Arizona State Museum
If you're an Indiana Jones wannabe (guilty!) the Arizona State Museum will feed your archaeological fantasies. Established on the University of Arizona campus in 1893, when Arizona was still a territory, this is the Southwest's oldest and largest anthropology museum and a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. It's a magnet for academics researching the native peoples of northern Mexico and the Southwestern US and a must-see for anyone interested in this region's past.
Arlene'sExpect the unexpected at Arlene's in Tombstone! This family-owned gallery, opened since 1978, showcases some of the Southwest's most iconic items. Shop for everything from turquoise jewelry to Native American artifacts to fine art, pottery, and more. A visit to the Western town of Tombstone--with dusty streets, gunfights reenactments, carriage rides, and Shady Ladies--wouldn't be complete with a stop at Arlene's for authentic regional treasures.
Steve Getzwiller's Nizhoni Ranch Gallery
Steve and Gail Getzwiller provide a dazzling display of prized Navajo masterpieces directly from the talented hands of nearby artisans that come into Sonoita's Nizhoni Ranch Gallery. Amongst the glory of blankets, baskets, rugs, table runners, and pottery, I feel like I'm at a trading post in the Old West. Well, I'm fresh out of rabbit pelts; may I trade cash?
Philabaum Glass Gallery & StudioIf you think all of Tucson's fine art is in the Foothills, travel south to Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio in downtown Tucson. You'll be wowed by the artistic breadth of glass artist Tom Philabaum's output--from kiln-casting to Italian scavo and crystalline graal techniques. The gallery also displays the work of some 50 other glass artists from all over the country.
DeGrazia Gallery in the SunTen acres of heaven. There's no other way to describe DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, the Tucson foothills compound that houses the internationally renowned regional artwork of Ted DeGrazia. Everything here is a work of art--including the adobe buildings he designed and built in the 1950s. In addition to the main gallery, DeGrazia's original home still stands on the property, along with an open-air mission and a gift shop.
Arizona History Museum949 E. 2nd St., 520-628-5774
Interprets Southern Arizona's history from the Spanish Colonial through Territorial eras. Exhibit topics include mining, transportation, Geronimo, 1870s Tucson, Arizona treasures, and uncovering Tucson's past.
Arizona State MuseumThe University of Arizona, 1013 E. University Blvd., 520-621-6302
Exhibitions, programs, and an educational museum store make up the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the region. With an emphasis on native cultures, the museum boasts the world's largest collection of Southwest Indian pottery and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
Artists at Work2400 N. Campbell Ave., 520-326-5676
At this multicultural gallery, find everything from oils and ceramics to stained glass and metalwork—all made by local artists who immigrated here from countries around the globe.
Arts Incubator Gallery108 E. Congress St., 520-792-4503
This tall, narrow space downtown next to The Grill offers the perfect place for local artists to exhibit their work–from performance and installation art to paintings, photography, ceramics, and more.
Bahti Indian ArtsSt. Philip's Plaza, 4330 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 73, 520-577-0290
Established more than 60 years ago, Tucson's oldest and largest contemporary American Indian art gallery showcases Navajo textiles, jewelry, fetishes, pottery, baskets, Hopi kachinas, and paintings from many tribes. Bahti Represents both well-established and emerging native artists.
Borealis Arts150 S. Camino Seco, Ste. 108, 520-303-7263
Rotating exhibits bring together emerging artists of today with established artists of the past. Permanent collections include works by William Dubin, Matt Tucker, and Joshua Smith.
Center for Creative PhotographyThe University of Arizona, 1030 N. Olive Rd., 520-621-7968
In addition to rotating exhibits, this museum on the U of A campus also contains a research center and archives. The center holds more individual works by 20th-century North American photographers—nearly 90,000 prints—than any other museum in the country.
Chris Bubany GalleryLa Plaza Shoppes, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Ste. 140, 520-885-2960
The whimsical beauty of the Southwest comes to life in Bubany's hand-painted ceramic designs. Find one-of-a-kind tableware featuring the vibrant colors and creatures of the desert at her gallery.
Conrad Wilde Gallery101 W. 6th St., 520-622-8997
Rotating exhibits of contemporary paintings, sculpture, and works on paper emphasizing abstraction and innovation.
Contreras Gallery110 E. 6th St., 520-398-6557
Located in the historic Warehouse Arts District, this locally owned gallery and working studio showcases contemporary paintings, drawings, and sculpture, as well as monthly exhibitions of local artists and custom-made jewelry.
Covington Fine Arts Gallery Inc.La Plaza Shoppes, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Ste. 140, 520-298-7878
Gallery specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings, watercolors, and prints, as well as brokering and appraisals.
