Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tennis Legend John McEnroe and World-Renowned Artist Eric Fischl Team Up for Fundraising Event Combining Tennis and Art

Join Phoenix College for a special event presented by Lennar: For the Love of Art

Phoenix College Eric Fischl Lecture Series and the Phoenix Art Museum present John McEnroe: We Can Be Serious

McEnroe will discuss his contemporary art collection, sharing insights about why he has chosen to purchase certain pieces.

Presented as part of the Contemporary Forum Series

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Whiteman Hall at Phoenix Art Museum, Central Avenue and McDowell Road

Admission: Free and open to the public

Charity Tennis Event: John McEnroe vs. Andrei Pavel

When: Thursday, April 15, 2010

6:00 p.m. Preliminary match

7:00 p.m. Feature match between John McEnroe and Andrei Pavel

8:00 p.m. Doubles matches with John McEnroe and Sponsors

9:00 p.m. VIP Post Match Reception with John McEnroe and Eric Fischl

Where: Camelback Village Racquet and Health Club, 4444 E. Camelback Road

Admission: Tickets are $50 per person for tennis event only, $150 per person for tennis plus a reception with Fischl and McEnroe. Tickets may be purchased at the Camelback Village Racquet and Health Club front desk.

Tennis fans around the world know John McEnroe as one of the most successful and high-profile players in the history of the game. For the Love of Art teams McEnroe with his friend Eric Fischl, one of the world’s top contemporary artists, to help raise funds to benefit the Phoenix College Eric Fischl Scholars Program and the John and Patty McEnroe Foundation.

Fischl’s work has been featured in galleries, museums, and private collections around the globe. An alumnus of Phoenix College, he celebrates his connection to the college by returning annually to present the Eric Fischl Lecture Series. Each year, he brings along a friend to highlight the annual Phoenix Art Museum event, presented as part of the Contemporary Forum series. McEnroe will be the featured speaker this year. Those who think they “know” McEnroe may not be aware of the existence of The John McEnroe Gallery in New York City’s Soho area, where he collects and trades art and showcases the work of contemporary artists. McEnroe’s presentation is entitled We Can Be Serious, a riff on the title of his best-selling autobiography, You Cannot Be Serious.

In conjunction with the lecture, Fischl will present the prestigious Vanguard Award to two Phoenix College students competing in the college’s 2010 student art competition, which will be exhibited in Phoenix Art Museum’s Great Hall prior to the lecture. Each student selected for the Vanguard Award receives a $2,500 cash prize. Fischl will also celebrate the Eric Fischl Scholars Program, which recruits students to study fine art at Phoenix College and is the first program of its kind among community colleges.

For the Love of Art is sponsored through a partnership between Lennar, Village Health Clubs & Spas, Phoenix College, Phoenix Art Museum’s Contemporary Forum, Londen Companies, Systems Solutions Inc., Climatec, Phoenix Motor Company and Dr. Abbus Fazel DDS.

For details, visit www.phoenixcollege.edu/loveart.

Polish Your Resumé at PC

The Phoenix College Alumni Association's (PCAA) Professional Alumni Connection Committee will present a free opportunity for students to polish their resumés during the PC Resumé Day on Saturday, April 10, 2010.


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: “The Right Resumé”
Presented by Dr. Ann Nelson ‘04, Doctor of Business Administration and Leadership Program Content Chair at Grand Canyon University, and Phoenix College alumna Dr. Nelson has nearly 15 years experience as a human resources executive and manager. Students will learn practical tips on how to prepare a resumé that will give them the edge in today’s competitive job market.

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Personal Resume Review
Students may bring in their resumé and have a professional go over it with them. First impressions, resumé goal, organization, and suggestions for improvement are just some of the areas to be covered.

Saturday, April 10, 2010
9:00 a.m.

Phoenix College Willo Room
Located south of Osborn Road on 10th Avenue
(NE corner of 10th Avenue & Flower Street)

Free and open to all PC students
RSVP required

Call (602) 285-7652 or email alexis.walker@pcmail.maricopa.edu

Sponsored by:
Phoenix College Alumni Association (PCAA) Professional Alumni Connection Committee

PC Resumé Day is part of the Alumni Association's Career Charisma Programming.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hannelly Center Remodeling Forum

Students are invited to the Hannelly Center Remodeling Forum. Participants will have the opportunity to view the remodeling plans and discuss with the architects and college administration about the project.

