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 11 – September 17, 2023
4 Common Corners: Extremes in the Southwest
Art quilts from the 4 Common Corners Artists Group will include two themed collections, Oasis (13 quilts) and Snow and Ice (13 quilts).
The Studio gallery is invaded by light-emitting objects created by local artists from beyond the pale.
September 22 – November 12, 2023
Celebrate Santa Cruz Valley
Tubac Center of the Arts is pleased to present Celebrate Santa Cruz Valley!; a regional juried exhibition recognizing and celebrating the National Designation of the Santa Cruz Valley as a National Heritage Area and to honor Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance Local Coordinating Entity designation.
Artists are asked to consider the themes of the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance’s ten interpretive themes. Learn more at their website.
November 20 – December 21, 2023
Award winners from the “Celebrate Santa Cruz Valley” exhibit will travel to Marana for a special exhibition.
Discover Marana Visitors Center: Celebrate Santa Cruz Valley! Award Winners
Allegories in Oil
by George Strasburger
Strasburger is award-winning and prolific, with solo exhibits throughout the Southwest. He currently lives and paints full time in Tucson AZ.
His work is characterized by an observation of humanity, our physical beauty, and our goodness. He mostly works in oils and also loves to draw. He is inspired by his neighbors, the landscape around him, and what unites us as aware people.
Image: “The Envelope,” Oil, George Strasburger
Constant Creative: Dora McIlhenny
September 22 – October 26
Selected works from the lifelong creative journey of Dora Clark McIlhenny, a former TCA volonteer are presented in the front gallery.
The Art of Olga Leone
In partnership with the Tubac Historical Society, this exhibition presents a retrospective of the work of Tubac artist, Olga Leone.
Olga Leone was a prolific watercolorist. Visitors to the Tubac Center of the Arts will see many of her beautiful paintings that showcase her love of nature in a varie-ty of themes, including flowers, forests, landscapes and seascapes.
Image: Watercolor painting by Olga Leone
Plein Air on the Santa Cruz
October 27 – November 12
Artworks from the 2023 Plein Air Retreat will be presented in the front gallery. Join the artists for an opening reception, 4:30 – 6pm, Friday, October 27th.
November 17 – December 30, 2023
Members' Juried Exhibit
TCA’s annual Members’ Juried Exhibit presents a juried selection of artwork by TCA artists members. Not a member? Join or renew now.
Image: “Prayers Answered”
2022 MJE Awared of Excellence
Cosmologies of the Soul: New Works by Josh Goldberg
Exhibitions of Josh’s works include large-scale, abstract paintings in acrylic and oils, oversized works on paper, and large charcoal drawings. Though there is an absence of ‘narrative’ and figuration, his powerful yet lyrical works recall Beckett’s observation about Joyce: “He doesn’t write about something. He writes something.”
Members' Open Winners
This annual exhibition presents the artwork of the top award winners from the Members’ Open Exhibit. Artists will be announced in September.
Image: “Spirit Of Spring” Linda Star Landon
2022 Members’ Open Best of Show
January 5 – February 25, 2024
Arizona Aqueous XXXVII
TCA’s annual juried Arizona Aqueous exhibit presents artwork created with water media on paper.
Image: “Lunchbreak,” Ray Goodrow 2022-2023 AZ Aqueous BEST OF SHOW winner
Desert Play Date: Mixed Media Works by Kelly B. Morris
Kelly’s collages, drawing and paintings are the result of a truly spellbinding fusion of themes, styles, and genres that come from a multitude of sources. In his carefully crafted pieces, the artist demonstrates a high level of craftmanship, a solid knowledge of various topics, a multiplicity of subject matter, and a vivid imagination. In Kelly’s work, the viewer can see an interweaving of symbols, aesthetics, and narratives that, although not immediately associated with each other, create a stimulating and powerful depiction of a concordant idea.
Image: “El Rey”, 32” x 42”, Mixed media
Members' Juried Best of Show
Howard Kline’s painting, “Pirate Party” was selected for the The Best of Show award in the Members’ Juried Exhibition by juror, Russell Recchion. Howard will present a solo exhibit of his work in the Studio Gallery.
March 1 – April 14, 2024
Spotlight on the Inconspicuous
Brooke Molla Molla’s artwork stems from a desire to connect with nature. She seeks out the minuscule bits of nature that are mostly found at her feet on sidewalks, garden beds, or even glimpses through the windows of our houses and cars.
Open Studio Tour Artists
The artwork of participating Open Studio Tour artists will be presented in the Studio Gallery.
The self-guided Open Studio Tour will be on March 8, 9, & 10, 2024
Image: Detail from “La Cienega at Midnight,” Charles Thomas, 2021 OST Poster Contest Winner
April 19 – May 26, 2024
Invisible Borders - Photography
In partnership with Pima College Bernal Gallery. Invisible Borders, an exhibition of 31 female photographers from México and Southern Arizona. Fotográfas del Norte from the northern border states of MÉXICO, MAPA a group of photographers from the state of Mexico, and BorderLens Southwest, a new group of Tucson female photographers represent the artists in this massive exhibition.
Image” Father and Son,” Vicky Westover
Jiro Okura Sculptures
Okura is known for his minimalist wooden sculptural works made from woods of native trees associated with Shinto and Buddhism.
As a young man, Okura spent time studying Zen Buddhism at the nearby temple of Manpukuji in Uji. He found similarities between the repeated chanting of sutras (Buddhist texts) and sitting of meditation in the temple and the repetitive nature of his own artistic practice.
Front & Middle Galleries
TCA is pleased to present the artwork of the Santa Cruz Valley High School, Middle School, and Elementary students.
Grecia Solorios, ”Choke Hold”
2023 Best of Show
May 24 – July 4, 2024
Proud To Be Seen
In Partnership with
Bruce Baughman Studio & Gallery
In this national juried exhibit, TCA will host a virtual exhibition and selected works will be presented at the Bruce Baughman Studio & Gallery in Tubac.