2017 ASU President’s Award submissions now open

October 10, 2016

University teams working on a project that advances Arizona State University’s goal to create dramatic, positive change should apply for a 2017 President’s Award. The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 5, 2017.

The ASU President's Awards recognize and celebrate ASU faculty and staff that significantly contribute in the areas of: President Award Ceremony The Redesigning Teacher Professional Development team celebrated receiving the 2016 innovation award for developing and implementing free online on-demand learning modules for teachers and school leaders. Photo by Tim Trumble Download Full Image

• innovation
• social embeddedness
• sustainability

More than one team can win an award in each category. ASU President Michael Crow recognizes award recipients in April 2017 at the President’s Recognition Reception and award ceremony. Each team receives a team award, and all team members receive award certificates. 

Applicants can attend one of the Tempe campus Writers' Workshops on Nov. 3 or Dec. 7. Applicants learn about award criteria and effective application tips. Shelly Potts and Alison Cook-Davis of the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness explain how to measure and report project results.

Find application forms and previous award recipient abstracts on the Employee Recognition Program webpage.

To register for a Writers’ Workshop or ask questions, applicants should email Linda Uhley or call 480-965-5089.

Peter Northfelt

Editor assistant, Business and Finance Support – Communications


ASU celebrates 1st university-wide Indigenous Peoples Day

October 5, 2016

Arizona is home to one of the largest Native American populations in the United States.

To help honor the thousands of years of indigenous tradition and culture in our backyard, Arizona State University will celebrate its first university-wide Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 7.  flyer for ASU's Indigenous Peoples Day Download Full Image

ASU’s American Indian Council was the driving force behind expanding this celebration.

“USG (Undergraduate University Government) recently passed on all four campuses along with the Graduate Student Association to have an Indigenous Peoples Day,” said Megan Tom, president of the American Indian Council and a member of the Navajo Nation. “Before it was only on the Tempe campus.” 

Recognizing the day university-wide was a win for the council.

“In the state of Arizona there are 27 recognized tribes,” said Tom. “We just want the ASU community to be more aware that everywhere they go there are indigenous people.”

Nationwide there has been a movement to replace Columbus Day, which this year falls on Oct. 10, with Indigenous Peoples Day. In recognition of that, but so students could participate in activities before fall break (Oct. 10-11), Oct. 7 was chosen. 

“When we celebrate these cultures, including mine, that shows that the indigenous people are still here and still exist,” said Thomasina Dinehdeal, vice president of the American Indian Council and a member of the Navajo Nation.

The university-wide activities will represent the nearly 400 million indigenous people worldwide who come from 5,000 different cultures.

Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to learn more about these culture from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Tempe, Downtown Phoenix and West campuses. The Downtown Phoenix campus will also have another celebration from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on Oct. 10.

“Indigenous Peoples Day to me is about celebrating the lives of all people. It helps to bring awareness to and acknowledges the (at times) voiceless,” wrote Lorenzo Yazzie, American Indian Council Secretary and a member of the Navajo Nation. “With its passing, I’m happy that the university respects our existence.”

Various student organizations have collaborated to bring performances, arts and voices to the campus events.

“I am just a vessel for all those who have came before me, and I hold it my responsibility to share the knowledge that my ancestors have granted me with the ASU community,” Tom said.

Reporter, ASU Now

ASU Gammage art gallery presents new artists

October 3, 2016

The ASU Gammage Art Gallery will showcase three new artists from Oct. 6 to Nov. 2. 

Two artists from the S.N.A.P. art group, Shain LaBarge and Diane A. Bond, will be featured. Additionally, independent artist Barbara Colby will have her watercolor paintings on display.  Bay Tripper by Shain LaBarge Bay Tripper by Shain LaBarge Download Full Image

Shain LaBarge, an acrylic and oil painter, left college 20 years ago to cement his colorful style traveling across the country where he was introduced to a new, different world of being an artist. His exhibits in cafes led to restaurants, as well as galleries. He's sold many works along the way and developed new techniques and style.

While traveling opened his eyes to culture, his aspiration drove him to find something more secure, so he began a career at the Phoenix Art Museum to supplement his income. Despite his art exhibits, experiences with wide displays, and the articles in Santa Fe and France on his art, LaBarge said that still will never give him the exposure needed for a sale. He believes sales come when a work makes a person feel good.

