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    ‘No Ordinary’ art on display at UA Museum

    Savannah Douglas
    Savannah Douglas // The Daily Wildcat At the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Colin Chillag displays his oil on canvas art. All of Chillag’s art is part of the No Ordinary Place exhibition.

    This is the final week Tucsonans can visit the “No Ordinary Place” exhibit currently on display at the UA Museum of Art.

    “No Ordinary Place,” an exhibit made up of the work by Carrie Marill, Matthew Moore, Kevin Cyr and Colin Chillag, aims to showcase settings that wouldn’t typically be thought of as beautiful or inspiring, such as a Circle K or a mobile home. Artists took a variety of approaches in creating their work, depicting scenes from both urban and nature settings.

    “It is a good exhibition for people who aren’t as savvy with the art world,” said Brooke Grucella, a professor of practice at the UA School of Art and curator for the exhibit. Each artist brought an “exceptional amount of aesthetically crafted work” to the exhibit, which will help encourage self-interpretation and dialogue among viewers of all ages and backgrounds, she said.

    “[It] makes you think about what you’re thinking,” Grucella said.

    However, despite the fact that Chillag’s work was chosen to be featured, he said he is not always confident in taking chances with his art.

    “It used to be something that was really discomforting for me,” Chillag said.

    Chillag will be in attendance to discuss his artwork and give an oral presentation from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    The artist was born in Syracuse, N.Y., but has lived in Phoenix for the better part of a decade. His work is on display in galleries throughout the country, including in Miami, Los Angeles and his hometown. Tucson is the latest addition to the list.

    “It’s a really welcome opportunity. It’s an honor,” Chillag said. “That’s always where I was always kind of hoping to end up … In the back of my mind was always the museum.”

    Chillag said people should view the exhibit because the featured art spotlights aspects of everyday life that people don’t necessarily view as art.

    The exhibit, which has been open to the public since the end of May, will end on Sunday. Chillag said he hopes to receive a positive reaction from the community.

    “I just let go,” Chillag said. “I certainly hope people enjoy it.”
    Admission to the museum is free for students with ID, faculty and staff, and $5 for adults.

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