Past Exhibits

Odontoglossum nobile orchid
Friday, April 11, 2014 to Saturday, January 31, 2015

British botanical illustrator and author, Florence Woolward (1854-1936) was commissioned by the Marquis of Lothian to paint his orchid collection, one of the most extensive orchid collections in the 19th century.

Monday, September 16, 2013 to Sunday, December 15, 2013

Maize is the largest production crop in the world and plays a central role in all of United States agriculture and food production. Explore the science of maize, one of the most significant crops to humankind for thousands of years, and why it continues to surprise us today.

Friday, March 1, 2013 to Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A display of contemporary poetry inspired by the beauty of nature, selected by student interns at the Smith College Poetry Center, Janan Scott '13 and Liliana Farrel '13. Poets represented in the exhibit include Li-Young Lee, Jean Valentine, and Louise Glück.

Kale print
Saturday, October 20, 2012 to Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nature Printing is a method of applying ink or dye to an object and imprinting its image onto paper, cloth, clay, or other surfaces. The process captures the detail and appeal of an insect, fish, feather, shell, rock, plant or the human body. Botanical printing specifically uses plants.

Molded gourd
Saturday, November 5, 2011 to Friday, February 24, 2012

Artist Dan Ladd has long been fascinated with the adaptability of plants. His work grafting trees into whimsical structures and molding gourds and roots into sculptures reflects both a fascination with and respect for the plants.

Golden barrel cactus
Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

Smith Students in ARS 285, studio: Introduction to Architecture: Language and Craft, taught by Jim Middlebrook, were asked to reinterpret the spatial language of a flower.

Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

An exhibit that brings together art, science and education from exhibits of Smith College student projects and classes.

Watercolor painting of begonia leaves
Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

This exhibit features work from two different classes that focused on the importance of plants and art. For my Museums Concentration capstone project I wanted to apply my experiences teaching art and botany as well as curating an exhibition.

Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

All around us a world of diverse microbial life abounds. A variety of microorganisms is associated with the plant kingdom. Hence, the collection of plants growing in varying conditions in the Lyman Conservatory provides an exciting opportunity for students to discover and study a wide range of organisms.

child drawing a leaf
Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Wednesday, March 30, 2011

During the course of a semester long investigation of leaves and bulbs, the Campus School kindergartners also visited the Spring Bulb Show at the Lyman Conservatory. This exhibit showcases a sampling of the kindergartners’ artwork inspired by their close observation of the floral display of the Bulb Show.