About TEAS

Tucson Erotica is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in Tucson, Arizona that provides opportunities and support for erotic artists, performers, and educators, as well as workshops and events for the community that celebrate sexuality and body-positivity through artistic expression.

Tucson Erotica is made up of a few community-driven individuals who are passionate about sex/body positivity and strive to create a safe environment for adults to appreciate erotic art.

The Event

Tucson Erotica Art Show (TEAS)

A month-long, multi-gallery erotic art exhibit, each March the Tucson Erotica Art Show (TEAS) hosts over 60 artists from Tucson and beyond showcasing their most provocative work. Opening night draws hundreds of visitors to take part in Tucson’s sexiest evening of art, music, and performance. Throughout the month you can find workshops, seminars, performance events, and interactive and immersive experiences that all center the fusion of art and eroticism, ending in a closing night party, and the last opportunity to take home your favorite piece from the show and support a local erotic artist.

TEASR Short Film Festival

The most recent addition to Tucson Erotica is the TEASR Short Film Festival. This one-night-only event features erotic short films from around the world and a local erotic short film competition. TEASR is welcoming to new and aspiring filmmakers who want to test the waters of erotica and let their imaginations run wild. 

Our Mission

Tucson Erotica’s mission is to create a safe, diverse, and inclusive environment for adults to celebrate sexuality through artistic expression. We aim to highlight and amplify commonly underrepresented perspectives and experiences including those of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and elderly, as well as share information that normalizes and affirms sex-related topics such as kink/fetish, sex work, consent culture, and body-positivity that will have lasting positive effects on individual and community well being, with resources for sexual health and trauma support.

Additionally, our main goal is to connect the artist community with interested buyers and facilitate the sales of artwork to enrich and propel Tucson’s ability to support working artists and the arts.

Core Beliefs & Values

We believe normalizing and affirming sexuality has positive effects on individual and community well-being by counteracting the shame and guilt response that many individuals developed from being born into a society that generally views sexuality and bodies as “bad.”

For this reason, Tucson Erotica celebrates all sexual orientations and expressions of sexuality among consenting adults. We feel that exploring, understanding, and expressing your own sexual nature is necessary for personal health and wellbeing and that recognizing the validity of others’ expressions of sexuality is vital for the health and safety of our communities. 

Through art, we can create a safe space to share, reflect, inspire, and challenge each other to learn and grow.

How To Get Involved

Over the years from 2001-2013, Ruben Moreno organized four erotic art shows that developed each year and set a foundation for what Tucson Erotica has become today.

History

Tucson Erotica was started by local artist Ruben Urrea Moreno in 2001 as “St. Valentine’s – An Erotic Night,” a Valentine’s Day event held at Heart 5, a now-closed nightclub on Congress St in Downtown Tucson. Starting his painting career the year prior in 2000, Moreno had been volunteering at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, had put on a solo art exhibit at Aztlan Artifacts on 4th Ave, and organized a group exhibit at Shot In The Dark, a 24-hour coffee shop that closed in 2019. The erotic art show was his first themed art show, with the exhibit remaining open for 2-3 weeks.

The second show was hosted at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery. Entitled Amores Perros, after the Mexican film, this exhibit ran for a month-long as did every show following.

The next erotic exhibit was hosted at Fragment Gallery, located inside Citizens Warehouse owned by Mark Matlock. This was the first time the show was called Erotica, which continued as the title of the exhibit from that point forward.

The fourth and final show that Moreno organized was at Martin Quintanilla’s gallery, La Malinche on 6th St.

Following 2013, Tucson Erotica was hosted by the local artist collective and art gallery at Sculpture Resource Center (SRC). Several SRC artist members and friends have helped organize the show over the years, with each year gaining more interest from the community. 

In 2020, with the creation of a website and social media pages, effort has been made to establish Tucson Erotica as a positive force in the community beyond the sales of erotic artwork, but as a safe space for learning, growing, and sharing of all things erotica.

In 2021, the TEASR Short Film Festival was created in collaboration with The Screening Room to introduce erotic film as part of the festivities. Later that year, Tucson Erotica gained non-profit status as an official 501(c)3.

Support Our Mission

Tucson Erotica depends greatly on your support. Every artist, performer, vendor, staff member, volunteer, and attendee takes part in making Tucson Erotica a fun, positive, and enriching experience for the community. There are many ways to get involved and we are extremely grateful for every contribution made. We ask you to consider all of the following ways you can provide support.

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