Dear Friends of TMA,
This spring marks our museum’s 100th anniversary! Over the past century, TMA has expanded its physical footprint, permanent collection, and community outreach, while holding fast to its original intention of connecting art to the lives of Tucsonans.
One of the most remarkable aspects of TMA’s past is the iconic artists who were exhibited and highly-regarded arts organizations that were collaborators in the early days of TMA (named the Tucson Fine Art Association until the early 1970s).
For example, in the 1930s, artworks by José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and Carlos Mérida were shown through a partnership with the Chicago World’s Fair. Over the next few decades, TMA showcased a solo show of Maynard Dixon, as well as exhibitions featuring works by Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Jackson Pollock, Elaine de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Marsden Hartley, and Willem de Kooning, among others.
Connections to arts institutions like MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the Brooklyn Museum of Art helped to ensure a Tucson presentation.
As time passed, TMA’s collection grew. The first ‘official’ donation, received in 1959, was La Revue Blanche, an 1895 color lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Today, TMA’s permanent collection includes nearly 12,000 important works of art – from Latin American and Indigenous art to Art of the American West and Modern / Contemporary art from Europe and the U.S.
With a collection this significant and an ever-growing list of partnerships, there is always something new and engaging to see and do at TMA. I hope you will visit soon and join with us in celebrating TMA’s centennial.
Jon and Linda Ender Director and CEO
TMA’s mission is to connect art to life through meaningful and engaging experiences that inspire discovery, spark creativity and promote cultural connection