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).

November 1 to December 31st:
Photography and drawings by Matt Gentry

Artist's Statement:

The Green Tunnel

This exhibit features photographs made with a point and shoot camera along the Appalachian Trail through the New River and Roanoke Valleys. Matt “Sharpie” Gentry his wife Colleen “Twizzler” Gentry and their dog “Tonto” and companion Tim “Whip r Will” Ligon hiked the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club’s 113 mile section of trail as well as a portion of trail maintained by the Outdoor Club of Virginia Tech from near the Peaks of Otter south towards Bland Virginia in July of 2017.

The journey took two weeks and covered about 150 miles. Gentry and Ligon had already completed a three decades long section hike of the entire Appalachian Trail in 2015 and they continue their evolvement with the trail community by volunteering and co-maintaining an 8.5 mile section of the trail in Giles County with the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club. Gentry earned the trail name “Sharpie” while keeping a sketch book journal of his hikes and adventures and continues to leave drawings and musings in shelter journals, written in Sharpie.

About the artist

Matt Gentry, 58, is a Blacksburg native, artist and photographer and member of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association. His photographs have been published world-wide via the Roanoke Times and the Associated Press.

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, please visit the Simply Elemental website

Upcoming Shows

  • Kathleen Madigan Jan/Feb
  • 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

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