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Alum Says Time at UA Prepared Him for Unpredictable Career Path

UANews | January 28, 2014
Ken Pisani has done stand-up comedy, written for television and won an award for a comic book. He credits his UA education for preparing him for the many turns his career has taken. "I didn't want to graduate only knowing art," he says. "I took astronomy, I took humanities, I took business courses and creative writing classes, and that strong foundation is all stuff that helps you in any career."

Thousands to Celebrate Chinese New Year at UA

UANews | January 21, 2014
The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona is hosting the Chinese New Year Festival, or the Spring Festival. The annual event is designed to create a bridge between Chinese and American cultural heritage and traditions. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend and more than 200 performers from 15 local, statewide and international groups will present Chinese music, dances, songs, martial arts, tai chi, folk arts and more.

Alberto Álvaro Ríos, UA Alum and Arizona Poet Laureate, Named Academy of American Poets Chancellor

UANews | January 17, 2014
Arizona's inaugural poet laureate and University of Arizona alumnus Alberto Álvaro Ríos has been appointed to chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, an honor that has been shared by some of the country's most distinguished poets. As chancellor, Ríos will consult with the organization on artistic programming and act as a judge for recipients of various awards. He also will serve as an ambassador for the organization and poetry internationally.

Center for Creative Photography Names Joshua Chuang as Chief Curator

UANews | January 16, 2014
The Center for Creative Photography at the UA has named Joshua Chuang, an esteemed leader in the art world, as chief curator, effective April 7. Chuang comes to the UA from the Yale University Art Gallery, where he has worked since 2004, most recently as the Richard Benson Associate Curator of Photography and Digital Media. He will lead the center's curatorial program, organizing exhibitions and publications as well as overseeing acquisitions.

UA Alum Conducting Tucson Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert This Weekend

UANews | December 20, 2013
UA alum Keitaro Harada is coming to town to serve as guest conductor for "The Magic of Christmas," the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's largest holiday concert. From 2008 to 2010, Harada studied as a fellow in the inaugural UA Rogers Institute for Orchestral and Opera Conducting Fellowship. In addition to serving as conductor, Harada will emcee the show. "For me to be able to do this concert – which is the biggest holiday festival concert in the community – is such a dream come true," Harada said. "It's going to be such a fantastic show."

Honoring the UAMA's Collection, Legacy of Arts Donors

UANews | December 4, 2013
"An Unfolding Legacy" is a series of events highlighting the UA Museum of Art's history, evolution and collection, and the important role played by donor support. Today, the UAMA holdings include works by globally recognized artists like Mark Rothko, Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol, and also collectively speak to seven centuries of art, social, cultural and political histories and realities around the world.