Past Exhibits

Kale print
Saturday, October 20, 2012 to Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nature Printing is a method of applying ink or dye to an object and imprinting its image onto paper, cloth, clay, or other surfaces. The process captures the detail and appeal of an insect, fish, feather, shell, rock, plant or the human body. Botanical printing specifically uses plants.

Molded gourd
Saturday, November 5, 2011 to Friday, February 24, 2012

Artist Dan Ladd has long been fascinated with the adaptability of plants. His work grafting trees into whimsical structures and molding gourds and roots into sculptures reflects both a fascination with and respect for the plants.

Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

An exhibit that brings together art, science and education from exhibits of Smith College student projects and classes.

Watercolor painting of begonia leaves
Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

This exhibit features work from two different classes that focused on the importance of plants and art. For my Museums Concentration capstone project I wanted to apply my experiences teaching art and botany as well as curating an exhibition.

Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

All around us a world of diverse microbial life abounds. A variety of microorganisms is associated with the plant kingdom. Hence, the collection of plants growing in varying conditions in the Lyman Conservatory provides an exciting opportunity for students to discover and study a wide range of organisms.

child drawing a leaf
Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Wednesday, March 30, 2011

During the course of a semester long investigation of leaves and bulbs, the Campus School kindergartners also visited the Spring Bulb Show at the Lyman Conservatory. This exhibit showcases a sampling of the kindergartners’ artwork inspired by their close observation of the floral display of the Bulb Show.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 to Sunday, January 30, 2011

Paintings and Drawings by W. Gary Smith
Weaving together drawings, paintings, and sculptural installations with landscape design, W. Gary Smith creates artistic connections with the landscape.

poppies radiograph
Saturday, March 6, 2010 to Thursday, September 30, 2010

X-rays combined with a unique artistic approach bring to light the usually unseen inner structure of flowers. Retired radiologist Merrill C. Raikes has produced magnificent images that allow visitors to see flowers as if they had x-ray vision.

Saturday, October 17, 2009 to Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A photographic view of Asian peoples and their relationship with plants.

Compelling color photographs by Paul W. Meyer tell vivid stories about the importance of plants in the lives of Asian peoples.

spiraling paper model of a daffodil flower
Monday, June 15, 2009 to Sunday, October 11, 2009

Smith Students in ARS 285, studio: Introduction to Architecture: Language and Craft, taught by Jim Middlebrook, were asked to reinterpret the spatial language of a flower.