Free Ice Cream Social to follow discussion.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
12:30 -1:45 p.m.

Phoenix College - C Building, Room 102
1202 W. Thomas Rd.

More Information: Contact Student Life & Leadership at (602) 285-7231

Sponsored by the Phoenix College Student Leadership Council

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hold on to your seats! The Phoenix Symphony String Orchestra is on the way!

If you are looking for some fun this Wednesday afternoon, enjoy an hour of up close and personal performance with the Phoenix Symphony String Orchestra.


Strings from The Phoenix Symphony Chamber Ensemble
Benjamin Rous, conductor
Maricopa Community Colleges Concert

Phoenix College - Bulpitt Auditorium
1202 W. Thomas Rd.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
2:00 p.m.

Britten ~ Simple Symphony, op.4
I. Boisterous Bourée
II. Playful Pizzicato
III. Sentimental Saraband
IV. Frolicsome Finale

Sibelius ~ Romance in C major for Strings, op.42

Bartók ~ Rumanian Folk Dances, for String Orchestra
I. Jocul cu bâta (Stick Dance)
II. Brâul (Waistband Dance)
III. Pe Loc (Stamping Dance, or On the Spot)
IV. Buciumeana (Hornpipe Dance)
V. Poarga româneasca (Rumanian Polka)
VI. Maruntel (Quick Dance)

Tchaikovsky ~ Serenade for Strings in C major, op.48
I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina

This program is a partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges that provides introductions to orchestral music for undergraduate and continuing education students, as well as for general members of the surrounding community.

Approximately 2,500 people participate annually. Developed in 1997, this program features performances on four Maricopa Community College Campuses by Strings from The Phoenix Symphony Chamber Ensemble. Comprised of twenty-five members of The Phoenix Symphony’s string section and conducted by Assistant Conductor Benjamin Rous, these performances are educational and engaging. Rous presents the history and cultural significance of each work performed, and invites the audience to ask questions throughout the program. This year’s performances will include the complete Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten, and will feature composers Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and Bartók.

Benjamin Rous joined The Phoenix Symphony as Assistant Conductor in September of 2008. He plans and conducts the Symphony Connections and Symphony for the Schools series, as well as Family and outreach concerts, in locations throughout the Valley and in Symphony Hall. He was appointed conductor of the Phoenix Youth Symphony in early 2009, and presents his first concerts with them during the current season. Mr. Rous studied music at Harvard University, where he served as music director of Harvard’s Bach Society Orchestra, and subsequently studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan. His compositions have been performed by the Portland (ME) Youth Symphony, the New England Conservatory Preparatory String Orchestra, the Boston Latin High School String Orchestra, and the Fromm Players at Harvard.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Year-Round Student Massage Clinic at Phoenix College Opens Friday, March 26th!

Year-Round Student Massage Clinic at Phoenix College
Opens Friday, March 26th!

Phoenix College massage students invite you to schedule an appointment for a massage at the new year-round Student Clinic. The cost is just $20 for a one-hour massage!

Appointments may be requested via online scheduling at the Phoenix College Therapeutic Massage website, www.phoenixcollege.edu/he/tm or by calling 602.285.7550. This is a message-only line. Please leave your name, contact phone number, and appointment request. Your call will be returned within two business days.

Appointments are available:

Fridays at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:45 p.m.
Saturdays at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:45 a.m.

Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete your health intake form. The health intake form can be downloaded in advance via the appointment website to save time.

Minors may schedule an appointment for massage; however, a parent must be present for the length of the appointment and cannot be scheduled for a massage at the same time.

The cost is $20 for a one-hour massage. All proceeds benefit the development of the Therapeutic Massage Program. Please note that due to state ordinances, massage students may not accept compensation of any kind.

The Student Massage Clinic at Phoenix College is located
on Osborn Road between 10th & 11th Avenues, in room OSW 108.

