Tucson Arts

In any city or town, there is always at least one place that everyone agrees has to be visited or bust. For Tucson, that memorable place is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. When one tours this history-laden museum, he or she gains a strong sense of connection to the rich Native American and Mexican history in which the city of Tucson grew up. Tucson has been able to maintain much of its culture through daily activity and décor, but the museum brings out what modernization left behind.

Pima County Courthouse, Tucson, ArizonaThe Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is the only museum in the world where a visitor can walk out of the museum doors and straight into a world-famous zoo, showcasing animals that are local to the area such as snakes and lizards. There are also botanical gardens on the museum grounds that are second to none. No matter what your interest, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has something for everyone.

Saturday evenings during the summer are very special as the museum staff dimly lights trails leading into the desert for the curious to observe the desert wildlife in its native habitat. Special precaution is made to ensure the safety of all patrons. When the desert is in bloom, there is a plethora of animals, insects, and vegetation that can be found nowhere else in the country.

Enrich your life with art. The following is a select list of galleries in Tucson and Southern Arizona whose holdings run the gamut from painting and sculpture to glasswork and ceramics. Call ahead for hours of operation and specific exhibit schedules.

Tucson Galleries & Museums

Arizona State Museum

1013 E. University Blvd., 520-621-6302


The oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest. With an emphasis on Native American cultures, the collection includes works in photography, mixed media, painting, and carving.

The Art Company

in Berkshire Village, 2926 E. Broadway Blvd., 520-881-1311


Representing local artists including Kati Roberts, Victor Stevens, Kevin Anderson, Sarah Schmerl, and Barbara Lent-Palmer, as well as international artists such as Govinder, Joy Kirton-Smith, Mark Spain, Nel Whatmore, Rajinder, and Jennine Parker. Features limited-edition and openedition prints and original paintings.

Arts Partnership Gallery

125 S. Arizona Ave., 520-624-9977. A display of works by more than 30 juried, emerging artists. Regional and international artists present works that include oil paintings, acrylics, charcoal drawings, sculpture, and photographic arts. The gallery works in collaboration with the Tucson Arts District Partnership.

Bahti Indian Arts

4280 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 100 520-577-0290


Opened in 1952 by Tom Bahti and now run by his son, the gallery houses textiles, jewelry, carved fetishes, pottery, baskets, sculptures, and paintings from several tribes. Featuring Hopi jeweler Charles Loloma, Navajo artist Emmi Whitehouse, Seri basketmaker Nori Molina, and Alutiiq carver Jerry Laktonen.

Butterfly Gallery & Gifts

2843 N. Campbell Ave., 520-325-0585

This gallery features jewelry, oil paintings, watercolors, scratch art, and sculpture by more than 30 local artists, including Peter Chope, Patrice Plank, and Martine Dupuch. It also offers a variety of art classes, from pencil drawing and oil on canvas to clay sculpture.

Center for Creative Photography

at the University of Arizona, 1030 N. Olive Rd., 520-621-7968


In addition to its rotating exhibits, this museum on the U of A campus also contains a research center and archives. The center holds more individual works by 20th-century North American photographers than any other museum in the country.

Conrad Wilde Gallery

210 N. 4th Ave., 520-820-6410


Features rotating exhibits of contemporary sculpture, painting, and works on paper.

Covington Fine Arts Gallery Inc.

6530 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Ste. 140, 520-298-7878


Gallery specializes in 19th- and early-20th-century American and European paintings, watercolors, and prints. All art is from 1950 and earlier. Includes some sculpture and Western art.

Davis Dominguez Gallery

154 E. 6th St., 520-629-9759


This contemporary gallery, representing established Tucson artists for 30 years, is located in a fully restored 5,000-square foot warehouse in the Arts District. It features bi-monthly exhibitions of major paintings and sculptures.

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

6300 N. Swan Rd., 520-299-9191


Features original art by the late Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. Oil paintings, lithographs, etchings, stereographs, bronzes, pastels, and more are displayed in the gallery that DeGrazia designed and built on 10 acres of land in the 1960s.

Desert Artisans’ Gallery

in La Plaza Shoppes, 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd., 520-882-3651


A cooperative gallery featuring selected works by 30 award-winning artists offering contemporary and traditional art in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, blown glass, and ceramics.

Details Art & Design Gallery

in Gallery Row at El Cortijo, 3001 E. Skyline Dr., 520-577-1995. A gallery of contemporary craft, specializing in original items for interiors and exteriors.

Dinnerware Contemporary Arts

210 N. 4th Ave., 520-792-4503


A nonprofit gallery committed to promoting and advocating contemporary visual arts in order to further Tucson’s cultural development. Features paintings, mixed-media works, photography, and more.

