Open Studio Tour

Spring 2017 tours are here!

Plan your next arts adventure by exploring over 200 artists’ studios throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona. 

Spring is here; it’s time to ART! 

After a successful fall tour season, our local artists are gearing up for spring. Below are two great studio tours coming up next weekend that we think you will enjoy!

Heart of Tucson Art Studios

Saturday April 8, and Sunday, April 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Join artists and explore a total of 29 studio locations on the Heart of Tucson Art (HoTArt) Spring 2017 Open Studio Tour. Visit with artists, watch demonstrations, share refreshments, and spend a couple of days seeing why mid-town Tucson has become a real arts destination.

For studio locations, artists’ names, and images of their work, please visit the HoTArt website. The tour map is available for download as a PDF and is also available via mobile devices. Printed maps will be available at studios on the tour.

The Axle Studio Tour

Saturday April 8, and Sunday, April 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Artists at the new Axle Studios in downtown Tucson will present their work for the very first time in the new Axle Building! Adam Lundquist, Partner of Southwest Urban Realty and Development, will be giving tours of the building. Refreshments will be served. Below are some of the artists you can expect to see and meet:
  • Cita Scott (photographer, painter, collage)
  • Katheryn Wilde (photographer)
  • Russell Racchion (portrait painter)
  • Crane Day (weaver)
  • Nicola Marshall (painter)*
  • Marysue Anderson (painter)
  • Rubina Gallo (jewelry)
*Images below by Nicola Marshall, painter










Stay tuned for the 2017 Fall Open Studio Tours

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is partnering with the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) to present the Fall Open Studio Tour Season. The tour is supported with grant monies from The Arts Foundation and presented by SAACA.

The Open Studio Tours event will feature geographically focused Southern Arizona Open Studio Tours over four weekends in October and November and will incorporate grassroots tours like Art Trails and Heart of Tucson Art. The Arts Foundation and SAACA hope that multiple weekends will allow the public more opportunities to participate this fall:

  • Weekend #1:   October 22 & 23        Northwest & West Communities.
  • Weekend #2:   October 29 & 30       Central & Midtown Tucson.
  • Weekend #3:   November 5 & 6        East & Foothills Communities.
  • Weekend #4:   November 12 & 13     Downtown & South Communities.

The Fall Open Studio Tour in Southern Arizona is one of the largest, self-guided tours of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region. The mission is to support and promote local artists who work and exhibit in Southern Arizona. Visitors are invited into the artists’ studios free of charge, to engage directly with their work and learn more about their artistic process.

As a funding agency, The Arts Foundation seeks to find and fund the best artists and/or art organizations for projects that will continue to highlight and enrich Tucson and Southern Arizona’s sense of place and culture. As  a result, The Arts Foundation has granted SAACA $10,000 to produce the Open Studio Tours event. SAACA’s expertise in presenting these artists and art organizations through community events has made this fall’s tour season a natural collaboration between both agencies.

The partnership between The Arts Foundation and SAACA will support, and advance the Open Studio Tours throughout the Tucson and Southern Arizona region, and provide resources for hundreds of local artists to showcase, develop, and promote their original artwork in the community. We look forward to this collective impact continuing to grow as the creative community comes together to collaborate on these types of projects.

Artists can register free of charge at

“Artists can have greater access to reality; they can see patterns and details and connections that other people, distracted by the blur of life, might miss. Just sharing that truth can be a very powerful thing.”

— Jay Z, Decoded



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