Arizona Arts & Culture News: Stolen Arizona art; Hopi corn culture; Guinness World Record at Science Center

May 26, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Miller named as first woman to be permanent director of UA Art Museum / Tucson Sentinel

Olivia Miller, a University of Arizona Museum of Art staffer for more than a decade, was announced as the new permanent director of the museum, which is planning a new state-of-the-art facility.

Todd Bankofier named executive director & CEO at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West / Arizona Digital Free Press

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is appointing Todd Bankofier as its new CEO and executive director and will serve at the forefront of Western Spirit’s crucial next phase of growth and development.

Nearly 90 pieces of art stolen from Arizona / ABC 15

ABC 15 investigators obtained an exclusive list of nearly 90 pieces of stolen Arizona art, some missing for decades, in the FBI’s National Stolen Art File.

Honor your ‘mother’: Working to keep traditional ways, types of Hopi corn / Cronkite News

Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a farmer from the Hopi Tribe and a faculty member at the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, is focusing on bringing Hopi corn back to the dining table—not only for the health benefits but also to connect his people to their culture.

AZ Science Center sets a new Guinness World Record and debuts a new exhibit / ABC 15

The Arizona Science Center has officially set the Guinness World Record for the largest scissors. Measuring 10 feet long and weighing 93 pounds, the fully functioning scissors were made for the grand opening of The Science of Guinness World Records exhibit and were used to cut the ribbon.

Cochise County educators get the chance to work with a new environment curriculum / Arizona Public Media

Cochise County educators will have the opportunity to earn a certification to teach and use the supplementary wildlife conservation curricula, Project Wild. Officials say it’s critical that the next generation gain a tangible understanding of the environment, and what factors impact that environment.

Royse features renowned restaurateur’s works / Scottsdale Progress

Gennaro Garcia, a culinary artist and co-owner of Taco Chelo in downtown Phoenix, has a long history creating art. His paintings have been featured in 10 different galleries throughout the U.S. and Mexico and his latest exhibition, “Mexicanismo,” marks his sixth solo show at Royse Contemporary in Scottsdale.

See Phoenix Art Museum’s Geoffrey Beene fashion exhibit through the eyes of its curator / Phoenix New Times

In her role as the Jacquie Dorrance Curator for Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, Helen Jean is the public face of the institution’s current exhibition, “MOVE: The Modern Cut of Geoffrey Beene,” which is on display through July 23.

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