In the lobby of the Nevin Welcome Center, works of art and plant-focused displays change throughout the year.




Cyanotype botanical prints by Laurie Snyder

Laurie Snyder is an Ithaca resident and former photography faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She will be exhibiting botanical cyanotypes (also called blueprints).  Most of the images were made in Ithaca with plant material collected near her home and from the Cornell Plantations.  The cyanotype process is one of the earliest photographic processes, introduced in England around 1840.  The images are based on the light sensitivity of iron salts and are blue and white. 

January - February


Gourds Galore!
The hardshell gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) has a long relationship with humans, as its durable shell is ideal for use as a vessel, utensil, musical instrument, artwork and more. This exhibit features works of gourd art and provides information on how to grow and prepare hardshell gourds.