Art in the Garden Resident 2024 – Alison McNulty

Art in the Gardens – July 13th, 2024 (raindate July 14th)

Since 2021 the gardens have hosted an annual ‘Art in the Gardens’ event each year, where we feature the work of two to five artists.

This year we welcome Alison McNulty.

Alison McNulty is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator based in the Hudson Valley, NY. She grounds artmaking in embodied poetics through explorations of ordinary material traces, precarious places, and ecological entanglements. Her work has been presented at museums, galleries, conferences, and unconventional spaces throughout the US, Europe, and Columbia. McNulty was recently awarded an Arts Mid-Hudson Individual Artist Commission, a Saltonstall Foundation Residency Fellowship, the Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award from Washington University in St. Louis, and the Empowered Artist Award from Arts Mid-Hudson in support of her work with the Artist in Vacancy initiative of the Newburgh Community Landbank in 2022-2023. She curated the 2023 exhibition “Listening to Land: Imaginal Technologies, Material Conduits, & Landscape Translations Toward Perceiving Place” a group exhibition at Ann Street Gallery exploring practices of listening in relation to place and the place-making potential of creative acts of listening. 2023 exhibitions include  Manto “el velo que cubre la piedra” “The Veil that Covers the Stone” at Casas Riegner, Bogota, Shifting Ecologies: Contemporary Artists & The Environment at the Maguire Art Museum in Philadelphia, and and Entanglements at Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery. McNulty is a Part-Time Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design and the Director of Ann Street Gallery, a nonprofit contemporary art space in Newburgh, NY.




2023 – Habitat for Artists

Marielena Ferrer – I look to nature for analogies to help me understand human relations and to experiment with new social paradigms and models. My current research focuses on poison ivy as a metaphor for the socially excluded and for exploring possibilities to make art with it. For my Hortus Arboretum HFA participation, I propose spending a day gathering poison ivy and extracting its sap while engaging in conversations with the public about the plant, lacquer art, and how labor is valued.

Marielena Ferrer with poison ivy.

Janice La Motta – A Modern Herbarium – Walking the grounds I’d like to record the naturalized plant specimens of Hortus with the thought of creating a contemporary herbarium that leaves the plants intact but that uses observation and interpretation to “record” in journal fashion the species of plants on the property. The herbarium may take various forms and incorporate various methods of “recording” – ie: drawing, digital referencing, cyanotype processes, etc. The act of walking the property, discovery, observation and then working within the Hortus landscape will all inform the journal’s creation.

Janice La Motta collecting around Hortus.

Emilie Houssart (The DIRT Project)The DIRT Project will be in residence at the Habitat for Artists studio at Hortus Arboretum on August 5th. Emilie Houssart will create an interactive DIRT installation for play and conversation based around the following question: why should we care about dirt? Come and join the project!

Emilie Houssart – The DIRT Project


Simon Draper – CHUTNEY with DRAPER –small batch canning , with a variety of herbs and spices and tried recipes to see what NEW fruits might find themselves as  preserve on YOUR plate with a good Cheese and fine bread. I grew up collecting various fruits and vegetables from our garden , and making preserves from the bruised , the over abundant and had a enough of …This was always a production , the family gottogether in the late summer months to “put down “…bottle/can  veg and fruits. Years later I find myself missing this activity but wanting to approach it in a more creative way . What if we made small batches that takes 45 mins from fruit to bottle , and if needed amend the recipe ? AND have others discover the ease and fun of an age old kitchen practice. We ‘ll see what is available to ” put down ” in July , in the knowledge that Hortus has some unusual and not the usualplants on hand …that might have fruit to preserve !!

Simon Draper chutney making


Lisa Breznak –Using common materials of wire, foil, and paint, I will use the gardens’ botanical imagery to inspire, refresh, and play to expand my ideas, moving into new directions and new work. Referencing nature, architecture, costume, and body language, I make abstracted forms to show that beauty, thought, humor, creativity, and significance are not mutually exclusive.

Lisa Breznak and botanical inspirations



Michael & Mariah with felled White Pine from Hortus to be milled.

Michael milling Pine in NorthWoods

(Some of) Habitat for Artist along with “pop-up Artists” Sergey Jivetin & Anne Arden Mcdonald – 2023 Art in the Gardens Event



2022 – Johnny Poux – Outdoor sculpture works by local designer and sculptor Johnny Poux


Poux “Bench”


2021 – Karen Lovenguth – Cast bronze sculptures. Many of the sculptures of Lovenguth’s continue to be displayed in the arboretum and are for sale.

Lovenguth -“Unravelling”


Lovenguth – “Double Vessel”


Karen Lovenguth – Bronze                   Johnny Poux- “Cog” Cast cement           


Pop-up Artist 2021-2023 – Sergey Jivetin


Sergey Jivetin invites audience members to bring seeds with individual significance to be hand-engraved

with the interpretations of the respective stories.