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Current and Past Art Shows

POV Pine by Amy McGregor-Radin 10" x 7" White Line Woodcut copyright 2020 Amy McGregor-Radin
Print of tree rings with vertical band

Our art shows are offered in-person at the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway (open from 10am–4pm daily) and virtually on this page.

Artists interested in mounting solo exhibitions in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall should review the exhibition guidelines [pdf]. Proposals may be submitted to arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu with the subject heading “Exhibition Proposal.”

Current Shows

Artists Redux/Seen Again: Artists from the Arnold Arboretum’s Website Exhibitions, 2020-2022

Winter 2023

From May 2020 to May 2022, eleven artists, who were scheduled to exhibit their work in person, brought together astounding work for seven unique and virtual exhibitions on the Arnold Arboretum website. Those 24 months included diverse and exciting work by artists Anthony Apesos, Arlene Bandes, Lizi Brown, Madge Evers, Lynda Goldberg, Mary Beth Maisel, Amy McGregor-Radin, Amy Ragus, Gayle Smalley, Bruce Wilson, and Ginny Zanger. Their comprehensive shows were enjoyed by communities throughout the world who could contemplate and enjoy the world of nature, and particularly the Arnold Arboretum, during the pandemic. On view beginning February 3.

Digital photograph of landscape and trees in spring
Spring has never failed me yet, digital photocollage, copyright by Amy Ragus

Intricate Beauties: The Lichen Explorations of Natalie Andrew

Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

Natalie Andrew's work displays an exuberant spirit and creative interest in the ephemeral world. Her lichen embellishments cover surfaces with abandon, adding texture and highlights to porcelain and stoneware.

Ceramic shapes with lichen embellishments
Lichen Tower Parts, copyright Natalie Andrew

Past Shows

the overstory by richard powers, handmade scroll by diane samuels, the art of the woodturner vi, tree ring histories: the quilts of anna von mertens, the nature of art/the art of nature, meaningful beauty: the vibrant vocabulary of honeysuckles, stoneroot epistle, seeds for tomorrow: woody plants of the arnold arboretum, hidden worlds: a new herbarium, growth spurts, knobs, and knuckles: an environment of trees by lizi brown, a walk in the arboretum: digital photo collages by amy ragus,

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers, Handmade Scroll by Diane Samuels

    Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

    Diane Samuels' incredible 20" x 160' scroll is a hand-transcription in micro-script of Richard Powers' The Overstory. The text side is made of strips of recycled drawings, prints, and papers from the artist's studio. The dimensions of the scroll correspond to a common vertical section of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). The non-transcribed side is collaged with 99 bookplates. Each bookplate is made by a rubbing from a piece carved with the image of the leaf/needles identified with each of the nine characters in the book.Diane Samuels' brought her vibrant, textured scroll, The Overstory by Richard Powers, to the Arboretum as part of our Sesquicentennial exhibitions. One side of the scroll is a hand-transcription in micro-script of the book made of strips of recycled drawings, prints, and papers from the artist's studio. The non-transcribed side is collaged with 99 bookplates.

    Art, colorful scroll with various materials and time script
  • The Art of the Woodturner VI

    Fall of 2022-Fall of 2022

    For the sixth year, woodturners from throughout New England will exhibit their work at the Arboretum for a weekend of demonstrations and talks with the artisans. Using a lathe to form their pieces, woodturners create practical objects or “turn” to the purely aesthetic, resulting in a show that appeals to the eye and the touch. Visit the Hunnewell Visitor Center at 125 Arborway Friday, October 7, through Sunday, October 9, 10:00am - 4:00pm. (Image: "Cherry Root Bowl," Steve Wiseman)Woodturners from three New England clubs returned to the Arboretum for a weekend of craft and demonstrations in October. Using a lathe to form their pieces, woodturners created practical objects or “turned” to the purely aesthetic, resulting in a show that appealed to the eye and the touch.

    Wood bowl with natural edge
  • Tree Ring Histories: The Quilts of Anna Von Mertens

    Summer 2022 - Fall 2022

    Working with international dendrochronologists, Anna Von Mertens culled source images of tree ring cross-sections from studies connecting climate variability and periods of human instability. The events represented in her quilts correlate to periods of drought recorded by the tree rings. Fading thread colors mirror and highlight historical events.Working with international dendrochronologists, Anna Von Mertens culled source images of tree ring cross-sections from studies connecting climate variability and periods of human instability. The resulting art quilts are hand-stitched fabric, white thread on black backing, representing and connecting periods of drought with historical events.

