Hahn 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).
Jan Downs' artistic passion lies in photography, focusing on a more documentary style that combines history and culture along with aesthetics. This most recent body of work, the Cyanotypes, is a welcome departure for Downs. The Cyanotypes, or sun prints, are camera-less images that use the sun's ultra violet rays to expose a photosensitive surface and uses only water to "develop" the image. This results in an environmentally friendly photographic medium.
Jan Downs is a photographer and VT alumna. Currently, she is an adjunct assistant professor at Radford University and teaches classes in photography, drawing, foundations and art history. Downs received a BFA in photography from VT in 2005 and completed an MFA in photography at Radford University in 2009.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.