The Drawing Studio

214 N. 4th Ave., 520-620-0947


A visual arts cooperative founded by noted artist and art educator Andrew Rush. Featuring a year-round schedule of exhibitions by students, associates, faculty, and nationally recognized guest artists in a variety of 2-D and 3-D mediums.

El Presidio Gallery

in Gallery Row at El Cortijo, 3001 E. Skyline Dr., 520-299-1414


A 6,000-square-foot gallery with diverse art in all mediums by 85 artists, including desert landscape paintings by Susanne Nyberg, Native American-themed paintings by Cheryl English, and Western art by Sherry Blanchard Stuart.

Eric Firestone Gallery

in Joesler Village, 4425 N. Campbell Ave., 520-577-7711


This gallery specializes in early Arizona and regional paintings, along with pieces from the American Arts and Crafts movement. Includes furniture, paintings, pottery, prints, metalworks, and sculpture.

Etherton Gallery

135 S. 6th Ave., 520-624-7370


Vintage and contemporary photography and prints, as well as paintings, sculpture, and mixed-media works. Features work by artists Aaron Siskind, Danny Lyon, and Ansel Adams.

Fala Gallery

439 N. 6th Ave., Ste. 189B, 520-628-4183

A contemporary gallery featuring fine art, studio crafts, and modern design. Exhibits work by nationally and internationally renowned artists, including studio furniture by Scott Baker and ceramics by John Glick and Neville French.

Fire Ranch Glassworks & Gallery

4280 E. Hauser St., 520-818-2239


Fire Ranch Glassworks creates original glass art, including botanical sculptures, vases, urns, and Venetian eggs. Features work by owners and artists Rich Hornby and Linda Allyn, as well as the work of other glass artists.

Galeria La Sirena

2905 E. Broadway Blvd., 520-319-1262

Original art from Latin America and the Caribbean, including Haiti, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Oils, acrylics, mixed-media pieces, metal sculpture, pottery, folk art, and home accents are available.

Galeria Mistica

2318 S. 4th Ave., 520-622-8000


South Tucson’s first fine art gallery, featuring representational and contemporary works. Original paintings and giclée prints by Arizona artists Michael Cunningham, John Watt, Joan Fimbel DiGiovanni, and Kathleen Matsinger. Also showing bronzes by Eleanor Brown and paintings from Ramses Noriega.

The Gallery at 6th & 6th

439 N. 6th Ave., 520-903-0650


Specializing in modern and contemporary art from the 1940s through today. Rotating exhibits include abstract expressionist artists Ulfert Wilke and Michio Takayama, the watercolors of Bohdan Ocsyczka, and local sculptor Curt Brill.

Gallery West Fine American Indian Art

6420 N. Campbell Ave., 520-529-7002


Features Native American art, antiques, paintings, blankets, beadwork, jewelry, and kachinas. Includes work by Hopi artist Neil David and jewelry by Terry Shorty.

Grey Dog Trading Co.

2970 N. Swan Rd., Ste. 138, 881-6888, 877-331-7367


Native American arts & crafts from North America with an emphasis on works from the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Santa Clara, and Santo Domingo tribes. Includes kachina dolls, fetish carvings, pottery, jewelry, and rugs.

Jane Hamilton Fine Art

in Joesler Village, 1825 E. River Rd., Ste. 111, 520-529-4886, 800-555-3051


An eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary, Southwestern, and whimsical art, including Americana. Features oil landscapes by Tom Murray, copper wall sculptures by Joseph Birdsong, and acrylic and pastel pieces by Diane Barbee.

Lynn Rae Lowe Metal Arts Gallery

3326 N. Dodge Blvd., 520-299-7900


Studio and gallery of local artist Lynn Rae Lowe. Gallery features prints as well as handpainted metalwork, garden art, furniture, sculpture, and wall art.

Madaras Gallery

1535 E. Broadway Blvd., 520-623-4000, and in Gallery Row at El Cortijo, 3001 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 101, 520-615-3001


Galleries contain work by local watercolor artist Diana Madaras, who specializes in contemporary art with an emphasis on Southwestern scenes. Originals, prints, and reproductions on canvas, as well as fine-art gifts.

Mardon Frost

in Plaza Palomino, 2960 N. Swan Rd., 520-323-6947

Fine art, folk art, furniture, and more. Represented artists include Argelia Breceda, Oliver Cohen, Jenny Foster, Carol Ruff Franza, Harris Gulko, Zoe Hale, Don Ham, Ron Head, Peta Kaplan, Allan Mardon, Keith Schreiber, Kelley Smith, Penny Benjamin Peterson, and Kara Young.

Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery

7000 Tanque Verde Rd., 520-722-7798, 800-422-9382


Features a diverse collection ranging from historic Indian art to contemporary sculpture by deceased and living artists. Painting, jewelry, pottery, Navajo rugs, and other Southwestern art, including pieces by Maynard Dixon, Ed Mell, and Howard Post.

The Max Gallery

in Gallery Row at El Cortijo, 3001 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 127, 520-529-7349


Diverse gallery with a focus on Southwestern art, including watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings; furniture; jewelry; sculpture; and ceramics. Works by Phil Beck, Bill Moomey, and Joan M. LaRue.

Morning Star Traders & Antiques

2020 E. Speedway Blvd., 520-881-2112

Specializing in Native American arts including jewelry, rugs, baskets, pottery, and fetishes. Also features works by Edison Cummings, Wilson Jim, and Bernard Dawahoya along with antique furniture and early Western paintings.

Mountain Shadow Gallery

in Gallery Row at El Cortijo, 3001 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 109, 520-577-6301


This contemporary gallery specializes in original oil, acrylic, and mixed-media paintings; bronze, wood, and steel sculpture; masks; ceramics; and furniture. Featured artists include Juan Carlos Breceda, Judith D’Agostino, Beckie Kravetz, and Susan Rudd.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

191 E. Toole Ave., 520-624-5019


Museum exhibits contemporary avant-garde art from 1970 on, with six to eight temporary exhibitions per year. Features works by international and local artists, as well as educational talks and programs for the public on art within science and literature.

Obsidian Gallery

in St. Philip’s Plaza, 4320 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 130, 520-577-3598


Contemporary arts & crafts gallery that specializes in studio-art jewelry, pottery, wood, glass, and fiber, as well as mixed-media works. Pieces by Karen Gilbert, Gene Gnida, Sam Stang, and Reiko Ishiyama.

Old Pueblo Frameworks and Gallery

in Joesler Village, 1825 E. River Rd., Ste. 101, 520-529-9677


Contemporary art of diverse mediums shown in a large, contemporary gallery. Featuring acrylic paintings by Michael Ives, acrylic and charcoal landscapes by Sue Jelley, and watercolors by George Turner.

Palice Pavilion Art of the Americas

140 N. Main Ave., 520-624-2333


This permanent collection of the Tucson Museum of Art is housed in a historic adobe residence and features a new exhibit every four months. Collection focuses on the pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, Postcolonial, and Latin American cultural traditions as they have changed through the ages.

Paloma Art

4747 E. Sunrise Dr., Ste. 101, 520-577-9224

Specializes in original works by local painters Diana Davis and Cynthia Juliano, as well as monotypes by Jack Eggman. Also features oils, ceramics, and mosaic mirrors, as well as prints by local artists.

Philabaum Glass Gallery

in St. Philip’s Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 105, 520-299-1939


This gallery exclusively shows contemporary art glass by more than 150 artists, with a focus on owner and glass artist Tom Philabaum’s work. In addition, a Featured Artist Exhibition changes periodically.


439 N. 6th Ave., Ste. 189-A, 520-882-3886


Specializes in progressive and contemporary art ranging in style from representational to abstract, including paintings, mixed media, and photography.

Primitive Arts Gallery

in Broadway Village, 3026 E. Broadway Blvd., 520-326-4852

Antique ethnographic art, including Mexican folk art, Navajo rugs, pre-Columbian pottery and textiles, Colonial religious art, Asian sculpture, Huichol Indian beadwork, Native American jewelry, and varied native arts from around the world.

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop

222 E. 6th St., 520-792-9619, 520-881-5335

A Latino-based, nonprofit cooperative contemporary art gallery in the downtown Tucson Arts District dedicated to showing multiethnic and indigenous art, including work by sculptor John Salgado and painter George Welch. Annual Día de los Muertos celebrations.

Redeemed Art Gallery

801 N. Main Ave., 520-370-1610


This 1880s adobe building houses a gallery with an attached working blacksmith shop and features contemporary sculpture, metalwork, and paintings, along with found-object and hand-forged works by owner Steven Derks, as well as works by Dan Lehman and Dave Hawkins. Demonstrations by appointment.

Sanders Galleries

in Gallery Row at El Cortijo, 6420 N. Campbell Ave., 520-299-1763


Specializes in traditional and contemporary Southwestern and Native American art, including paintings, prints, rugs, pottery, furniture, jewelry, sculptures, and kachinas.

