Art in the Garden

art in garden logoThe Hahn Horticulture Garden 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 2 to February 28:
Kathleen Madigan, Judy Madigan and Emily Cronin — Mother and Daughter Artists


About the artist

A nurse by trade, Judy Madigan began art-quilting in the 1990s after enjoying a long period of creating clothing and traditional quilts. An avid outdoors person and hiker, her art reflects that love. She is drawn to leaves and trees especially, focusing on bark texture, root systems and unusual branches and markings—the personalities of trees. Her camera gets a lot of use on her hikes to capture scenes she wants to create, and she also creates fabric interpretations of other photographers’ works, including even artworks interpreting histology slides of T-cells and cancer cells. Joan Colvin, Velda Newman and Cynthia England are some nationally known quilters that influence her work.

Her daughter, Kathleen’s, work is inspired by Robert Rauschenberg's combines and African art. Early works centered on exposing social injustice while the vast majority of later works are ‘a reaction in favor of spirituality, imagination and dreams’. Her mixed media/cloth assemblages tell stories. Shaped by African and afro-Caribbean altars and the use of fabric with symbols, she enjoys using pictures, shapes, objects, and words themselves to form a unique language.

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.

For additional information on the event and how to submit an artwork proposal, please visit the Simply Elemental website


Upcoming Shows

  • Robi Sallee March/April
  • Betty Moore May/June
  • Jean Poff-Galloway July/August
  • Diane Relf Sept/October
  • Lois Stephens Nov/Dec

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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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