Davis Dominguez Gallery154 E. 6th St., 520-629-9759
This contemporary fine art gallery, representing established Tucson artists for 39 years, is located in a fully restored 5,400-square-foot warehouse in the historic Warehouse Arts District. It features a large selection of modern paintings and sculpture.
Deco2612 E. Broadway Blvd., 319-0888
Touting "a little bit of everything," this eclectic gallery showcases unique gifts and works by local artists. Also find wall, neon, and Western art; jewelry; ongoing bead classes; and rotating exhibits.
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun6300 N. Swan Rd., 520-299-9191
National Historic District features Southwestern art and architecture by legendary artist Ted DeGrazia. Ten-acre Foothills site with adobe gallery, gift shop, chapel, and artist's former home. Original paintings, watercolors, sculptures, ceramics, and more.
Desert Artisans' GalleryLa Plaza Shoppes, 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd., 520-722-4412
A cooperative gallery featuring selected works by 30 award-winning juried artists offering contemporary and traditional art in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, fused glass, ceramics, and handmade jewelry.
Details Art & DesignGallery Row, 3001 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 139, 520-577-1995
This multimedia, contemporary craft gallery specializes in gifts and items for the home. Hosts a number of receptions throughout the year featuring local and regional artists.
Dragonfly Gallery146 E. Broadway Blvd., 520-628-3164
The gallery's proceeds—with pieces by local artists ranging from sculpture and jewelry to acrylics—go to Dragonfly Village, which provides supportive housing to those in need.
Drawing Studio, The33 S. 6th Ave., 520-620-0947
A visual arts center founded by noted artist and art educator Andrew Rush. Featuring a year-round schedule of exhibitions by students, associates, faculty, and nationally recognized guest artists in a variety of 2-D and 3-D mediums.
Etherton Gallery135 S. 6th Ave., 520-624-7370
Known for its vast inventory of vintage, classic, and contemporary photography and museum-quality exhibitions, Etherton Gallery also features paintings, prints, and mixed-media by top local and regional artists.
Fire Ranch Glassworks & Gallery4280 E. Hawser St., Catalina, 520-818-2239
Fire Ranch Glassworks creates original glass art, including botanical sculptures, vases, urns, and Venetian eggs. Features works by owners and artists Richard Hornby and Linda Allyn, as well as the works of other glass artists.
Four Corners Gallery7000 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Ste. 16., 520-202-3888
Dedicated to preserving and educating about the arts, culture, and heritage of the region, the gallery includes original Southwestern artwork, exquisite handmade silver jewelry, and more from local artists.
Framed to Perfection7625 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 125, 520-571-1963
Limited edition, fine art prints by established international artists and custom framing are this shop's specialty.
Gallery 801801 N. Main Ave., 520-370-1610
This 1880s building houses a gallery with an attached blacksmith shop and features contemporary sculpture, metalwork, and paintings, along with found-object and hand-forged works by owner Steven Derks, as well as works by Dan Lehman, Bryan Crow, Carolyn Anderson, Ian Houghton, and Peter Eisner.
Gallery West Classic Native American Art6420 N. Campbell Ave., 520-529-7002
Specializes in historic Plains beadwork and sculpture, classic Navajo weavings, kachinas, and Southwest basketry and pottery, along with contemporary Southwest jewelry, paintings, and sculpture.
Glass Illusions Gallery6420 N. Campbell Ave., 520-296-1105
Featuring the works of a dozen artists, including owners Pattie and Mark Johnson and local glassblower Tom Philabaum. Also on display are sculpture, paintings, and jewelry.
Glass Illusions Studio8806 E. Tanque Verde Rd., 520-296-5752
This studio exclusively showcases the works of owners Pattie and Mark Johnson. Find all mediums of glass art, including blown, fused, cast, and stained.
Ironwood GalleryArizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Rd., 520-883-1380, ext. 136
Featuring desert botanicals and native wildlife, with rotating exhibitions showcasing local, national, and international artists. Included in museum admission.
Jane Hamilton Fine ArtPlaza Colonial, 2890 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 180, 520-529-4886
Artwork in styles ranging from traditional, contemporary, and abstract to Southwestern. Featuring traditional oils by Tom Murray, "Southwestern glass" by Lee Augst, and whimsical landscapes by Leigh Gusterson.
Joseph Gross GalleryThe University of Arizona, 1031 N. Olive Rd., 520-626-4215
Showcasing works by students and faculty from the U of A School of Art, this gallery focuses on artists affiliated with the university but also displays works by professional artists in a wide array of mediums and concepts.
