Wild Art Sculpture Showcase

April 1 – September 26, 2021

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.

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Vote for Your Favorite Piece!

Wild Art is a juried exhibition, with prizes awarded by an impartial third-party judge. Guests can get in on the action by voting for their favorite piece in the “People’s Choice Awards.”

Five lucky voters will be randomly selected to receive free admission to the Arboretum’sWinter Lights display later this year.

Cast your Vote

Pieces Available for Sale

For more information on purchasing any of the works featured in the show, please contact Clara Curtis, the Arboretum’s Senior Director for Mission Delivery, or visit the Information Desk inside the Baker Visitor Center.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Exhibit support for Wild Art is provided in part by The North Carolina Arboretum SocietyAsheville Citizen-TimesB.B. Barns Garden, Gift and Landscape Company; Camilla Calnan Photography; Friendship Park at Givens Estates; The Laurel of AshevilleMosaic Community Lifestyle RealtyRomanticAsheville.com Travel GuideSmoky Mountain Living MagazineTryon Estates, an Acts Retirement-Life Community; and Henco North Creative Imaging.

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