3020 S. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 623-5881
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Arts & Museums
Owner Tom Philabaum is renowned as one of America's best glass artists, with exhibits throughout the US, Mexico and Europe, and his gallery, Philabaum Glass, reflects his position in the art world, exhibiting more than 100 nationally and internationally celebrated artists. Apart from wandering around and appreciating the exhibits, you can view glassblowing at his studio and learn about the history of the studio glass movement. This place is open from Tuesday to Saturday at 10am.
Formerly known as the Jewish Heritage Center, the Jewish History Museum is a cultural museum that is located in a synagogue. In fact, the very synagogue it is housed in is said to be the oldest structure in that state. With a great collection of artifacts, books, letters, documents, and many other items regarding the history of Jewish people in Southern Arizona, the museum is a great visit place to know more about the past of this region.
Due to its world-renowned Center for Creative Photography, Tucson has become a Mecca for photographers and photo collectors alike. Temple Gallery is only one of the many venues for photo exhibits in town, but it's one of the best. Located inside the Temple of Music and Art, it's easily accessible for art lovers of all genres. The focus here is on vintage 19th and early 20th century photographs, some of them enhanced by hand painting. Call for current exhibits.
Located in downtown Tucson, the Tucson Children's Museum offers interactive exhibit areas that allow children to explore and discover things for themselves. The different exhibits here are constantly changing, but in the past have included Dinosaur Canyon, the TCM Bakery and Farmer's Market, Wee World, the ZOOMzone, and the Ocean Discovery Center. Parents just love bringing their children here because not only will the little ones have a great time, but they will learn something as well.
The Tucson Arts Council established Shane House 12 years ago to provide affordable housing and work space for local artists. This is where you can meet and maybe even support them by buying a piece that you like. A number of solo shows are held throughout the year featuring individual artists who consider themselves avant-garde. The gallery is open during Downtown Saturday Night and by appointment only.
Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House is one of Tucson's oldest adobe houses, built around 1880 and home of the Carrillo family for over 90 years. Located on the grounds of the Tucson Convention Center downtown, the house has been restored using period furniture of the 1880s, featuring exhibits of Tucson lifestyles in the 19th century. Admission is free, but reservations are required for walking tours, which are only offered on Saturdays.
Here's a small and intimate setting for people who like to discuss the art they've been exposed to. It's all contemporary, and mostly local artists, in different media. Exhibits change monthly. Each new show is usually enhanced by a gallery talk, with the featured artist present to answer questions. It is advisable to call ahead before visiting or attending an event, as the gallery's open hours vary widely according to schedules.
Voted Best Art Gallery in town by the Tucson Weekly for nine consecutive years, this gallery has been firmly established in the local art community since 1981. Its focus is on 19th and 20th Century vintage and contemporary photographs from all around the globe, including works by such luminaries as Ansel Adams and Eadward Muybridge, but it also features local and regional artists in different media.
Located in the downtown arts district, this non-profit organization serves as a venue for multicultural events, not just for Latin America, but the entire world community that is represented in Tucson. As the Latino people are the largest minority in the city, it is not surprising that the focus is on art that originated south of the border. There is a wide variety of media represented here, woodworks and bronzes, as well as paintings and photography.
Sculptor William Skiles exhibits his metal works and handcrafted jewelry in this downtown gallery; while his wife, Lisa Stotska, shows her pastels and mixed media works. This has been the couple's working studio for three years, but they are not limited to showing just their own works. Drop in on a Downtown Saturday Night, when all the galleries downtown open their doors to the public. It is also open during Downtown Saturday nights.
Award-winning Navajo artist Glory Tacheenie-Campoy creates abstract images of the American Southwest, as well as paintings of horses and landscapes in prints and watercolors, plus crafts and gifts. One of her specialties is installation art. She also works on commission. Her piece are exhibited at the Central Arts Collective on Congress Street and at her home studio. Call for an appointment to see the works created in her studio.
Following a current trend in art, this new downtown gallery focuses on sculpture made from recycled metal and wood, reassembled to create new dimensions in junk. The studio also serves as a showcase for the art of Scott Baker, a craftsman who designs and produces custom furniture in limited editions. Most artists here are of local and regional origin, and represent the mostly avantgarde section of the Tucson art scene downtown.