Exhibits

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There’s Something for Everyone

 

The galleries at Tubac Center of the Arts include over 4,300 square feet of exhibition and workshop space. The Main Gallery also hosts an annual performing arts series. Artists may submit to open calls.  Visit the Submissions page for more information.

 

 

Barbara Borgwardt Watercolor painting

Main Gallery

The main gallery includes the front entry, middle gallery, and the Smith Gallery and is the space that hosts our national juried exhibits.

David Simons Oil Painting Grand Canyon

Master Gallery

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.”

Studio Gallery

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.

Exhibit Schedule

August 14 – September 27, 2020

Barbara Borgwardt Watercolor painting

Members' Open Exhibit

Main Gallery

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.

David Simons Oil Painting Grand Canyon

Master Artists Collection

Master Gallery

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

Barbara Borgwardt Watercolor painting

Raise Your Voice

Main Gallery

“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.

 

David Simons Oil Painting Grand Canyon

Voices and Votes

Master Gallery

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

Studio Gallery

The Rancho Santa Cruz Plein Air exhibit will be on display in the studio gallery, Friday, October 30 – November 15th

November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Barbara Borgwardt Watercolor painting

Members' Juried Exhibit

Main Gallery

“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

David Simons Oil Painting Grand Canyon

Barbara Rogers - Promises From the Earth

Master Gallery

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

Studio Gallery

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

Barbara Borgwardt Watercolor painting

Arizona Aqueous

Main Gallery

“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

 

David Simons Oil Painting Grand Canyon

Harmston Arts - Serigraphs

Master Gallery

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

Studio Gallery

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

Barbara Borgwardt Watercolor painting

Open Studio Tour Artists

Main Gallery

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.

 

David Simons Oil Painting Grand Canyon

Impressions: The Art of the Print

Master Gallery

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 Winner Exhibit

Studio Gallery

The winner of the Best of Show will be featured in the Studio Gallery from February 26 – April 4, 2021. You’’ have to attend the opening of the Member’s Juried exhibition on November 20, 2020, to find out who won the award!

April 9 – 25, 2021

David Simons Oil Painting Grand Canyon

Hi-Art

Main Gallery

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.

David Simons Oil Painting Grand Canyon

Catherine Nash - An Inner Astronomy

Master Gallery

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 Courtright-Detwiller

Studio Gallery

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.

April 30 – May 23, 2021

David Simons Oil Painting Grand Canyon

Tubac Dark Skies

Main Gallery

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

David Simons Oil Painting Grand Canyon

Catherine Nash - An Inner Astronomy

Master Gallery

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 Courtright-Detwiller

Studio Gallery

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.