Press Release

Joyce Broan Awarded TMA Lifetime Achievement Award

 Joyce Broan Photo, courtesy of Willo+Simon

Tucson, AZ – Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) is pleased to honor Joyce Broan with the museum’s 2022 TMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Launched in 2017, the TMA Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates the career of an artist, patron, or community member who has demonstrated a passion for and commitment to the advancement of the arts in southern Arizona and the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. Previous recipients include Drs. Mark and Kathleen Sublette (2021), James and Louise Glasser (2020), Andy Anderson (2019), Thomas Philabaum (2018), and Jim Waid (2017). Each year nominations for the award are reviewed, and the recipient is selected by a panel that includes members of TMA’s Leadership Circle—the museum’s foremost philanthropic membership group.

“Joyce Broan is a true example of a volunteer, supporter, and leader in the arts and culture in Tucson and Southern Arizona,” said Mary Jo Brown, President of the Board of Trustees of the Tucson Museum of Art. “Her commitment and support of TMA in the community is exemplary and we are grateful for her ongoing commitment and leadership in advancing TMA’s role.”

Joyce Broan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from Kemper Hall, a boarding school run by Episcopal nuns. She attended Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Joyce has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Tucson Museum of Art for 19 years and currently serves as Secretary of the Board. She is an active member of all the museum’s support organizations including Contemporary Art Society, Latin American Art Patrons, TMA League, and the Western Art Patrons. Joyce’s involvement at TMA extends well beyond membership participation. She generously supports annual exhibition underwriting and in 2017, Joyce provided the lead funding for naming the Contemporary Arts Society/Joyce G. Broan Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Joyce’s volunteer life in Milwaukee included the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre as board president and is currently a member of its Presidents Club. She was co-chair of the United Performing Arts Fund, a board member of Florentine Opera, Present Music, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Greater Milwaukee Council of Arts for Children, and the Milwaukee Junior League. Joyce is also an honorary member of the Advisory Board for the School of Art, the University of Arizona, in Tucson.

In her early career, besides being an elementary teacher at Milwaukee Country Day School, Joyce worked as a sales manager at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. While at the Hyatt Regency, she received an award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service.
Joyce is the proud parent of three children and three grandchildren. She is known for her continuous happy attitude and laughs like no other. Joyce enjoys the companionship of her dog Chico, volunteering, traveling, and attending cultural events.

Joyce Broan will receive the TMA Lifetime Achievement Award at an event held in her honor in April. The annual TMA Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner is hosted by the TMA Leadership Circle Committee and includes the Leadership Circle and major museum donors.

About TMA Leadership Circle
The Leadership Circle, the museum’s foremost philanthropic membership group makes an incredible difference for supporting and sustaining Tucson Museum of Art’s permanent collection, exhibitions, and programs.

About TMA Lifetime Achievement Award
The TMA Lifetime Achievement Award, first presented in 2017, celebrates the career of an artist, patron, or community member, who, among other distinctions, has demonstrated a particular commitment to the advancement of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block and Southern Arizona Arts community. The TMA Lifetime Achievement Awardees exemplify a long and impactful career in artistic excellence, exemplary philanthropic leadership, dedication to arts education, and support for and promotion of TMA.

About Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
As an institution built upon the original territories of the O’odham, the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA) acknowledges the Indigenous Sonoran Desert communities, past and present, who have stewarded this region throughout generations.

TMA connects art to life through meaningful and engaging experiences that inspire discovery, spark creativity and promote cultural understanding. Founded in 1924, TMA encompasses an entire city block in historic downtown Tucson and is committed to developing quality exhibitions, expanding and diversifying its collection and presenting relevant and innovative programs while broadening public access to the arts.

The museum features exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary art, Latin American art from ancient to today, Indigenous arts and Art of the American West. A permanent collection of over 12,000 works of art spans continents, centuries and media. TMA’s campus includes five properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an art education center and research library, the Museum Store and the highly acclaimed museum restaurant Café a la C’Art. TMA is a private 501(c)(3) charitable arts and education organization. For additional information visit or call (520) 624-2333.

TMA is a private 501(c)(3) charitable arts and education organization. For additional information visit or call (520) 624-2333.


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