The Exhibits Program at Tohono Chul presents visual stories linking the nature, culture and arts of the Southwest. Focusing on the work of regional artists, we display vibrant works of art in a diverse array of thematic group exhibits. The charming adobe Exhibit House, built as a private home in 1937, is an ideal environment for visitors to view Southwestern artworks. Galleries in the Exhibit House are open 9:00am – 5:00pm daily.




April 29 – August 14, 2016 | Main Gallery

Reception with the Artists: Friday, April 29, 2016 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Curator’s Talks: Tuesday, May 3rd and Thursday, May 5th | 10:00 – 11:00 am

A(MAZE)ING MAPS AND LEGENDS unveils puzzling explorations into the varied realms of cartography and the structured systems of their legends. The exhibition reveals the evidence artists find along the way – the true legends:  narratives, fantasies, abstractions, histories, and fictions. Featuring works by: David Adix, Yasmin Al-Mutawa, Carolee Asia, Barbara Jo, Tom Baumgartner, Karen Bellamy, Alexandra Bowers, Bryan Crow, Gerald Dawavendewa, Manuel Fontes, Pilar Hanson, Sheryl Hester, Jerry Jacobson, Albert Kogel, Kathleen Koopman, William Lesch, Phil Lichtenhan, Zachary Lihatsh, Ann Loud, Amy Manning, Katherine Monaghan, Ruben Urrea Moreno, Miriam Otte, Len Poliandro, Catherine Nash, Robert Renfrow, Amanda Rohrbach, Maria Salenger, Julie Sasse, Gale Sherman, Margaret Suchland, Marika Szabo, Peggie Thomas, and Shirley Wagner.


Image: Peggie Thomas . You Are Here . textile/mixed media


Permanent Collection: New Perspectives II

April 29 – August 14, 2016 | Welcome Gallery86214-1

PERMANENT COLLECTION: NEW PERSPECTIVES II is the second survey of objects from Tohono Chul’s Permanent Collection curated by Tohono Chul’s valued Docents and Volunteers. Serving as Guest Curators for 2016 are Sharon Edwards, Don Johnson, Miriam Otte, and Hank Verbais.





Image: Unknown Artist . Butterfly Maiden Katsina . painted and carved cottonwood, feathers, shell, and string . Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Robert Wilson 1986.02.14





Call and Response

June 10 – October 2, 2016 | Entry Gallery

The idea behind Call and Response comes from the world of music in which a call and response is a sequence of two distinct phrases usually played by different musicians; where the second phrase is heard as a direct commentary on or a response to the first. This exhibition presents a visual call and response to the objects of the Permanent Collection. Four Tucson artists from different backgrounds and disciplines were invited to visit the collection and to select work that called to them and then respond to it through the contemporary filter of personal experience.  Jeffrey DaCosta, Albert Kogel, Miriam Ottie, and Kelvin Yazzie have created intriguing conceptual, formal, and aesthetic dialogues that move back and forth between the function and utility of tradition and the modern notion of beauty and idea as the endgame.

For this inaugural exhibition Tohono Chul’s natural beauty is honored with a place in the Permanent Collection. Tucson artist, Barbara Rogers was asked to respond the gardens. Her work speaks to the ideas, functions, and importance of gardens in our daily lives.






Image:  Albert Kogel .  Black Echo . acrylic on carved wood panel


Sculpture in the Gardens
Continuing through summer | On the Grounds

Sculpture from Jeffrey DaCosta, Spencer Edgerton, Phil Lichtenhan, Tidhar Ozeri, Stuart Ross Snider, Jeanie Thorn, and Ira Wiesenfeld can be discovered throughout the park through summer.






Image:   Jeffrey Dacosta . Rain Catchers . cast and fabricated aluminum

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