Current Exhibitions

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.

Please feel free to contact James Schaub, Curator of Exhibitions, if you have any questions or concerns:

Exhibitions currently on display:

Encompassing Arizona

Main Gallery| Virtual

Since 1985, Tohono Chul’s Exhibits Program has consistently worked with more Arizona Artists than any other organizations in the state. ENCOMPASSING ARIZONA is a rotating, revolving, and evolving invitational exhibition that presents a wide variety of artworks and a broad range of disciplines that process from a diverse roster of Arizona artists. Featuring established and emerging artists from across the state, the Main Gallery will be active space with new work will be installed with great frequency.

50% of all sales from ENCOMPASSING ARIZONA help fund programs at TOHONO CHUL

Image | Susan Libby | Saguaro Melody| mixed media

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PAPERWORKS Forming the Effect, Affecting the Form

Entry Gallery

Now Open

PaperWorks: Forming the Effect, Affecting the Form can be seen as a response to 2020 being the Sonoran Desert’s driest year on record with each artist reflecting on the affecting effects of drought and deluge. What is really is, is a collection of works by a group of thoughtful and sensitive artists pooling their talents in admiration of the natural world and its resilient perseverance in any season.  There is a parallel here to the way an artist creates something magical and beautiful from something found, raw, and unpredictable to the way the desert does the same with what sometimes feels like a single drop of rain.

“Nothing stays the same once the rains arrive. Forms shift and mutate all around us. From the parched browns of our driest season we are transformed into a lush green flower filled landscape. Desert dwellers respond similarly to our rains, as the food source rebounds and many use this time for searching out mates. Rain – It is a lively time of change in the Sonoran Desert.”

Featuring work by PaperWorks members: Vanessa Dearing, Helen Baribeau, lyn hart, Carol Morgan, Bobbie Wilson, C.J. Shane, Judy Derickson, Beata Wehr, and Jo Andersen.

PaperWorks the Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists provides educational and creative opportunities for all who love and work with and on paper. With over 200 members, the group is an all-volunteer organization that promotes the appreciation and enjoyment of the paper and book arts through ongoing meetings, workshops, and special events.

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Image | C.J. Shane | Ocotillo Memory| mixed media

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Welcome Gallery


Tohono Chul is a unique urban desert park with nature trails and cultural programs. In the 1980s, the Wilsons established Tohono Chul, a 37-acre park, to protect and preserve this parcel of Sonoran Desert, and donated 65 pieces from Suzanne Colton Wilson’s collection to establish the Park’s Permanent Collection. Today, we have grown to 49 acres with a Collection of over 350 objects.

Over the years, unique vintage objects from five collections have been gifted but not accessioned into the Tohono Chul Permanent Collection and are now available for purchase. The Collections Corner helps support the Gardens, Galleries, and Programs with 100% of each sale going directly to Tohono Chul. The Collections Corner offers a rare opportunity to acquire Museum Quality artwork, jewelry, and objects.

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Feli-Jojola | Black, White and Red Geometric Design Greenware Jar|Smith Collection

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Art du Jour | William Lesch

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, William Lesch is currently featured in the Bistro. Lesch is one of the region’s most recognized artists. He is an extraordinary photographer and a meticulous craftsman. He finds this world a miraculous place, and photography a means to explore it.

Art in the Gardens


Sculpture from Tohono Chul’s Permanent Collection including Mark Rossi, Fred Borcherdt, Kioko Mwitiki, David Weinert, Greg Corman, Ned Egan, along with work for sale by Tucson artists Joy Fox, Phil Lichtenhan, Tidhar Ozeri and more can be discovered throughout the gardens.

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