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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.


Lubeznik’s Area Art Association: New Spring Work  
Through Saturday, May 28

Reception on Sunday, April 23, 3–5pm

The Lubeznik Center's Area Artists Association is an organization within the Jack and Shirley Lubeznik Center for the Arts to recognize and encourage active regional artists by providing exhibit opportunities and a support group for juried-member artists to explore topics of mutual interest at regular monthly meetings. The Lubeznik Center's Area Artists Association is defined in its by-laws “as a body under the corporate jurisdiction of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts”. It's purpose as stated is to “increase the appreciation and recognition of local and regional member artists through exhibitions and promotion of their art.”

Featured artists:
Laurie Schirmer Carpenter
Angela Clark
Julia Holmas
Larry Jensen
Julie Kasniunas
Connie Kassel
George Kassel
Edward Maldonado
Joan Spohrer
Linda Weigel

Curator's Gallery

Tom Meuninck
Through Sunday, July 16

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.

Buchanan High School Art Exhibition

Through Thursday, June 15

Upcoming Exhibits

Fernwood Invitational: More Than A Hobby
Friday, June 2 – Sunday, July 16

Reception on June 4, 2–4pm

This exhibition brings together Indiana and Michigan women artists who have a common passion for creating art. Several are retired from careers in the visual arts, while some continue to teach. They all continue to look at, read, talk about, and make art. Travel, visiting art museums, sharing knowledge and painting together influence their work.

Gallery Entries

Calling for entries for the Fernwood Photographers exhibition coming in October. Contact the gallery curators at gallery@fernwoodbotanical.org.

Calling Indiana and Michigan plain 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.