Tucson is a mecca for the visual arts and artists. Maybe it’s the light. Maybe it’s the company.

Whatever the reason, we have plenty to look forward to over the next year when it comes to art exhibits.

Here are a couple we look forward to, and one that’s here already:

  • Ceramics artist
  • Rose Cabat
  • , a much-loved fixture in Tucson, turns 100 this year, and the Tucson Museum of Art celebrates with “Rose Cabat at 100: A Retrospective Exhibition of Ceramics.” Cabat’s glazes on her small pots — she calls them “feelies” — are luxurious and innovative. And while she’s about to reach the century mark, she isn’t about to quit creating. The exhibit is on view Feb. 1-Sept. 14. The Tucson Museum of Art is at 140 N. Main Ave., 624-2333.
  • February, Black History Month, will recall the Civil Rights Movement, and that dangerous and tumultuous time was documented with great insight by photographer Danny Lyon. Lyon headed south in 1962 with a camera in hand. Within a week, he was thrown in jail, looking through the bars at Martin Luther King Jr. It was shortly after that that he became the official photographer for the Atlanta-based Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which was instrumental in the push for civil rights. Etherton Gallery’s exhibit of a major body of Lyon’s work from that era — “Danny Lyon: Memories of the Civil Rights Movement” — is slated for Feb. 4-April 19. Etherton is at 135 S. Sixth Ave., 624-7370.
  • Over at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, a series of exhibits show some of its impressive collections, and give thanks to those who made them possible. On view through March 24 is “The Modern Spirit: Selections from the Edward J. Gallagher III Memorial Collection.” Edward Gallagher Jr. was a Baltimore businessman with a love of art. He had lost his 13-year-old son, Edward Gallagher III, in an accident and wanted to establish a lasting memorial to him. He did that through gifts of art donated over the years; between 1954 and 1978, he gave close to 200 pieces of modern art to the UAMA, allowing the museum to amass an impressive collection of works by some of the most important artists of the last century. The museum is in the UA Fine Arts Complex, near North Park Avenue and East Speedway, 621-7567.