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Jun Kaneko Sculpture at Desert Botanical Garden

Jun Kaneko Sculpture at Desert Botanical Garden

Oct 13, 2017 - May 13, 2018

Bold, monumental sculptures of Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko were located throughout the Garden trails. Kaneko’s colorfully glazed ceramic and bronze forms were beautifully set in the rich backdrop of the Garden’s desert flora. Kaneko’s imaginative color palettes, whimsical Tanukis and iconic Dango forms made for an enjoyable experience for guests of all ages. 

David Kessler: Translucence at the Desert Botanical Garden

David T. Kessler: Translucence

Feb 24 - May 7, 2017

Arizona-based artist David T. Kessler’s dynamic waterscape paintings incorporated abstract and realistic imagery. Each piece captured the qualities of refracted light with transparent layers of paint on abraded and polished aluminum. Kessler’s large-scale paintings evoked a romantic response to nature, one that praised the sublime and awe-inspiring vistas.

Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between at the Desert Botanical Garden

Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between

Oct 7, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017

Space in Between was a collaboration between artist Margarita Cabrera, the Arizona State University Art Museum and Desert Botanical Garden. Cabrera led workshops with communities from the Arizona region to create soft sculptures of desert plants made from recycled Border Patrol uniforms and embroidered with personal stories of immigration. Additional support for the project was provided by the CALA Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America Grant Number MA-20-14-0236-14, the Mexican Consulate, Southwest Key, and Latino youth from the Phoenix community.

Dyana Hesson at the Desert Botanical Garden

Return to the Desert: Celebrating 25 Years of Dyana Hesson

Jan 29 - May 22, 2016

A retrospective exhibition celebrating the 25-year career of botanical artist Dyana Hesson. Hesson is known for her radiant, detailed oil paintings of botanicals — roses, hibiscus, orchids, bromeliads, succulents and cactus flowers. Her sophisticated technique creates beautifully illuminated paintings that truly encapsulate her passion for the natural world.

Sonoran Light exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden

Sonoran Light: Bruce Munro at Desert Botanical Garden

Nov 22, 2015 - May 8, 2016

Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden showcased eight large-scale, light-based installations using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing fiber optics. Located throughout the Garden, British artist Bruce Munro’s site-specific exhibition reflected his unique interpretation of the Sonoran Desert.

“Beyond Blue: Cyanotypes of Laszlo Layton” is locked Beyond Blue: Cyanotypes of Laszlo Layton at the Desert Botanical Garden

Beyond Blue: Cyanotypes of Laszlo Layton

Oct 16, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016

Captivating portraits of nature by celebrated artist Laszlo Layton. This exhibition featured cyanotype photographs of fascinating animals and objects that evoke charm and curiosity. The cyanotype, also known as the “blueprint,” is created with a simple chemical solution that forms a light-sensitive emulsion known for its cyan-blue color. Layton hand-paints each photograph, giving his subjects a vivid, lifelike enchantment.

Upcoming Exhibits

Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales

Sep 21, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019

Vibrant paintings by Arizona-based artist Frank Gonzales explore pollinators and natural elements from the Sonoran Desert.

Mighty Monarchs and the Plant Protectors

Sep 29 - Nov 18, 2018

Monarch butterflies and their friends return to the Garden’s Fall Butterfly Exhibit.

Electric Desert

Oct 12, 2018 - May 12, 2019

See desert, light and sound unite in a mesmerizing display like never before, where cactus and desert become a living canvas.

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