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April in Tucson brings new blooms, and also new projects for the Museum! Mapping Q expands across campus, a new group of MFA students present their work, and a new Earth Day celebration launches- all in one quick month! We look forward to seeing you soon at one of these programs!
Out of the Vault
Giovanni Baglione, Saint Jude, ca 1600, Oil on canvas, Gift of Eugene Nay
Learn about one of the Museum's Italian Baroque pieces in the next edition of Out of the Vault on Thursday April 7 at 3:00 pm. School of Art graduate student and Museum intern Amelia Francesco will present on Giovanni Baglione's  Saint Jude . One of the only Italian Baroque paintings in the Museum's  collection,  Saint Jude is shrouded in mystery. Though labeled as a work by Baglione for simplicity's sake, this image has been attributed to at least four Italian Baroque artists since the museum received it as a gift in 1969. The presentation will explore these different attributions, as well as pose the question "Is this figure even Saint Jude?" Learn more
College of Medicine - Phoenix Opening
On Friday, April 8, The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix and the Museum celebrate the arts! The evening will be the first event marking  the partnership between the College and the Museum and spotlight the first three artists featured in the Health Sciences Building: Scott Baxter ( 100 Years 100 Ranchers ), Sheila Pitt ( Quadriplegia ) and Susan Berger ( Martin Luther King Dr. ) Join us to meet the artists, see the works on display, and mark the importance of the arts in medicine! Learn more about the partnership and rsvp for the event here! 
Highlights of the Permanent Collection
Richard Diebenkorn, Berkeley #19, 1954, Oil on canvas, Gift of Gloria Vanderbilt and the American Federation of Arts Museum Purchase Fund
The Museum is excited to present a new edition of Highlights of the Permanent Collection! The highlights have moved upstairs to the McCall gallery, and features new picks by Curator Olivia Miller from the collection, including works by Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn, and more. The exhibition also showcases a new installation design for the Mark Rothko painting. By changing the color temperature and creating a more intimate space,the Museum is getting closer to the conditions under which Rothko wanted his works to     be viewed. 
Mapping Q on the Road
Our community-based program, Mapping Q has expanded this semester to include a partnership with the UA's Office for LGBTQ Affairs.  While Mapping Q was originally designed to serve the needs of LGBTQ youth ages 14-21, we are thrilled to see how our program can serve the needs of our university students. Over three workshops in March and April we will be analyzing the UA campus and how its spaces support and and threaten the sense of belonging and safety of UA students who identify as LGBTQ+.  Come and see the results of our findings on the UA mall, April 13, to honor the Day of Silence, a national event meant to bring attention to the bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students.
MFA Opening
Anthony L. Barron
With every Spring comes a new Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. This exhibit highlights and celebrates the work of the graduate students in the School of Arts MFA program. In lieu of a written thesis, the student must present a fully developed body of work to the public in the form of an exhibition.  Their work will be on display in the Museum and the Joseph Gross Gallery from April 15 - May 13. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 21 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm with the artists. Learn more
Art Sprouts
It's Art Sprouts time! Join in the fun on April 20 at 9:00 am for Follow that Line! Kids 2-5 and their families will search for wiggly lines in Highlights from the Permanent Collection, read a book, and do a fun art activity. It's a great opportunity for family bonding too. Art Sprouts is FREE with Museum admission, and is FREE for UA students, faculty, and staff! To register, contact Chelsea Farrar at or 520-621-9504. Learn more about the program here!
Earth Day at the UAMA!
Shelly Weasel
MUSE, the Museum's student affinity group, in collaboration with UA Students for Sustainability, has a great Earth Day planned for you! On Friday April 22 from 12:00-3:00 pm, experience the opening of the  Opening Doors mini-exhibit on the Museum's courtyard. The exhibit features student artists turning salvaged doors into ecological art. Attendees can also meet the artists and learn about on-campus sustainability and art programs. 

Save the Date - Audrey Flack
Audrey Flack,  Marilyn (Vanitas) , 1977, Oil over acrylic on canvas, Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund
Mark your calendars: world-renowned artist Audrey Flack will be visiting the Museum on April 28 and 29.  Flack, who began her career as an abstract impressionist before switching to a photo-realist style, is the artist of  Marilyn (Vanitas) , one of the most loved pieces in the Museum's collection, as well as  Ars Victoria , currently on display in Modern Myth. The artist will spend two days in the gallery adding the finishing touches to
Ars Victoria,  and will give a public presentation on April 28.  Stay tuned for more details!

Upcoming Programs and Events
Out of the Vault
April 7, 3:00 pm
School of Art Graduate Student and Museum intern Amelia Francesco will present on Giovanni Baglione's Saint Jude and the questions of attribution.
College of Medicine- Phoenix Opening
April 8, 5:00 pm
UA College of Medicine - Phoenix Health Sciences Education Building
See the first artists on exhibition in this new partnership between the Museum and the UA College of Medicine- Phoenix!
Art Sprouts- Follow that Line
April 20, 9:00 am
Art Sprouts is a fun story time and art making event for families with children ages 205. Adults and their children will explore works of art, move their bodies, read a book, and investigate objects and art materials.
MFA Exhibition Opening
April 21, 5:00-6:30 pm
Get a first glimpse at this year's Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition! 
Earth Day at the UAMA
April 22, 12:00-3:00 pm
Celebrate the Opening Doors mini-exhibit, and learn about on-campus sustainability and art projects! 
Audrey Flack Visit
April 28 & 29
Details coming soon!

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