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New York | Tour of Ebony G. Patterson’s “…things come to thrive…” at New York Botanical Garden

September 22 | 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Ebony Patterson detail of "...things come to thrive..."

Join Vice President for Exhibitions and Programming at New York Botanical Garden, Joanna L. Groarke, to usher in the first day of fall at one of New York City’s gems! Experience the beauty of gardens through the eyes of celebrated contemporary artist Ebony G. Patterson. Known for her lavishly-detailed mixed media installations, Patterson brings her signature style to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and New York Botanical Garden landscape and galleries in a major site-specific exhibition featuring provocative displays of art and nature. Patterson’s work explores entanglements of race, gender and colonialism while inviting visitors to contemplate their own relationships with gardens and the natural world. ArtTable members and guests will enjoy a bespoke, guided tour of the work, rain or shine, as much of it is viewable from indoors. Please note we have limited spots available. Book yours today!


  • B, D, or 4 trains to Bedford Park Blvd. Station. Take the Bx26 bus east to the Garden’s Mosholu Entrance OR walk eight blocks down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd (20 min). Turn left onto Southern Blvd. and walk one block to Mosholu Entrance.
  • 2 train to Allerton Ave. station. Walk three blocks west on Allerton Ave. Turn left on Bronx Park East and walk two blocks to Waring Ave. At the park entrance, walk up the small hill leading directly to the Garden’s East Gate.

Visit the NYBG website for directions by car, accessibility information, and visitor policies.


  • ArtTable Members – $50
  • Guests – $60
  • Public -$65

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This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Images: Detail of Ebony G. Patterson things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting (2023) in the Palms of the World Gallery of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (NYBG Photo).

New York Botanical Gardens

2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, New York 10458
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Ebony G Patterson Photo by Frank Ishman

Ebony G. Patterson received her BFA in painting from Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica in 2004. She received an MFA degree in 2006 in printmaking and drawing from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Patterson has taught at the University of Virginia; Edna Manley College School of Visual and Performing Arts; has served as Associate Professor in Painting and Mixed Media at the University of Kentucky; and was the Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been featured in biennials worldwide including Liverpool (2021), Athens (2021), São Paulo (2016), and Havana (2015). Her work is in the collections of institutions including 21c Museum and Foundation, Louisville, Kentucky; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, NC; the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston; the Pérez Art Museum Miami; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; Studio Museum in Harlem; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Patterson is Co-Artistic Director, along with curator Miranda Lash, of Prospect.6 New Orleans, slated to open in Fall 2024.

Joanna L. Groarke is the Vice President for Exhibitions and Programming at New York Botanical Garden where she has led a team that develops exhibitions, interpretive materials and publications, and public programming integrating NYBG’s multidisciplinary mission areas of science, education, and horticulture. Her service to NYBG extends over 10 years, having previously worked as Director of Public Engagement & Library Exhibitions Curator, Curator of Interpretive Content for Public Engagement, and Interpretive Specialist. She has more than 15 years of experience creating exhibitions, events, and audience development programs for institutions including the Irish Arts Center and Tufts University Art Gallery. She will bring to her new role extensive experience in innovative, visitor-centered exhibition and program development, purposeful strategy and business planning, and building talented, motivated teams.

Her strength in program planning and implementation is complemented by her involvement with the American Alliance of Museums as a Board Member & Program Co-Chair for the National Association for Museum Exhibition. In 2018, she was awarded the Gold Davey Award for Best User Experience for the Georgia O’Keeffe Interactive Guide. Groarke holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from The College of William and Mary and a master of arts in Art History from Tufts University.

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