Rotating exhibitions display some of the 15,000 DeGrazia originals housed in the permanent collection including oils, watercolors, sketches, serigraphs, lithographs, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry. Not only does the rotating gallery showcase unseen treasures from DeGrazia’s vault it also displays some of his most well-known collections such as the “Way of the Cross” which is on display every year for Easter.
Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia (1909 – 1982) created hundreds of images of chickens over the course of his career. This selection of four dozen works features scratching and strutting yard birds, fighting cocks, chickens bound for market, pet roosters, and textile designs. From the profound sadness of the 1936 oil painting The Losers, to the meticulous colorful detail of the 1982 watercolor Boy Chasing a Rooster, chickens were an endless source of inspiration for DeGrazia. “DeGrazia’s Chickens” is currently on display through January 30th, 2019.
“DeGrazia’s Hot Wax – Encaustic Paintings from the 1950’s”
Scenes from everyday life, horses, children, and religious figures are among the subject matter of the new exhibit “DeGrazia’s Hot Wax- Encaustic Paintings from the 1950’s”. In the mid-1950’s, Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia explored the obscure technique of encaustic painting. Using the molten colored beeswax medium, he created dozens of encaustic paintings between 1953 and 1957. Six of the twenty-five paintings featured in this exhibit are newly discovered, and eighteen of them have never been on display. This exhibit is currently on display through September 5th, 2018.