Visit www.phoenixcollege.edu/he/tm or call 602.285.7550 to schedule your appointment.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Do You Have What it Takes to Become a PC Ambassador?

Applicants must be recommended by an administrator, faculty or staff. If selected, an Ambassador may be compensated with a honorarium each semester. If you are interested, please pick up a nomination form in D102 and return the completed form to Diana Martinez in Recruitment and Retention, D102. Deadline is April 15, 2010.

Interested candidates must be friendly, enthusiastic, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, enrolled in at least 6 credit hours, be in good academic and disciplinary standing and believe in the mission of Phoenix College and the Phoenix College Ambassadors.

The Phoenix College Ambassadors will serve as college recruiters, campus tour guides and student orientation leaders.  Professional training will be provided in the areas of leadership, communication skills, customer service, marketing and recruitment in order to promote the programs, services and resources available at Phoenix College.

Selected candidates must agree to:
  • Participate in 16 hours of professional training in July 2010.
  • Serve 6 hours at each of the semester New Student Orientation programs as student orientation leaders.
  • Serve as needed during the academic year giving on-campus tours, participate in outreach events involving high school students and other potential students and participate with fellow ambassadors in fundraising events that benefit the team.
  • Participate in bi-weekly meetings.

Position Description:
A PC Ambassador (PC-A) conveys information to new students and their families about the college, college programs and services. The PC-A also assists with all orientation events and plays a vital role in facilitating the adjustment of new students to the campus and community. The PC-A position is an outstanding opportunity for any student interested in gaining leadership skills and enhancing his/her marketability for future positions.

The PC-A will assist with orientation events by leading discussion groups with incoming students and family members; assisting in the preparation of orientation activities and materials; explaining academic opportunities and procedures; and acquainting new students with campus services and building locations.  In addition, each PC-A must attend ALL training sessions.

There are a variety of qualities that a PC-A must have: leadership development potential; positive communication skills; a desire to work with students, their families, faculty, and staff; integrity; must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours during each semester of service; good academic standing (3.0 overall GPA); good disciplinary standing; problem solving abilities; sensitivity to diversity in all of its forms; and a positive work ethic.

There are many benefits for outstanding students who pursue an orientation position. Most importantly, PC-As will gain significant leadership experience, an occasion for developing professional relationships with faculty, staff, and students, and skills in effective communication. Additional benefits include 16 hours of training, recognition on campus, interaction with administration, faculty and staff, meetings with snacks provided, and PC Ambassador shirts and name badges. 

Application Process:
  • Applications are available in the Recruitment and Retention Office in office D102.  The administration, faculty or staff must recommend interested applicants.
  • Applications are due in the Recruitment and Retention Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2010.  (Academic and disciplinary standing will be checked.)
  • Applicants must attend a 15-minute panel interview.

Training Days:            Training to be held in July 2010

Training Topics:            Leadership, Customer Service, Communication, Recruitment and Student Orientation Leader skills.

Orientation Day:            Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Latino Film Festival Set for March 23-April 3

Eleven years ago, Phoenix College launched its first Latin American film festival to provide a venue for students studying Spanish to learn the culture of the language. Phoenix College then opened the Latino Film Festival to the public as community interest increased. Throughout the years, the Phoenix College Latino Film Festival has generated local hype—last year drawing an estimated 250 to 300 viewers.

This year, Phoenix College invites community members to celebrate the 11th Annual Latino Film Festival on March 23, 25, 26, 27, 30 and April 1 - 3, 2010. All films will be shown at Phoenix College with the exception of the opening and closing films, which will be screened at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. All films and discussion sessions are free and open to the public.

Discussion and special guest appearances are scheduled to follow each film screening. Special guests and discussion leaders include representatives from the City of Phoenix, Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix, La Voz Newspaper, Arizona State University, and University of Kentucky. Discussion sessions will cover topics including film content, the creative process of developing and producing films in Latin America, and an analysis of the socio-economic and cultural background of the Latin American country the films represent.

“The Phoenix College Latino Film Festival is a way to promote the interest in national and international affairs among our students and community members,” said Trino Sandoval, PC Spanish faculty. “It is important for all of us to see the connection between Latin America and the United States; and how events in these two regions have consequences, both positive and negative, at different levels.”

