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Galleries On Campus

Pima Visual Arts Gallery

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

The West Campus Visual Arts Gallery is situated on the second floor of the Santa Rita building (A) at Pima West Campus. Established in 1995, it serves as a creative hub for professional artists, former Visual Arts Faculty, and the students of Pima. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in a world of artistic expression and consider enrolling in art classes.

Three Ceramic Artists: Andy Iventosch, Joni Pevarnik, and Russell Kahn

September 18 - October 13, 2023
Reception: September 21, 1-4 p.m.

“Three Ceramic Artists” provides a captivating exploration of contemporary ceramic art through the lens of three talented artists. From Andy Iventosch’s fusion of traditional and abstract influences to Joni Pevarnik’s meticulous attention to color and form, and Russell Kahn’s multi-media approach, this exhibit offers a rich tapestry of creativity. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique visions and artistic expressions of these exceptional ceramic artists.

All Campus Visual and Digital Arts Student Exhibition

November 6 - January 26, 2024
Reception: November 14, 1-3 p.m.

This student art exhibit promises to be a celebration of creativity, showcasing the incredible talent, dedication and innovation of the students from the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. Prepare to be inspired as you explore the diverse range of mediums and witness the remarkable artistic growth of these emerging artists.

Mata Ortiz – Pottery and Photography of the Chihuahuan Village

February 19 - March 29, 2024
Reception: February 19, 1-3 p.m.

“Mata Ortiz – Pottery and Photography of the Chihuahuan Village,” is an exhibition that intertwines the ancient artistry of Paquimé, and the contemporary Mexican village, Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, with the vision of potter Jorge Quintana. Under the curatorial expertise of David Andres, this exhibit transcends the conventional boundaries of time and tradition.

Visiting Mata Ortiz contemporary artist Jorge Quintana, a master potter, showcases both the depth and breadth of his knowledge of Mata Ortiz pottery, seamlessly blending ancestral techniques with innovative processes. Quintana’s relentless experimentation with clay hues and mineral combinations elevates his creations, breathing new life into an ancient craft. Quintana will be working with ceramic students on Feb. 19, demonstrating traditional Mata Ortiz methods.

The exhibition also features loans from collections of both the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon, and the Tucson Museum of Art through the generosity of Eric Kaldahl, Ph.D., Amerind’s President, CEO and Chief Curator and Kristopher Driggers, Ph.D., Tucson Museum of Art’s Assistant Curator, Bernard and Jeanette Schmidt Curator of Latin American Art. Additionally on display is pottery from the private collections of Sue Nieland, President of Latin American Art Patrons, and LAAP members David and Julia Andres, Stevie Mack and Mike Grassinger, and Dan Leach. The scope of the exhibition is heightened by the presentation of photographs by several LAAP members from their tour of Mata Ortiz, including images of local potters creating their famous clayware. The exhibition not only displays the rich and beautiful tradition of Mata Ortiz pottery, but also emphasizes the vital role of cross-sector collaborations in furthering public education and preserving cultural heritage.

PERCEPTION - An Exhibition by PaperWorks: The Sonoran Collective

April 22 - September 6, 2024
Reception: April 25, 2-4 p.m.

Step into the world of “PaperWorks - The Sonoran Art Collective,” where paper art takes the spotlight. This exhibition features artist books, drawings, paintings and paper prints, showing off the amazing things that can be done with paper. PaperWorks: The Sonoran Collective sums up the exhibition’s essence in its statement: “Perception is a taking in, a becoming aware of, a coming to know something by directly experiencing it through our senses and cognition. Our perception of everything in the world is self-referencing and affected by the current state of our personal, cultures and social issues. For artists, perception is also the ability to experience and respond to sensory information by using the skills and languages unique to the visual arts to express their reactions through tangible acts of creation.”

In addition to showcasing its members’ art, PaperWorks: The Sonoran Collective is dedicated to nurturing creativity and learning in our community. Through meetings, workshops, classes, exhibitions and scholarships, it provides valuable opportunities for anyone interested in paper and book arts.

For more information about PaperWorks: The Sonoran Collective, please visit

Desert Vista Art Gallery

Programs and exhibitions are always free to the public.
5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, Tucson, AZ 85709, Pueblo Building

The Desert Vista Art Gallery, situated outside the Art Room in the Pueblo Building at Desert Vista Campus, has been a prominent part of the community since its establishment in 2001. In 2022, it introduced a tradition of exhibiting both professional artists and student artwork to enrich the educational experience of Desert Vista students. Explore the diverse talents of Desert Vista's students and immerse yourself in the world of art.

The Oppenheimers’: One is Dad, Dimensions of Engineering

January 29 - June 7, 2024
Reception: Feb. 28, 10 a.m - 1 p.m.

"The Oppenheimers': One is Dad, Dimensions of Engineering" at the Desert Vista Gallery features Arizona artist Ernesto A. Trujillo. This captivating showcase takes patrons on a journey through the intricate dimensions of engineering and the impact of military innovation.

For nearly 14 years, Trujillo’s father played a pivotal role in the defense industry, contributing to the creation of guidance systems and large-scale munitions. Initially driven by passion, he and his colleagues had a toll taken on them by demands for more efficient weapons. Eventually, he left the military and embarked on an entrepreneurial path, carrying the weight of his military past. While helping his father clean one day, Trujillo found his father’s old work material and tools, and his father uttered Robert Oppenheimer’s famous quote: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

“Dimensions of Engineering” unfolds through Trujillo’s mixed-media prints, offering a vivid portrayal of his father’s thoughts, fears and experiences of camaraderie, and the innovation of destruction. The exhibit draws inspiration from dreams, conversations, visions and photos from the critical years of his father’s career.

The Art Gallery @ Downtown Campus

PCC Downtown Campus 1255 N. Stone Ave., programs and exhibitions are always free to the public. 

Located on the second floor of the CC building at Pima Downtown Campus, The Art Gallery @ Downtown Campus was founded in 2012. Its inaugural exhibit, "The Jazz Ambassadors," featured over 140 images from a traveling photography exhibit hosted by The Meridian International Center. Today, the gallery continues its mission to showcase and celebrate the talents of visual arts students at Pima.

Dreamscapes and Other Stories - Student Art Exhibition

September 18, 2023 - August 18, 2024
Reception: October 6, 5:30-8 p.m.

Experience the annual student exhibit at the Art Gallery @ Downtown Campus. “Dreamscapes and Other Stories” features an impressive collection of paintings and drawings created by talented Pima art students. This exhibit provides a platform for these budding artists to showcase their work and creative growth. The exhibit is an opportunity to witness the progress and potential of these emerging artists and support their artistic endeavors.

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