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.




August 25 – November 2, 2016 | Main Gallery

Reception with the Artists: Thursday, August 25, 2016 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Curator’s Talks: Tuesday, August 30th and Thursday, September 1st | 10:00 am


Intuition is defined as “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.” Intuition is innate to the artist, from the self-taught to the master, it comes from the gut. The resourcefulness it breeds is responsible for the discovery of unique materials, the development of unique processes, and the creation of unique works.

REVISIONS | OUTSIDE LOOKING IN focuses on artists that trust the “spark of intuition.” The exhibition celebrates unusual approaches employed by artists that borrow from visionary, outsider, and folk art traditions and whose work connects to established modes of representation as well as elevating reclaimed, repurposed, and recycled materials to the level of the precious.


Image . Christopher Jagmin . As the Light Slowly Disappears… . gouache, graphite, and ink on found cardboard box


Featured Artist: Clark Trujillo

August 25 – November 2, 2016 | Welcome Gallery Featured Artist_Clark_Trujillo

Tucson artist, Clark Trujillo creates some of the region’s most unique work. Gathering spray paint cans and other assorted metal from rural and urban landscapes, Trujillo has accumulated massive amounts of material to make art with. Working with weathered metals and cutting open discarded spray cans yields unexpected colors and textures. Trujillo carefully selects pieces that reveal traces of their history and function, rolls them flat and transforms them into jewel like arrangements that bridge the worlds of fine art and high craft.


Image . Clark Trujillo . Mind Flowers . found metal


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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