Art Speaks

Art Speaks Series

 TCA hosts a monthly Art Speaks series with presentations by experts in a variety of art topics, often led by Tucson Museum of Art docents.

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2022/2023 Art Speaks Schedule

Art Speaks presentations are scheduled on the second Thursday of the month, October through March at 5-6:15pm.



The 2022-2023 Season will be presented live in the gallery each month.

Preregistration is required.  Register online or call TCA at 520-398-2371.

Presentations in this series are free for TCA members. Click here to become a MEMBER.


Save the Dates:

October 13, 2022
November 10, 2022
December 8, 2022
January 12, 2023
February 16, 2023
March 9, 2023

We look forward to seeing you!

Chuck Tampio
October 13th, 5pm

What’s Eating Gilbert Stuart? America’s First Paparazzo

Gilbert Stuart was America’s first major artist. His life and story, as well as the progression of his art makes him a fascinating historical character.

Linda Valdez
November 10th, 5pm

“How Photography Became Art”

Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks created iconic images that endure as fine art. But in the early 20th century, photography faced a very hostile environment in the art world. We’ll look at how the artist-photographers won acceptance, with a focus on works in the TMA collection, and the role of women and people of color.

Alinda Hakanson
December 8th, 5pm

All Aboard for Streetcar Art – Art on the Tucson Streetcar

Take a ride on the Tucson streetcar to see the public art created for this major project. This presentation will focus on the historical connection to art and transportation in general: how the project was funded; and the process for selecting works; show-and-tell about each work’s title and artist; and how each work interprets the theme “flow.”

Martin Randall
January 12th, 5pm

Art, Beauty, Love and Loss: The Artists’ Colony of Worpswede

Around the turn of the 20th century, the tiny village of Worpswede in north Germany became home to a thriving community of artists who longed to escape the stuffy confines of the art academies and find solace and inspiration in the sweeping landscapes and picturesque villages of the north German moors and the hard lives of the crofters who eked out a living there. 


Jaye-Lynn Trapp
February 16th, 5pm 

Let’s Meet in the Garden: Ten Artists Who Cultivated and Painted Gardens

Throughout history, gardens have been a favorite subject of artists. Their artistic renderings are as varied as the gardens themselves and reveal much about each artist’s relationship with nature. 

Mary Jo McMullen
March 9th, 5pm

The Basha Collection of Southwest Art

This is a review of one of the largest private collections of southwest art which includes oils, watercolors, and bronze sculptures by 20th century western artists, as well as Native American artists working in pottery, basketry, painting, sculpture and jewelry. This talk will be focusing on “cowboy art.”

The Art Speaks program is made possible in partnership with the Tucson Museum of Art and with the support of
Arizona Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities.