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As the new school year approaches, the University of Arizona Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography are preparing new showcases for their students and all students interested in creative art.

Many incoming freshmen are busy with classes, moving into a dorm, and adjusting to an unfamiliar environment. One campus that adventurous students should visit is the Center for Creative Photography. Meg Jackson Fox, Ph.D., is the associate curator of the Center for Creative Photography, and she wants people to know what the CCP is.

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Accessibility is important to CCP, according to Fox, which is why they’ve created so many versatile ways for students to view the work they’re doing. Fox said she is proud of what the center is doing for the AU and the world beyond.

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“The CCP was originally an institution dedicated to education and research – we engage with the classes; facilitate research by students, professors and academics; Collaborate with units across campus for programs such as lectures, performances, community days, block parties, exhibitions, and more. Fox said via email. “CCP, like Arizona Arts Live and the University of Arizona Art Museum, simultaneously serves our academic communities and our local, national, and international communities. The Center is both a conduit for the history of photography and a space in which to investigate ideas.

With the pandemic still ongoing, the CCP is unfortunately closed with a return date yet to be determined. However, that hasn’t stopped the center from working hard to adapt and find ways to continue sharing the beauty of photography with AU students.

“Like [COVID-19] has continued to unfold since March 2020, our staff quickly learned to navigate digital programming with the resources available to us, ”said Fox. “We launched a new student-focused series that featured student work on CCP’s Instagram account and was coordinated by Maryan Hassan, an amazing undergraduate student who worked with our Academic and Public Programs team. Our curators designed a new series to showcase the work of emerging artists, while our archivists and registrars told stories based on objects and artwork from our collections.

As the CCP worked hard to produce art during the pandemic, so did UAMA. That’s why Chelsea Farrar, curator of community engagement for UAMA, wanted students from all walks of life to visit the museum.

“Students should make visiting the art museum a regular part of their campus experience, as the visual arts can play an important role in helping us reflect on the main issues and questions in today’s society. “Farrar said via email. “As students prepare to tackle the world’s next great questions and problems, art can really play a role in this area. “

Visiting the CCP was another way for the students to connect creativity to their own life and their own world.

“It’s an incredible gem here in the Southwest, a gem that I believe has so much energy and possibilities as we continue to learn more about how photography participates in our lives, to our disciplines, to our sense of ourselves and each other, ”Fox said. .

One of UAMA’s biggest in-person events in over a decade is the “The Art of Food” exhibit. It will occupy two-thirds of the museum and will feature more than 100 art exhibitions.

Olivia Miller was one of the people in charge of planning the event and, as the exhibits curator, it was her job to make sure everything was perfect.

The exhibition was curated from the collection of Jordan Schnitzer, a Portland-based art collector who features works by Enrique Chagoya, Damien Hirst, Hung Liu, Analia Saban, Lorna Simpson and Andy Warhol.

“We weren’t sure which direction we were heading, but we knew we wanted the exhibit to feature prominent artists, connect to our local Tucson community, and offer interdisciplinary interpretations of the artwork to connect the exposure at our college campus, ”Miller said via email. “After going through his collection, the concept of food started to stand out for us, knowing that Tucson is [a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] City of Gastronomy, and that we have some of the major food research programs at AU.

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This tasty art exhibition opens on October 24. Students who bring their CatCard will be admitted for free, Miller said. For more information on UAMA and its creative offerings, visit artmuseum.arizona.edu.

To stay up to date with the PCC and its exhibits, visit their website at ccp.arizona.edu.


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