    Art, hand stitched quilt
  • The Nature of Art/The Art of Nature

    Summer of 2022

    This unique show is an invitational of fourteen artists from New England Book Artists. They all use the framework of a book to create a personal vision of nature. Works of art fold, accordion, pop up, and display cut outs and tunnels, treating the traditional world of two dimensions as something permeable, and the traditional book world as a place of personal discovery and reverence.Fourteen artists from New England Book Artists bring their unique art to this show. Each artist takes a personal  look at nature, combining their own interpretation of what resonates with them with a singular book design.

    Art book in the form of a dragonfly
  • Meaningful Beauty: The Vibrant Vocabulary of Honeysuckles

    "Spring 2022 - Summer 2022"

    This multimedia exhibition highlights the genus Lonicera (honeysuckle). Wendy Clement combines her Arboretum research on honeysuckle with the design initiatives of Chris Ault’s Interactive Multimedia class at The College of New Jersey, bringing an exciting insight into how plants use visual signals to communicate with the world around them. The multimedia exhibition, Meaningful Beauty: The Vibrant Vocabulary of Honeysuckles, celebrated the diversity of honeysuckles, and explored how differences in form allow various species of the plant to effectively communicate with their environment. The show in our Hunnewell Lecture hall featured a blend of artistic and scientific imagery.

  • Stoneroot Epistle

    Spring 2022 - Summer 2022

    In this mother-daughter book collaboration in our Hunnewell Visitor Center, Joyce and Daina Swagerty contemplate our capacity for wonder through the lens of an acorn through the seasons. Select pages of vivid imagery and inspirational poetry offer a layered landscape exploring the movement of universal journey. (Image detail copyright Daina Swagerty.)Stoneroot Epistle by poet Joyce Swagerty, and her daughter, artist Daina Swagerty, brings a singular look and creative interpretation of the articulated journey of a seed—an acorn—traveling though life. Subtitled Collage and Words in Conversation, Stoneroot Epistle is a glorious examination of regeneration through vivid images and attentive, articulate words.

  • Seeds for Tomorrow: Woody Plants of the Arnold Arboretum

    Winter 2022 - Spring 2022

    Laura Fantini uses colored pencil to render seeds in exquisite, hyper-realistic drawings. This series is called “Hope,” and therein lies the power of seeds. They are emblematic of both birth and growth—small, complicated, and extraordinary, like the wonderful drawings in this exhibition.Laura Fantini uses colored pencil to render seeds in exquisite, hyper-realistic drawings. This series is called “Hope,” and therein lies the power of seeds. They are emblematic of both birth and growth—small, complicated, and extraordinary, like the wonderful drawings in this exhibition.

    Drawing of a seed
  • Hidden Worlds: A New Herbarium

    Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

    Artist Madge Evers brings us into the world of nature, re-imagining the connection of fungi with plants through intimate, dreamlike landscapes. Her prints are animate worlds, revealing where mushroom spores and leaves intersect.Madge Evers brings her rich, layered spore prints to the aptly named exhibition, Hidden Worlds. Taking cues from nature's abundant examples of the interrelationship between fungi and plants, Evers creates A New Herbarium teeming with the synergy of organic life and her own creative discipline and vision.

    Vines and leaves in dark and light art print
  • Growth Spurts, Knobs, and Knuckles: An Environment of Trees by Lizi Brown

    Summer 2021 - Fall 2021

    Artist Lizi Brown details tree trunks in ink and paint, creating patterns in light and dark on paper panels. Her concern for the trees, their lives caught in climate shifts, is recorded with fluidity and simple rendering.Artist Lizi Brown brings us a literal Environment of Trees in this exhibition of her paintings. Fluid renderings in ink and paint on construction paper show how the events and seasons have had a lasting influence on a tree’s aspect and structure. Brown's intense connection with trees becomes an exuberant and sensitive record of each tree's intimate life.

    Detail painting of willow tree
  • A Walk in the Arboretum: Digital Photo Collages by Amy Ragus

    Spring 2021 - Summer 2021

    Photographer Amy Ragus specializes in multiple frame images of New England landscapes—digital photocollages. Important to the artist are discoveries she finds just off a road or path, as well as the people who share this space and enjoy nature throughout the seasons.

    trees in spring