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Current Exhibit

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LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL: Arizona Unseen, Color Photographs 1978-1988
Oct. 24 - Dec. 9, 2016
Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed Veteran' Day 11/11, Thanksgiving 11/24-25)
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
free and open to the public

Reception and Gallery Talk: Nov. 3, 5-7 p.m.

Under the direction of David Andres. The exhibit features 48 previously unseen color photographs from the Bernal Archive at the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. Curated by Ann Simmons-Myers, the exhibition features portraits and interiors made during the 1970s and 1980s that provide an intimate historic view of Arizona migrant farm workers, along with Tucson and Douglas barrio life. Simmons-Myers gives a gallery talk at 6 p.m. during the reception. Louis Carlos Bernal was head of photography at Pima Community College for seventeen years until his career was tragically cut short in October of 1989 by a bicycle accident while on his way to teach at the West Campus. Bernal is internationally recognized as an important photographer who captured the essence of Mexican American life. The exhibit will celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Bernal's birth.

Bernal wrote of his work, “My images speak of the religious and family ties I have experienced as a Chicano. I have concerned myself with the mysticism of the Southwest and the strength of the spiritual and cultural values of the barrio.”

The exhibit (LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL: Arizona Unseen, Color Photographs 1978 – 1988) is sponsored by generous donations from Ester Advised Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Buffalo Exchange, Etherton Gallery, Wells Johnson Company, R.J. and Peter Simmons, University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography, and Sarnoff Artist Materials. 

Additional images, previously exhibited, are on display at the Tucson International Airport gallery Oct. 18 – Jan. 27.

Pima Community College Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery is located at the Center for the Arts on West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road in Tucson (just west of downtown). For more information about this exhibition please contact the gallery at 520-206-6942 or

Images (left-right): untitled, Douglas, AZ, 1979; untitled, Douglas AZ, 1979;
untitled, El Mirage, AZ, 1978; untitled,  El Mirage, AZ, 1978.
Photographs from the Louis Carlos Bernal Archive at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona  
©Lisa Bernal Brethour and Katrina Bernal 2016