recent MFA graduate Benjamin Dearstyne Hoste brought his interactive art installation “Tangencies” to Biosphere 2 in late May. Over the course of one
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Lee O’Rourke joins Arizona Arts as Deputy Senior Director of Development

06/13/21
Lee O’Rourke has been appointed Deputy Senior Director of Development for Arizona Arts. O’Rourke has worked in the College of Education development office
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Film by graduate Faye Ruiz garners national distribution deal

06/10/21
The senior thesis film by Faye Ruiz, a School of Theatre, Film & Television (TFTV) graduate, has been acquired for national distribution and will be
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Farbrook’s “Soul Crushing Machine” now on view at Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart

05/21/21
University of Arizona School of Art’s Joseph Farbrook’s interactive art installation, “Soul Crushing Machine,” is featured as a permanent
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Gia Del Pino selected for Crossing Latinidades fellowship

05/19/21
Gia Del Pino, doctoral student in Art & Visual Culture Education, was selected as Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Crossing Latinidades Creative
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PHOTOS: College of Fine Arts 2021 Spring Graduation

05/19/21
123456789101112131. Wilma with Fabiola Bedoya. Image: Chris Richards/University of Arizona2. Dean Andrew Schulz3. Camryn Elias and Jenna Meadows4. Happy
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Q&A with music’s Kaissy Yau, Spring 2021 Outstanding Senior

05/18/21
Kaissy Yau graduated last Sunday summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music – Flute Performance from the Fred Fox School of Music, under the direction of Dr.
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A Message from Andrew Schulz, Vice President for the Arts

05/18/21
As we approach the final days of the semester and the end of another academic year, I wanted to pause and offer my gratitude for everything that each of you
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College of Fine Arts names spring 2021 ‘Outstanding Senior, GTAs’

05/11/21
As the academic year comes to a close, we recognize and applaud the Class of 2021 for their hard work, resilience, and dedication to their craft and
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Arizona Arts launches BIPOC ARTS, a virtual space for creators, scholars

05/07/21
Arizona Arts launches BIPOC ARTS, an initiative that opens a virtual space for creators, performers, visual artists, and scholars who identify as Black,
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UArizona’s Sama Alshaibi awarded 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship

04/26/21
University of Arizona School of Art Professor Sama Alshaibi is among 184 artists, writers, scholars and scientists to receive a 2021 Guggenheim
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Art alumna Alex Jimenez selected to partner with Tucson Water on national water initiative

04/26/21
University of Arizona School of Art alumna Alexandra (Alex!) Jimenez (BFA ’14, Visual Communications) was selected by Tucson community leaders to
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Tucson Folk Festival returns with 75 performances across three stages, April 10-11

04/06/21
The Tucson Folk Festival returns for its 36th year, April 10-11, with a range of new ways to enjoy the festival, including over 75 socially-distanced
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Filling a documentary film gap

03/22/21
Herb Stratford ’88 ’95 and his wife, Kerry ’87, have always admired American Arts and Crafts furniture and interiors. They’re now sharing that passion in
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Jory Hancock, Melissa Lowe retiring from School of Dance

03/19/21
Architects of the University of Arizona School of Dance, the husband-and-wife team of Jory Hancock and Melissa Lowe are retiring after 34
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Tilghman Moyer joins Arizona Arts as Executive Director of Development

03/05/21
Arizona Arts announces that Tilghman H. Moyer IV will assume the role of Executive Director of Development, beginning on March 29. Since 2018,
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Research, Innovation and Impact awards new production seed grants

02/25/21
The University of Arizona Office for Research, Innovation and Impact (RII) has awarded its first round of production seed grants to four faculty members
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Finding new ways of expression

02/23/21
Bringing new light to the mundane is the work of 3D artist and graduate student Trent Pechon.  Pechon’s teaching style and art have both changed
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Graceful Resilience

02/23/21
Straps around their heads tighten with a toggle, and nose wires pinch in place. They move within 12-by-15-foot rectangular zones, their masks secured amid
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Five Fellows launch new Arizona Arts research program

02/23/21
Arizona Arts has selected five Fellows for the Arizona Arts Interdisciplinary Research Fellows program, led by Ellen McMahon, the Associate Dean for Research
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Students to pursue border-engaged arts research

02/23/21
Graduate artists Mariel Miranda and Bella Maria Varela from the School of Art and Diana Peralta from the Fred Fox School of Music were awarded
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The Most Dangerous Instrument

02/23/21
Flutist Kaissy Yau fell in love with playing in an ensemble. Now, she dreams of one day performing professionally in a symphony orchestra.  “Being
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Racial Justice Studio to promote understanding of anti-racism

02/23/21
Arizona Arts launches the Racial Justice Studio with a new course to be offered in the fall, “Rehearsals in Anti-Racism,” taught by Drs. Amelia (Amy)
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University is No. 16 on Forbes’ list of best employers

