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.
Paige Billin-Frye, "Tomatillo," photograph on Japanese kitikata paper, 10.5" x 12.5"
December 4, 2018–February 2, 2019
Strikingly elegant, the seedpods and dried leaves and petals in Washington artist Paige Billin-Frye's photographs reveal and celebrate the end stages of the life cyes of individual plants. For this show, she printed gentle, sepia-toned close-up studies of fading botanical specimens onto softly textured paper. Some are digitally printed, while others use historical printing processes such as cyanotype or gum bichromate. Each image is a distinctive portrait of an individual plant, as well as a meditation on discovering the ravishing beauty of imperfection and decay.
There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, December 8 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Juried Art Show
February 5–March 29, 2019
Now in its 20th year, this annual show draws entries in a wide variety of mediums—from painting and sculpture to photography and crafts—by artists from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. This year’s juror, Julie Wills, is an interdisciplinary artist and assistant professor of studio art at Washington College. She will discuss her choices for the show at a reception Saturday, February 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. Click here for entry information.
Evidence of Meaning
April 2–May 31, 2019
Casually sketched and collaged with leaves, tendrils, and spiraling snail shells, there’s a rich and delicate tenderness about Susan Benarcik’s mixed media works on paper and her small sculptures on view April 2 through May 31. This Wilmington artist is fascinated with the beauty and universality of growth patterns and how tenaciously nature adapts and flourishes, yet how vulnerable it is to adversity. In her show Evidence of Meaning, she weaves together a variety of mediums, including collage, gouache, encaustic, and found objects, to create lush and intricate musings on the intimate connections between humans and the environment. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, April 27 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.