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 of each year and an outdoor sculpture show during the summer.
Art exhibitions are displayed in the Visitor's Center gallery.
Mark Muse, "Hemlocks," archival pigment print, 16" x 24"
April 4 - June 2
The magic of momentary effects of light and atmosphere permeate Mark Muse’s exquisite landscape photographs shot in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. For Muse, who lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, photography is an excuse for going out into nature and becoming immersed in its beauty. His achingly beautiful images capture the soaring sweep of tree trunks, the intricacy of billowing leaves and grasses, and the vigor and fragility of bare branches spreading toward the sky. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Elizabeth McCue finds enchantment in the plants, birds, and insects she encounters amid the rolling hills and slowly flowing Delaware River outside her home in Yardley, PA. During the past several years, her sculptures have become a familiar sight in the Arboretum’s biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitationals, but with her show A Walk in the Garden, on view June 5 through July 28, McCue brings her delicately sculptured leaves and butterflies into the Visitor’s Center along with powerful black-and-white drawings of trees. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, June 24 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Throughout the spring, environmental artists Howard and Mary McCoy will often be found working 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. On view June 1 through September 30, this is their tenth biennial outdoor sculpture show at the Arboretum. There will be a guided sculpture walk in conjunction with Elizabeth McCue’s reception on Saturday, June 24 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Bursting with brilliant colors and exuberant texture, Kathryn O’Grady’s landscapes and waterscapes are studies of the complexity of life in her lush, rural surroundings at Tracy’s Landing in southern Anne Arundel County. In addition to her crayon and watercolor paintings, her show Close to the Big Pond, on view August 1 through September 29, includes several captivating portraits of individual birds accompanied by their personal stories deftly told by writer Peter Guttmacher. O’Grady appears courtesy of Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, August 12 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 email@example.com, or mail this information to Adkins Arboretum, P.O. Box 100, Ridgely, MD 21660.