Art and Science

The themes encompassed by Tumamoc Hill touch on nearly every discipline. This site has a history of over one-hundred years of science and two-thousand years of human use. Today, it receives over 1,000 visitors a day, which is likely the most use the Hill has received in its history.

The Tumamoc Arts and Science Program will allow the Desert Laboratory to explore, document, and share the stories and richness of Cemamagi Du’ag, the hill of the horned lizard, in new ways. Specifically, we will be working to develop innovative synergies between multiple sources of inspiration with the space, history, culture, and environment of Tumamoc Hill at its center. Projects that connect art, science, and community hand in hand in their interpretation of observations of the natural world will be the primary focus.

With support from the University of Arizona Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, we are (1) support the effort of a Tumamoc Arts Fellow, Lyn Hart, who is helping organize and run the Art/Science program as well as undertake her own work, (2) establish a working group of stakeholders to explore ways to meld art and science at Tumamoc Hill, (3) undertake a juried open call to artists for the creation of a transdisciplinary work that addresses the themes of Tumamoc Hill, (4) continue to host Tumamoc Artist in residence Paul Mirocha, who has been at the forefront of providing an artistic interpretation of Tumamoc Hill in recent years, and (5) offer an Art-Science Course: Observational Drawing Skills for Field Note Books.

We also welcome ideas, inquiries, and interest in this program. Feel free to email us at