Lionel Rombach GalleryThe University of Arizona, 1031 N. Olive Rd., 520-626-4215
Students display their artistic visions and learn gallery management at this U of A gallery. It was established in 1977 as a student gallery and displays a broad range of artistic mediums.
Louis Carlos Bernal GalleryPima Community College, 2202 W. Anklam Rd., 520-206-6942
Named for the famous Tucson photographer, this gallery rotates exhibits from regional, national, and international artists every six weeks in the spring and fall. A juried student exhibition takes place annually. Gallery features painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, and metalwork.
Lynn Rae Lowe's Metal Arts Gallery3230 N. Dodge Blvd., Ste. A, 520-299-7900
Home studio and gallery of nationally known artist Lynn Rae Lowe. Gallery features hand-painted metalwork, garden art, and bronze sculpture.
Madaras GalleryGallery Row, 3001 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 101, 615-3001
Gallery contains works by local artist Diana Madaras, who specializes in colorful interpretations of the desert Southwest, animals, and florals. Originals, prints, and reproductions on canvas, as well as fine-art gifts.
Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery6872 E. Sunrise Dr., Ste. 150, 520-722-7798
Features a diverse collection ranging from historic Indian art to contemporary sculpture by deceased and living artists. Paintings, jewelry, pottery, Navajo rugs, and other Southwestern art, including pieces by Maynard Dixon, Ed Mell, Maria Martinez, and Howard Post.
McBride's Framing Gallery6330 N. Oracle Rd. #216, 520-690-5492
This custom-frame shop doubles as a gallery showcasing Southwest photography by Tad McBride.
Metal Arts Village3230 N. Dodge Blvd., Studios A–L, 520-975-9792
The architecturally striking plaza is home to more than 14 artists working in steel, glass, wood, stone, and more. Explore the studios, meet the artists, and tour the outdoor sculpture garden.
Mo's Gallery & Fine Framing3650 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., 520-795-8226
For more than 25 years, this gallery has offered original works and fine-art prints, as well as custom-framed mirrors, frames, and more.
Monterey Court Studio Galleries505 W. Miracle Mile, 520-207-2429
This historic 1930s motor court has been renovated into charming galleries and artisan shops that showcase contemporary, traditional, and Southwestern art, including mosaic tile, paintings, jewelry, basketry, pottery, gourds, and metalwork.
Morning Star Traders & Antiques2020 E. Speedway Blvd., 520-881-2112
Specializes in antiques and new Native American arts, including jewelry, rugs, baskets, pottery, fetishes, and Yaqui masks, as well as Mexican jewelry and arts and period antique furniture.
Museum of Contemporary Art265 S. Church Ave., 520-624-5019
Museum exhibits contemporary avant-garde art from 1970 on, with six to eight temporary exhibitions per year. Features works by international and local artists, as well as public educational talks and programs on art in science and literature.
Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio711 S. 6th Ave., 520-884-7404
From collector pieces to one-of-a-kind jewelry, this space exclusively shows contemporary glass art by nationally recognized artists. It also houses the working glass studio of local artist Tom Philabaum.
Porter Hall Galleryat Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, 520-326-9686
This gallery serves as the centerpiece of the Gardens' historic 1929 home, surrounded by 17 specialty gardens. Monthly exhibits often focus on the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert.
Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop218 E. 6th St., 520-881-5335
A Latino-based, nonprofit, cooperative contemporary art gallery in the downtown Warehouse Arts District, dedicated to showing national and international art by co-op members and guest artists. Annual Día de los Muertos celebrations.
Sanders Galleries6420 N. Campbell Ave., 520-299-1763
Specializes in traditional and contemporary Southwestern, Chinese, Russian, and Native American art, including paintings and sculpture.
Sarnoff Paloma Art Gallery4747 E. Sunrise Dr., Ste. 101, 520-577-9224
An eclectic gallery specializing in original works by local painters Judy Bateman and Cindy Juliano, as well as monotypes by Jack Eggman. Also offering whimsical gifts, art supplies, and custom framing.
Settlers West Gallery6420 N. Campbell Ave., 520-299-2607
Fine original Western and wildlife art. Featuring works by members of the "Tucson 7," including Howard Terpning, as well as paintings by William Acheff and Francois Koch.
Skyline Gallery6360 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 150, 520-615-3800
Featuring the works of more than 100 North American artists and artisans. Offering unique jewelry, blown glass, pottery, and woodwork.
Solar Culture Gallery31 E. Toole Ave., 520-884-0874
This hidden gem music and fine-art venue displays the works of more than 100 community artists. Exhibits rotate thrice annually.
Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery5605 E. River Rd., Ste. 131, 520-299-7294
Guild members exhibit their works—ranging from experimental abstracts to classic "plein air" pieces.
Spirited Hands Studio851 N. Corinth Ave., 520-873-7388
Specializing in fiber arts, mother/daughter duo Sally Hall and Susan Thompson create apparel, wall hangings, sculptures, and more using the ancient art of felt-making. Classes available. Call for hours.
Temple Gallery330 S. Scott Ave., 520-624-7370
Managed by Etherton Gallery, the gallery is located downtown in the historic Temple of Music and Art and specializes in paintings, sculpture, and mixed media by top local and regional artists, including Jim Waid, Lynn Taber, and Nancy Tokar Miller.
Tohono Chul7366 N. Paseo del Norte, 520-742-6455
A restored 1937 adobe building houses both the main gallery for larger works and group exhibits, and the entry gallery for smaller shows and pieces. Holds more than a dozen shows per year that reflect Southwestern nature, art, and culture.
Toscana Studio & Gallery9040 N. Oracle Rd., 520-575-1445
This all-encompassing art space features contemporary figurative and abstract fine art by established and emerging local artists, as well as art classes and workshops for all ages and a children's summer art camp.
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block140 N. Main Ave., 520-624-2333
Located in historic downtown, the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block features Western, Latin American, and modern and contemporary art exhibitions, as well as five historic houses that provide visitors with a unique look into Tucson's past.
Union GalleryThe University of Arizona, Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd., 520-621-6142
Two gallery spaces within the Student Union display works by students and professional artists. The gallery seeks to expose the campus community to original art, current and ongoing social issues, and the creative process.
University of Arizona Museum of Art, TheThe University of Arizona, 1031 N. Olive Rd., 520-621-7567
The museum presents changing and traveling exhibitions of world-class art throughout the year featuring masterworks from antiquity through the present day. The 15th-century Spanish Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo is always on view.
Wilde Meyer GalleryGallery Row, 3001 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 115, 520-615-5222
Offers an eclectic collection of contemporary fine art. Artists include figurative painter Linda Carter Holman, landscape painters such as Barbara Gurwitz, and abstract painters including Ryan Hale. Also features artists with contemporary interpretations of cowboys and Native Americans.
Art Gallery H8 Plaza Rd., 520-820-7000
Contemporary meets cutting edge with showcases from established and emerging artists. Art Gallery H features paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media from Dyanne Fiorucci, Karl Hoffman, and Neal Taylor.
Big Horn Galleries37 Tubac Rd., 520-398-9209
An extension of the Cody, Wyoming, gallery that specializes in fine traditional and contemporary Western and Southwestern art. Represents more than 60 national and international artists, including James Bama, Frank McCarthy, and Richard Iams.
Bruce Baughman Studios & GalleriesLa Entrada de Tubac, Ste. M, 520-398-9098
Primarily featuring the work of owner Bruce Baughman, known for his reverse-painting technique in which paint is applied to one side of a transparent sheet with the intent of viewing the artwork from the other side.
C. Curry Studio & GalleryLa Entrada de Tubac, Ste. M, 520-398-3304
Specializing in Southwestern art, from beaded jewelry by Carol Curry to masks and koshare (Hopi clowns made from clay) by Alan Bass. The gallery also carries a variety of mediums including pottery, wood carving, basketry, and gourd art.
Cobalt Fine Arts Gallery5 Camino Otero, 520-398-1200
An eclectic mix of paintings, sculpture, art glass, ceramics, and jewelry, with an emphasis on contemporary Southwestern art. Features works by 70 artists, including oil paintings by Neil Myers, Natasha Isenhour, Paul Sheldon, and Georgeana Ireland.
Desert Legacy Gallery3266 Highway 82, Stes. 3–4, 520-455-0555
Find everything from handmade furniture and home accessories to pieces of jewelry and handbags with a Southwestern flair. Be sure to peruse the regional artwork including sculptures made of ceramic, metal, and glass.
Feminine Mystique Art GalleryLa Entrada de Tubac, Ste. C, 520-398-0473
An all-female art gallery displaying works by more than 80 locally, nationally, and internationally known women artists, including pottery by Pat Aguilar, glasswork by Melissa Branzell, weavings by Maggie Doyle, and dolls by Gretchen Lima.
Graham Bell Gallery1 Will Rogers Lane, 520-398-9111
Cowboy and rodeo photography by Scott Graham Bell and Louise L. Serpa, and black-and-white photography by Edward S. Curtis. Featuring Tibetan, South American, and cowboy memorabilia, as well as antique furniture.
