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. Galleries in the Exhibit House are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Exhibitions currently on display:

Rancho Linda Vista

November 15 2019 – February 5, 2020 | Main Gallery

Thursday Art Talk with Andrew Rush, Judith Stewart, Chuck Sternberg and possibly more | Thursday, January 30 at 12pm, noon

In 1967, a group of artists decided to create a community in the desert in which to live and create. They settled n the perfect space in the foothills of the Catalina’s near the town or Oracle, renovating an old cattle/guest ranch to meet their needs. Since then, Rancho Linda Vista has been a haven for artists, designers, writers and thinkers. This exhibition will explore the influence and history of this intriguing community and its impact on the arts in Arizona.

Featuring work by:

Joy Fox, Bruce McGrew, Kelly Griffith, James G. Davis, Mary Anne Davis, Turner Davis, Imo Baird, Selina Littler, Nicolas Baird, Danielle Neibling, Judith Stewart, Chuck Sternberg, Matthias Düwel, Emily Stern Düwel, Jean Stern, David Jaffrey, Arnold Nelson, Andrew Rush, Pat Dolan, and Charles Littler

Rancho Linda Vista Artwork Labels

Image top | Rancho Linda Vista Panorama 1968 | photograph

Image bottom| Rebecca Hamilton | Rancho Linda Vista Panorama 2013 | photograph


ANDREW RUSH | Sonoran Desert Grasses

December 27 – February 2, 2020 | Entry Gallery

Reception with the Artist | Thursday, January 9, 2020 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm

On April 25, 2017 Andrew Rush’s wife of 45 years, the desert writer Ann Woodin, passed away at 90 years of age. Since her death, he has continued their habit of quiet desert walks, remembering how often she stooped to collect small seeds, flowers, grasses and plants, both to show him as well as bring them home to make spontaneous bouquets.

Now walking alone, Andrew is seeing more of Ann’s desert, he finds himself bringing back larger sacks of dried plants, grasses and seed pods to his studio. There, he spreads various patterns of grasses onto sheets of heavy watercolor paper and soak or spray the grasses and plants with acrylic colors. Then, he imprints them using my etching press, layering different combinations of colors and plants. Over time, each work becomes a surprising new invention, directed only by his response to the random accidents revealed by the growth patterns of the desert’s natural forms.

Image | Andrew Rush | Summer Heat | acrylic monoprint


Jim Waid | The Rancho Linda Vista Drawings

November 15, 2019 – February 5, 2020 | Welcome Gallery

This exhibition will feature a collection of drawings completed during a residency at Rancho Linda Vista by Tucson artist, Jim Waid.

Image | Jim Waid | RLV 10-17-05 . Ink study no. 24 |ink on Strathmore Bristol paper


Image | William Lesch | Ocotillo Jungle | archival pigment print

Art du Jour | William Lesch

December 2018 – August 2019 | 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. More works by William Lesch are on exhibit in the Welcome Gallery of the Tohono Chul Exhibit House – he is the Featured Artist through February 6, 2019.

Image | 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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