It’s Showtime! Pima Arts Announces its 2022-23 Season 

Pima Arts 2022-2023 Season

Center for the Arts, Pima Community College West Campus
2202 W. Anklam Rd. 85709
(event listing may list alternate location)

September 2022 through May 2023 

Tickets can be purchased online at

520-206-6986 / [email protected]

Tucson, Arizona – Pima Arts is excited to announce its 2022-23 season! The upcoming arts season focuses on connection and the role art plays in joining together the diverse facets of the Tucson community. Pima Arts, comprised of the departments of performing arts, visual arts, digital arts, and fashion design, offers performances, shows, and exhibitions that interlace culture, tradition, history, entertainment, and even mathematics into a season of delightful alliances. 

Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery 

Programs and exhibitions are always free to the public. 

A Tribute to Clay 

August 29 – October 7, 2022 

Reception: September 8, 5-7 p.m. 

Lecture: Aurore Chabot, September 15, 6 p.m. 

Lecture: Joy Fox McGrew, September 22, 6 p.m. 

The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery presents A Tribute to Clay, an exhibition of nine artists specializing in clay: Marcy Wrenn, Maurice Grossman, Lauren Grossman, Aurore Chabot, Joy Fox McGrew, Colleen Quigley, Hiro Tashima, Kazuma Sambe, and Andy Iventosh. Sculptural forms created by artists past and present, hand built or thrown on the wheel. 

Marcy Wrenn (1934-2021) was an award-winning artist that taught at Pima College and was the catalyst for bringing this exhibit to the Bernal Gallery. Marcy’s family left a sizable award to the gallery to award ceramic scholarships. The first award ($1000) is being given to Pima fine art student, Branae Skinner. 

Invisible Borders: Women Photographers from Fotógrafas del Norte and MAPA, Mexico City, and BorderLens Southwest 

October 24 – December 9, 2022 

Reception: November 2, 5-7 p.m.

Panel discussion: November 2, 6 p.m., Sonja Madrigal, Velia de la Cruz, Alejandra Platt-Torres and Vicky Westover, Recital Hall 

Invisible Borders is an exhibition that includes 31 female photographers from Mexico and Tucson. The women represent three groups of photographers for both sides of the US and Mexican border, Fotográfas del Norte from the northern border states of MÉXICO, MAPA a group of photographers from Mexico City, as well as BorderLens Southwest, a new group of Tucson female photographers, represent the artists in this massive exhibition. Collaboration by Photographer, Alejandra Platt-Torres and Director, David Andres bring this exciting group of female photographers to the Bernal Gallery. 

The American Landscape An Endangered Species: Joseph DiGiorgio – The Grand Canyon 

January 30 – March 10, 2023 

Reception: February 9, 5-7 p.m. 

Lecture: February 9, 6 p.m., Chief Curator Julie Sasse, Ph.D., Tucson Museum of Art, Recital Hall 

The American Landscape An Endangered Species: Joseph DiGiorgio – The Grand Canyon is a one-person, one-painting exhibition. The painting, The Grand Canyon was created in the style of Pointillism, a technique of neo-impressionist painting using tiny dots of various colors. Joe’s depiction of the Grand Canyon is twenty-four panels painted in oil. It is approximately 110′ long. Twenty-two of the panels will be on display in the gallery. The Bernal Gallery is borrowing the painting from the collection of the Tucson Museum of Art and Chief Curator Dr. Julie Sasse. This exhibit coincides with Pima Theatre’s Sunday in the Park with George

2023 Annual Juried Student Exhibition 

April 12 – May 5, 2023 

Reception: April 20, 3-5 PM, Ceremony 4 p.m. 

This annual exhibition brings together the jurors’ selections of the best student artists from Summer and Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters from all of Pima Community College’s campuses. Jurors TBA. 

Visual Arts Gallery 

Pima West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd., Santa Rita Bldg., second floor. Programs and exhibitions are always free to the public. 

Student Visual Artwork 2022 

September 19 – Jan 27, 2023 

Reception: September 22, 12-2 p.m. 

Featuring student artists from Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. All media from the Visual Arts and Digital Arts Departments are accepted. 

Darla Masterson and Phillip Bellomo 

February 13 – March 24, 2023

Reception: February 15, 2-4 p.m. 

The Visual Arts Gallery will host a two-person exhibition of work by the late Darla Masterson and the late Phillip Bellomo. Masterson and Bellomo were two of the founding faculty members of the Visual Arts Department at Pima Community College. Masterson was the Head of Visual Arts and started the printmaking department. Phillip was one of the first ceramic faculty members and helped develop the ceramic department. Artwork is being supplied by family and friends. 

BorderLens Southwest – Photography 

April 17 – September 1, 2023 

Reception: April 27, 2-4 p.m. 

Borderlands/SW is a new electric community of female photographers and cinematographers, amateur and professional, living in the US Southwest. Their statement states, “We nurture individual artistic and collective growth through members’ events, workshops, and social media, and we engage with sister collectives in Mexico.” You can find out more at 

The Art Gallery @ Downtown Campus 

PCC Downtown Campus 1255 N. Stone Ave., programs and exhibitions are always free to the public. Student Art Exhibit – SURREAL 

September 19 – May 19, 2023 

Reception: November 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Sometimes images fool our eyes. Sometimes they unveil a secret. Memories, fantasies, and perceptions create a rich symbolic tapestry in art. Our student art exhibit celebrates the power of art, to show us the truths that lie beyond our eyes. 

