Entertainment Magazine: Tucson: Events: December

String Theory: Contemporary Art and the Fiber Legacy

Opens to the Public Saturday, December 19 through June 19, 2016
Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) in historic downtown Tucson

Fiber art can be purely aesthetic, with a concentration on design and technique, or it can be filled with narrative, political, and conceptual content—or combinations of each of these approaches.

This exhibition presents contemporary artists from a wide range of backgrounds, approaches, and media, who blur boundaries between craft and fine art. String Theory: Contemporary Art and the Fiber Legacy, opens Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) in historic downtown Tucson.

“This exhibition gives the public a chance to see some of the interesting historic and contemporary fiber works in the Tucson Museum of Art collection,” said TMA Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Dr. Julie Sasse. “It also provides an opportunity to become introduced to emerging artists from the West who have embraced fiber techniques and reinvigorated the medium.”

Among the many historically significant fiber artists in this exhibition are Jim Bassler, Carol Ann Carter, Henry Easterwood, and Arturo Sandoval, all nationally known for their works that both embrace traditional techniques and elevate the medium to fine art.

Other artists are well-known for using fiber arts to address cultural stereotypes or to emphasize the link between past and present; including Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Joyce Scott, and Marlowe Katoney.

Several artists who reside in Tucson, Arizona, and the West reveal innovation in concept and design; including, Scott Ellegood, Diane Gilbert, Erika Lynn Hanson, Saskia Jorda, Victoria May, and Claire Campbell Park, Carrie Seid, Denise Yaghmourian, and Angie Zielinski.

Each of these artists expands the medium and reinforces that fiber arts are alive and well as a vehicle for creative expression.

String Theory: Contemporary Art and the Fiber Tradition will remain on view at TMA until June 19, 2016.

Museum Directions

The Tucson Museum of Art is located at 140 N. Main Avenue in historic downtown Tucson at the crossroads of W. Alameda and N. Main Avenue. Parking is free in the Museum’s lot on W. Washington Street.

Museum Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM Open Late Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM (first Thursday of each month is free from 5 PM–8 PM) Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM (first Sunday of each month is half-price admission) Closed Monday


Adult/$12; Senior (65+)/$10; Student (with college ID)/$7; Youth (13-17)/$7; Child (12 and under)/Free; Veteran with ID/Free; Museum Member/Free.

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block’s mission is Connecting Art to Life. The Museum was founded 1924 in the El Presidio Historic District of downtown Tucson. It is Southern Arizona’s premier presenter of fine art and art education programs.

The Museum features permanent and traveling exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary, Native American, American West, Latin American, and Asian art. The 74,000 square foot Museum offers tours of exhibits, public education programs, and studio art classes.

The main Museum occupies a contemporary building. The Museum’s Historic Block of 19th and 20th C. adobe and Mission Revival-style buildings, encompassing an entire four-acre city block, includes the John K. Goodman Pavilion of Western Art, which displays the Museum’s notable art of the American West collection, the Museum restaurant Café a la C’Art, and other exhibition and studio spaces.

For more information, please visit www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org or call (520) 624-2333. Keep current on the latest events by following the Museum on Facebook.

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