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News in Pima Arts

Pima Community College is excited to announce a return to live performances! Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Fashion Design, and Digital Arts departments are thrilled to get back to performing and showcasing artwork to live audiences.

From faculty music recitals to October-inspired showcases, our faculty and students are prepared to entertain. Theatre Arts has a full season including two musicals, a student-written holiday show, and a guest director from Arizona Theatre Company. Dance will be back on stage in addition to collaborations with student filmmakers. The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery is bringing artists from around the world to exhibit in-person, as well as student galleries exhibiting work from the pandemic.

Pima Arts presents a diverse selection this season that is sure to delight.

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Carina Garcia, Marketing and PR Coordinator of the PCC Arts Division

2021-2022 Season Dates

Tickets will go on sale at a later date. Details to come.

Use the following links to view upcoming events from Pima's various galleries and departments: 


Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery

Programs and exhibitions are always free to the public. 

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

Sept. 1 - Oct. 8

Reception: Sept. 9, 5-7 p.m. 

Three Painters who have their studios in London, UK, will exhibit works on paper. All three emerging artists are graduates of the Royal College of Art and have exhibited In UK, Europe, and the US. 

American Renaissance: Alanna Airitam and Wane Martin Belger

Oct 25 - Dec. 10

Reception: Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m., Lecture: Nov. 18, 6 p.m. at the CFA Recital Hall.

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. 

Wayne Gudmundson - What Place is This & Perla Segovia - Impact on Immigration

Jan. 31 - March 11

Reception: February 10, 5-7 p.m.. Gallery talks during reception. Lecture TBA.

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. 

Spring 2021 Juried Student Award Exhibition 

April 21 - May 6

Award Ceremony and Reception: April 21, 3-5 p.m., Awards 4 p.m.

This annual exhibition brings together the jurors' selections of the best student artists from Summer and Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters from all of Pima Community College’s campuses. Jurors TBA.


Pima Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors

Nov. 11-21 

Opening Celebration: Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., ASL: Nov. 18.

Music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman. Making his Pima Theatre directorial debut, Arts Division Dean Steven James Higginbotham will bring this show to life through the lens of a 1960s comic book. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a horror comedy rock musical about a humble florist who uses a man-eating plant to get rid of his enemies and raise his status. It's a fun, thrilling tale that will keep you and your family on your toes while laughing and singing at the same time. 

Tickets: $24, discounts available 

Elf Elegies: Essential Workers of the North Pole

Dec. 4 and 5

Written and performed by Pima Community College Students. Directed by Chris Will. Everyone knows about the elves that make toys, but what if we told you there were more than just toy-making elves in the North Pole? Elf Elegies explores the world of the elf’s life like you have never seen it before - through the eyes of the essential elf. It’s fun for all ages and should put you in the holiday spirit!

Tickets: Free with a suggested donation.

TBA

Feb. 24 - March 6 

 

August Wilson's The Piano Lesson

March 25 - April 3 

Opening Celebration: March 25 6:30 p.m., ASL: March 31 

Directed by Chanel Bragg, Associate Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Company. The play is based in 1936 but feels like the topics are still very relevant for today. Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister, and it sits in her living room. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.

Tickets: $17, discounts available. 

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: In Less Than 30 Minutes!

April 23 and 24

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Chris Will. This exciting live performance will give viewers the option to see a few different versions of scenes from “Romeo and Juliet” by different casts.

Tickets: Free with a suggested donation. 

The Fantasticks

Streaming on-demand until March 2022 

Provided in partnership with Arts Express, Inc. Music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. Stage and music direction by Chris Will with Simone Jolivet Manuel serving as the assistant director and choreographer. There's always time to remember this romantic fable about a boy, a girl, their two fathers and a love that grows with each season. "Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. “The Fantasticksis the longest-running musical in the world, and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. 

Tickets: $25 per device (as many as 4 people) can be purchased directly from showtix4u.com. 


Pima Performing Arts

Performing Arts performances are at the PCC Center for the Arts. Tickets: $6/$5.

