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

"Accumulation," Howard and Mary McCoy

Water: Moving
Peggy Fleming
June 2-July 31
Reception: Saturday, June 6, 3-5 p.m.

Peggy Fleming’s show of abstract photographs of water explores the infinitely varied dance of light and shadow as water interacts with its surroundings. These close-up studies are filled with stunning color and intricate rhythmic patterns as water ripples and rushes over underwater plants and submerged pebbles or simply reflects the moon in the dark night sky. A filmmaker and photographer living in Washington, DC, Fleming deftly captures the exquisite momentary beauty of water shot in locations from the Potomac River to the Aegean Sea. Join Fleming for a showing of her film Potomac: The River Runs Through Us on Sunday, June 14.

Unnatural Nature
Outdoor Sculpture by Howard and Mary McCoy
June 1-September 30
Reception: Saturday, June 6, 3-5 p.m.

Throughout the spring, environmental artists Howard & Mary McCoy have worked in the Arboretum’s forest creating sculptures from natural materials found on-site. Drawing their inspiration from the forest itself, these two Centreville artists see their work as a collaboration with nature. This is their ninth biennial outdoor sculpture show at the Arboretum.


Upcoming Exhibits

Art Exhibit

Rebecca Clark, "Reynard," graphite on paper

Rebecca Clark
Finite and Alive: New Drawings
August 4 to October 2

Rebecca Clark’s foxes, deer and birds are so full of personality you can practically feel them thinking. Her show of new drawings, Finite and Alive, explores the wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay region in this time of environmental challenge. Known for her superb drawing skills, this Hyattsville artist has been fascinated with animals and plants since her childhood days in Annapolis. Including a series of exquisite renderings of oyster shells, this show is a captivating tribute to the intricate web of life in and around the Bay. There will be a reception on Saturday, August 15, 3–5 p.m.

Dominie Nash, "Big Leaf 22," fabric collage

Dominie Nash
Leaf Impressions
October 6 to November 27

Bethesda artist Dominie Nash’s beautifully nuanced art quilts call to mind delicate patterns of sunlight shining through leaves. In Leaf Impressions, Nash uses screen printing and direct rubbing techniques to print a variety of different leaves onto fabric that she then cuts, layers, and stitches. The delicate silhouettes of the leaves and intricate patterns of their veins create elegant compositions as dancing across the fabric. There will be a reception on Saturday, October 24, 3–5 p.m.

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Drawing by Anna Harding

Adkins Arboretum Botanical Art students
The Art of Nature
December 1 to January 29

Focusing on plant diversity of the Eastern Shore, this show presents a range of botanical art from beginning drawings through advanced botanical art pieces. Working in a variety of mediums, students in the program learn to observe and accurately document native species. There will be a reception Saturday, December 5, 3–5 p.m.

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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 info@adkinsarboretum.org, or mail this information to Adkins Arboretum, P.O. Box 100, Ridgely, MD 21660.