Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions 2018-05-10T17:12:43+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:


April 26 – August 12, 2018 | Main Gallery
Reception with the Artists | Thursday, April 26th | 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Artist Reception | Thursday | April 26 | 5:30 – 8 p.m.  | Free to attend | Exhibit House

Countless times throughout the day at Tohono Chul people will proclaim to themselves or to someone close by that something they just experienced is “OTHERWORLDLY!.” It might be a plant, a rock, a vista, a cloud, a creature, an artwork; but, whatever it is, what they are truly starting to get their head around is the desert, the Sonoran Desert. Everything about it offers a unique perspective; simultaneously familiar and alien, it is unlike anywhere else.

ARIZONA OTHERWORLDY gathers fascinating artworks generated by 29 imaginative Arizona artists who challenge themselves to create art that starts in the desert and ends up somewhere else.

Featured artists: Christopher Allison, Tom Baumgartner, Carson Bilger, Kate Breakey, Jerry Cagle, Patrick Cobb, Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Linda Ekstrum, Manuel Fontes, Lex Gjurasic, David Griffin, Joe Hatton, Mary Johns, Debra Kay, William Lesch, Phil Lichtenhan, Kathryn Maxwell, Robert Renfrow, Jessie Shinn, Clark Trujillo, Beata Wehr, Karen Wright, Nick Bernard, Sasha Case, Greg Corman, Patrick Hynes, Spencer Edgerton Kane, Len Polliandro, and Lyle Rayfield, have contributed works that represent, relay, conjure, and evoke the otherworldly sense of wonder and the extra-terrestrial vibe this magnificent state possesses: in its sky, in its creatures, in its earth, in its history, and in its artists. The possibilities are endless.

Image | William Lesch | Gates Pass Panorama Facing West; Sunset, Sunrise, and Night | photography

Image | Henry Shelton | Crow Mother Katsina | cottonwood root, paint | Gift of the Estate of Frank and Martha Secan | 2007.8.28

Permanent Collection | New Perspectives IV

April 26 – August 12, 2018 | Welcome Gallery

Permanent Collection | New Perspectives IV is the fourth survey of objects from Tohono Chul’s Permanent Collection curated by Tohono Chul’s valued Docents and Volunteers. Serving as Guest Curators for 2018 are: Janel Feierabend, Mikki Gries, Paul Miller, and Louise Stanton.


May 4 – June 3, 2018 | Entry Gallery

Tuesday Art Talk | May 15 | 12pm | Free with Admission | Exhibit House

Reception with the Artist | Thursday | May 17 | 5:30 – 7:30pm | Free

“These camera-less underwater photograms from my ongoing series, Water Flow, capture the essence of water from below the surface of several water sources in the Southwest. My work is about water – the quality of water, the transient nature of water, and the concept of water as a basic life force.

Over the past six years I have created photograms under the surface of water in various locations, from arroyos after a monsoon rain, to city managed water recharge basins, and recently, the entire length of the Colorado River as it flows from northern Colorado into Mexico.

To create the photograms, I wade into the water in the dark of night and submerge color photographic paper.  At the right moment, the paper is briefly exposed to a light source while underwater, creating an image of the water as it flows above the surface of my color photographic paper.  The contents of the water, including the movement, viscosity, silt, debris, plants and sometimes insects, is captured on the paper during the brief exposure to light.  The color of the paper changes as a result of alchemy with the water contents.”

Image | Kathleen Velo | Colorado River Headwaters: Colorado River #3 | archival pigment print from chromogenic photogram

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.

Spencer Edgerton | Large Devil’s Claw (Proboscidea Parviflora) | bronze

currently featured in ARIZONA OTHERWORLDLY

Sculpture in the Gardens | On the Grounds

Sculpture from Greg Corman, Spencer Edgerton, Phil Lichtenhan, Tidhar Ozeri, and Stuart Ross Snider can be discovered throughout the park through summer.

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