Join Us in the Gallery
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 professional artists, as well as art produced by local high school students in our annual Hi-Art exhibit each May.
August 14 – September 27, 2020
Members' Open Exhibit
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.
Master Artists Collection
The Master Artist collection includes artwork by TCA’s designated Master Artists, Dale Nichols, Hal Empie, Virginia Hall, Tom Hill, Nicholas Wilson, Jean Wilson, Walter Wilson, Ross Stefan, and Hugh Cabot.
The studio gallery presents the work of Ashley Dahlke, a 2019 UA MFA graduate. Ashley’s contemporary works incorporate mixed media and a bold use of color, exploring the relationship between two dimensional paintings and three dimensional sculptural pieces.
October 2 – November 15, 2020
“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.
Voices and Votes
Tubac Center of the Arts is one of five venues in the state of Arizona to host the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit, “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” in partnership with Arizona Humanities. This educational exhibit serves as an opportunity to convene conversations about what it means to be a citizen and examine the context and main controversies being America’s democratic system.
Plein Air on the Santa Cruz Exhibit
The Rancho Santa Cruz Plein Air exhibit presents the artwork created during the PASC20 retreat and workshop. Work will be presented at the Tubac Center of the Arts Front Gallery, October 30 – November 15.
November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Members' Juried Exhibit
“Members’ Juried Exhibit” Continues to be a highlight for local artist members and the community, providing one of two exhibit opportunities exclusive to TCA member artists.
Juror: Catherine Nash
Barbara Rogers - Promises From the Earth
Barbara Rogers is an award-winning artist and retired art professor from the University of Arizona, now a Professor Emeritus of Painting and Drawing in the School of Fine Art at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Barbara’s paintings transcend daily life and the six o’clock news, to evoke the sublime, to reaffirm the existence of beauty and the critical importance of cherishing the earth.
Members' Open Winners Group Show
The art of the award winners from the “Members Open Exhibit” is presented in a group show in the Studio Gallery.
Image shown, “Mystique” Best of Show winner, Members Open 2019, by Amy Pilger.
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
For the Love of It
Tubac artist, Marion Valentine was one of the early Tubac artists, along with her husband Hans, their home was also their studio, open to the public. Marion was well known for her unique batik paintings. In this retrospective, we celebrate her love of art and community for her 120th birthday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day!
Harmston Arts - Serigraphs
HarmstonArts represents a partnership of 30 years of creativity. Steve and Bonnie Harmston work together with a focus that reflects each of their unique sensibilities. Steve has a BFA in Printmaking and Bonnie has a degree in Marketing. Together they collaborate on designs that reflect their experiences from travels throughout the wild and rural parts of the land. Their silkscreen prints are the expression of this imagery with simple, hand-cut shapes, overlaying a vibrant color palette of translucent and opaque colors.
Tubac Festival Then and Now
In partnership with the Tubac Historical Society, and in support of the Tubac Festival of the Arts, TCA will present historical posters, programs, and documents from the Tubac Festival of Arts archive dating back to the 1970’s.
February 26 – April 4, 2021
Open Studio Tour Artists
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.
Impressions: The Art of the Print
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
Members Juried Exhibit Best of Show Winners
David & Paula Perio
David & Paula Perino were selected as the Best of Show for their mixed media glass sculpture, “Encryption.” As the BOS award winners, their work will be featured in the Studio Gallery from February 26 – April 4, 2021.
April 9 – May 23, 2021
Starry Starry Night
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.
Juror: Catherine Nash &
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.
Catherine Nash - An Inner Astronomy
with guest artist, Robert Renfrow
An Inner Astronomy is my response to the mysterious beauty of our physical sky and my reflections on an inner space that I catch glimpses of during quietude and contemplation. I am very drawn to the mystery of the night sky and it has inspired my art for some time now.
Beth has been experimenting with the newly emerging medium of “Masking Tape Art” for over a decade, creating murals, abstract landscapes, still lifes and icons from tape which sh hand-paints in bold primary and secondary colors. Beth will create an interactive event inviting families and youth to participate in creating a masking tape mural within the Studio Gallery.
August 13 – September 26, 2021
Members Open Exhibit
TCA’s annual non-juried member’s exhibit presents the artwork of artists members. Not a member? Join or renew now.
Image: detail of “Sifting,” by Karol Honeycutt, 2020 Members’ Open Best of Show
Life in the Mountain West
Vicki and Shannon Conley are a mother-daughter pair of art quilters from the mountains of southern New Mexico. Their work has a strong sense of place; it is inspired by the outdoors and highlights the vast natural beauty of the mountain west.
Lauren Steinert MFA Grad.
Lauren is currently completing an MFA in Studio Art within the Printmaking department at the University of Arizona and will graduate in May, 2021. Her work combines glass and printmaking.
“I aim to give a glimpse at the history surrounding us and the traces of our existence.”
Master Artists Collection
Select works from the TCA Master Artists permanent collection will be presented in the front gallery.
October 1 – November 14, 2021
Susan Stover & Lisa Pressman
“Metamorphosis” jurors, Susan Stover and Lisa Pressman will present their work in the Master Gallery.
Harwood Steiger Textiles
In partnership with the Tubac Historical Society, TCA will present the textile art by Harwood Steiger.
The art of textile design radically transformed after World War II as America’s economy boomed and optimism bloomed into a consumer society. In Southern Arizona, artists Harwood and Sophie Steiger were pivotal in this artistic revolution. Incorporating bold dramatic colors and graphic motifs inspired by the plants and animals of the Sonoran desert, mesoamerican graphics, and iconography of the American Southwest.
Plein Air on the Santa Cruz
Artworks from the 2021 Plein Air Retreat will be presented in the front gallery.
Image: pastel painting by Elizabeth Neer.