The Community Performance and Art Center’s gallery showcases a variety of exhibits by Arizona artists. Artist exhibiting in the gallery contribute 25% of their sales to the center. Since the Community Performance and Art Center is a 501(c)3 organization (non-profit), it offers all purchases without sales tax — over a 6% savings.

The Gallery is opened Monday through Friday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, in addition to one hour before performances and during intermission. Every month a reception is held for people to meet and mingle with the featured artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art.


***Special Events***


“Call for Artists”

“Marrying Ink to Paper = Print III”

January 5 TO JANUARY 31, 2017

We have come a long way since our early ancestors first printed an image of their hand on the walls of caves. The intent of this exhibition is to celebrate the diversity of printmaking as a fine art medium in the 21st century. There are no predefined expectations for type or style of work to be considered or selected for this exhibit. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental.

Entries must be original works which feature printmaking as their primary media, including monotype, monoprint, lithography, silk screen, woodcut/block, linocut, etching, engraving, drypoint, gelatin printing, handmade books and three-dimensional work that utilize any of the above printmaking media. CPAC will not consider photography or reproductions of art originally produced in another media.

Arizona artists are invited to participate in this juried exhibition at CPAC. Artists are encouraged to provide an artist statement describing the philosophy or aim of your work. These can be included on the entry form or provided on an attachment.

Each artist can submit up to three pieces. The entry fee is $25 for CPAC members and $35 for non-members. All artwork must be for sale. CPAC will retain 25% of the sale & handle the paper work. Please remember this as you price your work on your entry form. Artist agree to pay CPAC their 25% commission on any work displayed during the exhibit that is sold within 30 days after take-down of the show.

Prizes:First Place – $200, Second Place – $150, Third Place – $100

Juror/Judge:Maria Lee is a printmaker and painter who currently lives in Tucson. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up on the Big Island. She received a BFA from the University of Hawaii and continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. After graduation she taught the apprentice screen printing program at The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Her next move was to France, where she taught printmaking at an American art school in Provence. Maria moved to Tucson in 1999 and earned an MFA in printmaking from the University of Arizona. Maria finds inspiration from landscape and childhood memories which is supported by her love of travel, art residencies and gypsy spirit. She currently teaches book arts at Pima Community College’s West Campus and offers occasional workshops in printmaking, book making, paper marbling and letterpress. View work by Maria at Maria Lee Art

Entry Deadline: December 22, 2016

Download Prospectus


“Call for Artists”

“The Ultimate Art Challenge”

A Silent Auction to Benefit CPAC’s Visual Arts

Artists are invited to participate in this unique event where they are to create a piece of artwork (maximum size of 24″ X 30″) that satisfies two criteria, which will be pulled out of a hat. Each artist will be asked to pick a color scheme (monochromatic, analogous, complementary, split complementary or triadic). Representational artists will also be asked to select a theme such as SW landscape including mountains, SW animal(s), SW dwellings, SW people and petroglyphs, while non-representational artists will be asked to choose a format from the following: grid or geometric; cruciform; landscape (horizontal); vertical; radial; wedges or strata; or medallion or contained shape.

The opening bid for each piece will be $45 with $5 increments. All proceeds will support Visual Arts activities at CPAC.

The art will be exhibited from March 1 – 31, 2017. A gala event on Friday, March 31, 2017, will be held from 5:00—7:00 PM., at which time winning bidders will be announced.

You can email your intention to donate to The Ultimate Art Challenge to ettlsusan@gmail.com or mail the downloaded Commitment to Donate form to Susan Ettl, 1853 W. Via Del Recodo, Green Valley, AZ 85622. We ask you to let us know of your intention to donate to The Ultimate Art Challenge by February 1, 2017.

  • It is understood that all sold art work is a donation to the CPAC and artists of sold work will be sent an acknowledgment letter after the event.
  • Artists will be notified if their painting did not sell and a pick-up date and time will be arranged.


Landscapes: Real and Imaginary II

Featuring Work by Arizona Artists

In the Gallery & Theater Lobby, November 4 – December 18, 2016

Reception: Friday, November 4th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


“Marrying Ink to Paper = Print III”

Featuring Work by Arizona Artists

In the Gallery & Theater Lobby, January 5 – 31, 2017

Reception: Thursday, January 5th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Thirteenth Annual Eva Briggs

Abstract Art Competition

In the Gallery & Theater Lobby, February 4th – February 27, 2017

Reception: Friday, February 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM


An Encaustic Exhibit

Featuring Work by Tucson’s Encaustic Group

In the Theater Lobby, March 1 – 31, 2017

Reception: TBD


The Ultimate Art Challenge

A Silent Auction to Benefit CPAC

Featuring Work by Arizona Artists

In the Gallery, March 1 – 31, 2017

Reception: Friday, March 31st from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Art of Re-Cycle IV

Featuring Work by Arizona Artists

In the Gallery & Theater Lobby, April 5 – May 12, 2017

Reception: Friday, April 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM