Art & Sculpture at the Arboretum

Permanent Collection

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is home to a growing collection of sculpture and hosts numerous events featuring the arts throughout the year. The permanent art collection features artists from throughout the United States. Don’t miss sitting with Monsieur Monet for a few minutes in the Monet Garden or spotting Scoundrel in the Legacy Garden and Copper Hopper Chopper flying above the Children’s Discovery Garden. Enjoy temporary art and sculpture exhibits throughout the year.

Exhibits and Art Events

Check the calendar for exact dates and times. All exhibits are free with admission to the gardens.

  • Artisans at the Gardens - February 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - in the Visitor Center
  • Felted Forms: Wool in the Woods - February 11 - March 31, 2017
  • Container Gardening Exhibit - May 1 - 28, 2017
  • Stems Plein Air Paint - May 20 - June 1, 2017 [entry fee required to paint - register]
  • Enchanted Forest - Memorial Day - Labor Day

You'll be enchanted by this display of hand-made "homes" of woodland creatures (think gnomes and fairies). New in 2017 - see where the gnome and fairy royalty live!

  • Stems Plein Air Art Festival - June 4, 2017 [Participating artists - reserve your space.]

During the last two weeks of May, delight in watching the “plein air” painters at the Arboretum. Art is for sale at the Plein Air Art Fair on the first Sunday in June. The artists compete in the annual Stems Plein Air Paint for thousands of dollars in prizes. Following judging, all art is for sale. Professional and amateur artists are invited to register as Stems Plein Air artists. 

  • Sketch Crawls - as announced
  • Nature photography - on your own schedule!

While there is a policy for posed photography, nature photographers are encouraged to explore the Arboretum to their heart's content. Just stay out of the flower beds and be respectful of your fellow visitors.

  • Nature Photography Exhibit - July 27 - September 4, 2017

Deadline for submissions is July 21, 2017. There is a $5.00/submission entry fee. Learn more.

  • Hedge Apple Day - September 24, 2017

Children get to express themselves with all natural materials collected at the Arboretum.

U.S. - Chinese Sculpture Collection

Internationally renowned sculptor and Olathe resident Kwan Wu approached the City of Overland Park in 2010 about establishing a location for a US-Chinese cultural exchange sculpture collection.

The City Council agreed to accept and host the collection in temporary space at the Arboretum until a permanent home can be built on the site of Kemper Farm adjacent to the Arboretum as part of the Growing to Inspire Arboretum enhancement plans.

Chinese artists and benefactors contributed the art. The International Sculpture Foundation funded the shipment of the sculptures from China and the cultural exchange activities held when they were installed at the Arboretum from 2011 to 2013.

To tour the collection, begin your walk just south of the EEVC. There are 23 pieces to view.

Felted Forms: Wool in the Woods
Stems Plein Air Paint & Plein Air Art Fair
Enchanted Forest
Whirlwind: Art in Motion

Visit Us

8909 W. 179 St.,
Overland Park, KS 66013
The Arboretum is open seven days a week.
Oct. 1-April 9: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
April 10-Sept. 30: 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
(Fourth Saturday of June: closes at Noon)
Dec. 25 - Closed

Free for members of Friends of the Arboretum
$3.00 Adult
$1.00 Child 6-12
Free 5 years and younger
No admission charge on Tuesdays.