Connecting our Natural Worlds



Get closer to nature and become better stewards for OUR environment!

Connecting Our Natural Worlds showcases artwork that beautifully illustrates the natural wonder of habitats around the globe. Through their own unique artistic interpretation, each artist has identified danger to flora and fauna in their own backyards and recommended a call to action that can be taken to help save the species. The selected pieces will inspire viewers to get closer to nature and become better stewards for our environment.

Connecting Our Natural Worlds will also draw on the expertise of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to present the interpretive context for this exhibition. The Museum strives to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.



Holly SwangstuHolly Swangstu is the former Director and Curator of the Art Institute and Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She holds her BFA degree from Kansas City Art Institute and was an active arts administrator, visual art instructor, and consultant in Kansas City for over 16 years. Before moving to Tucson in 2011, Holly served as Director and Curator of the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, the largest contemporary art space in the area.

Holly has also owned and operated a private visual art school that offered diverse visual arts programs, art education services, and classes of all mediums for all ages. Holly has exhibited her woven textile paintings in numerous group and solo exhibitions and enjoys teaching silk painting and live animal drawing for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Musuem Art Institute.



Premiere Location:
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tucson, Arizona
October 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020


Please contact us with any inquiries about this exhibition or artwork.

Accepted Artists

Ruthann Adams (Utah, USA) - In Awe
Colleen S Ansbaugh (Wisconsin, USA) - 2 Pods
Maria Billings (California, USA) - Protected Finch
Deborah Boschert (Texas, USA) - Treelines
Maya Chaimovich (Israel) - wild tulip
Holly L Cole (Virginia, USA) - Vanishing Sanctuary
Nancy Costea (Texas, USA) - Texas Wild Rice
Donna Deaver (Idaho, USA) - Autumn Reflections
Katherine M Dombrowski (Arizona, USA) - Sky Islands
Aileyn Renli Ecob (California, USA) - Spring
Elizabeth J Edwards (Illinois, USA) - Tributaries
Sarah Entsminger (Virginia, USA) - Rough Water
Laura Fogg (California, USA) - Contaminated
Patricia Gould (New Mexico, USA) - Morning Glory Pool
Barbara A Hanson (Alaska, USA) - Dead Zone
Michele Hardy (Colorado, USA) - Elements #13: Wildfire
Georgia B Heller (Arizona, USA) - Desde Mi Ventana
Greta F Hildebrand (Canada) - Turbulence:  White Wood Aster (Eurybia divaricate)
Christine Holden (Florida, USA) - Magical Creatures
Susanna Hotchkiss (Florida, USA) - Greenways, Blueways and Estuary Bays
Debra Kay (Arizona, USA) - Sonoran Monsoon
Linda M Kim (Texas, USA) - House Home Hive Habitat
Linden Lancaster (Australia) - Bush stone-curlew
Mary-Ellen Latino (Massachusetts, USA) - Nature's Dance-Spider and the Web!
Cheryl Lipari (Idaho, USA) - Only Three (3)?
Diane Melms (Alaska, USA) - Summer Light Brigade
Sam Milford (Pennsylvania, USA) - Day's Catch
Amanda Miller (Oregon, USA) - Regeneration (diptych)
Ruth E Murayama (Colorado, USA) - Manzanita
Bobbe Shapiro Nolan (Texas, USA) - Flyover 6 Glacier
Kathy Puente (Texas, USA) - Plight of the Monarchs
Karen Selk (Canada) - Tears for Tahlequah
Brenda H Smith (Arizona, USA) - Soon the Summer Sun
Sarah Ann Smith (Maine, USA) - Lilies of the Valley
Kelly Spell (Tennessee, USA) - Flower Hat Jelly
Jean M Sredl (Wisconsin, USA) - Coral Sea
Linda Syverson Guild (Maryland, USA) - Precious Reserves
Angie Tustison (California, USA) - Red Abalone
Barbara L Tylka (Montanta, USA) - Fragmentation
Elisabeth J Vereycken (Belgium) - Connecting our natural worlds
Marianne R Williamson (Alabama, USA) - Hillside