Art at The North Carolina Arboretum honors and preserves the unique cultural and natural heritage of the region. The collection and exhibits, inspired by the land, the people and the creative process, bring art into public spaces enriching and stimulating thought and imagination.

Goals for the Arboretum Artwork collection:

  • Infuse public spaces with art encouraging and supporting the art industry and economy of the region and stimulating the interaction of the public with art.
  • Acquire and exhibit artwork of varying style, scale, medium, form and intent that are representative of local, regional, national and international artists and art communities.
  • Encourage dialogue through educational materials and programs that aim to increase public understanding of the role and value of public art and the relationship of the collection to the Arboretum's misson and purpose.
  • Remain relevant for succeeding generations through periodic assessment, maintenance and conservation of the collection.


 Art by David Brewin and Joseph Miller "Spring Garden Gates" 1996, Steel, Stainless Steel and Automotive Paint.