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Welcome to December! As we start to close down 2015, we're also getting ready to jump into another jam-packed year of exhibitions, programs, and events. As a reminder, we'll be closed Thursday and Friday December 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas. We'll also be closing at 2:00 pm on December 31, and closed on January 1. Happy Holidays!
Support the Museum this Holiday Season
'Tis the season to support the Museum! Visit our brand new Museum store, now featuring the work of local artists Sharon Holnback, Valerie Galloway, Susan Daigneault, Karen Medley, and  Anna Maria Martin (with more coming soon!). Pick up jewelry, pottery, bee houses, and much more! Looking for the perfect gift for that friend who has everything? Why not send them a Museum membership? The lucky recipient will get 365 days of amazing art, invitations to special events, and the chance to be a part of a vibrant arts institution.   Buy a membership today
Bring a Friend Day
It's the season for sharing! On December 10, show your love for the Museum with Bring a Friend Day. Members: use your guest passes to bring a friend to the Museum and share your love for art. Students: celebrate the end of the semester with a burst of creativity and stress relief. Activities include docent tours, backrubs from Stressbusters, and guided meditation. For a full schedule visit the website.

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo
Blake Little , Rod Rodriguez, 1989, Archival pigment printed on Epson exhibition fiber paper, 15 x 15 inches.  © Blake Little
Opening December 19 -  Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo . Consisting of 41 black and white photographs taken by Blake Little between 1988 and 1992,  Photographs from the Gay Rodeo  documents the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of many of its participants in those years. Little, a celebrated LA photographer, uses his stunning images to explore the natures of identity in the West. The Museum is excited to have Blake Little join us for an opening reception and discuss his work on Thursday, January 14 at 5:00 pm. There is a $10 suggested donation to support Museum exhibitions and educational programs. This exhibition was curated by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and is a Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.  Learn more
Visit Citizens Warehouse with the Museum
Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Citizens Warehouse and the Citizens Artist Collective with the Museum! Alec Laughlin and several of the artists will discuss the importance of the Warehouse in the community, and offer a special tour of some of the studios. The visit also includes a copy of the Citizens Warehouse book, valued at $40. Light refreshments will be served. The trip is January 20 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, and has a $50 suggested donation.  For more information, please contact Holly Brown at or (520) 621- 7568. RSVP online here

Upcoming Programs and Events
Visit to Mission San Xavier del Bac
December 9, 11:00 am
Enjoy a very special tour of the Mission with the Museum and learn about the restoration process from the restoration specialists. Reservations required.  Learn more
Bring a Friend Day
December 10
Friends of the Museum- bring a friend who's never visited before! This fun open house features tours, activities, and a raffle.  Learn more

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo opening reception
January 14, 5:00-7:00 pm
Artist Blake Little will be in attendance to present on his work at this special opening reception. Learn more

Tour of Citizens Warehouse
January 20, 6:00 pm
Citizens Warehouse
Join us for an exclusive visit to Citizens Warehouse! Learn about the collective and visit artist studios.   RSVP here
Rome: Legacy of an Eternal City closing
January 21, 4:00 pm
Celebrate the closing of this exceptional exhibition with a presentation by scholar Andrew Laird on the influence of Rome in the Southwest. Please note the new time of 4:00 pm
Out of the Vault
February 4, 4:00 pm
Professor Susan Crane joins us to discuss a work from the permanent collection about ruins and memory. 

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