Arizona Arts

Mission + Values

The University of Arizona Museum of Art advances the academic and research mission of the University, inspires critical dialogue among campus and community audiences, and celebrates art as essential to our lives through the stewardship and interpretation of its expanding collection of art and archives.

The permanent collection includes masterpieces that span eight centuries and innumerable artistic styles. Highlights include The Altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo, Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun’s The Countess von Schönfeld with Her Daughter, Willem de Kooning’s Woman-Ochre, Kerry James Marshall’s Century 21, Mark Rothko’s Green on Blue (Earth-Green and White), and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Red Canna. The UAMA invites all community members to enrich art on campus, in Tucson, and beyond by contributing their voices and stories.

The UAMA is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Initially accredited in 1981, the museum has maintained that standard for 40 years. Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, only 1,070 are currently accredited.

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Values steer an organization throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in its goals, strategies, type of work, or leadership.


Freedom of Expression

Freedom of expression is the foundation of our communities and our nation. The works in the UAMA collection or exhibitions may awe, illuminate, challenge, unsettle, confound, provoke, and, at times, offend. We defend the freedom to create content and exhibit such work, and we recognize the privilege of living in a country where creating, exhibiting, and experiencing such work is a constitutional right.

To exhibit a work of art is not to endorse the work or the vision, ideas, and opinions of the artist. It is to uphold the right of all to experience and share diverse visions and views. If and when controversies arise from the exhibition of a work of art, we welcome public discussion and debate with the belief that such discussion is integral to the experience of University discourse and the experience with art. Because the University is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters, it guarantees all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn. For additional information on freedom of expression, academic freedom and collaborative inquiry at the University of Arizona please visit the Dean of Students Office First Amendment Resources.

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Academic Research, Stewardship of Collections, and Teaching

  • Responsible stewardship and management of all Museum resources.
  • Experimentation with innovative teaching practices across multiple disciplines in the University through use of the Museum as a learning laboratory.
  • Innovative collecting, research, scholarship, and teaching, pushing against traditional boundaries.
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  • Dynamic programs and exhibitions for diverse audiences that increase knowledge and inspire lifelong learning about art.
  • Responsive and respectful service to our audiences by providing them with access to the collection.
  • Innovative collaborations and partnerships that enable the Museum to become an essential part of the academic and civic life of the University and surrounding community.
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Institutional Culture

  • Working together as a team while respecting our different viewpoints and talents and embracing inclusivity.
  • Operating a financially sustainable organization to grow the public trust.
  • Promoting the highest professional standards and institutional integrity in all Museum endeavors.
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