Films from Mexico, United States, Colombia and Uruguay will be among those featured.

Films are in Spanish with English subtitles. All films and discussion sessions are free and open to the public. Some movies are for mature audiences.

Films showcased during the 2010 Phoenix College Latino Film Festival include:

El Informe Toledo (The Toledo Report) by Albino Alvarez Gomez
Mexico, 2009

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 / Reception: 5:30 p.m.; Film: 6:30 p.m.
Phoenix Art Museum, Whiteman Hall

Discussion with Film Producer and Director Albino Álvarez Gómez

This film weaves a plot where the passion and mastery of the artist are inseparable from his involvement in historical and social matters. Using a series of 15 self-portrait prints of Francisco Toledo (considered by many to be one of the greatest living Mexican artists), this exciting documentary takes us on a journey from Paris of the 1960s to political conflict in Oaxaca in 2006.

Los Herederos (The Heirs) by Eugenio Polgovski
Mexico, 2008

Thursday, March 25, 2010 / 7 p.m.
Phoenix College, Bulpitt Auditorium

Discussion with Mariana de la Fuente, City of Phoenix

This full length documentary offers a stunning, unadorned portrait of the daily lives of poor working indigenous children in different parts of Mexico. The documentary culled from three years of filming. Film director Eugenio Poglovsky denounces the exploitation of these children while celebrating their resilience and resourcefulness. A documentary for the heart and mind.

La Rosa Blanca (The White Rose) by Roberto Gavaldón
Mexico, 1961

Friday, March 26, 2010 / 7 p.m.
Phoenix College, Bulpitt Auditorium

Discussion with Dr. David William Foster, Arizona State University

A peasant called Jacinto Yañez owns a ranch in the middle of the land that foreign oil companies have bought for their exploitation. Jacinto and his wife Carmen live there with their son Domingo and his wife Guadalupe. Mr. Perez visits Jacinto to offer him a large amount of money for his land, but he refuses, and the governor backs him up. One of the foreign investors gets very angry over his refusal to sell and does all he can to convince Jacinto, but since he’s unable to do it, he kills him and takes possession of the ranch. Finally the murder is discovered and the investor flees.

Los Albañiles (The Bricklayers) by Jorge Fons
Mexico, 1976

Saturday, March 27, 2010 / 7 p.m.
Phoenix College Osborn Center, Dome Conference Room

Discussion with Dr. David William Foster, Arizona State University

The overnight guard of a construction building is assassinated. The police investigation reveals not only the possible causes of the crime but also the corruption within the construction company from the owner of the building to the poorest of the bricklayers and the bricklayers union of this unique construction job.

2501 Migrants by Yolanda Cruz
Mexico and USA, 2009

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 / 7 p.m.
Phoenix College, Bulpitt Auditorium

Discussion with Film Director Yolanda Cruz

This full-length documentary explores questions of art, and indigenous community in the context of global migration. Daily, thousands of primarily poor and young indigenous Mexicans abandon their native homes. They start voyages to the “first world” in search of jobs and the hope of a brighter future or any economic future at all. In their wake, they leave behind the hollow footprints of a cultural and domestic abandonment. This documentary portrays the story of Alejandro Santiago, a middle-aged artist and family man from Oaxaca, Mexico. Relatively affluent and erudite, Alejandro returns home after a brief self-exile in France. But upon arrival to his native Teococuilco, he is struck by what he perceives as a virtual ghost town. Alejandro experiences, first hand, the reality that Oaxaca has emerged as one of Mexico’s leading exporters of human labor to the United States. Inspired by this, he decides to create a monumental installation art piece, a 2,501 life-size sculptures as an homage to each individual migrant who left his village.

The Wind Journeys by by Ciro Guerra
Colombia, 2009

Thursday, April 1, 2010 / 7 p.m.
Phoenix College, Bulpitt Auditorium

Discussion with Dr. Juana Suárez, University of Kentucky

For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo traveled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind. But after the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermín, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Tired of loneliness, Ignacio accepts the young man as his pupil and together they traverse the vast Colombian terrain, discovering the musical diversity of Caribbean culture. Hardened by a life of solitude, Ignacio tries to discourage Fermín from following in his footsteps, but destiny has different plans for them.

