Art Exhibits

"Skylight" is among the works of Julius Kassovic currently on view.

The Arboretum hosts an ongoing exhibition series of artwork on natural themes by regional artists, as well as an annual art competition held in February of each year and an outdoor sculpture show during the summer.

Art exhibitions are displayed in the Visitor's Center gallery.

Current Exhibits

Intimate Waterscapes: Up-close and Wet in an Urban Creek
Julius Kassovic

June 3-August 1
Reception: Saturday, June 21, 3-5 p.m.

Trees, skies, leaves, pebbles, grasses, and occasional junk combine to form phantasmagorical waterscapes with upside-down vistas, horizons askew, backgrounds as foregrounds, and lurid but beautiful reflections.

Seventh Biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational: Artists in Dialogue with Landscape
June 1-September 30
Reception: Saturday, June 21, 3-5 p.m.

Inspired by particular sites in the Arboretum's forest and meadow, the artists will create work in close collaboration with the landscape.


Upcoming Exhibits

Earth Matters
Fran Skiles

August 5-September 26
Reception: Saturday, August 16, 3-5 p.m.

Fran Skiles's abstract landscapes are born of the light, vegetation, and moist soil she finds in the natural environments of West Virginia and South Florida where she lives. In Earth Matters, she intuitively layers photography, paint, ink, pencil, embroidery, paper, and fabric to create work brimming with energy and nuance as brilliant color sings out against earth tones.

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting at Adkins Arboretum, please email 6-12 digital images of your work and a resume or letter of introduction to the attention of the Art Committee at, or mail this information to Adkins Arboretum, P.O. Box 100, Ridgely, MD 21660.


Driven Women is an aptly named group of old-time musicians located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Their music comes from fiddle and banjo traditions of the Appalachian mountains, largely from West Virginia and Kentucky. They seek to preserve and revive the sounds of old-time music, including high energy square dance tunes, soothing waltzes, and the melancholy of dark mountain hollows. The group is driven to enjoy, study, and practice the music of the old masters and play it for others to enjoy. Driven Women intermittently appear in the afternoon to practice at Adkins Arboretum. Call ahead if you would like to know when they will be playing in the gallery or outside as weather permits.

The Campaign for the Marion Price Art Gallery at Adkins Arboretum


To address its commitment to celebrating and interpreting nature through art, the new Arboretum Center will include an art gallery dedicated to the memory of artist Marion Price. Marion initiated the art exhibit series at the Arboretum in 1998 and served as its curator until her death on August 19, 2005. She also contributed her sensitive drawings of native plants to illustrate the Arboretum's publications.

An artist, gardener, and gallery owner, Marion was a graduate of Brown University and studied art at the Corcoran School of Art and the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Click below to donate to the Marion Price Art Gallery.

Learn more about the Campaign to Build a Green Legacy and the W. Flaccus and Ruth B. Stifel Center at Adkins Arboretum.