Great Art, Great Food at The Art Institute of Tucson!by Charles Spillar on Aug. 04, 2010, under arts, Tucson Art
Recently I discovered a great art exhibition in progress at The Art Institute of Tucson Gallery. I was having lunch at what I consider one of the best dining experiences in Tucson, the Ai Bistro, when someone suggested viewing the excellent art show in their gallery. The Bistro is located at the southeast wing of the main campus building. That day I got to experience the “culinary arts” and the “visual arts” and both deserve a visit.
The present art exhibition is by the staff and faculty of this unique art and design school. Being a professional artist myself for over 22 years, I am very impressed with the curriculum at The Art Institute of Tucson. It is a school that a person with artistic talents can actually be trained to earn a living with their creative talents upon graduating. I have many artist friends with MFAs that were not allowed to discuss the business of art in their curriculum and consequentially have had a hard time making a living doing what they love.
Below is a small sample of what you will see at this fine art exhibit. Numerous media are represented.
The art exhibition at A.I. will be available for viewing until August 27th. It consists of work by several members of their faculty: Patrick Roddy (Director, Digital Filmmaking & Video production, Digital photography), Mari Broenen ( General Education), Linda Chappel (Asst. Academic Director), Rosemary Bright (Interior Design), Margot Dinardi (Media Arts & Animation), Daniel Garmus (Graphic Design), Vytas Sakalas (Foundation Arts), Klee Miller (Media Arts & Animation), Julie Pulliam (Administration) and Brandon Smith (Admissions)
I highly recommend doing what I did and enjoy a fantastic meal then visit the nearby art exhibition. If any of you readers are young artists looking for a career in the arts or if you have children that may be interested in getting a job in the arts I recommend you checking out their curriculums while there or online http://www.artinstitutes.edu/tucson/
Since I have had 14 years experience in the Television and Film industry I especially recommend their film-making curriculum which cover the whole spectrum of the film-making & video production process from screenwriting, storyboards, digital design, principals of photography, lighting, sound, acting, digital cinematography, editing, portfolio preparation, and requires interning on a movie production before you can graduate. It’s hard to find something like this outside of Hollywood.
Their Culinary Arts program, from the taste and presentation of the food in their bistro, is top notch also. You will not only learn how to become a chef but you will learn how to actually run a restaurant. Their other programs include advertising, graphic, and interior design as well as web design, media arts & animation, digital photography, fashion design and marketing as well as baking and pastry. The Arts Institute of Tucson is in session year-round and depending on the program students can graduate in 21-36 months (varies by program) with an Associate of Applied Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in their chosen field.
Their Ai Bistro I recommend is a student-run restaurant open to the public Tuesday through Thursday for LUNCH from 11:30 am. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. The last seating will be at 12:30 pm and diners can stay on until 1:30.pm. The culinary class ends at 2:00 pm.
For more information or to make reservations, please call 520.318.2726 or email: email@example.com
This is a descriptive article from their site about the Ai Bistro with a sample menu. http://www.artinstitutes.edu/tucson/about/ai-bistro-restaurant.aspx
The Art Institute of Tucson is located at 5099 East Grant Road and can be reached via telephone at 520.318.2700.