Gigante (Giant) by Adrián Biniez
Uruguay, 2009

Friday, April 2, 2010 / 7 p.m.
Phoenix College, Bulpitt Auditorium

Discussion with Eduardo Bernal, La Voz Newspaper

Jara is a shy and lonely 35-year-old security guard at a supermarket on the outskirts of Montevideo. He works the night shift, monitoring the surveillance cameras of the entire building. One night Jara discovers Julia, a 25 year old cleaning woman, through one of the cameras and is immediately attracted to her. Night after night, he watches her on the cameras while she works. Soon he starts following her after work: to the cinema, the beach and even to a date with another man. Jara's life becomes a series of routines and rituals around Julia, but eventually he finds himself at a crossroad and must decide whether to give up his obsession or confront it.

Doña Bárbara (Mrs. Barbara) by Fernando de Fuentes
México, 1943

Saturday, April 3, 2010 / 2 p.m.
Phoenix Art Museum, Whiteman Hall

Special Guest: Luis Ángel Castañeda Flores, Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix
Discussion with Dr. Juana Suárez, University of Kentucky

After studying law in Caracas, Santos Luzardo returns to take charge of his herd in Altamira, in the Venezuelan plain controlled by doña Barbara. The woman has the peasants under her thumb, through a mixture of guile, firm hand and witchcraft. The encounter between doña Barbara and Santos causes her to fall in love with the young man and to try to make him hers what ever the cost.

Generous sponsorship is being provided by Arizona Latin@ Arts & Cultural Center; Consulado General de Mexico en Phoenix, Arizona; Latin American Art Alliance; Maricopa Community Colleges; Phoenix Art Museum; Phoenix College; and Televisa.

For more information on the 2009 Latino Film Festival at Phoenix College, contact Dr. Trino Sandoval at (602) 285-7416 or visit www.phoenixcollege.edu/latinofilmfest.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Receive Full Tuition, Books & Living Allowance Through the Nina Scholars Program

~ Deadline is April 1st, 2010 ~
Who Can Apply?
  • Incoming freshman or continuing students ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and having no form of financial support (A person who has experienced time in the child welfare system may have lived in an institution such as group home, child protection agency, special facility for children, and/or with a foster family)
  • College-age youths and adults with physical disabilities
  • Adults 25 years of age or older who have dependents in their household
What are the Criteria?
  • Applicants must qualify for one of the above AND meet all of the following criteria
  • Be working toward their first college degree
  • Be a U.S. Citizen and a resident of Arizona
  • Have a family income no higher than 80% (approx. $41,250) of the median income for Maricopa County
  • Have no more than 24 college-level, degree applicable credits
Additional Information
Information and applications can be downloaded or completed online at: www.maricopa.edu/studentaffairs/NMPLS/Nina

Only completed applications will be reviewed. All forms include application, FAFSA, recommendation letters, essay and unofficial transcripts.

Maricopa Community Colleges
Nina Scholars Program
Division of Academic and Student Affairs
2411 West 14th Street
Tempe, Az 85281

The Nina Scholars Program is funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Dumpster Dive and Comedy Show to Increase Recycling Awareness

To increase recycling awareness and initiatives at Phoenix College (PC), students, staff and faculty will participate in a dumpster dive and enjoy a comedy show presented by Don't Trash AZ on Tuesday, March 9 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Rd.

Participants will collect all trash on campus for a 24-hour period and later dump the college’s trash on the Sophomore Square grounds to separate the discarded items into two piles of recyclables and non-recyclables.

“Since the last dumpster dive, more recycling containers have been placed across campus,” said James Sousa, PC Green Committee Co-Chair. “We hope the results improve from last year. This event will give us a great measure of how much trash we generate on campus and how well we are recycling.”

Last year, the PC Green Committee held the college’s first dumpster dive where 30% of collected trash was salvaged from going to the landfill by being recycled.

At noon, Don’t Trash AZ will present a comedy show where personality Ken Kaz will deliver an entertaining and memorable monologue about litter and its negative impact on the state.

