About the University of Arizona Museum of Art
The wide-ranging collection boasts over 6,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. Highlights include the Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo, The Visitation by the Master of the Catholic Kings, Jackson Pollock’s Number 20, Mark Rothko’s Green on Blue (Earth-Green and White), and Red Canna by Georgia O’Keeffe.
The UAMA’s staff, volunteer docents, and student interns lead and facilitate a broad range of tours and lectures for the public on topics that include artistic representations of music and art, the symbolist movement, surrealism, cubism, abstraction, Japanese woodcuts and late 20th century contemporary art.
Since its origins more than 90 years ago, and through the financial support and social network of donors, the UAMA has built a museum collection with works by artists people generally would have to travel to Los Angeles, Chicago and New York to see. The University of Arizona Museum of Art as it exists today spans a long and rich history that began in 1924, when UA professor and founder of the UA Art Department Katherine Kitt hosted the UA’s first art exhibition.
Nearly a decade later, in 1933, an art gallery was established in the campus library. The first major donor to the UAMA came in 1942; C. Leonard Pfeiffer, a UA graduate, promised to give his art collection, which he bought by selling his stamp collection. In 1951, the Kress Foundation lent 25 Renaissance master artworks to the UA, and more than 2,000 people attended the exhibition opening. In 1954, Edward Joseph Gallagher, Jr. established a memorial collection as a tribute to his son. Finally, in 1955, ground was broken on the UA campus for the Museum of Art building.
The UAMA offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions, programming, and events designed to incite conversations related to the history and meaning of the visual arts. The Museum invites all community members to be a part of the dialogue and contribute their voices to the rich story of art in the Tucson community and beyond.