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.

Between the Leaves

Print by Sarah Cross

The Unique Prints of Sarah Cross

July 26, 2019 – October 13, 2019

Opening Reception, Saturday, July 27, 1:00-3:00pm

Cyanotype Workshop: Sunday, July 28, 10:00am-Noon, free

Location: Hunnewell Building

Between the Leaves focuses on the ephemeral quality of light. Behind each photograph is Cross’s hand in the physical construction of what is set up in front of the camera, or through a cathartic printing process. The artist works with a range of photographic media, including 4″ x 5″ color negatives, and gum bichromate printing to create photographs. After a strong degree of Photoshop manipulation, the prints are made through the historic bichromate process. With this lengthy process, each color is printed as a single layer, resulting in fragile, painterly, and unique prints. Although large in physical presence, these prints are meant to express small invitations to reverie.

The July 28 Cyanotype Workshop is a drop in, appropriate for all ages seven and above. All supplies will be provided. The workshop will be outside, weather permitting.

Sarah Cross is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Photography at Cazenovia College in New York. She taught as a visiting Professor in Photography & New Media at Beloit College in Wisconsin from 2009 to 2013. Her work has been shown nationally in group and solo exhibitions.


Art & Science

Print by Steffanie Schwam

Fabric, Fiber & Phenology

The Art Prints of Steffanie Schwam &

The Arnold Arboretum Tree Spotters Program

August 9, 2019 – October 6, 2019

Opening Reception, Saturday, August 10, 1:00-3:00pm

Workshop with the artist: Saturday, September 28, 1:00-3:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

Steffanie Schwam brings her enhanced botanical prints on fabric and fiber to the Hunnewelll Visitor Center for a special show. Using the Arboretum as both a source and inspiration for her art, she selects plants that will print on paper or fabric that is fused to watercolor paper. Supports are pre-soaked in a binding solution, then removed to form a base for building bundled layers. Leaves and flowers are dipped in a ferrous sulfate solution and layered under other materials. Schwam compresses and steams the bundles to produce prints.

Join the artist for a printmaking workshop on September 28th, Revealing the Wild Print, appropriate for ages 8 and above.

Schwam’s work has been included in group exhibitions in Houston, and San Antonio, Texas, and Lowell, Truro, and Worcester, Massachusetts. Her fiber art is in private collections, and she is an active member of the Surface Design Association.

Included in conjunction with Schwam’s exhibition, is an informative narrative on The Tree Spotters program at the Arnold Arboretum. Schwam is herself one of the Tree Spotter volunteers. She incorporated leaves from trees used in the program into her art, and is active in this important and successful, citizen science initiative. Tree Spotter training is open for registration and will take place on September 7.


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.”