Bond attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. She majored in commercial photography from 1983-1987 and moved to Phoenix in 1998. She’s had 18 years of documentation photography work experience including: City on Detroit Media Department, Arizona Historical Society, City of Phoenix Historical Preservation, Arizona Humanities Council, and Glendale Historical Preservation Annual Bus Tour. Bond typically works with watercolors and pencils to create her art. 

Watercolor paintings by Barbara Colby

Lastly, Barbara Colby was born and raised in New England and came to Arizona in 1965. She started painting and drawing when she retired from ASU in 2013 where she was assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and faculty associate in philosophy. Her husband was on English faculty at ASU, but has retired.

Exhibit hours at ASU Gammage are Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Due to rehearsals, event set-up, performances, special events and holidays, it is advisable to call (480) 965-6912 or (480) 965-0458 to ensure viewing hours, since they are subject to cancellation without notice.

Staff Council invites ASU employees to buy discounted football tickets

September 29, 2016

Arizona State University Staff Council invites faculty and staff to the UCLA vs. ASU football game at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Fans will wear gold to support ASU.

Tickets cost $8 on the upper level are $25 on the lower level.  ASU wide receiver catching football Faculty and staff can enjoy a day of Sun Devil Football with tickets starting at just $8 in the upper level or $25 lower level on Oct. 8. Download Full Image

Employees may call the Sun Devil Ticket Office at 480-727-0000 to purchase tickets. Purchasing tickets over the phone is the only method to purchase tickets using payroll deduction.

To purchase tickets online use your ASU Athletics login information or visit the Athletics contact webpage.

Visit ASU Athletics for information on accessing the stadium and the clear bag requirements.

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ASU Book Group puts readers in touch with authors

ASU Book Group kicks off its sixth season Sept. 28.
See this year's lineup for ASU book club.
September 27, 2016

Monthly meetings feature books by ASU faculty, Valley residents, more

ASU professor Martin Matustik discovered at the age of 40 that he was the child of a Holocaust survivor. It opened his eyes to a world of trauma and suffering he never realized was so close to him.

Matustik's journey led him to write “Out of Silence: Repair Across Generations,” one of the selections in the ASU Book Group's upcoming sixth season.

The group began in fall 2011 when it was established by now-retired ASU media relations officer Judith Smith, and very often the authors attend the monthly meetings.

It's a great learning experience, and just plain fun to hear the authors talk about what motivated them to write the book, and how it all took place,” Smith said.

ASU Book Group meetings are held from noon to 1 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month at the Virginia G. Piper Writers House on the Tempe campus. After the book discussion, group members are encouraged to join the author for lunch at the University Club (attendees should be advised to bring their own lunch).

Other ASU authors featured this season include assistant professor of English Matt Bell, whose book “Scrapper” tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic Detroit; and associate professor of English Tara Ison, whose debut collection of short fiction “Ball” explores the darker side of love, sex and death, and how they are often intimately connected.

Past books have included “Gettysburg, 1913: A Novel of the Great Reunion,” by Alan Simon, lecturer at the W. P. Carey School of Business; “The Best of a Better View,” by Chris Benghue, ASU alum and columnist for The Catholic Sun; and “A World Apart,” by Camelia Skiba with ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Skiba is one of ASU Book Group’s most enthusiastic members.

“It’s free and at your feet; all it takes is a walk through the campus and you’re there,” she said. “Make friends, learn something, discover new subjects, enhance your imagination … the list can go on.”

The ASU Book Group is sponsored by the Department of English. It is free and open to all members of the ASU community.

The schedule for the ASU Book Group’s sixth year:

Sept. 28: “Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders,” by Linda Valdez, editorial writer for The Arizona Republic

book coverNot a typical immigration story, “Crossing the Line” is told by a middle-class American woman who falls in love with the son of an impoverished family from rural Mexico – a man who crosses the border illegally to be with her.

Married in 1988, Linda and Sixto Valdez learn to love each other’s very different families and cultures, raising their child to walk proudly in both worlds. “Crossing the Line” cuts through the fears and preconceptions that fuel the continuing political turmoil over immigration.

Oct. 26: “Scrapper,” by Matt Bell, assistant professor of English at ASU

book coverAuthor of the well-received novel “In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods,” Bell returns to tell the tale of a post-apocalyptic Detroit in “Scrapper.” A devastating reimagining of one of America’s greatest cities, it forces the reader to confront the consequences of one’s actions, even when they are made with the best intentions.

