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





En Plein Air | The Tucson Plein Air Painters Society Spring Exhibition

March 18 – June 5, 2016 | Entry Gallery

The Mission of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society (TPAPS) is to encourage and support artists who work primarily outdoors, directly from nature. They seek to raise public interest in plein air painting and offer a forum for established, young, and developing artists to continue and expand the traditions of working “en plein air.” This exhibit exemplifies the deep traditions of plein air painting through the wild beauty and vivid light of the Sonoran Desert in paintings of natural and industrial landscapes. More information on the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society can be found at their website





Image:  Meredith Milstead .  Red Winter . oil on panel


Sculpture in the Gardens
Continuing through summer | On the Grounds

A companion exhibition to SONORAN DESERT : LARGE & SMALL, sculpture from eight artists can be discovered throughout the park through summer.






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

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