Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions 2018-03-08T15:33:51+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:


February 15 – April 18, 2018 | Main Gallery

Curator’s Talk | Tuesday, February 20th & Thursday, February 22nd | 10:00 am

The Sonoran Desert, the most biologically diverse desert in North America is unlike anywhere else. Shifts in climate, light, and rainfall affect everything that lives in this unique place and separates its year into five distinct seasons: Winter, Spring, Fore-Summer, Summer Monsoon, and Fall.

If asked to describe the five seasons of the Sonoran Desert, a great many people might respond with – “hot, hot, hot, hot, and hotter.” Although they would be correct as to the seasonal temperature of the region in relation to other regions throughout North America, they would be missing the subtleties of line, shape, color, texture, and mood that clearly distinguish one season from the next.

SONORAN SEASONS concentrates on the seasonal changes found in the desert and how its myriad plant and animal species cope with the hot and the cold, the wet and the dry, the dark and the light, and everything in between.

Image | Jerry Bokowski | Sabino Storm | acrylic on canvas

Image | Janet Windsor | Cottonwoods | cotton, silk, polyester, rayon

Featured Artist: Janet Windsor

February 15 – April 18, 2018 | Welcome Gallery

Janet Windsor combines her graphic design skills with stitching to create magnificent fiber artwork. Whether it be hand dyed or store bought fabric, Windsor masterfully combines color to depict scenes such as a desert sunrise, monsoon rainstorm, or a cactus in bloom. Although relatively new to Tucson, her work gives the sense that she is no stranger to the Sonoran Desert.

Phil Lichtenhan | Desert Dialogue

February 2 – March 18, 2018 | Entry Gallery

Desert Dialogue samples work from four distinct chapters in Phil Lichtenhan’s creative and artistic anthology: As Painter, As Print maker, As Ceramist, and As Sculptor. The exhibition tells the story of how the artist moves seamlessly from one discipline to the next and how the resulting work talks to and informs past, present, and future creations. Desert Dialogue is a conversation between artworks, mediums, and process; it offers a rare opportunity to witness an artist working through and in a variety of seemingly splintered directions yet having the vision and ability to harness their chaotic beginnings into a beautiful and harmonious whole.

Lichtenhan is the second of four artists to exhibit artwork for The Entry Gallery Project Space. Lichtenhan is a Tucson native and a long-time fixture in the Tucson Art Community. Recent Tohono Chul exhibitions include IN FULL BLOOM and A(MAZE)ING MAPS AND LEGENDS. His large-scale sculpture can be discovered in the Park adjacent to the Streamside Gardens, The Overlook Ramada, and at the entrance to the Performance Garden.

Image | Phil Lichtenhan | Moonlit Wash | monoprint

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

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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