Pima Music 

Music performances are held at the PCC Center for the Arts. 

Piano Day, Sept. 17, 10 a.m 

Piano Day at the Center for the Arts will be an exciting way to see the music facilities in the West Campus Center for the Arts and hear performances by some of the piano faculty, students and alumni. Free admission. 

Fall and Spring Music Showcase, Oct. 23 and March 26, 1 p.m. 

Spend an afternoon at the Center for the Arts sampling our music ensembles. Chorale & College Singers, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Mariachi Ensemble and Orchestra perform selections throughout the CFA. Free admission. 

Michael Lich, Guitar, Faculty Recital Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. 

Guitarist Michael Lich will perform a program featuring suites by contemporary guitarist/composers Carlo Domeniconi (Italy) and Máximo Diego Pujol (Argentina). The program will also include arrangements of works by jazz pianist Chick Corea and guitar legend Jimi Hendrix. Tickets: $6/$5.

Music Faculty Showcase, Nov. 6, 3 p.m. 

Enjoy performances by the talented music faculty, including Raymond Ryder, piano; Michael Lich, guitar; Kassandra Weleck, piano, and more. Tickets: $6/$5. 

Jazz Ensemble, Dec. 7 and May 10, 7:30 p.m. 

Under the direction of Brice Winston, the concert features jazz standards performed from a variety of periods in big band style. Tickets: $6/$5. 

Concert Band, Dec. 8 and May 11, 7:30 p.m. 

Under the direction of Victor Valenzuela, the ensemble will perform classics for a full band, along with small wind and percussion ensembles and soloists. Tickets: $6/$5. 

Mariachi Ensemble, Dec. 9 and May 12, 7:30 p.m. 

Under the direction of Don Fuentes, this ensemble is starting back at Pima after being gone for 20 years. Tickets: $6/$5. 

Orchestra, Dec.10 and May 13, 3 p.m. 

Under the direction of Anne Grimes, D.M.A., the Orchestra performs a classical and contemporary repertoire. Tickets: $6/$5. 

Guitar Ensemble, Dec. 10 and May 13, 7:30 p.m. 

Under the direction of Michael Lich, the ensemble, as well as soloists, perform a classical and contemporary repertoire. Free admission. 

Chorale and College Singers. Dec. 11 & May 14, 3 p.m. 

Under the direction of Jonathan Ng, D.M.A., the singers perform selections for a large mixed-voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir. Tickets: $6/$5. 

Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop, Dec. 13/15, and May 16/18, 3:45 p.m. Under the direction of Darryl King, D.M.A., the performers feature selections from various musicals and operas. Free admission. 

Pima Theatre 

Ballet & Bagels, Oct. 6 – 16, Thursday – Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. ASL Night: Oct. 14 

Pima Theatre starts off its season with family-friendly Ballet & Bagels, directed by Milta Ortiz. An original play with a diverse cast that centers around a young Latina ballerina, who learns the power of her own voice. This stage play is written and performed by Pima Theatre students. Tickets: $10, $5 Students/Seniors/Military/Groups

Cabaret, Nov. 10-20, Thursday – Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. 

ASL Night: Nov. 18 

Pima Theatre presents Cabaret, book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. This production is directed by Mickey Nugent, with music direction by Martha Reed. Set in Berlin during the Jazz Age as the Nazis are ascending to power, the musical focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and American writer Clifford Bradshaw’s relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Tickets: $15, $10 Students/Seniors/Military/Groups 

Sunday in the Park with George, March 2-12, Thursday – Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. 

ASL Night: March 10 

Pima Theatre’s annual Spring musical is Sunday in the Park with George, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. Directed by Chris Will. The story follows the struggling painter, George Seurat in the time leading up to the making of his famous painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Tickets: $15, $10 


Proof, April 13-23, Thursday – Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. 

ASL Night: April 21 

Pima Theatre closes its season with the drama Proof, written by David Auburn. Directed by Pima Theatre graduate Gianbari Deebom. This story follows Catherine, whose celebrated mathematician father, Robert, has recently died after battling mental illness. When a former student discovers an original proof in Robert’s office, Catherine must prove it is her work even when no one believes her. Tickets: $15, $10 Students/Seniors/Military/Groups 

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Less Than 30 Minutes, April 29 at 7 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m. 

In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, Pima Theatre’s Shakespeare class performs Romeo and Juliet in Less than 30 Minutes. Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Chris Will. This exciting live performance will give viewers the option to see a few different versions of scenes from “Romeo and Juliet” by different casts. Free admission. 

Pima Dance 

Fall and Spring Dance Concerts, Dec. 2, 3, May 5, 6, 7:30 p.m. 

Under the direction of Nolan Kubota, Pima Dance presents a wide selection of faculty and student choreography, featuring a variety of dance styles, including contemporary, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Tickets: $10, $8 Students/Seniors/Miltary/Groups. 

PCC Digital Arts 

Digital Arts Expo and Showcase, May 18-19, time TBD. 

This two-day event highlights the different Digital Arts programs: Game Design and Simulation, Film and Animation, and Graphic and Web Design. Featuring student work, faculty

presentations and guest speakers who are discipline-area experts and industry professionals. Free admission. 

Pima Fashion Design 

Fashion Arte Runway Fashion Show, May 20, time TBD. 

This year’s event will showcase amazing students and their work, including fashion student alumni brands and class collections. The ever-popular fashion upcycling project with Goodwill Industries will be featured once again. 

Tickets: Prices and venue TBA