Art Shows

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.

Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word

Photographs, Philip McAlary; Poetry, Holly Guran

Philip McAlary wild-geranium_dawn-redwood (180x124)June 5-September 3, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 1-3pm, Arboretum Poetry Reading: Poems and Poets of Nature,
A Reading from the Jamaica Pond Poets with Holly Guran

“…Remember, whatever comes next, we have walked here.”
– Excerpt “On Peter’s Hill” Guran, River Tracks, 2007

Together, poet Holly Guran and photographer Philip McAlary have witnessed the continuous inspiration of the Arboretum. Their nature-focused images and words complement each other, melding sight, sound, and mind. Frequent walks in the landscape were the influence and force behind this collaboration uniting McAlary’s vibrant images with Guran’s thoughtful words.

Holly Guran, author of the chapbooks River Tracks (Poets Corner Press), Mothers’ Trails (Noctiluca Press), and the forthcoming River Full of Bones (Iris Press), earned a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist award in 2012.

Philip L. McAlary studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. His photos have appeared on websites including Massachusetts Cultural Council, Wagner Society of Boston, and Carpenter Poets of Eastern Massachusetts.


Calling all Artists JPOS-logo2-2010

Local artists are invited to submit work inspired by the plants and landscape of the Arnold Arboretum for the upcoming Artists in the Arboretum juried exhibition, organized in conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, July 23 at midnight. Decisions will be announced on August 17.

JP Open Studios weekend is September 19-20, 11:00am–6:00pm. The Artists in the Arboretum exhibition will be in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall from September 17-October 18, 2015 with an opening reception on September 17.

Go to Calling all Artists for specific guidelines, submission forms, and other information.

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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.”