Upcoming Exhibitions

Impressions in Place

April 23 – August 9, 2020 | Main Gallery

Reception with the Artists | CANCELED

The Desert Southwest is marked with pictographs and petroglyphs; ancient images painted onto and carved into stone that describe man’s place in the world. Mystifying and enlightening, they serve as timeless accounts toward the importance of place.In the centuries since, history has seen artists erect elaborate monuments and cycles of painted works that celebrate place.

To the same effect, but on a smaller scale and at a more intimate level, artists have often lived in or traveled to a place that grounds them and speaks to them, with that place becoming a significant part of their person as well as an instrumental and inspirational component in their work.

IMPRESSIONS IN PLACE will investigate the human need, since the dawn of time, to leave behind a mark that records existence; a mark that establishes and documents a “sense of place” – a meaningful connectedness and an artistic awareness of how a place is impressed upon the artist and the artist is impressed upon the place.

Artists are asked to consider the place they have created for themselves here in the Sonoran Desert – outward or inward, urban or rural, in the studio or out in the field, etc. – and how the self is “impressed in place” and vice versa. The possibilities move back and forth and are endless. Artists from the region are invited to submit 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional works in any media for consideration in this curated exhibition.

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Cropped image | Stu Jenks

Permanent Collection | New Perspectives VI

April 23 – August 9, 2020 | Welcome Gallery

Reception with the Guest Curators | CANCELED

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The sixth annual PERMANENT COLLECTION: NEW PERSPECTIVES exhibition features objects from Tohono Chul’s Permanent Collection selected by Tohono Chul Volunteers, guest curators: Phyllis Cavender, Gigi Krammeyer, Len Poliandro, Sunny Stone and Sara Wetegrove.

The permanent collection started in 1986 with a donation of sixty-five objects from the Estate of Mrs. Robert Wilson. Mrs. Wilson was the mother of Tohono Chul founder, Dick Wilson. The desire to preserve and exhibit objects is deeply rooted in the Wilson family. Dick’s great, great, great-grandfather was Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), a portraitist of the Federalist Era and founder of Philadelphia’s Peale Museum, one of America’s first major museums. Roughly a century and a half later, Harold S. Colton and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton (Dick’s uncle and aunt) founded Flagstaff’s Museum of Northern Arizona. Today, Tohono Chul’s Permanent Collection has grown to include over 350 regional objects ranging from basketry, textiles, and ceramics to sculptural works and paintings.

All of the guest curators have dedicated themselves to Tohono Chul and jumped at the opportunity to explore the Permanent Collection and share their knowledge and appreciation of the objects they have chosen.

Doris Smallcanyon | Katsina Design Bracelet| silver, coral and turquoise | ACNO 2005.2.10a


March 19 – 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.

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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