Upcoming Exhibitions

On The Desert | the Discovery and Invention of Color

February 13 – April 15, 2020 | Main Gallery

Reception with the Artists | Thursday, February 13 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Color is everywhere ‘on the desert’, but, also under the desert, and over the desert. It is earth, plant, air.
Color, like the desert, is so many things: pigment, dye, organic, inorganic, natural, synthetic, primary, secondary, tertiary, monochromatic, complementary, analogous, achromatic, tint, value, hue, local, expressive, light, dark, symbolic, spectral, harmonious, discordant, aggressive, receding, etc.
ON THE DESERT: THE DISCOVERY AND INVENTION OF COLOR will move beyond the gray-scale and set the color wheel spinning across the desert; picking up, absorbing, and reflecting every color imaginable, discovering new color combinations, and inventing new theories on how color works in the desert southwest.

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Image | Todd Ros | Sonoran Garden| oil on canvas


January 18 – June 26, 2020 | Gardens

Since its founding, Tohono Chul has served as a model of sustainable living with the surrounding natural environment, promoting habitat protection and gardening practices that attract native wildlife, particularly pollinators. Now, thanks to a generous $5,000 grant from TEP, we are launching a new project — Home Sweet Habitat — which demonstrates creative ways to provide habitat for local, native pollinators while partnering with local artists, pollinator experts, businesses and other non-profits in a visitor-friendly format.

Artists are asked to design and create habitat solutions for bats, bees, birds and butterflies, using recycled and repurposed materials. The chosen artists will have the guidance of local experts to ensure their designs functionality and a $250 honorarium for creating the habitat. Completed habitats will be installed in the gardens, opening with the Tohono Chul Members Reception in January and culminating with the Adopt-a-Bee Pollinator Party in June. Interpretive labels, maps, and handouts with suggestions for do-it-yourself pollinator habitats/gardens at home will accompany this outdoor exhibition.

Image | Greg Croman with Tidhar Ozeri | Native Bee Habitat| steel and reclaimed wood

Entry Gallery Project Space

The mission of Tohono Chul is to enrich people’s lives by connecting them with the wonders of nature, art and culture of the Sonoran Desert region and inspiring wise stewardship of the natural world. For the past 30 years the Tohono Chul Exhibits Program has provided regional artists unique opportunities to exhibit their artwork in a broad range of thematic exhibitions.  The 2019 – 2020 Exhibition Season will see four PROJECT SPACE slots:

Andrew Rush | December 27 – February 2

Erinn Kennedy and Todd Ros | February 7 – March 15

David and Janet Windsor | March 20 – April 26

Holly Swangstu | May 1 – June 7.

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