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

Spring 2020 Museum Lecture Series

Sheri Crider
Celeste O'Brien
Alejandro Macias

The Spring 2020 Museum Lectures Series is held one Thursday a month at 4:00 p.m.

February 13 | Yes, and…why can’t we start with the truth?

Using strategies from stand-up comedy and improv, artist sheri crider will discuss the curatorial process of the exhibition Other TARGET/s while highlighting the inspiration, artistic processes and community work that connect today’s activism with decades of civil rights struggles. How can we expand our immediate spaces for creative civic engagement? Can we create and demand equitable communities?

March 19 | Education and Art in Prison: Discovering Energy, Curiosity and Talent Behind Bars

How does one create when your only material is paper? Celeste O’Brien – program coordinator of UArizona’s Prison Education Project – and UAMA’s Curator of Exhibitions Olivia Miller will explore the significance of prison education programs and how the Museum got involved in the Art on the Yard project at Tucson’s prison complex. Miller will also discuss how the exhibition Hobby Craft was created, and recently incarcerated artist Scott Gleason will share what it means to be incarcerated and creating art.

April 9 | A Bridge Too Close

Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas along the U.S./Mexico border, Alejandro Macias uses his work to address themes of heritage, immigration and ethnicity, which are set in contrast to his critical engagement with the assimilation and acculturation process often referred to as “Americanization.” His lecture will focus on the struggle to create a personal artistic vision, which – combined with his emphasis on the fundamentals of art – is at the core of his teaching.