The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Museum Events

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Wednesdays, June 27 – August 15, 2018

Adding to the excitement of Tinkerlab, Story Time will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.

For kids ages 2-5.

Learn more about Tinkerlab.

August 25, 2018

Join us to celebrate the Our Stories artists and enjoy their art! Admission to the Museum will be FREE for all during this time and light refreshments will be served. Friends, family, and classmates are welcome!

Drop in anytime from 12-2 p.m. for a casual open house reception. There will not be a formal program but participants can pick up a certificate from the recognition table and have their photos taken – plus explore the rest of the Museum.

More info and questions:

Willa Ahlschwede, Program Coordinator, 520-621-7110

September 6, 2018

Celebrate art, expression, and all things Museum at our Open House and Exhibition Reception!

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., college students and faculty are encouraged to come and meet curators, enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, and learn about ways to engage with the Museum. Activities like PechaKucha talks by our Portal to the Public participants, live mural painting, and gallery lectures are open to the public.

The public is also invited to join us at 5 p.m. for an Exhibition Reception featuring Picture The World: Burhan Doğançay As Photographer and Richard Slechta: Cascades. UA PhD candidate Taylor Miller will present in conjunction with Picture the World, and artist Richard Slechta will speak about his work.


9:30-10:30 a.m. | Faculty appreciation: Learn from faculty who teach using the Museum and its collection. Coffee and pastries provided.

10:30 a.m. | Behind-the-scenes tour with Museum staff (CatCard required)

1:00 p.m. | Behind-the-scenes tour with Museum staff (CatCard required)

2:30-3:15 p.m. | PoP Talks; a PechaKucha style presentation

3:45-4:30 p.m. | PoP Talks; a PechaKucha style presentation

2:00-6:00 p.m. | Painting with Mel ‘Melo’ Dominguez: Tucson-based artist and muralist Dominguez will be painting a mural on a wall at the Museum. Guests and UA students are invited to watch, ask questions, or join in and paint!

6:00-8:00 p.m. | Music entertainment by DJ Butta Fly

5:00-7:00 p.m. | Opening reception with public talks by artist Richard Slechta and Taylor Miller, PhD candidate in the School of Geography & Development.

September 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Debi Chess Mabie has over 25 years of nonprofit programming and leadership experience in youth and community development and in arts-based economic development. She received a BA in Social Work from Wright State University, an MA in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was also a Peace Corps volunteer. Mabie worked as Executive Director of BooCoo Cultural Center and Café in Evanston, Illinois and was Executive Director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona where she helped shape the role of arts in Tucson. As a Community Impact Fellow with Dunbar Pavilion, Mabie is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with the Tucson community and business and civic leaders to serve Dunbar’s mission.

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September 24 – December 17, 2018

Join Curator of Exhibitions Olivia Miller for special members-only lectures that provide an overview of some major movements in art history. Each lecture will be accompanied by a special viewing of objects from the Museum’s permanent collection.

September 24 | The Beginnings: An Introduction to Prehistoric Art

October 22 | The Greco-Roman World: An (Extremely) Abridged Tale

November 26 | The Age of Cathedrals: An Introduction to Romanesque and Gothic Art

December 17 | The Dawn of the Renaissance

October 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Dr. J. Edward Wright is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism and has served as the Director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at The University of Arizona since 2000. Wright received his PhD from Brandeis University and did additional graduate study at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of many articles and books including The Early History of Heaven (Oxford University Press, 2000) and Baruch ben Neriah: From Biblical Scribe to Apocalyptic Seer (University of South Carolina Press, 2003). He is also a celebrated lecturer and professor at the University of Arizona earning several teaching awards, including the prestigious “Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award” as well as the Honors College’s “Five Star Teaching Award.”

Join us after the lecture from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for an All Souls Procession mask-making workshop.

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Image: Edward Okun, Vivitur Ingenio Caetera Mortis Erunt, 1914, Oil

November 8, 2018

5:30 p.m. for members, 6:30 p.m. for public

Frohawk Two Feathers’ work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including in Los Angeles, Cape Town, New York, and more. His art is in permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, and the 21C Museum.  Two Feathers will speak about his current exhibition What is the color, when black is burned?  The Gold War. Part 1 – on display at the Museum from September 15, 2018 – March 24, 2019 – at 6:30 p.m.  

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Sample Image (not from our show): Frohawk Two Feathers, I Get the Paper So I Don’t Care. Admiral Devcalion, of the prirateer (pirate) fleet of Batavia. Leaving the Caribbean with an undefeated-at-sea record to return to Batavia to defend his country from a resurgent military presence, 2012, Acrylic, Ink, Tea, and Coffee on Paper

November 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Learn how to read and decode visual works of art, including works from the Fall exhibition What is the color, when black is burned?  The Gold War. Part 1 by Frohawk Two Feathers. Dr. Tani Sanchez – UA Professor of Africana Studies – lectures on Black history, racial representations in film, and on African American family history and genealogy. She has a doctorate in Comparative Cultural and Literary studies and a master’s degree in visual culture/art history.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to

November 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Sustaining, Ally, and Advocate-level members are invited to join Curator of Exhibitions Olivia Miller for an exclusive tour.

December 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Take a break from cramming for finals and stop by the Museum to refuel with free coffee and pastries. Exercise your brain with coloring books, puzzles, back massages, and mindfulness meditation.

December 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Russell Toomey is a University of Arizona Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Family Studies and Human Development. He is also the Chair of the Youth Development and Resilience research initiative of the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families. Toomey received his PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona and completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Arizona State University in the Prevention Research Center and the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. He studies the processes by which youth with marginalized identities thrive and are resilient despite the barriers and challenges they encounter in an oppressive society.

Toomey’s focus is on health outcomes among youth who identify or express oppressed sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions, and ethnicities – and the intersections among these identities. His research identifies ways to support identity formation, school and family resources, and coping mechanisms that contribute to health, wellbeing, and educational outcomes. At the University of Arizona, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on adolescent development, human sexuality, and advanced graduate-level applied statistics, and has mentored over a dozen undergraduate and graduate students.

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