Art Speaks

Art Speaks Series

 TCA hosts a monthly Art Speaks series with presentations by experts in a variety of art topics, often led by Tucson Museum of Art docents. 

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2021/2022 Art Speaks Schedule

Art Speaks presentations are scheduled on the second Thursday of the month, October through March at 5pm.



The 2021-2022 Season will be a hybrid of live and Zoom presentations. TCA members will be invited via a random selection to join us in the gallery each month.

Presentations in this series are free for TCA members. Click here to become a MEMBER.


Save the Dates:

October 4, 2021
November 11, 2021
December 9, 2021
January 13, 2022
February 10, 2022
March 10, 2022

We look forward to seeing you!

Suzie Heintz
October 8th, 5pm

“The Art of Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth”

Tucson Museum of Art docent, Suzie Heintz dives into the lives and work of Perception is not always reality. Peer through the windows of these two American Realists to view hidden emotions and complexities of the human experience.

Edward Hopper: his vision of reality was a selective one, reflecting his own temperament in the empty cityscapes, landscapes, and isolated figures he chose to paint. His work demonstrates that realism is not merely literal or photographic copying of what we see, but an interpretive rendering.

Andrew Wyeth was a widely celebrated American artist who specialized in realist watercolor and tempera paintings of people and landscapes. While his work has been deemed melancholic, the artist preferred to describe it as thoughtful.

Barbara Rogers
November 12th, 5pm

“How I Got Here From There”

Award-winning artist and art professor, Barbara Rogers will discuss her journey as a woman navigating the art world.

I paint because the act of painting is direct; it is another truth—you make a mark and there it is, just you and this act of creation.  When I paint, I am an explorer in the terrain of my own psyche, discovering what relationships will emerge as the work develops. I depart from representational accuracy to select and then exaggerate or simplify the stunning botanical forms that are present in the world around me.

Chuck Tampio
December 10th, 5pm

Bellissima: Italian Artists’ View of Feminine Beauty

Tucson Museum of Art docent, Chuck Tampio will present on Italian Artists’ View of Feminine Beauty.

From the time of Dante and Petrarch, ideals of beauty have informed artists‘ work. This intriguing and gloriously illustrated book investigates the many debates this topic has provoked in modern Italy.

Image: Titian, Venus of Urbino, c. 1538, oil on canvas, Uffizi

Alinda Hakanson
January 14th, 5pm

Mauricio Lasansky:  Printmaker and Chronicler of the Oppressed

Tucson Museum of Art docent, Alinda Hakanson will present on the work of master printmaker, Mauricio Lasansky.

In 1961, Lasansky was named Most Influential Printmaker in the U.S. by TIME magazine. An uncredited quote read: “If there is such a thing as a printmaking capital of the U.S. it could well be the Department of Graphic Arts at the University of Iowa.”


Susan Hill
February 11th, 5pm

Islamic Art: A Brief Introduction 

Tucson Museum of Art docent, Susan Hill presents an introduction to Islamic Art. According to Hill, the term “Islamic Art” refers to art produced from the 7th century through the 17th century in regions where the Islamic faith prevails. It includes the arts of all Islamic cultures, not just art specifically done for the religion of Islam.

Image: Detail of Mosaic tiles from Isfahan Mosque, Iran.

Kit Kimball
March 11th, 5pm

Diego Rivera’s Two Passions: Revolution and Art 

Tucson Museum of Art docent, Kit Kimball  will present on Diego Rivera’s Two Passions: Revolution and Art 

Image:”Gloriosa Victoria” (Glorious Victory) – Diego Rivera. Oil on linen. 1954. Collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia.

Susan Hill
April 8, 5pm

Stories of the Human Experience: The Photography of Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for decades — documenting conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture. His image (see attached) of a young Afghan refugee with piercing eyes—the June 1985 National Geographic cover—has become one of the most distinctive in photographic history. Susan Hill will give an overview of McCurry’s astounding photographer’s eye for revealing the color, humanity, and beauty in the most dire circumstances.

The 2020-2021 Art Speaks Season is made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities.