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You may notice that this edition of our enews is a bit longer than normal- it's because October is so full of great exhibitions, programs, and events! This month is also our first-ever Month of Light, celebrating the United Nation's International Year of Light and the extraordinary impact that light has on art. Bring the littlest art lovers to a light-themed Art Sprouts, party on at Friday Night Art, put your eyes on view in an optical installation in  Wavelength: The Art of Light, and view astronomical images amongst the gems of the Kress Collection . Find the full listing here.
Spotlight on Faculty
One of the benefits of being a museum on a university campus is the opportunity to collaborate with amazing faculty. This fall is a great chance to get to know some of those people. Through November 5, celebrate the work of the faculty of the School of Art in the 2015 School of Art Faculty Exhibition. To meet the artists and get a first glimpse of the work don't miss the opening reception tonight from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. For a different look at pieces from the collection, Out of the Vault offers a monthly presentation by a University faculty member about a piece not currently on exhibit. On Thursday, October 8 at 3:30 pm join Patrick Baliani, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Honors College and an award winning playwright as he presents Rudolph Baranik's diptych Sleep Well (1986). The presentation is free with Museum admission. Learn more
Dive into Rome
Edward Okun, Vivitur Ingenio Caetera Mortis Erunt, 1914, Oil on canvas, Museum purchase with Funds Provided by the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund
Have you visited Rome: Legacy of an Eternal City?  The exhibition is a great way to travel to Rome without having to purchase a plane ticket. For a more in-depth look at the enduring legacy of the city, attend "Rome and Its Receptions," an inter-disciplinary symposium on  Tuesday October 6 from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm in the Kiva Auditorium at the University of Arizona Student Union. The program is brimming with presentations by Rome scholars from across the country and campus, all presenting on various aspects of Rome such as "Recipes and Revival: the New-Old Interest in Roman Foodways" and "Veni Vidi Lusi: Representations of Rome in Computer Games."  View the full program here.
Friday Night Art Returns!
It's back, and better than ever! Friday Night Art returns October 16 for a light-filled evening. Experience music, hands-on activities, and astronomical fun while enjoying our newest exhibitions. Participate in an Art Sprouts for adults activity and make your own galaxy art, then stare at the stars with NOAO's telescope viewing. Take a virtual trip to Paris, the city of light, with a performance of Francis Poulenc's Le travail du peintre by Welsh Baritone Jeremey Huy Williams and the Confluencenter's Paula Fan at the piano. Snap your best shot in our photobooth, then share the photo with friends for a chance to win great prizes! The event has a $10 suggested donation, but is free for Museum members, UA students, faculty, and staff, holders of a Military or Tribal ID card, and those under 18. Learn more
Announcing the 2nd Lifetime Achievement Award
Merrill Mahaffey,  View of Battleship Arizona, 1978, Acrylic on canvas, Gift of the Hon. Bruce Babbitt
The Museum is excited to announce that its second Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Arizona artist Merrill Mahaffey. The presentation will occur at Avant-Gala! on November 15 at The University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix. Mahaffey's seminal works are a part of many major public and private institutions throughout the United States. Most pertinent is the Mahaffey owned by the University of Arizona Museum of Art. View of Battleship Arizona, a 1978 acrylic work on canvas that towers at over five by nine feet, was originally purchased from the artist by former Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt. Babbitt donated the piece to the Museum in 1981, and it has been an important part of the collection since, even spending time by special request in the President's Office. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an artist associated with the Museum of significant merit or leadership whose creations or contributions enrich the field of the arts. Learn more about Mahaffey and the Gala here.
Retablo Duo
Fernando Gallego, Saints Bartholomew and John the Evangelist, 1480-88, Oil on panel, Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Explore one of the gems of the Museum's collection with two upcoming events. The Museum is excited to partner with the Arizona State Museum to present " The Life of an Altarpiece:  Function, Display, and Ownership of  The Retablo of Ciudad Rodrigo " on Thursday, October 29 at 5:15 pm. Curator Olivia Miller will discuss the piece, and offer insight into this important religious art form that has endured for centuries on two continents. The presentation is offered in conjunction with the Arizona State Museum's exhibit  Intimacy of Faith , on view through May 2016. The program is free. For those looking to learn even more about the Retablo, Docent Ed Warner will offer a special tour on Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 pm. Reservations are required- contact Chelsea Farrar to RSVP. The tour is free with regular Museum admission.
Out of the Vault: Art Crime
Willem De Kooning,  Woman - Ochre, 1954-55, Oil on canvas, Gift of Edward Joseph Gallagher, Jr
30 years ago this November an important painting was stolen out of the Museum in broad daylight; it is still missing and the case is still open. To mark the anniversary, we're producing a special November edition of  Out of the Vault: Art Crime.   Very special guest Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, the Art Crime Unit Manager for the FBI will discuss art crime today.  Museum Curator Olivia Miller and Registrar Kristen Schmidt will present on the theft of the de Kooning and the Museum's forgeries. Art-related criminal activities have a broad reach worldwide. They can seriously damage cultural heritage, as well as scholarship and art markets, while providing the opportunity for other forms of trafficking. This program will examine how art crime has affected the UAMA's collection, as well as the art community at large. The presentation begins at  5:00 pm on November 5  and is free with Museum admission.
Tours for the Visually Impaired
The Museum is excited to launch new tours for the visually impaired! Specially trained docents will lead small groups or individuals on a tactile tour experience through various locations in the Museum. To celebrate the launch of these tours, the Museum has acquired on loan three sculptures by acclaimed artist Michael Naranjo. These sculptures are meant to be touched, and will be a part of the tours for the first year. The tours are a docent-led initiative, and help to fulfill our vision of making the Museum accessible to as many people and groups as possible. Docents trained with staff from the Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired and University of Arizona College of Education to provide the best experience possible. Tours can be requested by calling Chelsea Farrar, Assistant Curator of Education, at 520-621-9504 or
Upcoming Programs and Events
Faculty Exhibition Opening
October 2, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Meet the artists from the University of Arizona School of Art and catch a first look at the exhibition. This opening is free.

Rome Symposium

October 6, 9:00 am-5:30 pm

Student Union Kiva Auditorium

Learn about Rome and its receptions with presentations from Rome scholars from around the country and university.
Out of the Vault
October 8, 3:30 pm

Professor Patrick Baliani will present on Rudolph Baranik's diptych Sleep Well (1986). This event is free with Museum admission. Learn more


Art Sprouts
October 14, 9:00 am
Join us for Art Sprouts! Children and their adults will explore works of art, move their bodies, and investigate objects and art materials.  Learn more
Friday Night Art
October 16, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Come experience an evening of art, music, and fun! In honor of Month of Light we'll be celebrating LIGHT in all its forms.
Evening of Poetry
October 17. 5:00 pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center
Faculty and Poetry Center docents will present an evening of poetry about and inspired by Rome and Roman art. Learn more
Retablo Tour
October 25, 2:00 pm
Docent Ed Warner will lead a tour of  The Retablo of Ciudad Rodrigo . Reservations required- contact Chelsea Farrar at 

The Life of an Altarpiece: Function, Display, and Ownership of The Retablo of Ciudad Rodrigo
October 29, 5:15 pm
In conjunction with the Arizona State Museum's Intimacy of Faith Exhibition. Learn about this important religious art form that has endured for centuries.   Learn more.

Out of the Vault: Art Crime
November 5, 5:00 pm
On the 30th anniversary of the theft of the Museum's De Kooning, very special guest Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, Art Crime Unit Manager for the FBI, is joined by Curator Olivia Miller and Registrar Kristen Schmidt to discuss art crime today. More details coming soon!

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