02/23/21
The University of Arizona made its inaugural appearance on the Forbes Magazine’s annual list of America’s Best Large Employers, placing No. 16 out of 500
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CCP announces new innovative Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery

02/23/21
This Fall the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) completed construction on the Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery, a groundbreaking space for
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Emmy Tisdel, Mariel Miranda join 2020-21 University Fellows cohort

02/23/21
An accomplished violinist and an international visual artist from Arizona Arts, Emmy Tisdel and Mariel Miranda, have joined the prestigious 2020-21 University
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From Graffiti to Coloring Books, Assistant Professor Uses Art to Communicate About Race

02/16/21
Aaron Coleman’s early art took the form of graffiti art on trains. The assistant professor is now a printmaker whose work has been displayed in collections
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Karlito creates new mural on Speedway

11/05/20
The School of Art is getting a new mural. Recent alumnus and internationally renowned muralist Karlito Miller Espinosa, aka Mata Ruda, is creating a mural on
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Arts and humanities ranks 10th in nation

11/02/20
The University of Arizona’s arts and humanities programs move up to No. 10 among public universities and No. 26 among all U.S. institutions in the 2021
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Better Together: University Pen Pals

11/02/20
As a winner of the #BearDownMaskUp Challenge, dance major Christina Calden hopes to keep students connected via the University Pen Pals. This new program aims
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Milbauer broadens horizons at Harvard Kennedy School

10/12/20
Dr. John Milbauer made the most of his recent leave of absence, earning a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of
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Gary Setzer selected as Provost Award recipient

10/06/20
School of Art professor Gary Setzer was selected as the recipient of the Provost Award for Innovation in Teaching. This award was established to acknowledge
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UA Presents reimagined with a new name, new direction

10/05/20
For 25 years UA Presents has presented performing arts programming for Southern Arizona.  But in the past year, there have been profound shifts
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Faculty find creative ways to stay creative

10/05/20
Artists who have chosen careers in education shape their lives and careers through creativity, resourcefulness and adaptability. Those skills are being put to
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Macias featured in four Texas exhibitions

09/29/20
Alejandro Macias, assistant professor at the School of Art, currently has his work showcased in four exhibitions in time for Hispanic Heritage Month all in
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Kay He explores light painting in the Wild West

08/14/20
Yuanyuan “Kay” He and Daniel Linder, both assistant professors in the Fred Fox School of Music, teamed up for an unusual art project combining long-exposure
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Photographer Alex Turner Featured in Lenscratch

07/09/20
Congratulations to photographer Alex Turner (MFA ’20, PVI), whose project Blind River was published in Lenscratch! Turner says, “I’ve
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Arizona Arts stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

06/19/20
Our nation, our city, our university, and our communities are grieving the continued violent murders of Black people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud
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The importance of arts in the time of lockdown

05/19/20
Art of all types has proven to be a key outlet for millions of Americans looking for entertainment and fulfillment while isolating, working and educating at
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Sadie Shaw creates neighborhood oral history project

05/18/20
Sadie Shaw (BFA ’19, Art & Visual Culture Education) is the neighborhood president and creator of the Sugar Hill Oral History Project. A conversation
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‘Art Interrupted’ during COVID-19, an AZPM feature

05/18/20
This feature looks at how the pandemic interrupted thesis projects and the BFA/MFA exhibitions at the School of Art, including interviews
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Music alumna Dr. Lori Wiest appointed school director

05/13/20
Dr. Lori Wiest, who received her doctorate in Choral Conducting from Arizona 30 years ago this spring, begins her duties as the next Director of the
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Sophomore cellist Levi Powe performs on NPR

05/12/20
Sophomore Levi Powe performed on the NPR show, “From the Top,” which aired on April 26, across the country. Powe, 19, studies cello with
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150 Southern Arizona students get free theatre classes

05/09/20
Joe Klug, who teaches scenic design at the University of Arizona, has spent some of his isolation time watching webinars put together by theater
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Arizona Arts in Schools now available in homes

04/15/20
Arizona Arts in Schools has taken its in-class and on-campus programs online, creating at-home learning modules for its four disciplines: Lead
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Chad Herzog: Investing in the Arts in Tucson

03/31/20
Chad Herzog, executive director of UA Presents, spoke to the community group, CreativeMornings, at Centennial Hall on Feb. 21. The month’s theme was
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TURN UP festival pivots to virtual concert

03/27/20
Like all events at the University of Arizona, the anticipated TURN UP Multimedia Festival for Equality was canceled in light of the novel coronavirus. But in
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Costume designers make masks for healthcare workers

03/26/20
When the pandemic hit, Arizona MFA theatre students and costume designers immediately began making masks for healthcare workers and first responders in Tucson
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MFA photography program ranked third in the nation

