Exhibitions in conjunction with the biennial convention of the
cactus and succulent society of america


In the spring of 2009, the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society hosted the Biennial Convention of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA). In cooperation with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute, the Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program organized art exhibits depicting cactus and succulents to coincide with the convention.

On display at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) during the convention in Tucson was Illustrations from Howard Scott Gentry’s Agaves of Continental North America. David Yetman, writer, research social scientist, well-known host of the public television series The Desert Speaks, and friend of Howard Scott Gentry, spoke at an opening reception for the public on Sunday, April 5, 2009. Members of Dr. Gentry’s family were present for David Yetman’s talk and were introduced to the public.

Another exhibit on display at ASDM was A Closer Look at Cactus & Succulents. Also featured at this exhibit were Japanese ikebana flower arrangements using Sonoran Desert plants. The arrangements were created by the Tucson chapter of the Sangetsu School of Flower Arranging. CSSA convention participants were encouraged to visit the museum.

Tohono Chul Park also presented an exhibit during the CSSA Convention in this cooperative effort to share the uniqueness of the flora of our region with visitors.  Prickly Portraits: Cacti and Succulents in Art featured 12 artists' explorations of the symmetry, surfaces, silhouettes, and spaces of cacti and succulents.


The locations and dates for these exhibits were as follows:

A Closer Look at Cactus & Succulents - A Juried Exhibition
Ironwood Gallery / Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona
April 5 - June 7, 2009

Illustrations from Howard Scott Gentry's
Agaves of Continental North America

Baldwin Education Building / Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona
April 5 - June 7, 2009

Prickly Portraits: Cacti and Succulents in Art
Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona
March 5 - April 29, 2009


view the exhibits

Illustrations from the Gentry exhibit can be seen in this gallery.

Photos of the two exhibits at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are here.