DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Events

6300 North Swan, Tucson AZ 85718 (520) 299-9191

DeGrazia Gallery in the SunThis 10-acre historic landmark is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Opened in 1965, it is home to over 15,000 originals of Ted DeGrazia art pieces including oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures. There are six permanent collections on display and several rotating exhibitions each year. A limited number of DeGrazia originals are available for purchase, while the gift shop and online store offers a wide variety of popular DeGrazia reproductions. The Little Gallery hosts visiting artists during the winter months. Admission: Adults $8, Students 12-18 years $5, children under 12 are free. Year-long pass is $25.

The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is Open Daily from 10 am – 4pm, and is located at 6300 North Swan, Tucson, AZ 85718. For up-to-date event and exhibit information, call (520) 299-9191 or (800) 545-2185, or visit

“DeGrazia’s Bus” – An indelible memory of a Mexican bus inspired this recurring series of works by Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia. Dating from 1944 to 1966, these drawings, watercolors, screen prints, and oil paintings portray the same memory in minute detail. With some minor variations of luggage and passengers, they all depict DeGrazia’s bus: a jalopy with a radiator cap and spoked wheels, seen in profile heading from right to left, crowded with passengers, and always with a man hanging from the back. On display through late March 2024.

“The Way of the Cross” – The annual showing of Ted DeGrazia’s “The Way of the Cross” is on display featuring 15 original oil paintings that depict the suffering and crucifixion of Christ. Instead of the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross, DeGrazia’s collection culminates with the resurrection. “I never thought the cycle would be completed unless we had the 15th station where Jesus arises in glory,” the artist explained on a 15-minute audiotape that accompanies the exhibition. The exhibit will remain on display through spring.

“Rodeo” is a 1954 series of oil paintings inspired by the Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo and Fair in Sells, Arizona. Behind the scenes views of Native American rodeo cowboys waiting in downtime complement DeGrazia’s dynamic action paintings of traditional rodeo events such as bull riding, bronc riding, and steer roping. Painted with bold exuberant palette knife strokes, DeGrazia referred to these impressionistic interpretations as his “drastic” paintings – works that capture a decisive, dramatic moment in paint. On display through Sept. 4, 2024.


“DeGrazia’s Master of Arts Thesis Paintings” is a selection of watercolors and oil paintings from his 1945 University of Arizona Master of Arts thesis, “Art and its Relation to Music in Music Education.” This accompanying work, based on movements from popular works of classical music, demonstrates his theories about the correlation between the melodies, harmonies, and rhythms of music, and the shapes, colors, and rhythms of abstract paintings. On display through Sept. 4, 2024.


Jan 28– Feb 9, 2024: Kristin Harvey, Two-dimensional Flora & Fauna of the Sonoran Desert

Feb 11- 23, 2024: John George, Three-dimensional Crystalline Glazed Porcelain

Feb 25– Mar 8, 2024: Dee Ruff, Two & Three-dimensional Color Field Contemporary Abstract Mosaic Mixed Media

Mar 10- 22, 2024: Chip Travers, Two-dimensional Southern Arizona Culture

Mar 24– Apr 5, 2024: Charlie Gaskill, Two-dimensional Color, Black & White Photographs of Elements of the Sonoran Desert


DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is located at 6300 N Swan Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information call (520) 299-9191 or (800) 545-2185, and visit

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