KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 2/20/11, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Meredith Hayes, Director of PR & Marketing, Tucson Museum of Art & Historic District. TMA is committed to broadening public access to the arts and to enriching the community’s daily life.  

Hayes says the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block encompasses an entire city block in historic downtown. She says TMA is the caretaker of five historic properties--La Casa Cordova, Romero House, Edward Nye Fish House, Stevens/Duffield House and the J. Knox Corbett House. She says TMA features original and traveling exhibitions focusing on Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern and Contemporary Art and Asian Art as well as tours, education programs, studio art classes, and Museum Store.
Sasse discusses the current exhibition El Nacimiento, a traditional Mexican nativity scene, on display in La Casa Cordova. She says Maria Luisa Tena devotes months of loving care each year to preparing and arranging the Nacimiento in memory of her mother. Sasse also discusses some upcoming exhibitions, including “Precarious Rocks” by the award-winning Tucson glass artist, Tom Philabaum. She says the Arizona Biennial exhibition in June is an opportunity for artists in the region to gain broad exposure for their work. She says the work that will be juried into the exhibition will be judged by noted guest curator Anne Ellegood.
Hayes says TMA receives very little public funding and relies almost entirely on private support and fundraising activities. She says events, such as the annual CRUSH wine, food and art festival in April, are major sources of operational revenue.