Art Exhibits

Visitors view "Clear Forest.," a site-specific sculpture by Washington, D.C. artist Julia Bloom. “Clear Forest” is part of the Arboretum’s biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, Artists in Dialogue with Landscape, on view through Sept. 30.

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

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.

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

The 365 Calendar Drawings
Andrea Way

September 30-November 28
Reception: Saturday, October 11, 3-5 p.m.

For the past 30 years, Andrea Way has created staggeringly intricate drawings that call to mind maps or star charts. Closely resembling patterns found in nature, her works slowly evolve as she follows codes interconnecting layer after layer of drawn and painted marks. In 2007, she took a year off from this labor-intensive work to make one small drawing per day for the entire year.

Natural Pairings
Christine Neill and Lew Fifield

December 2-January 30
Baltimore artists Christine Neill and Lew Fifield, a married couple who both teach at Maryland Institute College of Art, join forces to present Natural Pairings. Neill is well known for her lush mixed-media paintings and prints exploring the intricacies and ephemerality of the natural world, while Fifield uses digital photography and multi-dimensional paper layers to capture the patterns of nature in richly nuanced images that evoke memory and faraway landscapes. This show offers a unique opportunity to see how two artists working in close proximity influence one another as they interpret the natural world.


Living in the Trees—Speaking to the Times - Saturday, September 6

Featuring a performance by Jeff Davis & Café Bossa and a walk led by artists Howard and Mary McCoy of the biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, Artists in Dialogue with Landscape


Learn about the Marion Price Art Gallery at Adkins Arboretum

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.