Art in the Garden

art in garden logoHahn is not only a fabulous collection of living art; it is a showplace for artists from throughout the New River Valley and surrounding area. The Pavilion hosts 6 artist a year with a wide diversity of visual arts from photography to handmade paper; acrylics, watercolors and oils; mono-printing to metal work. The love of nature is shown in the creativeness of our local artists.

In 2015 the art went outside and Simply Elemental was born. Simply Elemental is an outdoor multi-artist installation integrated along the garden paths, plantings, and trees of the Hahn. It is held annually from August 1st and September 30th. Simply Elemental 2018 will be accepting submissions for Visual Art and for the first time Performing Artists as well!

In conjunction with the art shows, Hahn conducts meet the artists receptions, hands-on art workshops, speakers and garden-art tours. Watch our events calendar for dates.

Be sure to pick up a Visitor's Permit from Parking Services or the VT Visitor's Center if attending an event in the garden during weekday business hours (M-F, 8-5). Faculty and staff can only park in F/S spaces (limited).

January 1st to February 28th:
Paintings by Nathan Popp


Artist's Statement:

Nature has an influential role in my art. I am interested in abandoning traditional methods to create mystical landscapes from experimental watercolor techniques and dry media.  Using abstract marks to guide me, I create imagery of nature pertaining to the cycle of life: birth, growth, death and rebirth. The handmade picture frames are made from local (Blue Ridge Mountains) hard woods including black walnut, maple, oak and cherry woods. All materials used in matting are acid-free and archival.

All financial transactions are handled by the artist. If you are interested in purchasing any artwork from this exhibition, please contact Nathan directly at npopp@radford.edu.

Simply Elemental is an outdoor multi-artist installation integrated along the garden paths, plantings, and trees of the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech. It is held annually between August 1st and September 30th.

Simply Elemental 2018 is now accepting submissions for Visual Art and for the first time Performing Artists as well!

Artist application deadline April 2, 2018.

For details on how to apply please visit the Simply Elemental website


Upcoming Shows

  • Mar/Apr: Jan Downs (photography)
  • May/June: George Wills (acrylics)
  • July/Aug: Rhonda Whiteside (metal - fiber)
  • Sept/Oct: Gerri Young (watercolor)
  • Nov/Dec: Matt Gentry (photography/sketches)

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You can have your own art displayed at the garden or buy artwork on display! Many of the artists sell their work from the pavilion after the show; giving 20% of the cost to the gardens to support Art in the Garden. Others donate art to the Hahn Garden for our annual fundraising Gala in June, while some have started selling their work in the Hahn Garden Gift shop. For more information on buying art or having your art displayed at the Garden contact vtgarden@vt.edu.

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