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:

Garden Life Through a Lens Photography Show

hosted by the Awbury Pollinator Habitat Gardeners 

(November 2018 through December 2018 in the Cope House Foyer)

The natural world through gardens is accessible and close by at a park, in urban backyards, or out our windows!  Have you looked closely lately?  This autumn, Awbury hosted a photography contest, inviting everybody to pick up their cameras and capture “Garden Life Through a Lens,” in all its fleeting and delicate, grandeur, and beauty.

Local artists entered their best pictures taken in local gardens, focusing especially on native plants in garden settings as well as pollinating insects and birds.

First place: Taddy Dawson’s European Honey Bee on Mountain Mint

Second place: Margie Hanley’s Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ with Bumble Bee

Third place: Sara Allen’s Goldenrod (Salindago canadensis)

Honorable Mentions: William Reaume’s Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Anise-hyssop (Agastache ssp.), Sarah Allen’s Red Spent Flower with Stamens, Andrew Lordi’s Blue Jay, and Taddy Dawson’s Milkweed (A. syriaca) with Milkweed Beetle

Thanks to all participants and those who joined us in celebrating the opening of this exhibition at our Open House on Sunday, November 4th.

Photographs by Iman Jones

(November 2018 through January 2019 in the Cope House Parlors)

Iman Jones was born and raised in Philadelphia. The city’s wealth of history and proximity to nature helped him to cultivate an interest in and love of photography. The photographer had his first brush with a single lens reflex camera while attending Central High School. There, he learned the functions of a film camera and how to develop his eye.

During his tenure at Temple University, Jones began studying under Dr. Edward Trayes, who helped him grow creatively and further his passion for the photographic arts – specifically black and white photography. Seeing the world without color highlighted the many variations of light, and spoke to Jones in a different way than color. Though he still shoots in color, he prefers the timeless feeling of black and white, and the way it encourages viewers to use their imagination.

Though Mr. Jones shoots many subjects, including people, architecture, abstracts and  landscapes, his favorite subject is nature. He says “In my opinion, there is much to miss if one only focuses their eyes only on ourselves and what we have made. In my photography, I try to slow the pace of life down for my viewer so the experience transcends vision, to where one can imagine the smell of the roses, so to speak. I would like people to come away with the feeling of wonderment and curiosity after viewing my images. I would want to them to feel what I felt in capturing the photograph.”

Iman Jones’ event photography has been published online with 215mag.com. His personal work has been featured in Aesthetics Magazine, and he has worked on various projects with the artists’ collective Partners in Theory. He has won two Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards as a field producer/undercover camera operator for two investigative journalism stories for CBS3.


Past shows:

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)