Settlers West Gallery

in Gallery Row at El Cortijo, 6420 N. Campbell Ave., 520-299-2607


Fine original Western and wildlife art. Featuring works by all of the “Tucson 7,” including Howard Terpning, as well as paintings by William Acheff and Francois Koch.

Silverbell Trading

in Casas Adobes Plaza, 7119 N. Oracle Rd., 520-797-6852


Native American arts & crafts such as pottery, baskets, painting, furniture, photography, and silversmithing, with an emphasis on Southwestern crafts. Jewelry by Anthony Lovato, paintings by Michael Chiago, and pottery by Maria Martinez.

Skyline Gallery

6360 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 150, 520-615-3800


Featuring the work of more than 100 North American artists and artisans. Offers unique jewelry, blown glass, pottery, and woodwork.

Temple Gallery

330 S. Scott Ave., 624-7370

Managed by Etherton Gallery and featuring individual showings by local artists. Specializes in regional art in a variety of mediums. Located downtown in the Temple of Music & Art.


267 S. Stone Ave., Studio E, 907-6108


Studio and gallery of local artist Deanna Thibault. Features whimsical, contemporary works in watercolor, ink, collage, and mixed media. Offers classes in water mediums for adults and children.

Tohono Chul Park Exhibit House

7366 N. Paseo del Norte, 520-742-6455


A restored 1937 adobe building houses both an exhibit hall for larger works and group exhibits, and a gallery for smaller shows and pieces. Twelve to 14 shows per year reflect Southwestern nature, art, and culture.

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

140 N. Main Ave., 520-624-2333


In downtown’s historic El Presidio District, the museum contains a 6,000-object permanent collection of art of the Americas, from pre-Columbian works to 20th-century European and American art. Also includes the Historic Block, a museum library, and café.

University of Arizona Museum of Art

at the University of Arizona, 1031 N. Olive Rd., 520-621-7567


Located in the “museum neighborhood” along with the Center for Creative Photography, Arizona State Museum, and the Arizona Historical Society, this museum offers a collection of more than 4,500 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the sixth-century bc to the present. Includes European, American, Latin American, and Asian art.

Wilde Meyer Gallery

in Gallery Row at El Cortijo, 3001 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 115, 520-615-5222.

Offers an eclectic collection of contemporary fine art. Artists include figurative painter Linda CarterHolman, landscape painters such as Barbara Gurwitz, and abstract painters including Ryan Hale. Also features artists with contemporary interpretations of cowboys and Native Americans, such as Ka Fisher and Charles Davison, and shows Nancy Pendleton’s mixed-media works.

Bisbee Museums & Galleries

Belleza Fine Art Gallery

29 Main St., 520-432-5877


Featuring original paintings by a variety of artists, including Sam English, Rose Johnson, and William Spencer III. Owned and operated by the Women’s Transitional Project, a shelter and transitional home for women working toward self-sufficiency.

BizzArt galleries

41 Brewery Ave., 520-432-5177

Showcasing fine art paintings, photography, sculpture, collage, and gift items. Located in a historic building and representing more than 30 artists. Also a working studio for local artists Larry Elkins, Lindsey Owen, and Sandra Corn.

Johnson Gallery

28 Main St., 520-432-2126

Gallery of exclusively Native American art, including sculpture, rugs, lithographs, and Mata Ortiz pottery. Features works by sculptors Orland Joe, Tim Washburn, and Alvin Marshall.

The Tang Gallery

32 Main St., 520-432-5824


Original contemporary paintings, watercolors, sculpture, ceramics, glass, and monoprints, as well as limited-edition prints. Features work by owner and artist Mina Tang Kan, in addition to oils by Dan Desmond and paintings by John Agnew.

Tombstone Galleries & Museums

Hon Dah House

374 E. Allen St., 520-457-3348, 800-397-6034


Specializes in Western art and Native American pottery, baskets, and jewelry, as well as paintings, sculpture, bronzes, and artifacts. Features oil paintings by B. Wyatt Taylor and Fred Tuch, and bronzes by Joe Staheli.

The Tombstone Art Gallery

317 E. Allen St., 520-457-2980

Gallery of work exclusively by artists from Cochise County, with an emphasis on Southwestern art. All original art, including paintings, pottery, wood crafts, and crochet crafts. A featured-artist exhibit changes monthly.

Tubac Galleries

Big Horn Galleries

37 Tubac Rd., 520-398-9209


An extension of the Cody, Wyoming, gallery that specializes in fine traditional and contemporary Western, cowboy, and Southwestern art. Represents more than 70 national and international artists, including James Bama, Frank McCarthy, and Richard Iams.

