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The Contemporary Art Society (CAS) is a support organization for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tucson Museum of Art. Established in 1999, CAS’s mission is to foster a greater community awareness of the role contemporary art plays in the region’s cultural identity. Our objectives include furthering the goals of the Tucson Museum of Art by actively acquiring contemporary art for the permanent collection, supporting exhibitions of contemporary art at the Museum, and sponsoring lectures by contemporary artists, curators, and critics. CAS organizes studio visits, salons, tours, workshops, and events that promote the study, discussion, and appreciation of contemporary art.

Programs

You Call That Art?!?
Provides opportunities for artists, curators, scholars, and the community to examine current issues in the visual arts and explore newer forms of art that challenge the art world’s status quo.

What Tucson Collects
Invites members to tour collectors’ homes and gain a unique perspective on the passion of art collecting. A real highlight every season!

Contemporary Lecture Series
Followed by wine receptions and dinners, features locally and internationally prominent artists, curators, critics, gallery owners, museum directors, and other arts professionals who give fascinating insight into the workings of the art world. Past distinguished speakers include Audrey Flack, Ivan Karp, John Spiak, Jane Hammond, Terence LaNoue, Gaylen Hansen, Mark Klett, Vincent Desiderio, and Marilu Knode.

Vists/Tours/Trips
Involve CAS members in yearly visits to local artists’ studios, tours of regional art sites, and trips to other art venues across the USA.

Acquisitions
Since 1999, in consultation with the curatorial staff, CAS has contributed more than $1 million in artwork to the Tucson Museum of Art. Acquisitions are made through the generosity of our members. This work has included a notable mixed media work by James Havard, an important sculpture by John Chamberlain, a woodcut by renowned artist Chuck Close, a significant painting by William Wiley, a mixed media work by Vernon Fisher, an oil on canvas by Tom Uttech, and a monoprint by Gustavo Ramos Rivera. As always, CAS is seeking donations and working toward the purchase of acquisitions for the Museum’s collection.

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