03/26/20
The University of Arizona School of Art’s photography program ranks No. 3 in the nation among graduate schools according to the latest U.S. News and World
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Dr. Jennie Gubner discusses new intercultural research program

03/26/20
Who says a visual artist can’t lend their expertise to science? And vice versa? The University of Arizona Graduate College has a long-standing tradition
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Other TARGET/s exhibition addresses border issues

03/23/20
The online art publication Hyperallergic featured the University of Arizona Museum of Art’s Other TARGET/s, a group exhibition in which artists condemn
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Alshaibi revives classic story for contemporary times

03/04/20
Elements from “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” come together to comment on current sociopolitical realities in Sama Alshaibi’s sculptural installation
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Dan Asia tapped for National Council on the Arts

02/18/20
President Donald Trump has nominated Daniel Asia, a professor in the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, to serve a six-year term as
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AVCE faculty recognized with national awards

02/17/20
Visual culture is all around us. We are constantly scrolling through and posting on various social media, creating short videos to share, enjoying movies, and
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Beauty beyond bars: UAMA exhibition showcases inmates’ art

02/13/20
For those who are incarcerated, creating artwork is a privilege. This summer, University Museum of Art staff and members of the Department of English’s
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Two Americans in Paris (and London)

01/17/20
Hank Stratton, artistic director for Arizona Repertory Theatre, traveled to Paris and London in November with School of Theatre, Film &
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School of Dance opens new PT / Pilates studio

01/17/20
University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins was on hand for the opening of the new Physical Therapy and Pilates studio at the School of Dance on Jan.
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The story of the unicorn sculpture

01/06/20
The unicorn sculpture in the School of Dance wellness garden is a welcomed reminder of former Professor of Modern Dance David Berkey’s legacy of grace,
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‘Spring Awakening’ sweeps musical theatre awards

01/02/20
The Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening swept the major categories for musicals in the 2019 Mac Awards from the Arizona Daily Star,
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Arizona Athletics leader gives arts keynote address

12/16/19
Derek van der Merwe grew up on a mission station in South Africa with a musical family. Everyone in his family played an instrument … mom, dad and two
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Center for Creative Photography acquires Kennerly Archive

10/10/19
The University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography has acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume
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Murals, public art will become a ‘defining feature’ of University identity

09/30/19
The University of Arizona campus is getting some color. School of Art alumnus and local artist Danny Martin recently splashed his paint on the southeast
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John Matter wins Emmy for work on ‘Game of Thrones’

09/19/19
School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus John Matter earned an Emmy Award for his work on the ground-breaking HBO hit series, Game of Thrones,
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School of Dance is the ultimate prep for a pro dance career

08/20/19
Dance Magazine explains why the School of Dance at the University of Arizona is the ultimate prep for company life. “If you’re looking to get a
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Film festival celebrates indigenous world cinema

07/19/19
A partnership between Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona, the festival features four filmmakers who are Wildcat alumni/ FOR
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CCP partners with Poetry Center for exhibition, ‘A Portrait of Poetry’

07/14/19
B.A. Van Sise explored photography and poetry’s relationship with the image in his show, “A Portrait of Poetry” at the Center for Creative Photography,
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Master violinist inspired by Itzhak Perlman on Sesame Street

06/17/19
Immanuel Abraham (DMA ’19) was inspired to play the violin when he saw Itzhak Perlman play on a children’s show, Shalom Sesame, the Israeli version of
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Composer aims to give audiences sounds with meaning

03/27/19
If 9-year-old Daniel Asia had gotten his way, his music career would have started by learning clarinet. But his two front teeth stuck out too much, so
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Four Questions: UArizona’s role in nation’s longest-running Mexican Film Festival

03/22/19
Tucson Cine Mexico, the longest-running festival of Mexican cinema in the United States, will feature free screenings of seven Spanish-language films, with
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Investing in the Arts: Arizona hires first-ever VP for the Arts

01/17/19
In concert with the University of Arizona strategic plan, Andrew Schulz, dean of the College of Fine Arts, has been named the inaugural vice president
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International scholar Andrew Schulz named Dean of the College of Fine Arts

06/28/18
Andrew Schulz, a visionary leader in the arts and one of the foremost scholars on 18th- and 19th-century Spanish art, has been named as dean of the
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Professor Writes ‘Sentences’ of Movement to Bring Dances to Life

02/19/18
Tammy Dyke-Compton’s senior year at The Juilliard School wasn’t going as planned. It was spring 2003, and Dyke-Compton was coming to the end of her time as
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After 31 years, stolen ‘Woman-Ochre’ returns

08/11/17
On a routine Thursday afternoon at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, staffers were preparing for next season’s exhibitions when the phone rang. A
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