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

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

Current Exhibit

"Shore Line Plants," Susan Hostetler, encaustic on wood, 12" x 12"

Susan Hostetler
Shifting Shorelines

April 3-June 1, 2018

Not a single bird stays still in Susan Hostetler's paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Whether in flight, singing, or craning their necks with curiosity as they perch, all her birds are caught in the midst of motion. This Bethesda artist has a fascination with birds and their habits, most particularly their adaptability to our changing climate. Mixing her mediums freely, she places two sculpted clay birds on a panel scribbled with graphite marks that mimc the pitches and rhythms of birdsong, paints a black egret stalking along amidst swirls of red and yellow leaves, and conjures a swooping flock by mounting dozens of clay birds directly on the wall. Hostetler also touches on their varied habitats with swirling leaves, flowers, seedpods, intricate clumps of moss and brilliantly hued underwater plants. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, April 14 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Upcoming Exhibits

Named for the Japanese art aesthetic that embraces beauty as imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, Wabi Sabi, Lee D’Zmura’s show on view June 5 through July 28, explores the natural cycles of growth and decay in plants. This St. Michaels artist has been teaching botanical art classes at the Arboretum for many years, but in this series she departs from the conventions of botanical art to focus with extraordinary sensitivity on the beauty, grace, and dignity of plants in all stages of their life cycles—from seed to crinkled, dying leaf. Her exquisitely delicate and painstakingly accurate graphite drawings, sometimes gently hued with watercolor, offer a compelling invitation to see the plants in our everyday environment with fresh eyes and deeper understanding. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Sculptures by ten artists hailing from around the Mid-Atlantic region will be on view in the Outdoor Sculpture Invitational—Artists in Dialogue with Nature June 1 through September 30. During the middle of May, there will be opportunities to watch and talk with the artists as they create site-specific sculptures near the Visitor’s Center and in the forest and meadow. Continuing a series inaugurated in 2002, this is the ninth biennial outdoor invitational of work directly inspired by the Arboretum’s varied landscapes and created on-site using primarily natural found materials. There will be a reception and guided sculpture walk Saturday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. in conjunction with Lee D’Zmura’s reception.

Easton photographer Matthew Moore will exhibit works from his Terra Incognita series in the Visitor’s Center July 31 through September 29. Shot while he was an artist-in-residence at the Joshua Tree Highlands AIR program in Joshua Tree, CA, his striking photographs explore the powerful beauty of the desert landscape and the paradoxical ways humans interact with it. Used as a training ground for soldiers bound for Iraq and Afghanistan, its stark and stunning topography also draws artists looking for inspiration and others seeking retreat from the pressures of our current cultures. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, August 18 from 3 to 5 p.m.


Shore Shakespeare presents As You Like It - June 1, 2, & 3

Shakespeare's lightest and most delightful pastoral comedy, As You Like It is a celebration of the enduring power of love in all its any disguises. Witty, playful, and utterly magical, the story is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosaline and Orlando's famous courtship is played out against a backdrop of political rivalry, banishment, and exile in the Forest of Arden. Join us in this entrancing game of love, lust, and mistaken identity. Shore Shakespeare's sixth annual tour production, As You Like It has it all!

There will be three performances at the Arboretum: Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 2 at 6 p.m.; and Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. Click on the desired date to reserve tickets.

Forest Music - Thursday, June 14, 3-4 p.m.

Musicians from Chestertown's National Music Festival return to the Arboretum for a unique improvisatory performance in the forest. These innovative musicians will respond to each other's playing in a musical conversation winding through the trees. A brief concert will follow at the Visitor's Center. Light refreshments served; cash wine and beer bar. Forest Music is free; donations are welcome. Click here to register.

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.