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Art Exhibits & Performances

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. 

Current Exhibits

Marc Robarge, "Chorus"

Outdoor Sculpture Invitational
Artists in Dialogue with Landscape

June 1–September 30, 2012

There are glittering crystals, lichens crocheted from yarn and rivers of sticks glowing brilliant red under the green leaves of the Adkins Arboretum forest. After a year’s postponement due to the COVID-19 shutdown, once again the woodland trails are full of surprises as the Outdoor Sculpture Invitational returns.

Responding to the show’s theme, Artists in Dialogue with Landscape, seven artists from the mid-Atlantic region and California have created eight sculptures along the wooded paths. On Saturday, July 10, the artists will talk about their work during a guided sculpture walk from 3 to 5 p.m.

Learn more about the artists and their work >

Julia Sutliff, "Breezy Dogwood and Redbud," 11" x 11", oil on linen board

Julia Sutliff
Swimming in Eden
May 4–July 3, 2021

Like fleeting moments of pure joy, Julia Sutliff’s small plein air paintings capture the sensation of being outdoors in a specific place at a specific moment in time. Swimming in Eden is an exuberant collection of intimate encounters with nature. While oil painting has been her focus for many years, she recently has been exploring the spontaneity she can achieve with pastels. Although the Visitor’s Center show is exclusively her oil paintings, a companion virtual show includes several of her pastels. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, May 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Visitor's Center.

Virtual Exhibits

With the Visitor's Center closure in 2020, we shared works virtually from the artists scheduled to exhibit. Click an artist's name to view the exhibit.

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, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD 21660.

Header image: "Water's Edge, Spring" by Julia Sutliff (detail)