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Visual Arts

The arts have always been important at Fernwood. Founder Kay Boydston was a weaver, dyer, silversmith, miniaturist, needle worker, and print maker. That tradition continues in periodic exhibits of work from Fernwood’s early days and in monthly classes offered by the Niles Handweavers Guild. 

The Clark Art Gallery displays art on nature and garden themes in exhibits that change bimonthly. The work of local sculptors is occasionally showcased in the gardens.

Even the landscapes at Fernwood are works of art, being carefully designed to complement the natural areas nearby.

Clark Lecture Hall and Art Gallery

Exhibits at Fernwood's Clark Lecture Hall and Art Gallery change every two months and feature various mediums. The Clark Gallery was generously funded by Clark Equipment Company, and later enhancements were made possible by a gift from Leo J. McKernan.

On occasion, the Gallery is used for private events. Please call ahead to ensure that your next visit includes viewing the beautiful artwork on display.


Susan M. Henshaw
Water Elementals

Through Sunday, September 10

A series of large oil paintings based upon water reflections.

Curator's Gallery

Tom Meuninck
Through Sunday, August 13

An award-winning ceramacist from Walkerton, Indiana, Tom’s work delights, confuses, 
and astounds. The objects on display all connect with and are inspired by nature, many with personalities and spirits of their own.

Trillium Hall

Susan M. Henshaw
Pastel Paintings

Continuing through September 10.

Pastel paintings of waves, and beach scenes. 

Upcoming Exhibits

Julie Devers
Form and Function
Tuesday, August 15 – September 17

Beautifully crafted functional stoneware.

Fernwood Photography Exhibition
Friday, September 15 – Sunday, October 22
Reception on Sunday, September 17, 2–4pm (awards presented at 3pm)

Featuring photographs taken at Fernwood.

3rd Annual Fernwood Landscape Juried Exhibition
Friday, October 27 – Sunday, December 3
Reception on Sunday, October 29, 2–4pm (awards presented at 3pm)

Juried landscapes created by area artists.

Cynthia H. Marks
Hand Built Vessels
Wednesday, September 20 – Sunday, December 3

Hand-made, low-fired stoneware vessels.

Gallery Entries

Calling for entries for the Fernwood Photographers exhibition coming in October. Click here for more information and entry form.

Click here for Model Release for Adults.
Click here for Model Release for Minors.

Calling Indiana and Michigan plein air painters to submit work for Fernwood’s third annual Landscape Exhibition. Prizes will be given for Best of Show and Best of Show painted at Fernwood. Contact the gallery curators at gallery@fernwoodbotanical.org.


Sculpture Fernwood

Sculpture Fernwood, an outdoor sculpture exhibit placed throughout the grounds at Fernwood, is curated by Father Austin I. Collins, CSC, Professor of Sculpture in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Notre Dame. A map is available for your visit and an exhibit catalog is available for purchase. Click here to visit the Sculpture Fernwood page. 

Take Five

Artist Patrick Dougherty created Fernwood's new stick sculpture, Take Five, in April 2014. Made from locally harvested willow and dogwood, Take Five is composed of five rooms that lean into each other connected by doorways and alleys. The roof is an oculus, as in an eye, opening at the top of each room, providing views of blue sky and sunshine. People are amazed at the size, sturdiness, and sweeping design of Take Five. Explore the sculpture, located adjacent to the South Vista garden, on the way to Fernwood's Railway Garden. Click here to learn more about Patrick Dougherty and Take Five.

Other Sculpture at Fernwood

Aside from the ten sculptures in Sculpture Fernwood, and Patrick Dougherty's stick sculpture, you will find two other sculptures on Fernwood's grounds, bringing the total to thirteen! 


 by Fritz Olsen

John and Mary Ann Butkovich of South Bend donated Aviary, a kinetic sculpture created by Fritz Olsen, an artist from Sawyer. Aviary is on exhibit in the entry garden outside the Visitors Center. Another Olsen sculpture, Sheltered Heart, is on exhibit as part of Sculpture Fernwood.  

June sculpture

 by David Skora

June is an attractive new sculpture in the Hosta Bowl garden, in memory of June Thomas from South Bend, Indiana. June loved Fernwood. Her son, Roger Thomas, and son-in-law, artist David Skora, originally from New Buffalo and now living in Connecticut, visited Fernwood after June's passing and thought a sculpture in her name on Fernwood's grounds would be a fitting memorial to Mrs. Thomas.