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Art exhibit in the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at PCC's West Campus

Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery

Located in the Center for the Arts complex, the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery exhibits regional, national and international contemporary artists and sponsors a juried student exhibition every spring semester. 

The gallery is named for Tucson's noted photographer and teacher Louis Carlos Bernal, the founding photography instructor at Pima Community College. 

The gallery and its programs are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Exhibits

Spring 2022 Juried Student Award Exhibition 

Apr. 11 - May 6, 2022

Award Ceremony and Reception: Apr. 21, 3-5 p.m., awards at 4 p.m.

The Spring 2022 Annual Juried Student Award Art Exhibition, hosted by the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, brings together the best student artwork for the Fall and Spring Semesters from all the art courses taught at the five campuses at Pima Community College. 202 entries were received from 93 students, and 88 entries were accepted by the jurors for this exhibition. This year the Bernal Gallery has reputable jurors that chose the student winners. The jurors are Alianna Airitam, International Photographer; Ben Johnson, International Painter and former Director of Tohono Chul Park Art Gallery; and Lee Karpiscak, Former Curator of University of Arizona Museum of Art and Intern Director.

More than $5000 in certificates, gifts, and dollar amounts were generously given to honor the student awards this year.  This is the most that the Bernal Gallery has ever been given in the history of this annual gift-giving to help students in the visual arts for the Louis Bernal Gallery Annual Juried Student Awards. Congratulations to the many vendors and concerned artists and community members for their donations.

Visual Arts Gallery presents @ West Campus

PaperWorks Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists

April 18 - September 2

Reception: April 27, 2-4 p.m.

The Visual Arts Gallery presents PaperWorks Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists. This exhibit includes artist books, drawings, paintings, and prints on paper. Over 45 artists will be exhibited including Jo Andersen, Bobbie Wilson, Jennie Sweo, and more. Paperworks Sonoran Artist Collective encourages students to make artist books, collages, drawings, paintings, prints, and photographs, on paper. Every year they donate to the awards presented by The Bernal Gallery’s Juried Student Exhibit. For the 2021 - 2022 academic year, Paperworks is donating $2000 in Awards for Pima College Art Students.

PaperWorks provides educational and creative opportunities for all who love to work with and on paper. They promote the appreciation and enjoyment of the paper and book arts through monthly meetings, workshops, classes, community exhibitions, and scholarships. For more information about PaperWorks, please visit their website at

Past Exhibits

What Place is This with Wayne Gudmundson & Threads of Immigration with Perla Segovia

Photographer Wayne Gudmundson is a professor emeritus from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He’s featured in the collections at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tucson's Center for Creative Photography and others. His photographs investigate lost battle scenes from the Southern Border to Picacho Peak's Civil War battle, photographing what this historic area is now.

Perla Segovia is an emerging artist who constructs installations about the impact of immigration on the American border. She is originally from Peru and immigrated to the U.S. Her installations are complex threaded and sewn remembrances of children and families of immigrants attempting to cross the border for a better life. 

American Renaissance by Alanna Airitam & Wayne Martin Belger

Two internationally-known photographers. Wayne Martin Belger works with political imagery from national and international situations, such as Standing Rock, Zapatista soldiers in Chiapas, Mexico, and refugee camps in Lesbos, Greece.

Alanna Airitam, an African American photographer, works with portraiture and still life that reflects the African American experience. Both photographers live and work in Tucson and have exhibited internationally. 

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Egress - Works on Paper with Alice Browne, Anthony Banks & George Little

Three London-based artists exhibited their works on paper. These emerging artists are graduates of the Royal College of Art and have exhibited in the U.K., Europe and U.S.

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Rethinking Social Justice Online Exhibit

This exhibit featured artwork by Tucson artists Allison Miller and Alfred Quiroz.

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2021-2022 Student Art Exhibits

Lockdown Year at the Art Gallery @ Downtown Campus

Sep. 13, 2021 - May 16, 2022

In the year of COVID we were all locked in, we continued to grow and create. This show exhibits artworks created by Pima students during that time. 

Egress No. 2 at the Visual Arts Student Gallery @ West Campus

Sep. 20, 2021 - Jan. 28, 2022

Featuring all student art and media from the Visual Arts and Digital Arts Departments. View the Egress No. 2 Exhibit.


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Gallery Hours

Mon. & Thu.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fri.: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Gallery Director

David Andres

David Andres

Andres teaches gallery and museum practices, printmaking and design. His work is exhibited locally and internationally, including in the public collections of University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art and Tampa Museum of Art.

“I enjoy working with the diverse students in my classes, and the professional artists who exhibit at Bernal Gallery. Both bring a passion for art and learning.”

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