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Tucsonan Tineo wins Governor's Arts Award

Tucsonan Tineo wins Governor's Arts Award
By Tom Beal
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson, Arizona Published: 04.19.2006

Tucson muralist David Tineo was given the Governor's Arts Award in the artist category Tuesday at a ceremony in Scottsdale.
Tineo, a native of Douglas who grew up in Tucson's Barrio Anita and lived much of his life at his current home in Menlo Park, has filled his hometown with colorful murals celebrating his Hispanic heritage.
He continues to paint despite the loss of most of his central vision to macular degeneration.
Tineo gave a brief speech in Spanish and English in accepting the award during an event at the Camelback Inn.
He said his art is "all about the kids. It's about giving and learning and keeping an open mind."
One of the leaders of the Chicano mural movement in Arizona, Tineo first made his mark in the '80s at El Rio Neighborhood Center. Tineo, along with muralist Tomás Bandaries and an army of neighborhood children, filled many of the complex's exterior surfaces. As the center expanded, Tineo returned to fill many of the interior spaces as well.
His most noted mural, done in tandem with Antonio Pazos, hangs on the north exterior wall of the Tucson Museum of Art.
In nominating him for the Governor's Arts Award, John Salgado, president of Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, singled out Tineo's work on mural projects with youth, saying he was part of an Art for the People movement that recognized the value of art training and artistic expression for low-income and "at-crisis" children.
In addition to the many community murals created in those after-school and summer programs, Tineo supervised and guided creation of wall murals at more than 25 area schools.
Tineo earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Arizona, and two of his murals still hang on campus. He taught a mural class at Pima Community College's Desert Vista campus where several of his class' murals are displayed.
Awards were also given in four other categories Tuesday.
Shelley Cohn, former executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, was given the arts advocate award.
Gerry Fathauer was given an award for individual support of the arts for her work in developing the Mesa Arts Center.
DMB Associates Inc., a Phoenix-area real-estate and investment firm, was selected for its corporate support of the arts.
The Chandler Center for the Arts was recognized for its community support of the arts.
Bonnie Dent, high-school art teacher from Williams, won for support of the arts in education.
The Governor's Arts Awards have been sponsored for 25 years by Arizona Citizens for the Arts.
Previous winners of the artist award include flutist and composer R. Carlos Nakai, painter Fritz Scholder, artist and architect Paolo Soleri, Tucson glass artist Tom Philabaum and theater director David Ira Goldstein.
● Contact reporter Tom Beal at 573-4158 or tbeal@azstarnet.co