Art and Exhibits

“Ubiquitous Seed” by Diana Hobson, Environmental Installations Exhibit

The Harrison's
"Future Garden For the Central Coast of California" 

at the Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Opening reception May 18, 2018


future garden

   The Institute of the Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce a major art and science project by Newton Harrison and his late wife and lifelong collaborator Helen Mayer Harrison.
   Internationally renowned eco-artists and UC Santa Cruz emeritus faculty, the Harrisons created a site-specific environmental art installation in the three geodesic domes and the surrounding garden at the Arboretum. Called Future Garden for the Central Coast of California, the installation, which Newton Harrison continues to evolve, transforms the newly refurbished domes at the Arboretum from relics of the past, steeped in 1970s era charm, into carriers of the future in response to the crisis of climate change. Learn more.

Watch a video by the UCSC Arts Division showcasing the Future Gardens of the Central Coast of California exhibit.

FOREST (for a thousand years...)

by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
April 7- June 30, 2018

Admission: Admission to FOREST is included in a visit to the Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Admission is $5.00 ($2.00 for children, free to Arboretum Friend's Members, volunteers, and UCSC students.)
Monday CLOSED, Tuesday- Friday 12 - 5 p.m, Saturday- Sunday 10 - 5 p.m.


   The Institute of the Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the UC Santa Cruz's Arboretum and Botanic Garden and the San Jose Museum of Art, is pleased to present FOREST (for a thousand years...), the beguiling and uncanny audio installation by renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, April 7- June 30, 2018.
   FOREST (for a thousand years...) can be experienced in the redwood grove of UC Santa Cruz's Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This is the West Coast debut of the 28-minute sound installation, originally commissioned for dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany.
   As Gregory Volk wrote in Art in America , "A remarkable thing about Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's utterly captivating sound installation is how it blurs distinctions between site and art. You enter a clearing in the forest, sit down on a wooden stump, and simply listen. ..." Read more on this exciting exhibit.

2017 Art in the ArboretumEnvironmental Installations.
 May 20 to November 17, 2017
Watch a beautiful video that provided a unique
aerial view of the Environmental Installations Exhibit

wolf sculpture

Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations

May 20 to November 17, 2017
Opening reception May 20 from 3 to 6 pm
Free Event for Members; Free with Admission Fee to Public; Free Parking

The twelve artists participating are Jamie Abbott, Lucia Bruer, Wendy Domster, Barbara Downs, Ethan Estess, Jayson Fann, Diana Hobson, Roy Holmberg, John Hylton, Sharon Loper, Jenni Ward and Larry Worley. Get to know some of the artists.

Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with enormous steel leaves, a series of walk-through concentric circles inspired by the Protea flower, and more. Read more on the exhibit.

Watch an introductory video on Environmental Installations.

For more information contact the Arboretum Main Office 831.502.2998 /
Susana Arias, Curator 831.566.6607 /

2016 Art in the Arboretum: Color
October 15, 2017 - January 10, 2018
Opening Reception, November 4, 4-6pm

Watch a video on the Color Exhibit

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum proudly presents Art in the Arboretum, a rotating show of two sculpture exhibits per year, themed by nature and placed strategically throughout the gardens.  During the run of each exhibit, the Arboretum will host an Opening Reception in coordination with First Friday Santa Cruz with demonstrations and workshops.  All pieces are available for purchase. 

art in arboretum color flyerArt in the Arboretum is being curated by local artist and sculptor Susana Arias to promote art and artists in Santa Cruz.

“We are extremely honored and grateful for Susana’s involvement and expertise.  She has selected exquisite sculptures by some of our most beloved Santa Cruz artists to kick off the first of a series of art exhibits at the Arboretum —Martin Quigley, Executive Director, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

Arias ( is leading this important project due to her passion for art and her desire to promote and encourage her fellow artists: “Santa Cruz is home to a remarkable group of sculptors who showcase an amazing variety of mediums and approaches. I love to organize events at which artists and art can be introduced to the public, and the Arboretum is the ideal venue to meld the two together – a perfect complement of art and nature.” 

2016 Art in the Arboretum: Color
October 15 - January 10

• Press Release
• Workshops, November 4, 1-3:30pm
• Opening Reception November 4, 4-6pm

 Color Artists: Jamie Abbott, Susana Arias, Cristie Aloysi & Scott Graham, Lea De Wit, Barbara Downs, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Roy Holmberg, Nancy Howells, Marilyn Kuksht, Robert Kvenild, Terrie Kvenild, Anna Martin, Barbara Vanderbeck, and Stan Welsh.  Artist Profiles. (pdf)

Get to Know the Artists in Color: Cristy Aloysi & Scott GrahamSusana AriasLea De Wit; Barbara Downs; Eileen Fitz-FaulknerMarilyn KukshtRobert KvenildBarbara Vanderbeck; Stan Welsh. (pdfs)

Open to the public with free admission and parking.

2016 Art in the Arboretum: Sculpture
May 18- October 10 

Press Release
• Opening Reception: June 1, 5-7pm
First Friday Santa Cruz: August 5, 2-7pm

• Sculpture Artists: Jamie AbbottJeffrey Arnett, Jennifer Hennig, Coeleen Kiebert, Marilyn Kuksht, Anna Martin, Kirk McNeil, Christie Thomas & Scott Lindberg, and Jenni Ward. Artist profiles. (pdf)

Workshops, demonstrations and reception

Open to the public with free admission and parking.

Art in the Arboretum Advisory Committee:
Susana Arias, Curator
Linda Craighead
Kathleen Hilger
Susan Leask
Rose Sellery

Demonstrations and Workshops Committee:
Susana Arias, Curator
Jamie Abbott
Lucia Breuer
Roy Holmberg

Public Relations and Grants Committee:
Susana Arias, Curator
Sharon Maxwell
Becca King Reed

Directions to the Arboretum.