May 13, 2023 through September 10, 2023

See the results of experimental techniques pushing horticultural limits to achieve radical designs in our 2023 special exhibition, Avant-garden. 

View eleven works from daring artists who have evolved their bonsai practice through experimentation, innovation, and a willingness to take risks. See bonsai trees like never before: in non-traditional vessels using repurposed materials; in different planting orientations; and bonsai that explore subject matter other than the traditional “nature and our relationship to it” theme.

With works by:

  • Courtney Branam
  • Kevin Bennett
  • Greg Brenden
  • David Crust
  • Michael Hagedorn
  • Austin Heitzman
  • Benjamin Keating
  • Ron Lang
  • Nick Lenz
  • Ryan Neil
  • Christine Nguyen
  • Aarin Packard
  • Erich Raudebaugh
  • Spencer Staley
  • Timea Tihanyi

Challenge your expectations of what a bonsai should look like and glimpse into the future and what lies ahead for an ancient art form. Step inside the Avant-garden of bonsai where anything is possible, and be inspired! Exhibition ran May 13 to Sept 10, 2023.