Fall and Spring Performing Arts Showcase and Open House

Oct. 17 and March 27

Spend an afternoon at the Center for the Arts sampling our performance ensembles and venues. Theatre, Dance, Chorale & College Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Orchestra perform seasonal selections throughout the CFA. 


Pima Music

Music performances are at the PCC Center for the Arts. Tickets: $6/$5.

Kirsten C. Kunkle, Soprano & Kassandra Weleck, Piano

Sept. 26

Featuring favorite songs from childhood, lullabies, former collaborations, and gems discovered throughout their lives, former college roommates Dr. Kirsten C. Kunkle and Pima Adjunct Professor of Music Kassandra Weleck perform works that will inspire and delight audiences of all ages. 

Michael Lich, Guitar

Oct. 21

A concert featuring faculty Michael Lich on classical guitar. Concert will feature transcriptions of J.S. Bach's Lute Suite #4 and Claude Debussy's Children's Corner Suite, as well as works by Lennon/McCartney, Williams and Lich. 

Juan David Mejia, Cello

Oct. 28 

A cello concert featuring faculty Juan David Mejia playing works for cello solo and chamber music with piano and harp. 

Jazz Ensemble

Dec. 1 and May 4 

Under the direction of Brice Winston and Mike Kuhn, the concert features jazz standards performed from a variety of periods in big band style. 

Wind Ensemble

Dec. 2 and May 5 

Under the direction of Victor Valenzuela, the ensemble will perform classics for a full band, along with small wind and percussion ensembles and soloists. 

Guitar Ensemble

Dec. 3 and May 6 

Under the direction of Michael Lich, the ensemble, as well as soloists perform a classical and contemporary repertoire. 

Orchestra

Dec. 4 and May 7 

Under the direction of Anne Grimes, D.M.A., the Orchestra performs a classical and contemporary repertoire. 

Chorale and College Singers

Dec. 5 and May 8 

Under the direction of Jonathan Ng, D.M.A., the singers perform selections for a large mixed-voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir. 

Musical Theatre Workshop

Dec. 7 and 9, May 10 and 12 

Under the direction of Darryl King, D.M.A., the performers feature selections from various musicals and operas. 


Pima Dance 

Fall and Spring Dance Concerts

Dec. 10 and 11, April 29 and 30 

Under the direction of Nolan Kubota, Pima Dance presents a wide selection of faculty and student choreography, featuring a variety of dance styles, including contemporary, jazz, modern, and hip-hop.

Tickets: $12, discounts available.

 


Pima Visual Arts

All events at PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd., Santa Rita Bldg., Second floor. Programs and exhibitions are always free to the public.

Fall and Spring Student Art Exhibit

Sept. 1 - Oct. 8

Reception: September 23 at 12 - 2 p.m. (Fall) 

Feb. 14 - March 25

Reception: February 1, 12 - 2 p.m. (Spring) 

Featuring student artists from Spring 2021 and Fall 2022. All media from the Visual Arts and Digital Arts Departments are accepted. 

Paperworks, The Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists

April 25 - Sept. 9

Reception: April 27, 3-5 p.m. 

Featuring artists from Southern Arizona that work on paper or with paper. 


The Art Gallery @ Downtown Campus 

All events at PCC Downtown Campus 1255 N. Stone Ave. Programs and exhibitions are always free to the public.

Lockdown Year - Exhibit 

Sept. 13 - May 16

Reception: Oct. 22, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

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


Pima Digital Arts

Expo and Showcase: Film & Animation, Game Design & Simulation, Graphic & Web Design

May 12-14 

This three-day event highlights a different Digital Arts program each day: Game Design and Simulation, Film & Animation, and Graphic & Web Design. Each day features student work, faculty presentations and guest speakers who are discipline-area experts and industry professionals, as well as online galleries to view student work and participate in interactive games. 

Tickets: Free


Pima Fashion Design 

Fashion Arte Annual Fashion Presentation 2022

May 2022 

This year's event will showcase amazing students and their work, including fashion student alumni brands and class collections. The ever popular fashion upcycling project with Goodwill Industries will be featured once again. 

Tickets: Ticket prices and venue TBA 


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