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Featured Artist: Cita Scott

Each month a new local artist is given the opportunity to feature work in Oro Valley Council Chambers. If you are a local artist or you know of a local artist that would like to be featured in the Council Chambers, please call 520-229-4700. If you would like to view the featured art, please schedule an appointment with Economic Development Specialist Margie Adler at 520-229-4758 or Click here for an archive of featured artists.

Photograph by Cita Scott

Scott’ s work celebrates nature through still life and landscapes in acrylic, collage and photography. Her infusion of colors and light of the desert southwest reflect twenty five years of life in Tucson, while  her flowers and birds explore the wonder surrounding us in a myriad of moments every day, sometimes in surprising ways. A tiny hummingbird becomes monumental.

October 6, 2016

A peony dropping petals in a tarnished vase becomes frozen in time. Flowers seem to stem from carrots, and brussel sprouts blossom next to roses. There is magic in the ephemeral which delights and surprises.

Born in California, Cita grew up on the east coast and traveled extensively, particularly in Europe, where she studied at La Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid and La Sorbonne in Paris. A major in studio art and art history, she received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in NY, She was an assistant painting instructor for the University of Michigan’s Semester Abroad Art Program in Lacoste, France, and spent several summers painting on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona. Before painting full time, Cita was assistant director of the Pyramid Galleries Ltd in Washington, D.C., and manager of the Max Hutchinson Gallery in New York.

Cita has had museum exhibits at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, N.C. She has exhibited in numerous individual and group shows in Washington, D.C., New York and California. In Tucson, Cita has had one person shows at the Temple of Music and Art, The Jewish Community Center and Northern Trust Bank, and participated in several group pop-ups. Her work is represented in museum and corporate collections, as well as private collections throughout the country, and can be seen in Tucson in the collections of The Arizona So\nora Desert Museum, Northern Trust Bank and The DoubleTree Hotel.

Cita is currently an advisor to the Community School Garden Program of the UA where she’s working with children at Manzo Elementary, among several other schools in the program, and their teachers to create an art component to add to the science and math taught through the gardens.

To see more of Cita’s work, including her jewelry, go to her website:, or contact her to visit her studio downtown in the newly-renovated Axle building.