Nov.  30: “Angela Hutchinson Hammer: Arizona's Pioneer Newspaperwoman,” by Betty E. Hammer Joy, ASU alum and Phoenix resident

book coverIn 1905, with her marriage dissolved and desperate to find a way to feed her children, Angela Hutchinson Hammer bought a handpress, some ink and a few fonts of type and began printing a little tabloid called the Wickenburg Miner. In her naïveté, she never dreamed this purchase would place her squarely in the forefront of power struggles during Arizona's early days of statehood. Betty Hammer Joy tells her grandmother’s story based on her prodigious writing and correspondence, newspaper archives and the recollections of family members.

Also Nov. 30: “Sam, The Freeway Isn't A Cattle Trail Anymore: Stories Of Early 1900's Rural Life In The Salt River Valley, Arizona,” by Sam Joy, ASU alum and Valley resident

book coverJoy was born in Phoenix and raised on his dad’s farm along with a cattle operation on the north side of the Salt River Valley. This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of the ancient Hohokam, who developed an extensive irrigation system in the Valley; early rural life, farm practices, how the Depression and World War II changed the Valley, and much more.

Jan. 25: “At Home With the Aztecs: An Archaeologist Uncovers Their Daily Life,” by Michael Smith, professor of anthropology at ASU and director of the ASU Teotihuacan Laboratory in Mexico City

book coverSmith begins his new book by discussing what the Aztecs weren’t: blood-mad maniacs compulsively slicing off heads or miserable faceless slaves dying on vast construction projects.

Ordinary Aztecs were well-to-do. They had nice things: bronze bells and needles, crystal jewelry, musical instruments. Noble households had nice things, too; they just had more of them. And everyone wanted the latest styles from Tenochtitlan, Smith says.

The book explores three stories simultaneously: the title subject; what it’s like working on a dig in Mexico; and his experiences raising two daughters while uncovering ancient towns.

Feb. 22: “Ball,” by Tara Ison, associate professor of English at ASU

book cover“Ball” is the debut collection of short fiction by Ison, acclaimed author of the novels “Rockaway” and “A Child Out of Alcatraz.” In it, she explores the darker side of love, sex and death. The stories, set mostly in contemporary Los Angeles, feature a recently bereaved young woman, a cancer-stricken best friend and a dying uncle.

The Design Observer Group named the cover of “Ball” one of the 50 best book covers of 2015.

March 29: “Out of Silence: Repair Across Generations,” by Martin Beck Matuštík, professor and director of The Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies at ASU

book coverIn 1997, Martin Beck Matuštík made a dramatic discovery at the age of forty: He was the child of a Holocaust survivor. His mother's shocking secret came from the most unlikely of places: shoeboxes full of her literary and personal archives. These dramatic revelations changed his life forever and set him on a path to discover his true identity. His research unveiled his mother's remarkable life – and the truth behind her painful decision to reject her Jewish heritage and keep it hidden from her family.

April 26: “A Solemn Pleasure to Imagine, Witness, and Write (The Art of the Essay),” by Melissa Pritchard, professor emerita of English at ASU

book coverIn an essay contained in “A Solemn Pleasure,” Pritchard poses the question, “Why write?” The collection attempts to answer that question, among others, by proving the power of language. The various essays explore themes of imagination, literary figures past, Pritchard’s personal experiences and finding inspiration in our own lives.

May 31: TBA

Possible extra meetings (dates still to be determined):

book cover book coverJewell Parker Rhodes, “Towers Falling” and “Bayou Magic.” Rhodes is director of the Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU and winner of numerous awards.

 book coverPatricia Murphy, “Hemming Flames.” Murphy is an ASU alum and a senior lecturer in the College of Letters and Sciences at the Polytechnic campus. The book won the May Swenson Poetry Award, a competition organized by University Press of Colorado and its imprint, Utah State University Press.


Nominations being accepted for ASU MLK student award

September 19, 2016

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director for ASU Gammage and ASU MLK Jr. Committee Chair, is soliciting nominations for the 2017 ASU MLK Jr. Student Servant-Leadership Award. This year’s theme is "Be the Face of Change."

The ASU MLK Jr. Committee will present a Servant-Leadership Award to an ASU student at the MLK breakfast on Jan. 19, 2017 at the ASU Polytechnic campus.  MLK March on ASU's West campus Students participate in the annual MLK March on ASU's West campus. Download Full Image

Servant-leadership is a practical philosophy, which supports people who choose to serve first, and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. Servant leaders may or may not hold formal leadership positions. Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening and the ethical use of power and empowerment. 

