Art Exhibitions

Awbury Arboretum regularly hosts free public art exhibitions featuring local artists, both within the parlors of the Francis Cope House and outside in the Arboretum’s landscape. 

The galleries of the Cope House are regularly hung with revolving shows and are open Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  (Please see our Hours and Admission page for holiday closings, etc.)

The grounds of the Arboretum are open ever day, dawn to dusk.

Are you a local artist interested in featuring your artwork at Awbury?  Contact Heather Zimmerman at programs@awbury.org.

Current Exhibitions:

Sculptor & Visual Artist Charles Emlen

Regressive Continuities – an indoor exhibition of 2-D work, and

Doppelganger – a site-specific outdoor sculpture

Charles Emlen was born and raised in Paoli, Pennsylvania. He received his BFA in sculpture from Pennsylvania State University in 1981, and his MFA in sculpture from Arizona State University in 1984. After leaving ASU he worked for several years as a sculptor’s assistant with Arizona artist Michael Anderson. In 1987 he returned to Pennsylvania where he built a sculpture studio and for the next twelve years worked on sculpture commissions and custom metal work. During this time he also worked as an electrician and CNC programmer. In 1999 Emlen took a position at a local avionics company and spent the next 18 years as a software engineer, designing and programing aircraft flight display graphics. During his years as a software engineer he continued to create both two and three dimensional art. In 2017 he retired from the avionics industry and has since been devoting all of his time to painting, sculpture, machine art, and site specific installation. More information about Charles, and a portfolio of his work can be found on his website, www.emlen.com.

Charles is a descendant of the Cope Family – Awbury’s founding family. His father, Benjamin Emlen, grew up at Awbury Arboretum. In his memoirs, James Emlen, Charles’ uncle, reminisces about growing up at Awbury:

“I was born January 10, 1924 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Like all my older brothers and sister, I was born in my parents’ house. My younger brother, Ben, was the first born in a hospital…It was really rather wonderful, looking back on it, to be raised in Awbury…”

– Memoirs of James Emlen, Sr. (1924-2002)

Doppleganger is a site-specific sculpture designed specifically for installation at Awbury Arboretum. This whimsical simulacrum of a data tower is a commentary on the profusion of cell towers and data distribution equipment that populate the contemporary landscape.

On display May – July, 2019

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Painter Bronwen Mayer HenryCreativity Heals 

Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, August 8th, including yoga and talk by the artist


Past shows:

Making Space @Awbury – with The Colored Girls Museum (2019)

From Cotton to Quilts – with Sharon Tindall (2019)

Photographs with Iman Jones (2018)

Garden Life Through a Lens – with the Awbury Pollinator Habitat Gardeners (2018)

The Mythic Moth Menagerie and A Night in the Enchanted Woods – with Richard Metz (2018)

Botanically Inspired and Found: Pollinators at Awbury Arboretum – with Karen Singer (2018)

Nature Transformed – with Carol Philips (2017)

Northwest POST Artists (2017)

Creature Comforts – with Arcadia University and Wissahickon Charter School (2017)

Botanical Illustrations – with Marylyn Waltzer (2016)

Alaska and Maine Painting – with Cathy Hozack (2016)

Centennial Shine – with Jared Wood and Rachel Ehrgood (2016)

A Retrospective – with Lucretia Robbins (2015)

Curious Creatures – with Arcadia University and Project Learn School (2015)

Flora Fantastica – with MF Cardamone (2015)

Meditative Mediations – with Carole Loeffler & Maryann Worrell (2015)