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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

Ironwood Gallery
Ironwood Gallery

Spider by Rhonda Spencer
© Rhonda Spencer

"Portraits" Photography by Rhonda Spencer
November 1, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

A new exhibition of wildlife photography by a local professional photographer who has been published by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum since 2006. This solo exhibition showcases an unusual collection of Arizona wildlife featuring portraits of animals, insects, birds, flowers and landscapes.


"It's about light... It's about apertures and F stops, as well as timing, and of course luck. It's about vision and imagination. It's about a passion, with a determination. It's about the excitement in capturing a moment..."

Rhonda Spencer, an accomplished artist from Southern Arizona, is known for her photographs of Arizona flora and fauna, specifically of the Sonoran Desert Region. Rhonda began her artistic career as a painter and transitioned into photography over the years, working initially in 35mm film and moving to digital photography. A self-taught photographer, Rhonda's main source of artistic inspiration comes from nature.

Rhonda's photography documents the rich diversity of Arizona wildlife, showcasing many unusual animals, insects, birds, flowers, and landscapes. Her wildlife portraits capture details in nature that are easily overlooked by a casual eye. It is through these details that Rhonda hopes her work will be educational and inspire people to stop, look and observe nature more closely.

Rhonda's work has been featured in numerous publications over the years including Arizona Highways, Arizona Daily Star, and Livewire Newsletter, as well as publications produced by Arizona Audubon, Arizona Game and Fish, National Wildlife Federation, Amtrak, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Blue Heron by Martha A. Thompson
Blue Heron — graphite on paper
© Martha A. Thompson

Artists for Conservation
A Juried International Exhibit of Nature in Art
January 10 - Feruary 15, 2015

Featuring 2-D and 3-D original artworks created by artists around the world. This annual touring exhibition celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to addressing them. More information at

Birds in Art
April 4 - May 24, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Birds in Art presents the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Whether the subjects are backyard feeder favorites or exotic species from around the world, an international cast of renowned artists interprets avian themes and habitats employing diverse styles and mediums. Art lovers and bird lovers alike will discover the harmony and serenity or the power and tension that infuse these artworks.

All images © Andrew Denman

Andrew Denman: The Modern Wild
October 31, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 31, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Andrew Denman: The Modern Wild is the first ever solo museum exhibition of the artist's work. Thirty-five original paintings as well as preparatory studies, drawings, and photographs, will showcase Denman's artistic evolution and art-making process. Visitors to this exhibition will find themselves captivated, challenged, and informed by images that push the boundaries of the wildlife art genre. A poet as well as a painter, Denman uses nature's innumerable inspirations not as a template for illustrative mimicry, but as a springboard for metaphor seldom seen in animal art.