ASU Gammage requests help in identifying a student servant-leadership awardee. The student must be currently enrolled full-time, exemplify the ideals of servant-leadership and have a track record of commitment through volunteer service. Candidates may submit his or her resume with this form. Letters of recommendation are acceptable, but no more than two. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

The ASU MLK Jr. Committee will provide a $1,500 scholarship to the awardee to be used towards his or her educational costs. This scholarship is available to ASU full-time undergraduate or graduate students. The winner must be a full-time student during the spring 2017 semester. 

All applications will be reviewed and three finalists will be selected. Finalists will have 30-minute interviews with the committee on Friday morning, Oct. 14. Finalists will be contacted for their interview. The awardee must be able to attend the breakfast on Jan. 19, 2017.

Submit this nomination by close of business on Oct. 7, through campus mail to Michelle Johnson at MC 0205, fax 480/965-7663 or e-mail mmjcap@asu.edu. Download the form here.

Public relations manager, ASU Gammage


Gratitude for your attitude: ASU launches free Sun Devil Rewards app

ASU merchandise, exclusive experiences available to Sun Devils around the world

September 14, 2016

Now, there’s an app for that.

Arizona State University has announced the launch of Sun Devil Rewards, its new official loyalty program app. Sun Devil Rewards awards “Pitchforks” to users who connect with the university via the app by playing trivia games, answering surveys and polls; attending events; sharing news stories; connecting socially via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; purchasing ASU merchandise online; and more. Sun Devil Rewards The fun and engaging Sun Devil Rewards app keeps score with Pitchforks that can be redeemed for free prizes, everything from VIP tickets and golf packages to autographed memorabilia and exclusive tours of ASU landmarks. Download Full Image

Unlike most rewards programs, which require purchases to obtain product discounts, Sun Devil Rewards keeps score with Pitchforks that are earned simply by interacting with the app and redeemed for free prizes.

“This app is, pure and simple, a rewards program; the university’s unique way of saying thanks to its family of 400,000-plus alumni around the world, its faculty, staff, students and everyone who is engaged with ASU,” said Dan Dillon, university chief marketing officer. “There is no cost whatsoever, and Pitchforks are earned easily, just by doing what Sun Devils normally do, which is being a part of the fabric of ASU, following its progress and activities and staying connected.”

Pitchforks can be redeemed for unique ASU experiences, Sun Devil merchandise and sweepstakes opportunities. Among early rewards are VIP tickets and backstage passes to ASU Gammage events, golf packages, autographed memorabilia and exclusive tours of such ASU landmarks as the world’s largest university-based meteorite vault. Additional rewards and sweepstakes prizes will be regularly added to the program catalog.

When registering for the first time, users can immediately earn 250 Pitchforks by tapping the “Secret Word” button on the app homepage and entering ASULAUNCHNEWS.

“This is our way of honoring alumni and all advocates of Arizona State University,” said Dillon. “We have built an app that is inviting, engaging and rewarding for all.”

To download Sun Devil Rewards, go to the Apple App or Google Play stores.

Written by Stephen Des Georges, ASU Enterprise Marketing Hub 

Campus date harvest, sales come to Tempe, Polytechnic campuses

September 13, 2016

Every Saturday in October, volunteers cut down, wash, sort and sell dates: a sweet treat that grows on two Arizona State University campuses. The Polytechnic campus date grove cultivates 40 varieties, the largest known public collection.

Sustainability graduate student Zoë Stein said not many students know that ASU harvests rare dates. ASU grows and sells rare and sometimes expensive dates, some of which are only widely available in the Middle East. ASU campus harvest dates ASU grows and sells rare, sometimes expensive dates during the fall semester. Download Full Image

“A few of the species of dates that we grow here only grow in Iran,” she said. “And we have some on campus, which is crazy. This (harvest) is my favorite thing in the fall. When I studied abroad in Denmark, I was heartbroken to miss this event.”

Stein said she had taken home dates after volunteering. 

“Dates are pretty expensive, so I get to do some baking that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to do on my student budget,” Stein added.

Polytechnic harvest and sale

Students are invited to volunteer for the Polytechnic campus harvest via Changemaker Central @ ASU or online. The volunteers collaborate with Grounds Services on both campuses. Deborah Thirkhill, campus harvest program coordinator, said the harvest provides students with a unique volunteer opportunity.

“You get to taste the dates, and you’re exposed to different varieties that way,” she said. “We’re going to harvest about 3,500 pounds (of dates) from about 138 date palms.”

ASU date harvest cleaning

ASU date harvest cleaning.

