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Current and Past Art Shows

Female Remedies, 20" x 28" copyright 2019 Madge Evers
Art print dark and light leaves and flowers

Please note that all in-person exhibitions are suspended due to the closure of the Hunnewell Building and Visitor Center as part of Harvard University’s COVID-19 response. Exhibitions are currently online.

When our Visitor Center reopens, on-site exhibitions will resume and continue to be free and open to the public in the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway, Boston.

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

Hidden Worlds: A New Herbarium

Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Madge Evers presents us with ethereal vistas into the intricate patterns she discovers in nature by design or by discovery. By definition, an herbarium is a collection of preserved plant or fungal specimens. Evers creates her own unique version of the traditional herbarium. She breaks out, explores, and expands the traditional with our current Arboretum exhibition. Although plant specimens are often dried by pressing, Evers gathers the living fungi and disperses their spores over a template of gathered leaves and flowers. The result is magical and rich, a nuanced palette of hues juxtaposed with this artist's expressive sensibilities.

Vines and leaves in dark and light art print
Tend (wild grapevines on Peters Hill) 11" x 14" copyright 2021 Madge Evers

Past Shows

growth spurts, knobs, and knuckles: an environment of trees by lizi brown, a walk in the arboretum: digital photo collages by amy ragus, look again: seeing nature through a different set of eyes, online exhibition: arboretum haiku & you, over time: through art, the impact of change in the arboretum landscape, resilience: art in the time of covid-19, if winter comes…, urban ponds: essential ecosystem for the enjoyment and discovery of nature, the art of wood: woodturner virtual exhibition, inspired by nature: five printmakers at the arnold arboretum,

  • 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
  • Look Again: Seeing Nature through a Different Set of Eyes

    Photographs by Joel Kershner

    Spring 2021

    Arnold Arboretum Field Guide volunteer Joel Kershner brings his creative mind's eye to a virtual show of images, aiming his camera at aspects of nature that we might miss in our own everyday wanderings.

    close up of peeling bark
  • Online Exhibition: Arboretum Haiku & You

    Images shared by participating haiku poets with their nature-inspired haikus.

    2020

    Take your own haiku hike in the outdoors, write a haiku about what you experience, and send it to the Arnold Arboretum to be a part of a special online exhibit! Check our Arboretum Haiku and You webpage, share expressions about the natural world through photography and this wonderful and creative form of poetry.

    Maya with Haiku
  • Over Time: Through Art, the Impact of Change in the Arboretum Landscape

    Monotype Paintings by Ginny Zanger

    Winter 2021 - Spring 2021

    The ethereal quality of Ginny Zanger’s artwork brings organic and exuberant life to images in this exhibition. Zanger works in watercolor and a technique she developed that she calls monotype painting—paint appears to float over and under surfaces, always with a focus in nature.

    Watercolor of tree branches
  • Resilience: Art in the Time of COVID-19

    Art of the Arboretum by Lois Cremmins

    Winter 2020 - Winter 2021

    Lois Cremmins found a sense of calm walking in the Arboretum, and it become a spiritual outlet and artistic focus during this exceptional year. This virtual show offers viewers a similar experience of calm and uplift in the contemplation of nature.

    Artwork collage and paint field with trees and sky and birds
  • If Winter Comes…

    The Promise of Each Year in the Paintings of Anthony Apesos

    Fall 2020 - Winter 2021

    Tony Apesos’s oils open our eyes to the changes winter brings to plants and places—the flat meadows, rocky slopes, ponds, or intimate copses of the Arnold Arboretum. His art is alive and jubilant in its expression and astute rendering of the spirit within the season of winter.

    Rocks and the bottom of trees in snow
  • Urban Ponds: Essential Ecosystem for the Enjoyment and Discovery of Nature

    Photographs by Bruce Wilson

    Summer 2020 - Fall 2020

    Aesthetic and elemental properties of water come into view in the three ponds in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection. Wilson’s images, like the ponds, are alive with fauna and flora, beckoning visitors who relish a connection to nature and water in an urban community.

    Edge of pond with leaves
  • The Art of Wood: Woodturner Virtual Exhibition

    Spring 2020 - Fall 2020

    In 2015, the Arnold Arboretum hosted its first three-dimensional exhibition in the form of a comprehensive and splendid woodturning show with woodturning clubs from around New England. For 2020, Massachusetts South Shore Woodturners exhibited their work virtually.

    Natural edge wood bowl with finial
  • Inspired by Nature: Five Printmakers at the Arnold Arboretum

    Bandes, Goldberg, Maisel, McGregor-Radin, Smalley

    Spring 2020 - Summer 2020

    For five printmakers, sketching trips to the Arnold Arboretum solidified what they already had in common—the many ways that nature and plants, especially trees, inform their art. Their media covers a wide range of print techniques, and each artist has a unique approach to their art.

    Print with ginkgo leaves in orange black, gray