Just For Artists
The galleries at Tubac Center of the Arts include over 4,300 square feet of exhibition space. There are many opportunities for artists to submit to juried exhibitions each year. Additionally, the art center presents two exhibits each year exclusively for TCA member artists. Click here for information about becoming a member.
The main gallery includes the front entry, middle gallery, and the Smith Gallery and is the space that hosts our national juried exhibits.
The Master Gallery and the east wing of the art center was built in 2012 after a two year capital campaign. Its original focus was to create a gallery space dedicated to hosting the work of the historical and contemporary artists that made Tubac the place “where art and history meet.”
The Studio Gallery shares the space with our library, meeting room, and workshops.
The exhibit schedule fills three different gallery spaces from August through May with rotating national and regional exhibits with art by professional artists, as well as art produced by local high school students in our annual Hi-Art exhibit each May.
Schedule of Exhibit Opportunities
Members' Open Exhibit
August 14 – September 27, 2020
Our new season opens with TCA’s annual Member’s Open Exhibition, a nonjuried exhibit exclusively for artist members of TCA. If you’re not a member yet, consider joining the Tubac Center of the Arts here. Image shown, “Rust Jacket”, Members Open 2019 award winner by Donna Tousley.
“Raise Your Voice” is a national juried exhibit celebrating the 19th Amendment and women’s rights. The exhibit supports the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street “Voices and Votes” traveling exhibit held concurrently in the Master Gallery.
Juror: Barbara Rogers.
Plein Air on the Santa Cruz Exhibit
October 30 – November 15, 2020
The Rancho Santa Cruz Plein Air exhibit presents the artwork created during the PASC20 retreat and workshop will be presented at the Tubac Center of the Arts Studio Gallery, October 30 – November 15. Participants must register for the exhibit and retreat.
Members' Juried Exhibit
November 20, 20202 – January 10, 2021
January 15 – February 21, 2021
“Arizona Aqueous” has been a tradition at TCA for 34 years. This national juried exhibit engages artists from across the country working in traditional and contemporary methods that incorporate water media on paper.
Juror: Jim Waid
Impressions: The Art of the Print
February 26 – April 4, 2021
This juried exhibit will present the many different types of printmaking methods, including monotype, etchings, drypoint, lithography, woodcut, linocut, collagraph, and screenprint. Additionally, educational material describing the different types of printmaking will help visitors understand the methods and techniques. The exhibit highlights original printmaking methods and addresses the difference between the art form of printmaking versus the reproduction of art called a “print.”
Juror: David Andres
Deadline: January 25, 2021
Open Studio Tour Artists
February 26 – April 4, 2021
Southern Arizona has one of the most robust and exciting art scenes in the United States and one avenue for investigating the exceptional work of our artists from Sahuarita to Nogales is through the Open Studio Tour. Beginning February 26, patrons can take a preview of the work of our annual Open Studio Tour, March 12-14, 2021. Plan your visit by previewing the artist’ studios you wish to visit during the Tour. Grab a free restaurant guide as well for your artistic journey in Southern Arizona.
April 9 – 25, 2021
Hi-Art is an annual exhibit showcasing the work of local high school students. The exhibit is sponsored by the Cowboy Paint Out event held each November and provides awards and a college scholarship to a graduating senior.
Deadline and application available soon.
Starry Starry Night
April 9 – May 23, 2021
This national juried exhibit will present works of art that celebrate the dark sky initiatives and the Tubac Dark Sky application. This exhibit partners with the Tubac Presidio Historic Park and the Tubac Heritage Alliance to create supporting Dark Sky events in Tubac.