Hal Empie Studio & Gallery33 Tubac Rd., 520-398-2811
Gallery dedicated to the work of Arizona artist Hal Empie (1909–2002), including recently acquired originals and limited-edition prints. Oils, watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings, and prints. Owned by the Empie family.
Hugh Cabot Studio and Gallery10 Calle Iglesia, 520-398-2721
Showcasing the extensive artistic talents—from sculpture to watercolor—of Hugh Cabot. The collection of the artist's original works includes signed and numbered lithographs and rare bronzes.
K Newby Gallery + Sculpture Garden15 Tubac Rd., 520-398-9662, 888-398-9662
Fine contemporary Southwestern art, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and furniture. Features sculptures by Bill Worrell and Star Liana York in the 2-acre sculpture garden.
Lone Mountain Turquoise Company11 Tubac Rd., 520-398-2802
This gallery offers anything and everything embellished with turquoise. Find handcrafted Native American necklaces, bracelets, rings, and belts along with rugs, pottery, and paintings from more than 3,000 artists.
Red Door Gallery, The10 Plaza Rd., 520-398-3943, 866-227-8164
This gallery offers contemporary and traditional fine art, jewelry, folk art, pottery, and textiles. Features Native American and Southwestern paintings by owner C. K. Wearden.
Red Willow Gallery12C Tubac Rd., 520-398-2154
Features American Indian art, including metal sculpture, carvings, and jewelry, as well as paintings by K. Henderson, Cat Corcilius, and other native-inspired artists.
Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery5 Calle Baca, 520-398-2041
Showcasing glasswork, sculpture in metal and bronze, pottery, and oil on canvas. Artists include Garrison, Albert Dreher, and Sharon Weiser.
Stone House of Tubac19 Tubac Rd., Ste. H, 719-838-1187
Features Southwestern-inspired paintings and watercolors by local artists including nationally acclaimed Jim Petty.
Tubac Center of the Arts9 Plaza Rd., 520-398-2371
Nonprofit gallery and center offers exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and performances. Features works by more than 500 regional and national artists in all mediums, as well as three galleries, a performance stage, a history gallery, a gallery shop, and a new master-artist gallery.
Tubac Territory1 Calle Baca, 520-398-2913
Specializes in regional handcrafted mesquite furniture. Also features paintings by Carlos Lopez, kachinas by Molly Heizer, and glass by Jared Davis.
Tombstone Association of the Arts, The383 E. Allen St., 520-457-2380
Gallery of works exclusively by artists from Cochise County, with an emphasis on Southwestern art. All original art, including paintings, woodcrafts, and handmade crafts. A featured-artist exhibit changes monthly and see an annual quilt show every February.
Steve Getzwiller's Nizhoni Ranch Gallery520-455-5020
Featuring both historic and contemporary Navajo weavings, as well as Southwestern basketry and American Indian art. Call for directions and to schedule an appointment.
Adobe Gallery2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Rd., 520-623-6732
A rustic adobe barn provides space for eclectic contemporary art, including photography and mixed-media. Features rotating exhibits, a sculpture path, and gift shop. Open by appointment.
55 Main Gallery55 Main St., 520-432-4694
Paintings and photo art line the walls of this multifaceted exhibit space, which also carries colorful clothing, jewelry, and glass art. View the works of Steven Smelzer, Bernard Goodman, and more.
Belleza Fine Art Gallery27 Main St., 520-432-5877
Featuring original paintings by a variety of artists, including David Berridge, Charles Thomas, and William Spencer III. Owned by Compass Medical Co. and operated by Women's Transition Project, serving addicted and homeless women of southeast Arizona.
Exquisite Designs Originals Gallery76 Main St., 520-432-5013
Owner Barbara J. Taylor applies acrylic gel on canvas to create 3-D art. Also find photography and jewelry, as well as ironwood, bronze, and steel sculptures.
PanTerra Gallery22 Main St., 520-432-3320
Offering an eclectic collection of fine-art photography, wearable art and clothing, and handcrafted jewelry. Photography workshops available.
SamPoe Gallery24 Main St., 520-432-5338
Contemporary art space exclusively featuring the works of husband and wife Poe Dismuke and Sam Woolcott. Includes paintings, drawings, and prints influenced by Bisbee's landscape, as well as wind-driven kinetic sculptures.
Tang Gallery32 Main St., 520-432-5824
Original contemporary paintings, watercolors, sculpture, ceramics, glass, and monoprints, as well as limited-edition prints. Features works by owner and artist Mina Tang Kan, in addition to works of more than 30 other artists, including oils by Dan Desmond.