In the 1940s, DeGrazia had little success finding a gallery to represent him, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. First, he built a studio at the corner of Prince Road and Campbell Avenue in Tucson, but as the city grew around him, he and his wife Marion bought 10 isolated acres in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and built a mission, a home, and a small adjoining gallery to exhibit his originals.
The prolific artist soon needed more space to house his continuing output. As his fame and finances flourished, he designed and built a larger adobe gallery on the site and moved his growing collections out of what is now known as the Little Gallery at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.
Knowing firsthand the difficulty that lesser-known artists have in finding a venue to display their work, Marion reopened the Little Gallery to visiting artists after her husband’s death. Today the DeGrazia Foundation continues this legacy during the cooler months.
More information about exhibiting is available here.
Applications are available online during the last two weeks of February. Artists wishing to show their work in the Little Gallery are asked to send examples of their work to the DeGrazia Foundation, attention: Lisa Palmer.
Upon acceptance, artists in all mediums are given space to showcase their work for two weeks. Exhibiting artists are responsible for installing and promoting their exhibitions. Artists must also staff their exhibit during gallery hours to answer visitor questions. Artists who have exhibited at the Little Gallery within the past five seasons are not eligible to reapply at this time.
Little Gallery’s List of Artists for the 2023-2024 Season
Nov 5, 2023 – Nov 17, 2023 Gail Staal, Two-dimension Galaxies, Landscapes & Portraits
Nov 19, 2023 – Dec 1, 2023 Carrie Campbell Knutsen, Two-dimensional Abstract Organic Forms
Dec 3, 2023 – Dec 15, 2023 Mark & Rae Mahaffey, Two & Three-dimensional Flora & Fauna of the Sonoran Desert
Dec 17, 2023 – Dec 29, 2023 Lynn Sakellar-Gekas, Two-dimensional Native American Dancers & Children (Closed Christmas Day)
Dec 31, 2023 – Jan 12, 2024 Ralph Prata, Two & Three-dimensional figures (Closed New Year’s Day)
Jan 14, 2024 – Jan 26, 2024 Carla Prinster & Karey Wilson, Three-dimensional Functional Ceramics
Jan 28, 2024 – Feb 9, 2024 Kristin Harvey, Two-dimensional Flora & Fauna of the Sonoran Desert
Feb 11, 2024 – Feb 23, 2024 John George, Three-dimensional Crystalline Glazed Porcelain
Feb 25, 2024 – Mar 8, 2024 Dee Ruff, Two & Three-dimensional Color Field Contemporary Abstract Mosaic Mixed Media
Mar 10, 2024 – Mar 22, 2024 Chip Travers, Two-dimensional Southern Arizona Culture
Mar 24, 2024 – Apr 5, 2024 Charlie Gaskill, Two-dimensional Color, Black & White Photographs of Elements of the Sonoran Desert