Cox Communications Gallery Space
Art is as important in the business world as it is in one’s personal world, and for the same reasons. In a business space, the artwork helps shape the company’s unique style, spirit, and character, and convey that character to employees, partners, clients, and prospective clients in much the same way that one’s business attire conveys one’s personal style and professionalism.
Cox Communications is committed to the arts and the inspiration it can provide in the work space. Through the presentation of the community gallery space Cox Communications is supporting local artists in a big way.
As part of the SAACA Business and Arts Integration programming, Cox Communications employees are inspired daily to both innovate and create in the workplace.
Gallery space accessible to the public only by private tour.
1440 E 15th St, Tucson, AZ 85719
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Identity: A Group Exhibition
July 24th - October 23rd, 2019
Identity: A Group Exhibition, aims to embrace differences and celebrate individuality. Artists were invited to submit work around the theme of identity, investigating what constitutes identity, community, and a sense of place. Each piece makes a statement on how we define ourselves and are defined by others. To present a true cross section of the human experience, artists from all races, ethnicities, and nationalities, gender identities and expressions, socioeconomic backgrounds, linguistic profiles, family structures, diverse abilities, body types, and ages were encouraged to participate in this exhibition.
This exhibition features work by:
The Gap by David Griffin
April 24th - July 24th, 2019
In celebration of Earth Day, the Recycled Art Exhibition showcases work celebrating the themes of reuse, re-purposing, and transformation. All the pieces exhibited use nontraditional materials in their creation. Artists have taken items that would typically be thrown away and creatively up-cycled them into works of art.
This exhibition features work by:
The Urban Experience
January 25th – April 23rd, 2019
The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG) is beginning its 51st year in existence. From an initial membership of 80 artists, the organization has grown to over 300 active members today. This exhibit presents a selection of 30 works produced by members of SAWG. SAWG is an association of water media artists who are dedicated to exhibiting work, increasing skill, exchanging ideas and promoting art education and public appreciation of water media through community outreach. Their website www.southernazwatercolorguild.com is a valuable tool not only for members but for people interested in what SAWG is doing. The group also has a social media presence on Facebook and Instagram that highlights the work of its artists for the public to enjoy.
The SAWG Gallery is located in the Plaza at Williams Centre at the Southwest corner of Broadway and Craycroft in Tucson. The gallery is operated by volunteers who manage daily operations and serve as docents Tuesday through Sunday every week. Exhibits change monthly throughout the year to feature both juried and non-juried shows open to all members. In addition the guild hosts a show for area artists in all disciplines and one for school age children as well.
SAWG’s Scholarship Program awards scholarships to Southern Arizona High School seniors continuing their education in art. Over $100,000 has been given out since the program began in 1986. Funds are raised in a variety of ways throughout the year. To donate to this worthwhile program, contact the Scholarship Committee Chair listed on the SAWG website.
Nancy S. Huber – Quinn and Addie
The Urban Experience
The Urban Experience Exhibition will feature photography from Club Camera Tucson Members. Celebrating their 33rd year, Club Camera Tucson (CCT) is the longest continuously meeting photography club in the greater Tucson area. The purpose of Club Camera Tucson is to create and maintain an active photographic community that supports members in their growth and development as photographers and provides varied opportunities for gaining knowledge, skills, development, technical improvement, expansion of perspective, sharing of photographic art and enjoyment of the craft.
Hot August Rails - by Tom Anderson
Green, Recycled & Repurposed
" Our wonderful earth is seen in multitudes of the color green. to keep this home as green as it should be we need to Go Green, to recycle and repurpose all we can to stay green. Go Earth Go Green."
Sustainability and Green
I enjoy making collage and assemblage, combining papers I have made with odds and ends of commercially made packaging, found objects and items which are no longer being used for their original purpose.
Often they tell a story, perhaps recalling a memory. It is fun to prolong the items lives in a way, recycling unrelated things to make something new. It could be considered a form of green, not being wasteful.
More often I think of green as being all about nature. It is pure and clean, and important in sustaining life. When I paint plants and landscapes I want to express the beauty of nature in a way that captures a moment in time and my insight into the subject.
To me, being green means affecting changes in attitude and behavior. First, people need to believe that reducing waste and using energy efficiently will have positive effects on everyone’s lives. More importantly, people need to consistently practice as many ways of being green as possible. For me, I choose to reduce, reuse, repurpose, and upcycle daily – behaviors over which I exert control – and I use every opportunity to educate others about these four ways to be greener.
I love the series that I've been doing with recycled neckties for a number of reasons. Firstly, I like repurposing the material itself, which initially used a lot of water and other resources to create the fabrics and dyes used in the ties. I give the material a new life and keep the fabric out of the landfill. Secondly, now that fewer men wear ties, I enjoy imagining the types of jobs these men had and whether the tie was a gift for Father’s Day or bought for a job interview. Finally, I love using such a potent symbol of masculinity in a quilt, which most people view as a very feminine art form.
My process for creating a mixed media collage involves layering a canvas support with tinted and/or painted Japanese masa paper and acrylic inks or paint. I often include papers I have collected or made: newspapers from Japan used for packing items, experimental monoprints, calligraphic texts and collected souvenir tickets and receipts. My previous work as a tapestry designer/weaver informs my collage work. The horizontal and vertical structural aspects unique to the woven piece show up in my collage works as structural grids that are partial or disguised. Strong colors, geometric shapes, and textural elements become part of the surface design existing within the grid structure. By manipulating layers of paint and collage papers, I am able to reveal colors, symbols, text, contrasts of light and shadow, and abstract, geometrical shapes that become the focus of the artwork. Some surface elements appear clear and transparent; others are more disguised. My intent is to use these shapes, colors, patterns, and textures to create an artwork that evokes internal landscapes, memories, and emotions.
"Using up-cycled bits in my artwork presents an opportunity to create something worthy and beautiful from abandoned materials. Utilizing discarded and forgotten items and repurposing them into meaningful artwork, drives my passion.
I want to live in an environment that promotes a clean and natural lifestyle. Eco-footprints that leave a gentle impression on the Earth's surface are why I repurpose. I tread lightly. Each piece of glass, broken jewelry, or unused wooden board, can be transformed into something worthy to be on display."
I look at recycling, and especially repurposing, as a responsibility to the environment in which I live. We are a society based on commodities: We buy and discard items often based only on the item’s utility, without regard to our impact on the environment. In reusing discarded materials in my art, I feel I am meeting my responsibility. Keeping discarded items out of the landfill or the recycling stream helps save our environment and reduce the energy expanded in the recycling process. Transforming discarded materials gives them a graceful life as an aesthetic feature in someone’s life.
I enjoy collecting founds objects on the street, in thrift shops or in the desert, they seem to need to continue their life through Art, whereas some of them were never recognized, now they become part of an artwork. Sometimes one object can trigger an entire piece, while others start as a grouping.