After the Polytechnic campus harvest, a roadside stand opens to the public at 11 a.m. Twenty date varieties will be for sale at $4 to $5 per pound. Unlike previous years, the dates only will be sold at this roadside stand.

Polytechnic campus students began dates’ the circle of life when they identified, harvested and hand-pollinated date flowers. The process began in April 2016.

“Students learned about the rich history, cultivation and harvest of an ancient arid land crop,” Cynthia James-Richman, an Applied Biological Sciences/Sustainable Horticulture instructional professional said. “Students now appreciate the date germplasm bank’s role at the Polytechnic campus.”

Tempe campus date sale

Every Friday in October, Medjool and Hayany dates will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for around $4 per pound on Cady Mall. Students may volunteer to sell the dates harvested from about 80 Tempe campus palms.

If you can’t attend the post-harvest festivities, the dates are a featured ingredient in fall dining hall dishes, Thirkhill said. 

Peter Northfelt

Editor assistant, Business and Finance Support – Communications


ASU completed $35M in facilities upgrades over summer

September 7, 2016

Arizona State University community members may  notice significant changes to facilities and grounds that happened over the summer. ASU Facilities Development and Management (FDM) completed 75 projects that totaled $35 million across all campuses.

“While summer is often thought of as the university’s slow time, this is the time of year that FDM is busiest,” said Bruce Nevel, Facilities Development and Management associate vice president. “The facilities staff takes advantage of the increased availability of buildings to complete repairs, maintenance and upgrades.” Beus Center for Law and Society The Beus Center for Law and Society, which houses the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law was completed in time for the fall semester. Download Full Image

ASU opened the Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix and continued Sun Devil Stadium renovations. New date palms on Palm Walk upgraded the southern portion of the scenic path. Facilities Development and Management also renovated 30 campus classrooms across the campuses.

Beus Center for Law and Society

This $129 million, 280,000 gross-square-foot, state-of-the-art home to Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law includes a law library, civic outreach center, various centers and institutes and the ASU Alumni Law Group. The building’s sustainable elements include:

  • 90 percent of construction materials recycled
  • building exterior includes Arizona sandstone, aluminum and glass windows
  • desert-adaptive planting and water features to help minimize onsite irrigation
  • interior vacancy sensors for reducing power usage
  • LED lights used throughout the building

Sun Devil Stadium – Phase II

new seats in Sun Devil Stadium

The 490,000 gross-square-foot Phase II reinvention of the stadium’s north and west sides include:

  • a large plaza deck on the north end for groups and events, including concession areas and restrooms
  • a rebuilt end zone that will host a new Student Athlete Facility with offices, training facilities, locker rooms, counseling space and other amenities to support Sun Devil student athletes
  • additional restrooms, concessions and elevators along a new main concourse
  • enhanced cellular and wireless connectivity to enhance the game day experience
  • new stadium seating with chair backs and cup holders.

The Sun Devil Stadium renovation, a $268 million investment, is slated for fall 2017 completion, and will provide both a completely reinvented facility for Sun Devil football and a locus for a wide range of programs and activities for both campus and community throughout the year

Palm Walk – Phase I

New palm trees are installed on Palm Walk

A three-phase plan to renew the iconic Tempe Campus Palm Walk began in July. Phase one replaced 35 aging fan palms with date palms located between Computing Commons and the Sun Devil Fitness Complex. Benefits include more shade for pedestrians and fruit for the university’s annual date harvest

Art Building

inside of renovated ASU art building

The Tempe Campus Art Building saw replacement of original flooring, ceilings and art displays. The building now features polished concrete floors, an exposed concrete elevator shaft, new ceilings and two display cases for 2-D and 3-D art pieces. The main entrance to the Harry Wood Gallery and the Art Administration offices were replaced with glass.

Memorial Union

renovated Pitchforks at ASU Memorial Union

The Memorial Union on the Tempe Campus saw the removal of Taco Bell and a renovated Pitchforks Dining Hall. The existing Pitchforks and Taco Bell restaurants were completely remodeled into a new expanded Pitchforks complete with a new menu.

Computing Commons – 3rd floor

Two classrooms adjacent to the expansive collaboration lobby were renovated for Global Launch. Low-horizon workstations allow for views of Palm Walk and the Sun Devil Fitness Complex fields for Global Launch staff.

