Art Briefs

Student artists honored

Five Pima Community College students have won top awards for their entries in the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery in the West Campus Center for the Arts will display the exhibit from April 11 to May 6.  A reception and award ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 14, from 2-4 p.m.

Hector G. Barajas won Best of Show for his oil on panel titled “A Self Portrait: A Peach from Caravaggio.”

The exhibit allows emerging artists to share their work in a free, public and professional venue.

Jurors include international art curator and writer Joanne Stuhr, sculptor and installation artist Marvin Shaver and painter Ed Musante.

Bernal Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The gallery is also open before most evening performances at neighboring CFA theaters. For more information, call David Andres at 206-6942.

-By Katta Mapes

Tuba recital April 14

Mark Nelson, a tuba soloist with international acclaim, will perform in his annual faculty recital April 14 at 7 p.m. with a variety of songs, suites and sonatas.

Many pieces are original creations, and some are transcribed especially for tuba. One highlight will be a special 30th anniversary performance of a sonata written for Nelson in 1986 by Louis Calabro.

Matt Tropman, a University of Arizona professor of euphonium and tuba, and Marie Sierra, Nelson’s long-time accompanist, will perform with Nelson.

Nelson has played in venues around the world and currently sits on the board of directors for the International Tuba Euphonium Association. He has also released two CDs of his tuba solos.

The recital will be at Center for the Arts Recital Hall on West Campus. Tickets are $8 with discounts available. For more information, call the box office at 206-6986.

-By Katta Mapes

Downtown Radio benefit

Downtown Radio, Tucson’s nonprofit underground radio station, will host a fundraiser at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., on April 9 at 8 p.m.

“Psych-Out!” is a showcase of top neo-psychedelic bands such as Crystal Radio and Mute Swan.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase by attendees 21 and older.

Admission is $6. All proceeds benefit Downtown Radio. For more information, call Jason LeValley at 820-3482 or email

-By Travis Braasch

Door art contest open

West Campus students are invited to submit artistic proposals for a door-sized panel outside the Creative Writing Center, located in Sentinel Peak JG-18.

The winning artist will receive $100 plus supplies.

Designs must be submitted on 8.5-by-11 paper by April 22 at 5 p.m. A cover sheet including name, contact information and student number must be attached separately.  For more information, contact Meg Files at 206-6084 or

-By Melina Casilla


In the March 24 issue of the Aztec Press, the cast reunion for “Crazy for You” was misprinted as March 12. It actually occurred on Saturday, March 5.

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