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.

Viewing Events from April 25, 2018 to July 24, 2018

ART Talk and Walk: Close and Closer: Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum by James Reis

Close and Closer:

Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum by James Reis

February 9 – May 6, 2018

Walk and Talk with the Artist, Sunday, April 29, 2:00-3:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

Join photographer James Reis on a journey through his exhibition images - close in the show and closer in the landscape of the Arnold Arboretum. Like Boston, the Arnold Arboretum is a diverse tapestry that comes together and creates a whole. Walkways flow from side roads to manicured trails to hidden paths revealing secret glades. If the visitor is not in a rush, the Arboretum offers enchanting micro environments that invite even closer inspection. "No two days are the same," says Reis "between the angle of the sun, the weather, and the many spots where we become delightfully stuck. While my lens is a frail approximation of eye and heart, it pulls me out the door and into the delicate realms of plant, fungi, insect, and seed."--close and then closer. See a wonderful article about James and the work in the show in the Harvard Gazette.

Note - The Hunnewell lecture hall is used for programs, classes, and other events. Please call 617 384-5209 for accessibility.

Free, no registration required

Art Reception: Impressions of Woody Plants: Bobbi Angell and Beverly Duncan

Impressions of Woody Plants:

Disjunction, Two Artists, and the Arnold Arboretum

Copper Etchings by Bobbi Angell and Watercolor Paintings by Beverly Duncan

May 11 – July 22, 2018

Opening Reception, Saturday, May 19, 1:00-3:00pm

Workshop with the Artists, Saturday, June 9, 1:00-3:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

The word disjunction, defined as the relationship between two distinct alternatives, can be applied to botanical artists Bobbi Angell and Beverly Duncan: their media--copper and watercolor, their plant focuses--exotic and native, their backgrounds--botany and art. In the end though, as in this Arnold Arboretum exhibition, it is all about the wonder of woody plants, and the artists' approaches to creating images. Angell is attracted to unusual, cultivated specimens due to her long history working with botanists and horticulturalists. Her subjects, all Asian natives, several of which were introduced into cultivation by the Arboretum, represent the remarkable history of plant collecting around the world. All can be found in the collections of the Arboretum. Her drawings are developed into finely crafted copper etchings, which are then printed in limited editions. Duncan is drawn to the familiarity of native plants. She translates the common and recognizable into intimate portraits in detailed watercolor paintings.Her sketches capture the various stages in the life of a native plant. For this exhibition, Duncan focused on paintings of seedlings, the delicate early life of a tree or shrub. All her subjects can also be found as mature trees on the grounds of the Arnold Arboretum. Bobbi Angell has been drawing plants since 1978, illustrating floras, monographs, and new species for botanists at The New York Botanical Garden, Harvard University, and Smithsonian Institution. Drawing herbarium specimens has been the focus of her work. Angell's copper plate etchings reflect her interest in fine detail. They have allowed her a satisfying and natural extension of her compositional style. Beverly Duncan is an award-winning botanical artist, the first to receive Best in Show at the annual exhibition of the Horticultural Society in New York and the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her work is in corporate and private collections around the world. Duncan exhibited and received recognition at the 2014 royal Horticultural Exhibit in London. She teaches Botanical Drawing and Painting classes, and has illustrated commissions for numerous books and magazines.

Note - The Hunnewell lecture hall is used for programs, classes, and other events. Please call 617 384-5209 for accessibility.

Free, no registration required

Art Reception: The Spirit Books by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

The Spirit Books

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

May 4 – July 22, 2018

Opening Reception, Saturday, May 19, 1:00-3:00pm

Artist Talk, Saturday, June 2, 3:00-4:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord's Spirit Books will be displayed in the Hunnewell Building's Visitor Center. These art books reveal Gaylord's connection between the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. She gathers twigs, branches, vines, and roots, then uses them to cradle her stitched, wordless books. Incorporating beads and seeds with handmade papers from around the world, she constructs sculptural altars; the supports of natural materials as integral to the art as the beautiful books they cradle. From a distance, these books do evoke sculptures; however, their essential "bookness" becomes apparent upon closer observation. Gaylord encourages "reading" the books as a contemplative experience, one that will take the viewer out of the everyday world. Gaylord is best known for her Spirit Books. Since she created her first one in 1992 and coined the name, the Spirit Books have been exhibited throughout the US, Canada, and in Korea. She has exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the University of Indiana Art Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Seungnam Book Fair in Seungnam, Korea. Spirit Books are in the book arts collections at Bowdoin College and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton county, and many private collections. They are also well-represented in print. Free, no registration required

Note: For exhibition availability, 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.”