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. 50% all exhibit sales help fund programs at Tohono Chul.

Questions? Please contact the Exhibits Department, exhibits@tohonochul.org

Exhibitions currently on display:

Roy J. Kurtz Collection of American Indian Art

Main Gallery | February 11 – May 16, 2022

Tohono Chul’s Permanent Collection is growing with the acquisition of Roy J. Kurtz Collection of American Indian Art. The Roy J. Kurtz Collection is vast and will provide endless possibilities for Tohono Chul’s Education and Exhibits programs for years to come. This exhibition will provide the first look at this large collection of baskets and American Indian artwork.


“Tohono Chul is a place to be proud of,” Roy said, “I sincerely believe The Collection will reach its true potential at Tohono Chul.” Roy’s gift has filled our hearts with amazement and delight, and we are overjoyed and humbled to carry on his life’s passion and legacy.


10 x 10 | A Fundraiser

March 4 – May 29, 2022

Reception | Thursday, May 26, at 5:30pm

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. With over 365 pieces by 67 artists, 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.

cropped image left to right | Shelley Rothgeb | Ralph Prata | Lex Gjurasic

Warm thanks to the following artists:

David Adix, Jo Andersen, Cheri Anderson, Tom Baumgartner, Sandy Blain, Barbara Jo, Brian Bystedt, Veta Carney, Nancy Charak, Morgiana Correa, Diana Creighton, Vanessa Dearing, Judy Derickson, Linda Ekstrum, Jeffrey Falk, Jo Falls, Karen G. Fisher, Linda Friedman, Susie Gillatt, Lex Gjurasic, Annie Gordon, David Griffin, Lyn Hart, Cat Hill, Tracy Ann Holmes, Brian Hooker, Kate Hoover, Wendy Islas, Jerry Jacobson, Stu Jenks, Margit Kagerer, Lauri Kaye, Erinn Kennedy, Albert Kogel, William Lesch, Susan Libby, Kate Long Hodges, Annie Lopez, Rae Mahaffey, Michael Mason, Jan Mayer, Matt Mays, Lydia Miszuk, Katherine Monaghan, Anne Muñoz, Mary Nation, Mary Ellen Palmeri, Curt Pradelt, Ralph Prata, Lyle Rayfield, Shelley Rothgeb, Dee Ruff, Tamara Scott-Anderson, C.J. Shane, Aimee Smythe, Christy Lou Sturman, Holly Swangstu, Matthew Valiquette, Virginia Vovchuk, Paul Waid, Helen Walthier, Beata Wehr, Robin Westenhiser, Bobbie Wilson, David Windsor, Janet Windsor, and Karen Wright


Tom Baumgartner | Codex Sonora

Welcome Gallery | February 11 – June 5, 2022

Reception | Thursday, May 26, at 5:30pm

Deserts harbor mysteries, from lost civilizations to rarely seen creatures. They invite reverence, awe, and not a little fear. They spawn legends of ghosts, jackalopes, lost treasures. And, of course, they’re places where occupants of extraplanetary spacecraft are locked away in caves inside mountains and government laboratories, carefully hidden from view at sites such as Area 51 and Roswell.

Imagine that the pilot of one of those craft set it down in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, an alien in an alien landscape. Imagine further that our pilot—who is also artist and shaman—retreated to a quiet corner of an abandoned adobe out somewhere in the rocks and sand and, amazed, combined the most modern of graphic technologies with a found crow quill pen and India ink to record observations of the lifeforms and landscapes he (or she, or it) encountered along the way.

Codex Sonora is that record. It’s a fittingly mysterious book, made up of extraordinary portraits accompanied by eldritch, nearly indecipherable text, along with elusive graphs and symbols and strange diagrams that point outward to the stars. Timeless and enchanting, it’s the Sonoran Desert’s answer to the Voynich manuscript and the Codex Seraphinianus, both eccentric and enchanting.

Image | Tom Baumgarner | Sonoran Deserex | offset lithograph


Roy J. Kurtz Collection of American Indian Art

Education Center

Tohono Chul’s Permanent Collection is growing with the acquisition of Roy J. Kurtz Collection of American Indian Art. The Roy J. Kurtz Collection is vast and will provide endless possibilities for Tohono Chul’s Education and Exhibits programs for years to come. This exhibition will provide the first look at this large collection of baskets and American Indian artwork.

Art in the Gardens

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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