“Our goal is to emphasize the importance of recycling across the entire campus. I believe both adults and young people are more aware of environmental issues and some are making conscious efforts; however, I believe there is more we should be doing,” said Sousa. “Recycling is everyone's responsibility, and it really takes an extra effort from everyone on campus to enforce environmental practices.”

The PC Green Committee helps enhance recycling efforts and awareness across campus. Each year, the committee hosts several events to raise awareness and increase faculty, staff and student involvement. Events include talks on urban farming by Greg Peterson, campus-wide dumpster dives, a screening of The Eleventh Hour, and several Earth Day activities.

To help with the Dumpster Dive or to request more information, contact James Sousa at (602) 285-7154.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Scholarship Workshops Available Through March 11th

The Phoenix College Honors Program and Alumni & Development are pleased to offer students a series of scholarship workshops which will begin on February 22nd and run through March 11th.

In order to provide more focused information, two versions of the workshops will be offered. One version will focus on writing the personal statement and acquiring recommendations, while the second version will focus on accessing and navigating Scholarship Manager, the online application system. Details about each workshop are included below. Information is also available at the PC scholarship website: www.phoenixcollege.edu/scholarships.

Personal Statement & Recommendations:
Learn how to write a dynamic and persuasive personal statement and gain valuable tips on who to ask for letters of recommendation. Seating is limited to 30 people. All sessions take place in the Dalby Building, Room 225.

Choose the session that best fits your schedule:
-- Wednesday, February 24th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
-- Thursday, February 25th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
-- Friday, February 26th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
-- Tuesday, March 9th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
-- Wednesday, March 10th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
-- Thursday, March 11th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Access and Navigate Scholarship Manager:
Learn to access and navigate the new online scholarship application system in order to be automatically considered for thousands of dollars in tuition assistance for next semester. Seating is limited to 30 people. Unless otherwise noted, sessions take place on the lower level of Fannin Library in the Catalina Room.

Choose the session that best fits your schedule:
-- Monday, February 22nd from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
-- Tuesday, February 23rd from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
-- Wednesday, March 3rd from 10:00 - 11:50 a.m.
-- Thursday, March 4th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
-- Tuesday, March 9th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Encanto Room)
-- Wednesday, March 10 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Encanto Room)

*** The deadline for completing and submitting online applications is Friday, April 9, 2010 ***

Experience the Urban Hip Hop Culture Through Unique Art Event

Community members are invited to join Phoenix College students, faculty and staff to experience the urban hip hop culture of Phoenix at the Graffiti Up event. Live graffiti battles, break dance battles and music will be showcased at the free event, which will take place at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Rd. on Friday, March 5, 2010 from 1-8 p.m.

The event will launch with the graffiti battle starting at 1 p.m. as local graffiti artists Brandon Cruz, Gabriel Alvarado and Joseph Perez spray paint 8’ x 9’ graffiti murals on the mobile walls of the Eric Fischl Gallery at Phoenix College. PC alumnus Gabriel Zamora will also exhibit recent artwork in the side gallery.

During a juried competition in February, Graffiti Up co-curators Phoenix College Art Instructor Tim Hernandez and Phoenix College Alumnus and Vangaurd Scholarship Recipient Francisco Garcia selected the artists to participate at the event.

“Graffiti art has been an art form for thousands of years, dating back to ancient hieroglyphics. For the past 20 years, we’ve seen the rise of graffiti art,” said Hernandez. “However, this art form is still underrepresented in art galleries in Phoenix, and this event is a way to reach and recognize graffiti as a common language among many artists in the Valley.”

The graffiti battle will end at 6 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to judge the murals, and the winner will be announced.

The event will also include one-on-one and two-on-two break dance battles to live music by a local DJ. Break dance winners will be selected by three judges and attendees’ majority vote. Artists and dancers will receive a $100 cash award for being selected to participate in the event.

Completed murals will be on display in the Phoenix College Eric Fischl Gallery for the month of March, along with three other art pieces from participating artists. Garcia will also exhibit his graffiti artwork in the gallery. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

For more information about the Graffiti Up event at Phoenix College, contact Hernandez at (602) 285-7283.