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

William Willis, "After the Rain," oil on canvas, 18" x 20"


William Willis
Presence and Place

October 3December 1

A powerful and mysterious energy runs through William Willis’s work. In Presence and Place, his compelling, semi-abstracted images pulse with a sense of primal awareness. Willis, who lives in Preston and often visits Tuckahoe State Park, loves to hike, bike, and camp, and he uses his direct encounters with nature as inspiration, paring images of trees and water, snakes and flying birds down to their bare essentials. Willis is a veteran of many solo museum and gallery shows, with work included in several museum and university collections. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Upcoming Exhibits

During the six years she lived aboard a boat on the Chesapeake and its tributaries, Alexandria photographer and writer Lynn Teo Simarski became fascinated with the delicate margins where water mingles with land. In her show Emergent: Visual Sips from the Waterline, on view December 5 through February 2, she presents spare, exquisite images of wetland plants emerging from the water. The dance of their calligraphic gestures and crisp reflections is gently nuanced by the ever-changing effects of light, mirrored skies, turning tides, and shifting seasons. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, December 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.

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.