Special Events:

¡Olé! Spanish Cultural Celebration and Grand Opening

December 15, 2017, 5:30-8:00 pm


Please join us for a spectacular evening of art, music and dance to celebrate the grand opening of VAQUERO AND CHARRO: An Enduring Legacy! Photographer Cody Edison will be speaking about his work and enjoy world class Spanish dancing! Cash bar and food trucks will be on site.


Event is supported through a grant from Arizona Humanities​.


Event is $10.00 at the door or in advance. Free for museum members.

Purchase tickets here: Eventbrite.com

Red Carpet Opening for “Desert Hollywood: Celebrity Landscapes in Cinema”

January 12, 2018, 7:00 pm


Walk the red carpet at the Grand Opening of the exhibition Desert Hollywood: Celebrity Landscapes in Cinema. Complimentary Whiskey Del Bac cocktails from Hamilton Distillers will be served. Enjoy swinging jazz music from Hot Club of Tucson. Have your picture taken in a Hollywood Glamour themed photo booth and more. 


​Ticket information will be posted soon.


Mata Ortiz Demonstration and Sale

December 3, 2017, 10:00-4:00 pm


Master artist Oralia Lόpez from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua will be at the Tucson Desert Art Museum. Oralia will have a wonderful selection of work by many other fine Mata Ortiz artists for purchase at reasonable prices  ranging from $20 to $1000. Oralia has set the standard for finely executed geometric designs for Mata Ortiz pottery. Her work is shown in the finest galleries and museums of the Southwest. She will be demonstrating the intricate technique used to paint Mata Ortiz pottery and Mata Ortiz pottery is internationally known for its elegant forms, precision designs, and beautiful colors. Please join us for the demonstration and sale.​

Timelines of the West: Two Visions
Wain Evans & B.C. Nowlin

Artists' Reception

December 1, 2017, 5:30-8:00 pm


Join us to celebrate the opening of an exhibition and sale of new work by contemporary painter B.C. Nowlin and photographer Wain Evans. 

Dustin Shores

Oralia Lόpez

Museum Special Events 

Cody Edison

B.C. Nowlin