Athena Tacha

"Curving Arcades" by artist Athena Tacha has stood at the East entry to the University of Arizona campus since 1981.

The University of Arizona campus houses more than 45 works of public art. The collection represents a variety of art movements, mediums and messages. Several sculptures belonging to the University of Arizona Museum of Art collection have been placed outdoors.

Public Art Coordinator at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Beth Hancock, explains how some works in the collection go unnoticed, misunderstood or misinterpreted. According to Hancock, many sculptures that do not belong to the museum are commissioned, restored and maintained through the Public Art Fund established by the Arizona Board of Regents by appropriating .05% of funds from new construction projects.

To better understand the public art collection at the University of Arizona, download a public art guide from the Museum of Art website, follow the walking tour on the University of Arizona App, or join the walking tour on the third Wednesday of every month.

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