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Art Exhibits

painting in the garden during artist access botanical art example a path and trees in the back country watercolor of white peonies calligraphy and artwork Filoli florilegium piece French cottage from the architecture exhibit

In 2017 will find an inspiring collection of art and decorative art exhibits to enrich your visits to Filoli. Artwork related to our mission, permanent collection, and education programs will be displayed throughout the open season. We look forward to sharing these with you, your family, and your friends!

Guests are invited to paint, draw and/or photograph in the Garden after hours on Artist Access Days. Enjoy the tranquility and beauty while creating your next masterpiece.

Become a member of our Artist Registry and be invited to submit works for consideration in upcoming exhibits.

2017 Exhibit Schedule

2017 Exhibition Schedule

100 Years in the Garden

100 Years in the Garden, Photographs from our Archives

Tuesday, February 7 through Sunday, April 2

In the fall of 1917, the Bourns were ready to move into their nearly completed home. Historical images in the Filoli archives show the Bourns threw themselves immediately into work on the Garden. During the past hundred years the Garden has grown and matured into a space millions of guests have enjoyed. Through the eyes of past staff, volunteers, and guests, this photography exhibit will explore the changes in the landscape, some subtle, some obvious, that have culminated in the garden we know and love today.

calligraphy and a rose

The Rose by Marion Gault.©

Garden Inspirations Calligraphy Exhibit

Tuesday, April 4 through Sunday, June 4

Calligraphy is Greek for “beauty writing.” It is the art of writing in an expressive, harmonious and skillful way. A calligraphic artist is both painter and letter designer. The use of media and means of expression is as unique as the individual artist. The works in this exhibit combines writing, painting, drawing and 3–dimensional art to create an exceptional collection of original artwork depicting the exhibit’s theme, Garden Inspirations.

Meet the Artist’s Weekend

Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Meet the artists, find out what inspires them, watch demonstrations and gain insight about this lovely art form. More original works, including one–of–a–kind creations, and a collection of prints and note cards, will be for sale. Reservations are not necessary. Admission is free for members and with paid admission to Filoli.

carved pillar in a garden

Filoli Inspirations Sculpture Exhibit in the Garden

Tuesday, May 16 through Sunday, November 5

Inspired by the Bourn collection of garden art and accessories, this year’s exhibit draws on the art in Filoli’s Garden for its influence and motivation. Bay Area sculptors are invited to participate and be inspired by not only the theme of this year’s exhibit, but the dramatic setting of our formal Garden and surrounding areas. Guided walks through the exhibit will be offered on select days. Advance reservations are needed for the walks and will be taken soon.

Meet the Sculptors

Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stroll the Garden and meet the artists as you explore this remarkable exhibit. Find out how the theme of this year’s exhibit excited and filled them with enthusiasm while you learn about their techniques and the materials they have chosen to use. No reservations needed.

Artist Reception

Thursday, August 24, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A special evening is planned for the artists and our guests. There will be sculptors and docents on hand to share their knowledge, experiences and insight and, complimenting the evening, will be a variety of tasty appetizers and wine. While admission to the reception is free, reservations are required; reservation deadline is August 18.

Also this evening— Don’t miss “Art, Ornaments, and Hardscape in the Garden” presented by Filoli’s Head of Horticulture, Jim Salyards in the Visitor and Education Cetner. Please reserve in advance.

Guided Sculpture Walks

Dates and reservations to be announced shortly

Take a Guided Walk and explore the amazing sculptures that were skillfully crafted and are displayed in the garden by Bay Area artists. Find out about the artists and their sculpting techniques, what materials they used, what inspired them and more. Advance reservations are needed and will be taken on or after April 25.

photo of the pattern in a formal French garden

Historic Gardens around the World A Mixed–media Exhibit

Tuesday, June 6 through Sunday, August 6

Gardens allow one to take a vast landscape and transform plants, ponds, fountains and statuary to create magical places for visitors to enjoy. They evoke feelings of tranquility and awe; they provide a place where visitors feel welcome and fortunate to be able to stay and reflect, interpret and rejuvenate. This exhibit will transport visitors to these inspiring gardens through a beautiful collection of paintings, drawings and three–dimensional art. Let this exhibit be your encouragement to visit new places like Filoli.

Call for Entries

Artists are invited to enter original artwork not previously exhibited at Filoli in any two or three–dimensional medium that reflects the theme of Historic Gardens around the World. Entries open on February 10; entry deadline is April 21.
Click here to enter the exhibit:

Sweet Peas by Milly Archara

Lathyrus odoratus, Sweet Pea by milly acharya. Winner of the 2016 Jurors’ Award for distinction with an emphasis on botanical art presentation.©

19th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition

Tuesday, August 8 through Sunday, October 22, 2017

With its exquisite formal Garden, heirloom orchard and nature preserve, Filoli is a unique and fitting venue for this historical art form that has represented plants throughout history and from around the world.

The Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit has long been an essential part of our mission to interpret and preserve this historically significant art form. Many beautiful and accurate plant portraits by artist, international and local, will be on display in the Visitor and Education Center.

Also on Display
On display in the historic House Ballroom will be the Filoli Florilegium, a collection of our Certificate Program graduate works will be in the Trophy Room and select pieces from The Banks’ Florilegium in the Holding Room. Come and experience the West Coast’s most prominent botanical art exhibit!

Call For Entries

Botanical artists are invited to enter original artwork not previously exhibited in a Filoli Botanical Art Exhibition in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the rich tradition of botanical art and adheres to high standards of botanical accuracy. Prints or engravings will not be accepted. Click here to enter:

Artist Reception

Thursday, August 10, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Filoli will host an artist reception to celebrate this remarkable exhibit. Artists are on hand to share their botanical art knowledge and experiences. Listen as the curators share insight into the exhibit and present the exhibit awards. Complete the evening with a visit to the Garden after hours when its tranquility will inspire. While admission is FREE, reservations are required. Reservation deadline is Friday, August 4. Registration will be available on or after January 15.

Join Filoli’s Artist Registry

Filoli hosts four to five art exhibits annually that vary in theme, media, and content. To join Filoli’s Artist Registry and receive notifications of open call for entries please click on the button below and enter your name and email address in the form.

For questions, please contact the Education Office at

Artist Access Days

3 at work in Filoli's Sunken Garden in the late afternoon sunshine

Artist Access

Thursdays, March 23, April 20, May 25, June 22, July 13, August 24, September 28, or October 26, 2017, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Filoli extends the opportunity for artists and photographers to have access to the gardens after hours. Experience the quiet beauty and stunning vistas of this rare and historical country estate. Artists may work in the medium of their choice; provide all their own materials and storage containers for the removal of all used water and non-toxic cleaning fluids.

Fee for each class: $20 members; $30 non–members
Non-members: Fee includes same day admission to Filoli. You are welcome to arrive anytime between 10:00 am – 2:30 pm to visit the historic House and Garden and scout locations for your next masterpiece.