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Exhibitions

In addition to horticultural displays, the Garden presents a wide variety of exhibitions, including fine photography and an array of artwork. Click here for a map of the Garden's Regenstein Center, where most exhibitions take place.

Fossil Hunting in Mongolia
Fossil Hunting in Mongolia

Prehistoric Plants Uncovered

Open during Garden hours through 2018
Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center
Grainger Gallery
Admission is free; regular parking fees apply

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On display in the Grainger Gallery of the Plant Science Center is an exhibition highlighting research by Chicago Botanic Garden scientists. Mongolia is well known for spectacular dinosaur fossils, including velociraptors and the first dinosaur egg fossils. But we know almost nothing about what plants lived alongside Mongolia’s dinosaurs. Garden scientists Patrick Herendeen and Fabiany Herrera, together with colleagues, are studying plant fossils to learn more about Mongolia’s plants and how they’ve evolved.

Paul Lange
Paul Lange

Big Blooms

February 10 – October 28, 2018
Krehbiel Gallery, Regenstein Center

A new collection of Paul Lange’s Big Blooms is on display the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Big Blooms—Orchids, Visionaries and Trailblazers consists of 18 distinct and beautiful orchid blooms individually photographed and presented as large-scale framed prints. Each image is titled with the namesake of a historical and celebrated woman in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Penelope Gottlieb: Against Forgetting
Penelope Gottlieb

Against Forgetting

May 4 – August 12, 2018
Joutras Gallery, Regenstein Center

Penelope Gottlieb is a Santa Barbara-based painter who received her B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Gottlieb’s paintings can be large, colorful, and full of motion that captures a sense of urgency. They can also be reflective and faint, with a quality of fading away. Her paintings are a series of botanical recounts of plants gone extinct and documentations of species that are endangered; or they show invasives that are jeopardizing balance in our natural environments. Against Forgetting consists of works from three series: Extinct Botanicals, Vanishing Series, and Invasive Series, each of which is presented different visually and shares an important status botanically.

Focusing on Nature

Student Photography Exhibition

August 24 –September 16, 2018
Opening Reception Thursday, August 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
Joutras Gallery

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Join us for the annual exhibition of botanical photography by students of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The exhibition features outstanding works by students and instructors in our diverse offering of photography classes.

Photo: ©2017 Robbi Montgomery

Annual Student Botanical Art Exhibition
Drawn from Nature

Annual Student Botanical Arts Exhibition

Opening Reception: TBD
Exhibition: September 28 – October 21, 2018
Joutras Gallery

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Each autumn the Regenstein School's Annual Student Botanical Art Exhibition features outstanding student and instructor works in the Joutras Gallery, Regenstein Center. Come enjoy vibrant landscape scenes, delicate watercolors, intricate pen and ink studies, amazing pastels and much more.

Fine Art of Fiber
Fine Art of Fiber

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Sunday, November 2 – 4, 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stunning quilts, lovely knitted artwear, woven wonders, and breathtaking beadwork are among the abundant handcrafted items on view and for sale during the Fine Art of Fiber, held at the Garden's Regenstein Center. The area's oldest, largest, and most unique fiber art event, the Fine Art of Fiber is hosted by Illinois Quilters, Inc., North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, and the Weavers Guild of the North Shore. A complimentary opening night, including early buying privileges, is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening.