Tour Information


The Poetry Center
The Poetry Center is a leading literary institution and a living archive of poetry. As a premier example of a thriving public/private partnership, the Poetry Center connects the University of Arizona with the greater literary community in Tucson and beyond. We have amassed one of the finest and largest print/digital collections of contemporary poetry in America, with an active schedule of acquisitions. We’ve welcomed over one thousand poets to Tucson to read. Our education programs annually serve Arizona school children, college students, and adults with poetry experiences. Our public/private partnership has invested in a permanent landmark home for poetry in the American Southwest, and this underscores our ongoing commitment to the future of poetry, poetics, literary arts, and the ever-growing diverse community that we serve and cherish.

In conjunction with the CBAA Meeting, we have mounted a show titled Artists’ Books: Focus on Photography (December 3 2018-February 16, 2019). Artists’ books typically use the form of the book itself as a vehicle for expression; the visual impact of the book is part of it’s story. Artists’ books that blend poetry and photography give readers new ways to experience both word and image, frequently resulting in a powerful evocative mix of the lyric and documentary impulses. The works in this exhibition merge poetry and photographs to explore diverse subjects, from the streets of Berlin and the clouds of the Sonoran Desert to the faces and lives of incarcerated people in Louisiana.

University of Arizona Library Special Collections
UA Special Collections holds primary research materials chiefly in the fields of literature, Arizona and Southwestern history, and the sciences. We also have important and substantial collections relating to the lands and peoples of Arizona and the US-Mexican borderlands region. We offer access to rare and unique materials for scholars, researchers, and the public including rare books, literature, printed materials, manuscript collections, photographs, maps and audio-visual materials.

The University of Arizona Special Collections has one of the finest collections of artists’ books in any public university.

The Center for Creative Photography
The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, is recognized as one of the world's finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography. The Center opened in 1975, following a meeting between the University President John Schaefer and Ansel Adams. Beginning with the archives of five living master photographers—Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer—the collection has grown to include 270 archival collections. Among these are some of the most recognizable names in 20th century North American photography: W. Eugene Smith, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, Robert Heinecken and Garry Winogrand. Altogether there are over eight million archival objects in the Center's collection including negatives, work prints, contact sheets, albums, scrapbooks, correspondence, writings, audiovisual materials and memorabilia. In addition to whole archival collections the Center also actively acquired individual photographs by modern and contemporary photographers. There are currently more than 90,000 works by over 2,200 photographers. A library of books, journals, and exhibition and auction catalogs including many rare publications plus an extensive oral history collection complements the archival and fine print collections. The combined art, archival, and research collections at the Center provide an unparalleled resource for research, exhibitions, loans, and traveling exhibitions.

School of Art: The Book Art & Letterpress Lab & Graduate Studios
The Visual Arts Graduate Research Laboratory is a 25,000 square foot facility that includes 50 artist’s studios, wood and metal fabrication studios, a seminar room, the Book Art & Letterpress Lab and an art gallery.

The graduate studios foster a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of artists, with students, faculty, and visiting artists and scholars interacting as they explore ideas, obtain knowledge and share techniques.

The Book Art and Letterpress Lab is fortunate to house four (4) Vandercooks (Universal 1, Universal 1AB, SP-15, No. 2, 219 OS), Pilot Presses, and Chandler Price 8×12 OS and 12×15, Adana and more. There is an extensive collection of metal and wood type as well as ornaments and cuts. There are three (3) board shears, paper cutters, two (2) book presses, and two (2) guillotines, wire-o-binder and an industrial sewing machine. As well as an Epilog Zing CO2 24×12″ Laser Cutter and access to an Anderson Vreeland photopolymer plate maker, two-color RISO and digital studios.

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