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There is more to art than just canvases and paint dollops on pallets. Travel just a bit north of downtown Tucson, and you will find a true art oasis in the form of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block.

Thanks to numerous events—including lectures from visiting artists and scholars, creative workshops and various family programs—and a diverse research library, the museum has something for every artist and art fan.

The museum also hosts some of Tucson’s most mind-tickling art exhibits. In the past, the museum has shown exhibits like La Estrella de Nacimiento, which provided a glimpse of traditional work from Mexico and Peru.

Surrounding the museum is the Historic Block, which includes five houses built between the 1850s and 1907. Guests can walk through the houses and view items from the museum’s art collection.

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block combines culture, history, art and creativity to produce one of Tucson’s true cultural gems.

Visit tusonmuseumofart.org for more information.

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Upcoming Events

    Artist Talk: Tony Foster

    Sun., Feb. 2, 2-3 p.m.
    Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson Central

    Buy TicketsIncluded with paid admission


    Join British artist Tony Foster, who is featured in The Western Sublime, as he discusses his artistic practice and his journeys into the world’s wild places which inform his paintings. 5206242333

    Picture This: Art for Families

    Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson Central


    Families with kids ages 6 through 12 take a guided tour of a current exhibit at 1 p.m., the first Sunday of every month; free. An art project follows. 624-2333

    Free First Thursday

    Thu., Feb. 6, 5-8 p.m.
    Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson Central


    Celebrate the opening of the European galleries during Free First Thursday! Enjoy music by Loki Moon. At 6:00 pm join poet Ofelia Zepeda in a reading of poetry. 5206242333

    Leadership Circle Lecture Series: An Evening with Michael Rooks

    Thu., Feb. 13, 6-7 p.m.
    Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson Central

    Buy Tickets$5


    Join us for a lecture by Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. 5206242333

    SmARTy Pants

    Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson Central


    Children ages 3 and 4 and their adult companions collaborate in hands-on art-making inspired by the current exhibition in the museum, at 10 a.m., the third Saturday of every month; $10 child, $8 member, includes admission to the museum. 624-2333

    The Bad Boys of Elaine Horwitch

    Sat., Feb. 29, 1-3 p.m.
    Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson Central

    Buy TicketsIncluded with museum admission


    Join Chief Curator Dr. Julie Sasse in a conversation with critic Lisa Wade and artists Tom Palmore and Billy Schenck as they discuss the rise of contemporary art in Arizona. 5206242333

    In The Presence of Women and the Legacy of Elaine Horwitch

    Sun., March 8, 1-2 p.m.
    Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson Central

    Buy TicketsIncluded with museum admission


    Gallerist Elaine Horwitch was a force to be reckoned with but so were the women she worked with and the artists she represented. 5206242333

    Spring Artisan Market and Flower Festival

    Fri., March 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., March 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., March 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson Central


    TMA’s Spring Artisan Market & Flower Festival features over 100 unique and local artists and artisans with crafts, original artwork, pottery, glass, jewelry, textiles and gift items. 520-624-2333

    Painting Ancient Mexico & The Kasser Family Wing

    Tue., March 17, 6-7 p.m.
    Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson Central

    Buy Tickets$5


    Explore the brilliantly painted vessels, murals, and manuscripts of ancient Mexico with Kristopher Driggers, Assistant Curator, Schmidt Curator of Latin American Art. 5206242333

    Before There Were Dealers: Arizona's Art Community Before 1950

    Thu., April 2, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson Central

    Buy TicketsIncluded with museum admission


    Professor of art history at Arizona State University, Dr. Betsy Fahlman will explore Arizona’s rich art community before the 1950s. 5206242333

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