Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions 2018-11-27T09:46:36+00:00

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 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Exhibitions currently on display:


November 16 – February 6, 2018 | Main Gallery

Reception with the Artists | Friday, November 16th | 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Arizona is nicknamed the Copper State. The mining of copper in Arizona got seriously underway around the mid-19th century, so much so, a quarter of the population were miners. Although, Arizona now accounts for about 60% of copper production in the U.S.A., copper is not as important to the state’s economy as it once was. Over the past century, times have changed and populations have shifted and grown. Through the years, booming mines have been shuttered, the towns surrounding them abandoned. Some rising again, creatively reinvented.

COPPER STATE will provide proof that amongst the five C’s that formed the core of Arizona’s early economic success, it is COPPER, more than Climate, Cattle, Citrus, and Cotton, that has become artistic ‘ore’ for artwork, nostalgia, and inspiration.

The element copper and the minerals it plays a role in creating are filled with color and content for the artist to explore. Artists contributed works of art that reflect the importance of copper to the history, blight, and beauty of Arizona. Scratch the surface or dig deep, the possibilities are endless.

Image (clockwise from top left, cropped) | Michael Afsa, Fiona Lovelock, Darcy Falk, and William Lesch

Image | William Lesch | archival pigment print

Featured Artist | WILLIAM LESCH

November 16 – February 6, 2018 | Welcome Gallery

Reception with the Artist | Friday, November 16th | 5:30 – 8:00 pm

William Lesch is a Park favorite and one of the region’s most recognized artists. He is an extraordinary photographer and a meticulous craftsman. Photography is the language William Lesch speaks, it is his way of interacting with the world.  He finds this world a miraculous place, and photography a means to explore it.

10 x 10 | A Fundraiser

October 5 – December 16, 2018 | Entry Gallery

10 x 10 is an invitational exhibition with the many artists who make Tohono Chul‘s galleries such a unique experience. 10 x 10 features a wide range of sculpture and paintings, prints, photographs, and mixed-media works no larger than 10 inches in any dimension. Each artwork is priced at $100 and can be taken home immediately upon purchase. Artwork on display will change periodically over the course of the exhibition, with new works constantly being revealed. The curators will be available Monday – Friday to show additional works that are waiting in the wings. 50% of each sale will fund programming at Tohono Chul.

Image | Nicholas Bernard | Sunset Topography Jug | earthenware

Image | Dee Cox | Lemur | glazed ceramic

 Art du Jour | Dee Cox

January – March, 2018 | Garden Bistro

Art du Jour features artwork by local and regional artists displayed throughout the dinning rooms of the Garden Bistro. The work of longtime Tucson artist, Dee Cox is currently featured in the Bistro. Cox uses her clay forms as a foundation for storytelling. Painting intricately with glazes, she creates works bearing lively narratives that celebrate a wide variety of subjects.

Mark Rossi |Javelina Family| bronze

Sculpture in the Gardens | On the Grounds

Sculpture from Tohono Chul’s Permanent Collection by Mark Rossi, Fred Borcherdt, Kioko Mwitiki, David Weinert, Greg Corman, Ned Egan and others can be discovered throughout the Park.  Works by Tucson artists Phil Lichtenhan, Tidhar Ozeri, and Stuart Ross Snider are on loan from the artists as part of the project Art in the Gardens.

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