C. Curry Studio & Gallery

4 Camino Otero, 520-398-3304

Specializing in Southwestern art, from beaded jewelry by Carol Curry to masks and koshare (Hopi clowns made from clay) by Alan Bass. The gallery also carries a variety of mediums including pottery, wood carving, basketry, and gourd art.

Cobalt Fine Arts Gallery

5 Camino Otero, 520-398-1200


An eclectic mix of paintings, sculpture, art glass, ceramics, and mixed-media jewelry with an emphasis on contemporary Southwestern art. Features work by 42 artists, including Southwestern watercolors by Adin Shade and oil paintings by Randy Keedah and Dottie Stanley.

Feminine Mystique Art Gallery

in La Entrada, 4 Circulo Copa, 520-398-0473


An all-female gallery displaying works by more than 75 national and international women artists, including pottery by Pat Aguilar, glasswork by Melissa Branzell, weavings by Maggie Doyle, and dolls by Gretchen Lima. Paintings, glass, wood, gourds, dolls, cloth, and Huichol beadwork.

Galleria Tubac

31 Tubac Rd., 520-398-9088, 800-828-9087


Both a fine-art gallery featuring Southwestern paintings, pottery, and mixed-media works by such artists as Michael C. McCullough and Barbara Bayla Cohen, and a year-round Christmas gallery with nativities, including Fontanini heirloom nativities.

Gallery 219

6 Burruel St., 398-0100

Representing local, national, and international artists with an emphasis on Southwestern themes. Features blown glass, painting, mixed media, photography, pastels, and sculpture.

Gallery Michael Gibbons

18 Calle Iglesia, 398-3109


Paintings exclusively by Michael Gibbons.

Graham Bell Gallery

One Will Rogers Lane, 520-398-9111


Black-and-white photography by Scott Bell Graham, Louise Serpa, and Edward Curtis. Featuring Tibetan, South American, and cowboy memorabilia, as well as antique furniture.

Hal Empie Studio & Gallery

33 Tubac Rd., 520-398-2811


Gallery dedicated to the work of Arizona artist Hal Empie (1909–2002), including recently acquired originals and limited-edition prints. Oils, watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings, bronzes, and prints. Owned by the Empie family.

Karin Newby Gallery

19 Tubac Rd., 520-398-9662, 888-398-9662


Fine contemporary Southwestern art, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and furniture. Features pieces by Bill Worrel and Star Liana York, as well as alkyd paintings by Tom Talbot.

Nicholas Wilson Studio de Tubac

14 Calle Iglesia, 520-398-0506


Contemporary Southwestern art, including paintings, etchings, sculpture, and prints.

Otero Gallery

5 Hesselbarth Ln., 520-398-8014


A 21-member cooperative gallery featuring fine art and craftwork by local artists. Contemporary, Southwestern, and traditional wall work, as well as three-dimensional work in bronze and fine gourd art. Craft items include jewelry, ceramics, and glass, wood, and paper arts.

Purcell Galleries of Fine Art

19 Tubac Rd., 520-398-1600


Features landscape, Native American, Western history, and goddess imagery paintings, as well as ceramics. Represented artists include Ron Mulligan, Carl Purcell, Donna Lamm, and Lincoln Maynard, among others.

The Red Door Gallery

10 Plaza Rd., 520-398-3943, 866-227-8164


This gallery offers contemporary and traditional art, including jewelry, leather furniture, pottery, mixed media, and textiles. Features Native American and Southwestern paintings by owner C. K. Weardon.

Red Willow Gallery

10B Tubac Rd., 520-398-2154

American Indian-owned and -operated. Features American Indian art, including oil paintings, carvings, and jewelry. Paintings by K. Henderson and Frank Schively, and gourds by Latana.

Rogoway’s Turquoise Tortoise Galleries

1 Calle Baca Rd., 520-398-2913, and 5 Calle Baca Rd., 520-398-2041


First location contains glasswork and sculpture in metal and bronze. The second gallery specializes in representational and contemporary art, including art glass, sculpture, pottery, Native American jewelry, oils by Hans Ressdorf, paintings by Charles H. Pabst, and sculpture by Arthur Norby.

Tile N Art Gallery

24 Tubac Rd., 520-398-8638

Features fine art, tile art, and tile murals by local artists in a historic adobe building.

Tubac Center of the Arts

9 Plaza Rd., 520-398-2371


Nonprofit gallery and center offer exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and performances. Features work by more than 100 regional and national artists in all mediums, as well as three galleries, a performance stage, a history gallery, and a gallery shop.

Walter Wilson Studio & Galleries

2243 E. Frontage Rd., 520-398-2312


Features works by artist and owner Walter Wilson, including portraits, custom commission and historical paintings, and Western landscapes.