Additional capital projects:

  • The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy in the College of Public Policy and Community Solutions moved into the first floor of the Westward Ho in downtown Phoenix. This newly renovated, 14,300 gross-square-foot space also provides residents with a new state-of-the-art clinic.
  • 4,700 gross-square-feet was renovated in the Engineering Center G Wing and provides multi-functional classrooms, office and meeting space.
  • Stucco and exterior paint colors were updated on downtown Phoenix Mercado buildings; perforated metal panels replaced fabric canopies over the building’s courtyards.
  • Starbucks opened on the first floor of Noble Library.
  • Classroom and laboratory renovations:

- Separate ADA enhancements were made in three auditoriums in Tempe Discovery Hall to create dedicated, fixed-furniture solutions to accommodate ADA students.

- New furniture was added amid ongoing upgrades to the Classroom/Lab/Computer Classroom (CLCC) Building at West campus.

- The Simulator Building on the Polytechnic campus received new finishes and furniture.

College of Design North, Bateman Physical Sciences Center F and Physical Sciences Center H auditoriums were renovated with new finishes, fixed-auditorium seating and upgraded lighting.

- 4,238 gross-square-feet of existing classroom space was updated with new flooring and paint throughout the Social Sciences and Physical Sciences Center A/Wexler Hall buildings.

- 3,600 gross-square-feet of university classroom space was added to the Arizona Center second floor on the Downtown Phoenix campus. The 80-seat classroom is planned to accommodate spring 2017 classes.

- 970 gross-square-feet Language Lab space opened at the Arizona Center for the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

These completed projects are only a part of more than $800 million in ASU capital projects now in some phase of planning, design or construction. Additional projects include Biodesign Institute Building C construction, Hayden Library reinvention, a new building for the Herberger Young Scholars Academy, expansion of the University Library Archives on the Polytechnic Campus, construction of the Tempe Campus Student Pavilion and replacement of Palo Verde Main Residence Hall, among others.

Learn more about ASU’s past, present and future construction projects and follow Facilities Development and Management on Twitter @ASUfacilities.

ASU Gammage art gallery features Mesa Art League's Fine Art Show

September 1, 2016

ASU Gammage will be featuring a variety of art pieces from the Mesa Art League's Fine Art Show Sept. 8 through Oct. 5. 

The walls of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed building will hold many different paintings in several different mediums; oil, water, mixed media and even wood.  "Haulin' Fuel" by Diana Kempton Download Full Image

You can visit the ASU Gammage Art Gallery any Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment by calling 480-965-6912 or 480-965-0458.

Some of the featured artists include:

• Chere McKinney with her work, "Immigration: Ellis Island Hospital." Chere states, “My adventure into the art world by working in color and acrylics for the past four years. Nature or anything unique seems to be where I go to get most of my inspiration. Using details and texture to create my art has been both challenging, frustrating and exciting. Art has become a fascinating and important part of my life.”´

• Carol Hartland's painting, “Cabbage” is from a photo taken in the children's garden in Inness Woods metro park near her home. “I began painting in watercolor about 10 years ago in Westerville Ohio. I had the honor of being accepted into the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, and joined the Westerville Art League, Worthington Area Art League and I was also a Member of the Serendip Art Gallery in Powell, Ohio. I love nature and find a great deal of joy in expressing that joy in my paintings”.

• Diana Kempton took her first course in photography at Phoenix College and has been hooked ever since. The experience of living in the shadow of The Wall in Cold War Berlin with the prosperous West juxtaposed against the East — one vibrant and colorful, one somber and gray — prompted Diana’s photographic exploration of reality and apparent reality from an early age. Favorite subjects are vintage glass patterns ablaze with various light and color sources; flowers, leaves and organic textures; old rusty trucks; and ancient ruins and architecture, where walls have both protected and divided us, providing comfort and also isolation. See her photo, “Haulin' Fuel.”

• Sandra Meissner, “When I was a child I would pretend that the glass doorknobs on my grandmothers thick wooden doors to her home were made out of precious diamonds and when the sun hit then porch door knob the rainbow reflection was made just for me.  I had many memories come back to me while painting this warped door and its classic old diamond.” Painting “From Grandma's House.”

• Rosalie Trulli Vaccaro, the exhibit coordinator, for the Mesa Art League, has been painting in oils for many years. She studied in New York, Florence, Italy and here at the Scottsdale Artists School. Her oil painting shown at ASU Gammage is “Old Fashioned Woman.” According to Rosale, “I am most interested in painting in a realistic, representational manor for figurative paintings and portraits. Primarily working in oils, my paintings are of men, woman and young adults in a specific environment. I hope to tell a story of a place and time, sometimes with a single heroic subject or the same subject in multiply panels."

Public relations manager, ASU Gammage