Pima College prepares for the 2022-23 performing arts season

The 2022-23 season of PCC’s Pima Arts programming has begun, and there will be concerts, plays, and exhibitions “that weave together culture, tradition, history, entertainment, and even math” in a diverse repertoire for community college student artists and performers. Pima Arts is the collective of the departments of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Fashion Design and Computation Arts.

Most events are free, but some shows require paid tickets.

A tribute to clay

  • Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.
  • August 29 – October 7, 2022

“A Tribute to Clay” is an exhibition featuring nine clay artists, Maurice Grossman, Marcy Wrenn, Aurore Chabot, Joy Fox McGrew, Lauren Grossman, Hiro Tashima, Colleen Quigley, Andy Iventosh and Kazuma Sambe. Wrenn, who taught at Pima College, died in 2021. Due to his family’s awarding of the gallery, ceramic scholarships will be awarded to students. For example, this first prize of $1,000 will be awarded to Branae Skinner, a fine arts student at Pima Community College. The reception will take place on September 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Invisible Borders: Women Photographers from Fotógrafas del Norte and MAPA, Mexico City and Borderlens Southwest

  • Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
  • Oct. 24 – Dec. 9 2022

Thirty-one female photographers from Mexico and Tucson will be included in the exhibit. It was made possible by photographer Alejandra Platt-Torres and director David Andres. There will be a panel discussion on November 2 at 6 p.m. with Sonja Madrigal, Velia de la Cruz, Vicky Westover, and Alejandra Platt-Torres at Recital Hall.

The American Landscape An Endangered Species: Joseph DiGiorgio – The Grand Canyon

  • Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, 2202 W Anklam Rd.
  • January 30 – March 20, 2023

This exhibition revolves around a single artist and his single painting. “The Grand Canyon” incorporates pointillism and is 24 oil painted panels. Twenty-two panels will be available for viewing in the kitchen. The reception will take place on February 9, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Annual student exhibition with jury 2023

  • Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, 2202 W Anklam Rd.
  • April 12 – May 5, 2023

This specific exhibition takes place every year. A jury selects student artists from summer 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023 to present their work. Jurors have not been announced. The reception will take place on April 20, 2023, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Visual Artwork 2022

  • Visual Arts Gallery, 2202 W Anklam Rd.
  • Sep 19, 2022 – Jan 27, 2023

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 student artists will have their work featured in this exhibition. The reception will take place on September 22, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Darla Masterson and Phillip Bellomo

  • Visual Arts Gallery
  • February 13, 2023 – March 24, 2023

The late founding faculty members of Pima Community College’s Visual Arts Department, Materson and Bellomo, will have their work on display, all provided by their families. The reception will take place on February 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

BorderLens South West – Photography

  • Visual Arts Gallery
  • April 17, 2023 – Sep 1, 2023

Photographs taken by female photographers and filmmakers from Borderlands/SW will be on display. A reception will be held on April 27, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Student Art Exhibition – Surrealist

  • The Downtown Campus Art Gallery, 1255 N. Stone Ave.
  • September 19, 2022 – May 19, 2023

The student art exhibit is inspired by “the truths that lie beyond our eyes”. The reception will take place on November 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

piano day

  • PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.
  • September 17 at 10 a.m.

Piano teachers, alumni and students will perform numbers on the piano.

Fall and Spring Music Showcase

  • PCC Arts Center
  • Oct. 23, 2022 and March 26, 2023 at 1 p.m.

Pima Community College ensembles will perform different selections these days. Ensembles include Choir and College Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble, Orchestra and Mariachi Ensemble.

Michael Lich, guitar, faculty recital

  • PCC Arts Center
  • Oct. 27, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Lich will perform pieces ranging from Jimi Hendrix to composer Carlo Domeniconi. Tickets cost between $6 and $5.

Showcase of the Faculty of Music

  • PCC Arts Center
  • November 6, 2022 at 3 p.m.

The concert will feature performances by faculty members such as Kassandra Weleck and Raymond Ryder. Tickets cost between $6 and $5.

jazz ensemble

  • PCC Arts Center
  • 7 Dec 2022 and May 10, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Big band style jazz numbers will be performed under the direction of Brice Winston. Tickets cost between $6 and $5.

harmony orchestra

  • PCC Arts Center
  • 8 Dec. 2022 and May 11, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Victor Valenzuela will lead the group in performances of classic pieces. They will include small wind and percussion ensembles. Tickets are $6 to $5.

Mariachi ensemble

  • PCC Arts Center
  • 9 Dec. 2022 and May 12, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

The ensemble returns after 20 years of absence and will be directed by Don Fuentes. Tickets cost between $6 and $5.


  • PCC Arts Center
  • 10 Dec 2022 and May 13, 2023 at 3 p.m.

The orchestra will perform a repertoire including classical and contemporary pieces under the direction of Anne Grimes. DMA tickets cost between $6 and $5.

set of guitars

  • PCC Arts Center
  • 10 Dec 2022 and May 13, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Lich will lead the guitar ensemble and the soloists in a rich repertoire of classical and contemporary pieces.

Choir and college singers

  • PCC Arts Center
  • 11 Dec. 2022 and May 14, 2023 at 3 p.m.

The singers will perform under the direction of Jonathan Ng, DMA tickets cost between $6 and $5.

Opera/music theater workshop

  • PCC Arts Center,
  • 13/15 Dec. 2022 and May 16/18, 2023 at 3:45 p.m.

Darryl King, DMA, will lead the performers.

Ballets & Bagels

  • Pima Theater, 2202 W Anklam Rd.
  • Oct. 6 – 16, 2022, Thursday – Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., ASL Night: October 14

The play directed by Milita Ortiz and written and performed by Pima Theater students tells the story of a young Latina ballet dancer “who learns the power of her own voice”. Tickets are $10, but $5 for students, seniors, military, and groups.


  • Pima Theater
  • Nov. 10 – 20, 2022, Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., ASL Night: November 18

The Pima Theater presents their interpretation of the famous Broadway musical, “Cabaret”. Tickets are $10, but $5 for students, seniors, military, and groups.

Sunday in the park with George

  • Pima Theater
  • March 2-12, 2022, Thursday – Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., ASL Night: March 10

The musical tells the story of George Seurat and his struggles as he led to the creation of his most famous painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine. Tickets are $10, but $5 for students, seniors, military, and groups.


  • Pima Theater
  • April 13-23, 2023, Thursday – Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., ASL Night: April 21

David Auburn’s drama ‘Proof’ follows Catherine as she must prove her work is hers when it is found in the study of her late famous mathematician father, ‘even when no one believes her’. Tickets are $10, but $5 for students, seniors, military, and groups.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in less than 30 minutes

  • Pima Theater
  • April 29, 2023 at 7 p.m. and April 20, 2023 at 2 p.m.

Directed by Chris Will, different actors will perform different versions of scenes from “Romeo and Juliet.”

Autumn and Spring Dance Concerts

  • Pima Dance, 2202 W Anklam Rd.
  • 2 and 3 Dec. 2022 and May 5 and 6, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Nolan Kubota will direct the choreographies of teachers and students. Tickets are $10, but $5 for students, seniors, military, and groups.

Exhibition and showcase of digital arts

  • Digital Arts PCC, 2202 W Anklam Rd.
  • May 18-19, 2023, time TBD

Projects from the following programs will be featured: Film and Animation, Game Design and Simulation, and Graphic and Web Design.

Fashion Arte Runway Fashion Show

  • To be determined
  • May 20, 2023, time to be determined

Fashion students, alumni brands and class collections will be featured in the fashion show. Ticket prices to be determined as well.