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Fine Art Gallery

One of Tucson’s best kept secrets

About

Renovated in 2018, the Gallery is the perfect place to sit alone or gather with friends. Many pieces are for sale.

The Gallery hosts multiple exhibitions every year, ranging from solo artist shows, to historical multi-media exhibits and touring shows from museums and galleries around the world. A public space, the Gallery welcomes thousands of people each week, young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish. All visitors can engage with the images and ideas expressed in this unique public space.

Visit the Gallery

The Sculpture Garden, Garden of Hope, and Fine Art Gallery are open to the public during the J’s regular hours of operation and during our monthly Second Sunday: Fine Art & Sculpture Event. Tours with our curator are available by appointment. Please email curator@tucsonjcc.org to schedule a tour.

Monday – Thursday 5 AM – 8:30 PM   l   Friday 5 AM – 6 PM   l   Saturday-Sunday 7 AM – 6 PM

Art Exhibits

American Citizen Portraits Series

On display Sunday, March 13 through May 11

“American Citizen Portrait Series” by Ken Tesoriere began in 2016 as an artistic engagement to counter distortions that political factions were, and still are, disseminating about the genuine intentions and integrity of the majority of immigrants applying for entry at America’s Borders. Tesoriere believes that we should forge bonds to establish common ground and communal connections with others, not become more insular by demonizing others and putting up barriers. 

In more than 20 years spent living in Tucson, the artist says he has never, “witnessed immigrants who arrived to integrate into our society being randomly violent, or irrationally drug-crazed, as the continual false political narratives portray them,” instead, most often, they are, “dignified, hard-working, and family-oriented people like most Americans, who, except for Native Americans, have all arrived here as immigrants at some point.”

The portraits in the series, which convey both the appearance and the feel of the lives being represented, portray how different cultures bring their unique customs – in foods, clothing, cultural and religious beliefs – to enrich the lives of the communities they enter.

Through the use of a light source focused intentionally on a painted subject, Tesoriere’s portraits engage with facial features particular to individuals, bringing out their unique essential physical characteristics, and allowing viewers to more easily perceive the subject’s underlying personalities

Sports + Wellness Gallery

The J is also home to a collection of work by Tucson artist Lauri Marks Kaye, which lives in our Sports and Wellness hallway. This work, part of the “Portrait Stories” series,  is a unique and vibrant blend of desert life, eclectic and passionate people, fascinating history and endless opportunity.

Past Art Exhibits

Art by Inspired Women

On display through February 2022

Exhibit features works by Arlene Eisen, Catherine Pearson, Diane Taylor, Dotty Woody, Jill Janis, Lynne East-Itkin and Meridith Little, the show will feature a variety of media such as paintings, sculptures, and jewelry.

Two friends had seen others display work in the J’s Fine Art Gallery and being artists themselves, wanted to explore exhibiting their work in the space. Given the size of the gallery, they reached out to friends and ultimately this group of 7 women was established and began meeting over Zoom to talk through the multi-disciplinary show.