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

An Unfolding Legacy


About the Exhibition

Showcasing the masterpieces of the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) collection, An Unfolding Legacy explores the seeds that were planted at the University of Arizona that eventually led to the establishment of the UAMA. Art exhibitions were held on campus as early as 1924 due to the collective vision of students, faculty, and alumni. This persistent effort to bring world-class art to the University campus enabled the conception of the UAMA.

Exhibition Overview

In a series of exhibitions and programs beginning in 2013 and extending into 2015 we will celebrate our world-class permanent collection and shed light on how art collections are formed. Ranging from the Middle Ages to Impressionism, and the engravings of Albrecht Dürer to the paint splatters of Jackson Pollock, each exhibition honors the legacies of our many donors. It is because of these visionaries that our Museum was able to become a reality and that

Tucson, once only a small outpost in the west, today stands firmly as a rich cultural center. As we enter into a new and transformative phase, it’s time to reflect on the Museum’s past and to consider its future.

Unfolding Legacy Exhibitions:

Fall, Winter 2013 – 2014

American Visions: Selections from the C. Leonard Pfeiffer Collection 

(November 22, 2013 -March 24, 2014)

The Modern Spirit: Selections from the Edward J. Gallagher III Memorial Collection

(November 22, 2013 -March 24, 2014)

Modern Master Prints

(December 6, 2013 – March 10, 2014)

The Photography of Ansel Adams

(December 13, 2013 -April 14, 2014)

Luminous Moments: Selections from the George Gregson Gift

(December 13, 2013-April 14, 2014)

From Real to Surreal

(January 10 – April 28, 2014)

Robert McCall’s Universe

(March 14 – July 4, 2014)

Spring, Summer 2014

Master Works on Paper

(April 25 – August 25, 2014)

Fate and Fulfillment: Selections from the William Small Gift

(April 25 – August 25, 2014)

Cultivating Treasures

(May 9 – September 8, 2014)

Gallagher Purchases Part I

(May 31 – September 21, 2014)

Highlights from the Permanent Collection

(May 31 – January 5, 2015)

Designing Line and Space: the Art of Sara Wallach

(July 18– September 21, 2014)

Fall, Winter 2014 – 2015

Remember Me: Portraits from the Permanent Collection

(September 5, 2014 – March 29, 2015)

American Landscapes: Selections from the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Kingan Gift

(September 5, 2014 – March 29, 2015)

Japanese Prints (Title TBD)

(September 17, 2014 – January 18, 2015)

Gallagher Purchases Part II

(October 4, 2014 – January 5, 2015)

Highlights from the Permanent Collection

(May 31, 2014 – January 5, 2015)

Of Dust and Rainbows: Selections from the Prentiss Taylor Gift

(October 4 – January 5, 2015)