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).

March 1 to April 30
Robi Sallee


About the artist

My love for art began at an early age as I adorned walls and school desks with my creations. After graduating from Virginia Tech’s Art Department with honors, I took some time off from art to start a family. My husband and I have four wonderful and unique daughters and live in a beautiful 100+ year old farm house in Blacksburg surrounded by hay fields and farms. If that isn’t enough artistic inspiration, my son loves to travel. His recent trips include Nepal, India, Chile, Mexico, Vietnam and Italy and his photos keep me up to my neck in paint!

My primary medium is acrylic, but I also love watercolor as well as just about any other creative medium. I try to use reclaimed or recycled products as much as possible in my artwork, and even had a recent exhibit at The Artful Lawyer of African art inspired ‘masks’ created using only plastic trash. In addition, my husband’s company builds houses and I often sift through the leftover construction materials to find wood and other items to paint on or for collages or frames-trying to make something beautiful out of what would normally go into a landfill.

Awards include:

  • Third Place, Art Through the Ages Exhibit, The Artful Lawyer
  • First Award of Distinction, New River Art Biennial 2015
  • Second Place, Art at the Market Blacksburg 2016
  • Honorable Mention, Art at the Market Blacksburg 2017, 2018

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

  • 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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