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).

May 4th to June 30th
Acrylics with George Wills


Artist's Statement:

I am a life-long resident of Blacksburg. My father was a Virginia Tech botanist who worked in the Washington St. Greenhouses right next to the Hahn Horticulture Garden. I attended Virginia Tech’s art school from 1977-81.

My work on display at the pavilion features an interest in the intersection of humor and nature, and also in depicting nature in the abstract.

Currently I am showing in Blacksburg at Gillie’s, Matrix Gallery, and In Balance Yoga.  I have shows in Crozet (Cladius Park) May 12-13, and at the Roanoke Sidewalk Art Show June 1-2.

George's Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/people/BlacksburgArt

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

  • July/Aug: Rhonda Whitehurst (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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