Entry Gallery


Entry Gallery

November 6 – January 10, 2021

IDEA and EXECUTION honors seven Arizona artists that have contributed mightily to projects at Tohono Chul over the past six years and who are also part of this year’s Arizona Biennial 2020 exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art. Their individualized approaches to making art blend equal parts idea and execution; honed over the years through a process of thinking and making, thinking and making, thinking and making – the resulting works are ever-changing, fearless, and flawless.

50% of all sales from IDEA and EXECUTION help fund programs at TOHONO CHUL

Please contact James Schaub, Curator of Exhibitions, if you have any questions or would like to purchase artwork: jschaub@tohonochul.org


David Adix

“The most consistent element throughout my work is the salvation and reuse of materials. I regard the components I use as fossil-like evidence of what humans leave behind. The earth’s attempt to reclaim what has been drawn out of itself can been seen in various degrees in each piece. Each has a story and a history unique unto itself. I choose the materials I use because I enjoy the challenge of creating beauty out of what has been discarded. I see these components very organically. To me they are beautiful vestiges of time.”


vintage papers on mat board

17″ h x 15.5″ w

Blue Square

vintage papers on mat board

21″ h x 29″ w


vintage papers on mat board

22.5″ h x 29″ w

Growth Record

vintage papers on mat board

16″h x 21″ w

Orange Ticket

vintage papers on mat board

17″ h x 22″ w

Something of Value

vintage papers on mat board

22″ h x 31″ w

Barbara Brandel

“I am a painter and a collage and assemblage artist. Previously, I was I was a fiber artist for 25 years. In each phase of my artworks, I have developed my own ways of working with my materials, and I strive to push boundaries within each genre, while creating beauty.

I am currently working on a series of surreal paintings that are delightful, challenging and mysterious to me. I call the series Fever Dreams. I plan to continue this series for quite some time. Past paintings pay homage to the anonymous artisans whose skill and care created beautiful objects to use in their lives. Many of those objects are now museum treasures.”


acrylic on canvas

30″ h x 24″ w

Survival Mode

acrylic and collage on canvas

24″ h x 12″ w

Kate Breakey

“These two juxtaposed photographs are of recent astronomical events: the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, and the total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018. Because the sun and moon significantly affect all life on earth, these are perhaps the most dramatic events we will ever witness. There is a coincidence about the relationship of the sun and moon. The moon appears to be the same size as the sun because although the sun is 400 times wider than the moon, it is 400 times farther away. The moon was once closer to us and is moving away. We happen to live in a period in earth’s history to experience this beautiful coincidence.

The other beautiful coincidence is my friendship with a poet, Stacey Forbes, who writes about these two events and is my collaborator.”

Sun & Moon : A Perfect Match . from the series ‘Beautiful Coincidences’

archival pigment prints and with poems printed on silk

Jeffrey DaCosta

“The PARCEL series is designed as an exploration of the meaning of land and the significance of its designation and control. Photographed entirely in public lands throughout the Sonoran desert, the images utilize night as a psychological or spiritual filter to reveal the unbridled potential of the raw frontier. In the blackness, the wild and the desire to control the wild, coexist. Light emitting squares in the foreground of each image reference the surveyor’s grid and burn with all the want and need of civilization. These cartographic runes connect to the distant glow of cities lost over the horizon and pose the question of ‘what is inevitable?’ In these works we are frozen at the crossroads of human will and glance headlong into the mystery of an awesome power just beneath our feet.”

Parcel #2

digital print on metal

20″ h x 30″ w

Parcel #2

digital print on metal

20″ h x 30″ w

Katherine Monaghan

Growing up in the 1970s near NYC with a writer mother and artist father, the arts have always been an extremely fertile component of Katherine’s life. The music, art, fashion and pop culture of the 70’s are woven deeply into the fabric of her work. Monaghan is a mixed media artist who utilizes the medium of rust as a base for most of her large prints. She relates her pattern based imagery to the rich familial history of the feminine arts of lace making, embroidery, needlepoint and quilting. Monaghan holds a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Printmaking. Her work has been in exhibitions, publications and in private collections both nationally and internationally.

iron oxide and acrylic on paper

60″ h x 40″ w

Mary Nation

“Prior to moving to Tucson, I spent most of my life living and working in New York City; first, specializing in international finance and then later, as a litigator, concentrating on matters involving complex commercial transactions. I was always a serious amateur photographer and while in New York City was fortunate to study at the International Center of Photography.

I began my photographic journey in film, which has influenced my work even in this digital age. As I did with film, I approach my photography with quiet deliberation, and am always drawn to light and the interplay between highlights and shadows.

This is why I choose to print my work in black and white. It is elegant in its simplicity and combined with my work in alternate processes, I believe I have found the medium that truly allows me to express why I was drawn to make the photograph in the first place.

Because I am retired, my photography can take center stage. This allows me time to immerse myself in the creative process be it photography or working in the darkroom where alchemy and magic are my best friends.”


gelatin silver mordançage

19″ h x 17″ w

Todd Ros

Todd Ros’ paintings can be described as reductive geometric abstracts. Whether working with a wide ranging color palette or creating variations on a single color, his works of oil on canvas are often rigorously investigated studies on a specific theme. Past series include Film Stills, Fighter Aircrafts and Birds of Arizona. Recently moving from a hardedge approach to a looser and more layered structure, he continues his commitment to abstraction, distilling the desert world that surrounds him into vertical bands of color.

Aconn Woodpecker

oil on canvas

24″ h x 24 ” w

Gila Woodpecker

oil on canvas

18″ h x 18″ w

Mexican Jay

oil on canvas

18″ h x 18″ w

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