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Exhibitions and Special Events

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.

The Baldwin Education Building is generally open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and by appointment. Weekend and holiday hours vary. Please call 520-883-3024 to check gallery hours for the day you plan to visit.


Ironwood Art Gallery
The Other Animal:
Become Part of the Desert Museum’s Permanent Collection and Upcoming Art Exhibit!
February 14, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Back by popular demand, this three-day guest performance experience and photographic art exhibit celebrates the people of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

The public is invited to have their portrait taken by visiting artist Tom Styrkowicz at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for inclusion in a month long exhibition in the museum’s Ironwood Art Gallery.

Museum members, paying guests, staff, and volunteers of the museum are invited to have their free portrait taken on February 14, 15, and 16th, 2019. Portraits will be taken during the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The free photo experience will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis. Space may be limited. This guest portrait performance includes a free souvenir portrait and each participant’s photo will be on display in the Ironwood Art Gallery on the grounds and included in the museum’s permanent art collection. The exhibit of portraits will be on display in the Ironwood Art Gallery from February 14th through March 17th, 2019 during gallery hours of 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. daily. Experience is free with museum membership or museum admission. Free seasonal themed arts and crafts stations will be provided for all ages in the gallery space during photo performance times.

“The Other Animal” group performance and photographic exhibition is an exciting event that captures the diversity, passion and individualities of our guests, members, volunteers and staff here at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. We are thrilled to have Tom Styrkowicz return for his third appearance as an artist in residence to continue our Valentine tradition of capturing the unique quality in each person behind his camera.
—Holly Swangstu, ASDM Art Institute Director

Baldwin Education Building
Rough Stock
A solo photographic exhibition by Kenny Don
February 14, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Kenny Don has been a professional photographer for 40+ years. His expertise includes inspection & assembly industrial photography, mineral, wildlife, nature and landscapes. He has 40+ years experience as an electronics technician and 25+ years in building and testing digital imaging systems. He is currently employed at the University of Arizona Steward Observatory Infrared Group as a Technical Support Specialist — Electronics where he builds cameras for astronomy applications.

Kenny is a Desert Museum volunteer with more than 6,000 hours of photography on grounds. He is also an official photographer for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® at the Tucson Convention Center, a Canon educator, and has multiple publications and awards.


Ironwood Art Gallery
Feathers
Solo Exhibition by Chris Maynard
March 23, 2019 - July 7, 2019

Chris Maynard carves feathers into intricate art.

He combines his artistic sense and scientific knowledge into a new art form. His message is one of beauty and appreciation of life.

He uses surgery tools to carve the feathers while striving to respect their form. He sets them apart from the background so their shapes are enhanced as they cast shadows. Unlike a painter’s palette, the choice of colors in feathers is quite limited. Nevertheless, Maynard keeps the natural colors and patterns of each feather.

Many of the birds whose shed feathers he recycles into his art are still alive. He gets his feathers from aviaries and all are legal to have.

Since feathers can represent flight, transformation, and a bridge between our present lives and our dreams, Mr. Maynard is grateful that his art has hit a soft-spot in the hearts of many people and cultures. His work is in museums and private collections in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia and has been featured in print and online around the world. Mr. Maynard’s book, Feathers Form and Function highlights his art while informing us about what feathers are, how they grow, what they do for birds, and what they mean to us.


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