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

Public Art

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Introduction

The University of Arizona campus Public Art collection includes over 40 outdoor public sculptures, innovative public spaces, and integrated artworks spanning decades of history. Each piece enlivens the campus design, engages students and faculty, inspires the broader campus community, and enhances the vitality of Tucson and the aesthetic experiences of its citizens.

Public art is an opportunity for artists, designers, students, faculty, staff, and the Tucson community to explore our unique cultures, histories, and artistic expressions. Abstract art, tile mosaics, memorials and – of course – wildcats all weave together a visual history of campus life, civic engagement, and creative ideas.

Tours

Walking tours of campus sculpture are offered the second Wednesday of the month. Reservations are required so please RSVP online through the UA Visitors Center or call 520-621-5130.

If your group (of 8 or more people) is unable to attend the Wednesday tour, please contact Willa Ahlschwede at willa@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-7110 to schedule a public art tour.

The UAMA also has resources for exploring public art on campus on your own! You can download and print our Self-Guided Walking Tour or Highlights Near the UArizona Mall, as well as test out the Public Art Triathlon with interactive challenges. You can also follow along by using the UAMA Connects mobile guide and one of the two self-guided public art tours below.

TAKE A BREAK TOUR MAIN GATE

For all questions about campus-wide artwork, please contact Kristen Schmidt at Kristen@email.arizona.edu.

Public Art Advisory Committee 

To contact the chair of the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC), please contact Jill McCleary at jillmccleary@arizona.edu.

You may download a PDF of the PAAC Procedures for acquiring Public Art here.

Public Art Campus Map