Desert Hollywood: Celebrity Landscapes in Cinema


January 12 - June 30, 2018
Desert Hollywood explores the “celebrity careers” of prominent Southwestern landscapes in film and television. More than mere backdrops, these landscapes including Monument Valley, the Imperial Sand Dunes, Lake Powell, the Moab area and the Sonoran Desert surrounding Tucson have become familiar, even iconic, through their supporting roles in film. Featuring video clips, stills, behind-the-scenes photography as well as works from renowned photographer Cindy Bernard, an interactive installation from Dustin Shores and Eric Wilson, and vintage movie posters from the Loft Cinema., this exhibition explores how these landscapes have starred in a variety of genres from westerns to sci-fi, whether its Monument Valley portraying central Arizona in John’s Ford’s 1939 Stagecoach or Yuma’s Imperial Sand Dunes portraying desert planet Tatooine in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

Events to be announced 

Cody Edison

Tony, San Fernando, CA 2015

Dustin Shores

Photographer's Point, Monument Valley, Arizona, 2017

upcoming EXHIBITIONs

Carol Amos

Marana Sunset​

Vaquero and Charro: An Enduring Legacy, Photographs by Cody Edison and Artifacts from the Arizona Historical Society


December 8 - June 30, 2018
Vaquero and Charro: An Enduring Legacy, Photographs by Cody Edison and Artifacts from the Arizona Historical Society will explore the impact that Spanish traditions have had on Western horsemanship. Many customs, words, and traditions associated with the American West originated with the Vaqueros and Charros of Mexico. This legacy is presented through contemporary photographs of the Charros and Vaqueros of Southern California by Cody Edison and by historic artifacts dating to the mid 19th Century culled from the Arizona Historical Society. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Arizona Humanities.


​Cody Edison Artists' Reception, December 15, 2017, 5:30-8:00

American Women Artists: Under a Vast Sky


October 13 - December 3, 2017
The Museum is proud to host this national juried art show and sale with works from outstanding women artists from the United States, Canada and Mexico. AWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of women in the visual arts.


Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony, November 3, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.​​