Exhibitions and Special Events

In the Ironwood Gallery

The Ironwood Gallery is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please call 520-883-3024 to check gallery hours for the day you plan to visit. The Ironwood Gallery may occasionally be closed for special events.

See also our Baldwin Education Building Exhibits

Puma: Past and Present
September 16, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 16, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

This year, we at the Desert Museum are joyfully celebrating the 65th anniversary of interpreting the Sonoran Desert for our visitors. Since George L. Mountainlion arrived in 1953 he has reigned as the Museum's all-time icon. Guests consistently embrace the mountain lion as a favorite subject in our gallery. To honor the museum's birthday, we are putting together a very special art exhibit showcasing the mountain lion in the Ironwood Gallery. Juried works will be displayed alongside selected master works from around the globe. The Desert Museum is excited to showcase the many creative talents of our members through this exciting upcoming exhibition!

This unique portrait of an original ASDM mountain lion will be available for purchase through the live auction during the 2018 Gala

Participating Artists: Cher Anderson, Priscilla Baldwin, Patricia Banks, Marisol Blair, Natalie Brothers, Pam Cheeseman, Jennifer Clarke, Guy Combes, David Conklin, Ron Cornett, Sienna Dehaemers, Patrice Dello-Russo, Andrew Denman, Abigail Duron, Arella Duron, Sarah Duron, Aidan Ellefson, Dorian Escalante, Sharon Evans, Linda Feltner, Kathy Goepfert, Ray Goodwin, Annette Grantham, Katherine Grey, Jeannette Hanby, Evelyn Harrison, Yvonne Hazelton, Scarlett Heybrock, Vesper Heybrock, Susan Hildreth, Jim Hollon, Fred Hood, Grace Keane, Phaedra Kiesel, Donald Knight, Kayla Lancaster, David Lash, Stephen Law, Laura LePere, Rob MacIntosh, Avery Maland, Elaine Malott, Porter McDonald, Leslie Miller, Nadira Mitchell, Danika Neuhaus, Kyrsten Neuhaus, Jennie Norris, Anne Palmer, Denneen Peterson, Sylvia Pogosaew, Sandra Procida, Elizabeth Severs, Judy Studwell, Wil Taylor, Chip Travers, Mel Truong, Greta Ward, Susan Woodward, Paula Wouts-Hanson, Savannah Yerger

Colors of Cabo Pulmo
January 20 - April 8, 2018

Art Opening:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Colors of Cabo Pulmo is part of a Desert Museum Art Institute Department project titled Project Resurgence. The project documents and celebrates the remarkable work of communities in Baja California and Sonora who work to conserve and restore biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert. The projects specifically showcase original fine art created by selected research artists in residence. The artwork created for Colors of Cabo Pulmo was inspired by the protected marine park’s success story, it’s surrounding desert landscape, and the community’s natural history conservation efforts. The goal of Colors of Cabo Pulmo is to create a memorable narrative that will move people to be more conservation minded and aims to inspire the world to follow in the footsteps of Cabo Pulmo residents. Highlights of the exhibition showcase the processes and techniques of three of the core research artists Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi and Martha Thompson. Other artists and photographers in this exhibition will include David Kitler, Glenn Thompson, and Jake Bryant.

Art and the Animal
April 14 - June 3, 2018

Art Opening:
Saturday, April 14, 2018
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The Ironwood Gallery is proud to welcome back the Society of Animal Artist’s Art and the Animal. This juried competition is only open to members of the Society of Animal Artists. Art and The Animal features work by a variety of artists from around the world.
A David J. Wagner Traveling Exhibition

Becoming Animal
Standing Witness for the Sentient Wild
Solo Exhibition by Sharon K. Schafer
June 16 - September 2, 2018