Current and Upcoming Art Shows

All shows are on view in the Hunnewell Building lecture hall at 125 Arborway. The Lecture Hall is often used for meetings and classes. Please call 617.384.5209 for exhibition availability, and refer to Hunnewell Visitor Center hours.

TimeLine(s): Drawing Nature

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Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall
April 29 – July 3, 2016
Opening Reception, Saturday, Apr 30, 2:00-4:00pm
Walk and Workshop, Sunday, June 5, 2:00-4:00pm

As an Artist-in-Residence at Caldera in Deschutes National Forest, Oregon and the White Mountain National Forest Artist-in-Residence program, New Hampshire, Kyle Browne investigated the organic world of nature with the simplicity of drawing, observation, and meditation. In her Time-lapse Drawings, Browne seeks to unearth and capture the unobserved moment and change that occurs within a site-specific setting. Once a site is chosen, the shadows are duplicated repeatedly on paper, building levels of graphite to catch the intangible, fleeting moments of time. Her Time-lapse Drawings were born from spending time at the Arnold Arboretum before she began her residency at the White Mountain National Forest, where they were continued.

Browne’s work, Hidden Cartography of Beetles, encourages the viewer to examine a world of secret dialogues, symbols, and the map-making of wood-boring beetles. Deep in the Deschutes National Forest, Browne utilized charcoal, graphite, and pastel, printing in the field, then creating stark and stunning designs on paper.

Browne has been awarded six residencies, received a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and is a candidate for an MFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York City.


New England Society of Botanical Artists: The Art of the Woody Plant

Hemlock Jodi Muench NESBA

July 8 –  September 11, 2016
Reception with the Artists: Saturday, July 9, 1:00-3:00pm
Artists’ Demonstration, Saturday, August 13, 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

With 150 members, the New England Society of Botanical Artists brings a strong, artistic presence to the Arnold Arboretum this summer. Up to thirty works will be exhibited ranging from watercolor to pastel. The Society has recently shown at the Brush Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts, participated in the New England Flower Show, and includes many artists within the group who have received prestigious awards from the national organization— the American Society of Botanical Artists, as well as the British counterpart—The Society of Botanical Artists. The focus of this show, woody plants of New England, offers a unique, artistic interpretation of many of the plants included in the Arboretum’s collection. The New England Society of Botanical Artists last exhibited at the Arnold Arboretum in 2007, and now brings fresh faces and new art for our visitors to enjoy.

Art Shows are free and open to the public.
Note: The Hunnewell Building lecture hall is often used for meetings and classes. Please call 617.384.5209 for exhibition availability, and refer to Hunnewell Visitor Center hours.


Exhibition Proposals

Artists interested in mounting solo exhibits in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall should review the exhibition guidelines [pdf]. Proposals may be submitted to with the subject heading “Exhibition Proposal.”