Art Shows

Current and Upcoming Art Shows

All shows are free and open to the public and on view in the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway, Boston. 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. See all of our tour and class listings.

Transitions: Winter Into Spring

Beech Tree by Chris Morgan

Photographs of the Arboretum by Chris Morgan

February 8, 2019 – May 5, 2019

Photography Walk with the Artist, April 13, 10:00-11:00am

ARTWEEK Artist Talk, May 4, 2:30-3:00pm

LocationHunnewell Building

Chris Morgan’s goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees, and in the movements of birds. He brings details to life. The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for over fifteen years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. Digital photography, which offers a happy marriage of the arts and the sciences, lets him explore larger-format photography in creative ways through digital panorama techniques.

Morgan has photographed on five continents for over forty years; however, is currently to be found, year-round, photographing in the Arboretum.

In addition to his photographic work, Morgan appraises rare, early computers, is a computer consultant, an author, puzzle designer, musician, and magician. He is also a Lewis Carroll scholar, and has written five books. He has spoken extensively about Lewis Carroll at Harvard University’s Houghton Library, the Boston Athenaeum, and other libraries and universities around the country.

Drawing Daffodils Workshop: Exploring the Botany Behind the Art

Botanical Artists, Bobbi Angell and Beverly Duncan

Saturday, April 13, 2019


LocationHunnewell Building

Discover what coronas and corollas are by looking at  several varieties of daffodils through intricate observation and with expert instruction. Botanical artists, Angell and Duncan, will introduce you to the reproductive anatomy of these flowers with the eyes of artists and their understanding of the “Botany Behind the Art.” Some pencils will be available, as well as paper and microscopes.

This workshop is appropriate for ages 15 and over. The workshop is free and is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Registration is required and limited.

Bonsai Painting by Paul Olson

Drawn to Paint

Paintings of Arboretum Trees by Paul Olson

May 10, 2019 – July 21, 2019

Opening Reception, Saturday, May 18, 1:00-3:00pm

LocationHunnewell Building

Artist, Paul Olson, has been discovering the nuances of the Arnold Arboretum’s Collections, as a painter and draughtsman, for decades. He often works en plein air, then returns to his studio to capture his memories, and work up his sketches in color. The freshness of his paint application is reminiscent of the expressive ink drawings he exhibited here at the Arnold Arboretum 2012.

Olson is an instructor at both Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.


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.”